Kats to play host to ACU

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Saturday, Nov. 10 • Huntsville • 2:35 p.m. • Bowers Stadium (12,975)
Sam Houston State (5-4, 4-3 Southland) vs Abilene Christian (5-4, 4-3 Southland)
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The Sam Houston State Bearkats will cap off the 2019 home campaign on Saturday when they play host to Abilene Christian at Bowers Stadium in a game sponsored by Huntsville Memorial Hospital.

The game will also serve as Military Appreciation Day and Senior Day for the Bearkats’ 12-member senior class. The group, who has won 40 games over the past four seasons, will be honored prior to kickoff.

The game will be aired on Eleven Sports and the Southland Digital Network and the ESPN app with Randy McIlvoy and Shea Walker on the call. Fans can also listen on KSAM 101.7 FM with Kooter Roberson, E.P. Garth and Brian Adams bringing the action over the airwaves.

- The Bearkat wide receiving corps was one of the highlights from Saturday, with seven players hauling in at least two passes in the game. Three of those players were freshmen, including Carthage freshmen Dee Bowens and Dewaylon Ingram. Bowens turned in his second straight 100-yard game of the year with 108 yards on seven grabs, while Bowens pulled in his first career touchdown as a Bearkat.

- Bowens had another big play in the game, connecting with quarterback Ty Brock for a 51-yard reception in the second quarter. Even though he only recently began getting consistent playing time, it was the third play this year for him of 40+ yards.

- Nathan Stewart also turned in his biggest day of the season. The junior all-American caught seven passes for a season-high 157 yards and a pair of touchdowns, both coming on big plays. His 75-yard touchdown in the third quarter was the longest play this year by a Bearkat and his longest catch of his career, surpassing a 73-yard touchdown catch he had as a true freshman in 2016 vs SFA. The game also marked the second consecutive game that both Bowens and Stewart had surpassed the 100-yard mark together.

- UIW took advantage of the Bearkats’ miscues on Saturday, scoring 23 of its 43 points off of the Kats’ seven turnovers, including all 16 points in the first half. They started six of their drives inside SHSU territory, and managed to put up 43 points despite being just 1 of 13 on third downs.

- Once again Derick Roberson turned in a big day with 2.0 sacks, 2.5 TFLs, a forced fumble and 2 pass breakups. The senior defensive end has now had at least one sack in seven of nine games this season and has multiple sacks in each of his last six games. His 13.5 sacks on the season and his five forced fumbles both lead all of FCS.

- K.C. Keeler would win his 226th career game. He is currently 15th all-time among FCS head coaches, six wins ahead of former Wofford coach Mike Ayers and former SHSU coach Ron Randleman. He is three wins behind former Ohio State and Youngstown State head coach Jim Tressell for 14th all-time among coaches who spent at least 10 years at FCS schools. His 226 victories are the third most among active coaches in the FCS.

- Keeler would also win his 52nd game as head coach of the Bearkats and would move into a tie for eighth in the all-time top 10 among Southland Conference coaches with former ULM head man Pat Collins. His 52nd win would also put him just two wins back of J.W. Jones for third place all-time at SHSU.

- Sam Houston would assure itself of its ninth consecutive winning season. The Kats have not had a sub-.500 campaign since the 2009 team went 5-6. The current eight-year streak of winning seasons is the longest in school history with the next most being five in a row from 1952-56 under Paul Pierce.

- Sam Houston would avoid dropping its second game at Bowers Stadium this season. The Bearkats have not lost multiple games at Bowers Stadium in a season since it went just 2-3 on its home turf in the 2008 campaign.