HUNTSVILLE -- Taylor Wilkins, who missed a 32-yard field goal with 4:35 remaining in the game that would have sown up a victory, redeemed himself in overtime with a 28 yard three-pointer to give Sam Houston State a 34-31 Southland Conference football victory over Stephen F. Austin State in the 83rd annual "Battle of the Piney Woods" Saturday at Bowers Stadium.
The victory marked the first overtime win in four tries since extra time became a part of NCAA Division I football.
The two teams combined for 1,013 yards total offense. Bearkat quarterback Rhett Bomar completed 20 of 34 passes for 328 yards including touchdown throws to Catron Houston of 55, 66 and 64 yards.
SFA's quarterback Jeremy Moses completed 57 of 85 passes for 501 yards and four touchdowns.
Sam Houston led 17-7 at half and were up 24-7 after Bomar's third touchdown pass with 13:52 to play in the third quarter.
But the Lumberjacks fought back to score 17 points in the second half. Moses hit Duane Brooks for a 21-yard TD pass with 18 seconds to complete a 15 play 70 yard drive to force overtime.
James Aston scored on a one-yard run and Moses hit Dominique Edison for a 15-yard pass in the first overtime.
A quarterback sack by Chris Brown to force a fourth-and-24 play on which Moses threw an incomplete pass ended SFA's second overtime scoreless. The Bearkats drove to the SFA 11 for Wilkins' winning field goal.
Paul Mansfield caught six passes for 67 yards and Houston had four receptions for 190 yards. Edison caught 13 passes for 121 yards and two touchdowns for SFA.