Archive | September 2012

Bearkats Massacred Texas Southern 50-6 At BBVA Compass Stadium

Courtesy: Paul Ridings, Jr., SHSU Sports Information

Sam Houston scored early and often as the Bearkats rolled up 549 yards total offense in a 50-6 non-conference win over Texas Southern Thursday at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston.

Quarterback Brian Bell passed for 209 yards and three touchdowns including two scoring plays to Chance Nelson.

The transfer from Texas A&M caught three passes for 127 yards.

The Bearkat defense limited the Tigers to 149 yards total offense.

Linebacker Darius Taylor totaled eight tackles including two quarterback sacks.

The Bearkats took only 50 seconds to score their first points of the game.

Bell found Chance Nelson open behind the Tiger secondary for a 61-yard scoring pass three minutes into the contest.

Dax Swanson’s 12th career interception set up the Kats’ second score.

Trey Diller scored on a 32-yard run after an option pitch by Bell to complete a six play 54-yard drive and put SHSU up 14-0 with 5:18 to go.

Swanson needs one more interception to tie the Sam Houston career interception mark of 13 set by Ronnie Choate in 1955 through 1959.

An interception return by Steven White to the SHSU 14 set up a 16 yard scoring pass from Justice Jones to James Davis to put the Tigers on the scoreboard with 12:11 to go in the second quarter.

Preston Sanders blocked the extra point and Kenneth Jenkins picked up the ball at the 20 and ran it back for a defensive PAT return.

The two points marked the third defensive PAT return by a Bearkat player in school history.

Sam Houston upped the lead to 23-6 with 10:16 to play before half as Bell ended a 65-yard scoring drive with a 22-yard pass to Stephen Williams.

Miguel Antonio added a 19-yard field goal and Bell hit Nelson for a 32-yard pass to make the score at intermission 33-6.

Keshawn Hill scored on a 36-yard run to lift the Bearkats to a 40-6 lead with 3:43 left in the third quarter after a 57-yard lead.

An 18-yard punt return by Trey Diller set up a four-yard touchdown run by Ridgeway Frank.

Antonio added a 39-yard field goal with 6:35 to go.

New Network To Televise SHSU’s Homecoming Game

The spotlight on the Sam Houston State Bearkat football team has gotten brighter.

With three television appearances under their belt, it seems as if things cannot get any better.

Well, it just did.

The homecoming game between the Bearkats and McNeese State Cowboys will be televised on Comcast Sports Net Houston on October 20.

The new network is a partnership with the Houston Astros, the Houston Rockets and the NBC Sports Group and is based in the Houston Pavilions.

It is set to launch on October 1 and will have a six state regional coverage area.

“This is a great opportunity for us to add another televised game to our already impressive slate this season,” athletic director Bobby Williams said to SHSU athletics department media.

“We are also very excited to be working with Comcast SportsNet Houston to get this game televised.”

“We met with them last month and they were very excited about getting involved with Sam Houston sports, so we think this will be a very good fit for us.”

The Bearkats are currently No.9 in the Sports Network FCS polls after a 24-20 heartbreaking loss to University of Central Arkansas Bears.

They will be facing a McNeese State team, who are ranked No.21 in the polls and have an all-time series lead at 24-8-1 and have won 151 Southland Conference games, 13 SLC titles and 14 NCAA FCS playoff appearances.

However, the Bearkats defeated the Cowboys 38-14 in Cowboy Stadium, en route to the national championship game in Frisco.

The game will now be at 7 p.m. instead of 2 p.m.

For more information on Comcast SportsNet Houston, visit

UCA Upsets No.3 SHSU 24-20

This article is courtesy of Paul Ridings, Associate Athletic Director for Sam Houston State Bearkat athletics.

Conway, Ark. – Quarterback Wyrick Smothers directed Central Arkansas on touchdown drives of 72 and 75 yards in the final five minutes as the Bears upset No. 3 ranked Sam Houston State Saturday afternoon at Estes Stadium.

SHSU had taken a 20-10 lead with 5:24 to play with drives for a touchdown and field goals after UCA tied the contest 10-10 late in the third quarter.

Smothers found Dominique Croom in the left corner of the end zone for a 26-yard touchdown for the winning score with 57 seconds remaining.

In the final minute, the Bearkats drove to the UCA 24 before the Bears intercepted a pass in the end zone on the contest’s final play.

Sam Houston dropped to 1-2 for the season while Central Arkansas upped its record to 3-1. The contest was the Southland Conference opener for both squads.

Following a loss to Baylor last week, the result marks the first time SHSU has lost two consecutive games since 2010. The Kats went 14-1 in 2011, reaching the NCAA Division I national championship game.

Smothers completed 24 of 41 passes for 318 yards and two touchdowns. UCA rolled up 413 yards total offense while Sam Houston totaled 470.

The end of the contest erased another strong performance by Timothy Flanders and Richard Sincere. Flanders rushed 22 times for 125 yards including TD runs of 39 and 11 yards. Sincere rushed for 53 yards including two big runs to set up scores for the Bearkets.

The 100-yard performance by Flanders is the 17th 100-yard game of his career. The two scores move him up to No. 5 in Southland Conference career rushing touchdowns with 39.

Sam Houston scored on its opening drive of the game after a UCA punt. Miguel Antonio put the Kats up 3-0 with 8:21 to play in the first quarter after an 11-play 48-yard drive.

After an exchange of punts, SHSU took two plays to score its first touchdown. Brandon Willkerson rushed 33 yards to the UCA 39 on a reserve. Then Flanders took a pitch from Richard Sincere down the left sideline for a 39-yard score. SHSU led 10-0 with 1:41 to play in the opening quarter.

Sam Houston had another scoring opportunity early in the second quarter after an interception by J. T. Cleveland. But Antonio missed a 24-yard field goal attempt.

Wynrick Smothers put UCA on the board with a 30-yard scoring pass to Terence Bobo, cutting the lead to 10-7 with 10:05 to play in the half.

UCA had three chances to score its second TD late in the third quarter, but the Bearkat defense held and forced the Bears to settle for a 22-yard field goal by Eddie Camara with 2:03 remaining in the third to tie the game 10-10.

Sam Houston answered with an 11-play 80-yard drive to go back in front 17-10. Bell hit Chance Nelson for a 20-yard gain to the UCA 29 and Richard Sincere dashed 19 yards around left end to set up the score. Flanders picked up his second TD of the day with an 11-yard run.

The defense forced a punt and the Kat offense took 5:24 off the clock and added three more points with a 12-play 66-yard drive that ended with Antonio’s 26-yard field goal.

UCA bounced back with an eight-play 75-yard drive that ended with a 17-yard run up the middle by Smothers to cut the margin back to a field goal, 20-17, with 3:18 to go.

SHSU’s Version Of “Call Me Maybe” Goes Viral

by Cheval John

Carly Rae Jespen’s single “Call Me Maybe” has been a huge hit since it was released in November of 2011.

The catchy tune has been remade and posted on YouTube by professional organizations ranging from the Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders to the U.S. Olympic Swim Team.

Now, Sam Houston State University can be added to that list as their remade ‘video’ was released on YouTube on Wednesday and has over 27,000 views.

I caught up with Brandon Cooper, Associate Director for Student Activities to get his take on the video and find out how it all came together.

Vallano Media: The video has took off like wildfire. How do you feel about that?

Brandon Cooper: We are very excited about the publicity and the views that the video has gotten. Really, it was made to promote “The Bearkat Fanatic Contest.”

The contest was the idea of Frank Parker, Vice President for Student Services.”

How it works is students will submit a Bearkat spirited photo with a caption to us and we decide who is the top fourteen out of that group.

Those fourteen that are chosen will get a ticket to the student suite at Reliant Stadium in Houston for the “Battle of The Piney Woods” game between SHSU and Stephen F. Austin State University on October 6.

VM: Who came up with the idea of the video?

BC: Debbie Nichols, assistant to Mr. Parker, was the person who came up with the idea.

She saw the “Call Me Maybe” video and believed that it was the song to be replicated from for the video.

She contacted me and I agreed with the idea.

From there, we got Patric Sleightholm, of Sleightholm Productions, to participate in the project.

We were the directors.  He shot and edit the scenes.

After it was finished, we put it out there and the rest is history.

VM: What was Mr. Sleightholm’s take on it?

BC: Mr. Sleightholm is an alumnus of SHSU.

We have hired him quite a bit in the past to do promo videos for us.

When we approached him with this idea, he was excited about the project.

He did a really great job.

VM: How did you get the Bearkat football team to participate?

BC: We contacted Bobby Williams, director of athletics to see if they would be interested to participate in the video.

He was able to get them on board.

They were eager to participate.

We shot their scene on Labor Day after they finished taking their team photos.

VM: Do you think the video will lead into the promotion for the “Battle of the Piney Woods?”

BC: Yes, I really believe that it will.

It has taken on a life of it’s own and it is great for SHSU as a whole.

Honesty Is The Best Policy

by Cheval John

Some media pundits would say ‘if you’re not cheating, you are not trying.’

Many can attest that soccer is the poster child for that statement.

The casual fan sees the majority of players diving or faking an injury in order to get a call from the referee.

They would immediately have a stereotypical view of the sport because of that.

I saw the opposite of that in a match between Everton F.C. and Newcastle United on Monday.

With the game tied at 1-1 in the 64th minute, Everton’s Victor Anichebe was going for the ball on a breakaway to try to score the go-ahead goal.

However, Newcastle’s goalkeeper Steve Harper came out of his box to clear the ball and in the process was clipped by Anichebe.

The referee signaled a foul and it seemed like Anichebe was going to be penalized.

In an instant, Harper told the referee that Anichebe was for the ball and not for him.

Normally in that circumstance, a player would receive a yellow card.

If the foul was really severe, then a red card would be issued and the player would be ejected from the match.

Harper had the opportunity to get Anichebe sent off because the Nigerian forward was playing very well late in the competition.

But he decided to be honest and it kept Anichebe in the game.

That shows that they are some people who are willing to play the right way and do what is right no matter what.

Many would focus on the outcome of the game or the missed calls by the referees.

For me, Harper’s action was the shining moment of the match.