No. 5 Sam Houston St wins 4th straight, tops Northwestern St
NATCHITOCHES, La. (AP) Eric Schmid passed for 312 yards and two touchdowns, the Sam Houston State defense recovered three fumbles, and the fifth-ranked Bearkats beat winless Northwestern State 24-16 on Thursday night.
Sam Houston State forced a fumble on NSU's opening drive and six plays later, Schmid connected with Cody Chrest from 28-yards out. Ife Adeyi made it 14-0 on a screen pass for 19 yards.
It was 21-3 after Donov Williams' 6-yard run with 5:55 left in the third quarter, and Seth Morgan added a 41-yard field goal in the fourth for a 15-point lead. Northwestern State capped the scoring on a touchdown with 21 seconds remaining.
Adeyi finished with six catches for 134 yards for Sam Houston State (4-0, 4-0 Southland), which was held well below its FCS-best 58.7 points-per-game average. Chrest added five grabs for 98 yards, and Ramon Jefferson rushed for 109 yards.
Bryce Rivers completed 29-of-51 passes for 410 yards and two touchdowns for Northwestern State (0-5, 0-5). Javon Antonio grabbed 10 passes for 190 yards and one touchdown, and Marqui Bridges added seven catches for 103 yards and a score.
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Updated April 1, 2021