College Sports Madness.com has named Sam Houston running back Timothy Flanders as FCS national Offensive “Player of the Week” after his performance in the Bearkats’ 49-34 victory over No. 2 ranked Eastern Washington.
The Walter Payton Award candidate carried 32 times for 280 yards including touchdown runs of 60 and 12 yards in the win for the Kats.
With those figures, Flanders became the first Southland Conference running back to rush for 5,000 career yards. The 280 yards Saturday marked the 29th time the Midwest City, Okla., product has rushed for 100 or more yards in a game. The total ranks as his second highest single game total ever.
Flanders, who leads both the FCS and Southland Conference in total rushing yards with 766 in five games (153.2 per contest), saw his first fourth quarter action of the year. In each of the first four games for 4-1 Sam Houston State, Flanders saw his backups taking over during the final period.
With the game still in doubt, Flanders rushed 13 times for 82 yards in the fourth period alone. He picked up four first downs and a crucial touchdown as the Bearkats milked the clock to clinch the victory.
Flanders now ranks No. 12 all-time in FCS career rushing touchdowns. He stands as the 22nd running back in FCS history to rush for 5,000 or more career yards.