Bearkats run past Huskies 76-0

Sam Houston State found their way running the football against Houston Baptist, setting a new school record in total offense and rushing yards on Saturday in Houston.

SHSU totaled the game with 823 total yards and 601 rushing yards in a 76-0 win, which was a Southland Conference record in margin in victory.

This was the third largest margin in victory in SHSU history.

Junior running back Donavan Williams led the Bearkats in rushing with a total of 212 yards and three touchdowns all in the first half. Williams’ largest rush was an 80-yard touchdown scamper that led to him breaking several tackles in his highlight play.

The offensive line was able to make several key blocks to open gaps for Bearkat running backs to have big gains.

“With the linemen leading the way and making those holes for me, if it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t have got there,” Williams said. “I have to give credit to them.”

Senior running back Cory Idlebird was the second leading rusher totaling 138 yards on 14 rushing attempts with two touchdowns. Sophomore running back Jalen Overstreet also contributed with 130 yards on eight attempts with two touchdowns.

Sophomore quarterbacks Jared Johnson and Don King III both saw the field against the Huskies, totaling 222 yards combined and two touchdown passes from Johnson. Junior wide receivers Gerald Thomas and LaDarius Brown had a touchdown each.

No turnovers and controlling the time of possession made the Bearkats offense efficient and unstoppable.

On the other side of the ball, SHSU held HBU to zero points and only 42 yards passing. The Huskies had a total of 177 yards and two turnovers due to Huskies’ Ka’Darius Baker’s interceptions.

SHSU is now 7-4 for the season and can either tie or win the Southland Conference championship if they defeat Central Arkansas in the last game of the season. The Kats moved to No. 23 on the Sports Network Top 25.

The Bearkats will kickoff Saturday at 3 p.m. at Bowers Stadium.

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