The Sam Houston State University Bearkats edged out the Southeastern Louisiana Lions 28-25 to win their tenth consecutive Homecoming game.
Redshirt freshman quarterback Ty Brock had another 300-plus yard game— throwing for 320 yards on 23/32 passing with one touchdown and one interception in the victory.
Sophomore running back Kyran Jackson had another career day. 19 carries led to 114 yards and three rushing touchdowns. Not only did Jackson make an impact on the ground, but he also had three catches for 32 yards out of the backfield.
The Kats faced adversity early when standout senior wide receiver Davion Davis had to be helped off the field after a tackle in the red zone. He eventually left for the locker room on crutches and was unable to return to the game.
With Davis off the field, freshman Dee Bowens stepped up, finishing the day with eight catches for 155 yards and the only touchdown reception of the game for the Bearkats.
Bowens talked about his breakout performance where he picked up his first collegiate touchdown.
“I thought I performed pretty well,” Bowens said. “Davion [Davis] got hurt, and I knew that I had to step in and make some big plays. I had some big shoes to fill, so I had to step up.”
Bearkats head coach K.C. Keeler talked about the close victory and the fight his team endured all game long.
“It was a great win,” Keeler said. “There were times I looked out there, and there were four freshmen at the skill positions. It was a well-fought game, and I’m very proud of our guys. It doesn’t matter what the name on the back of the jersey is. You’re a Bearkat. We need you right now. We absolutely enjoyed a great win.”
The Bearkats have a pivotal contest coming up against the University of Incarnate Word Cardinals who are part of a four-way tie for second in the Southland Conference with SHSU . Kickoff will be Saturday at 2 p.m. in San Antonio.