FCS playoff schedule: Sam Houston State meet Eastern Washington in semifinal tilt

Bob Levey

Fresh off an upset win over Montana State in quarterfinal battle, the Bearkats will travel to Woodward Stadium to take on the Eastern Washington Eagles for a chance to go to the FCS Championship.

The Sam Houston St. Bearkats will make their second consecutive appearance in the FCS semifinals when they clash with the No. 2-seeded Eastern Washington Eagles on Saturday at Roos Field.

The Bearkats ousted No. 3 seed Montana State, 34-16, in their quarterfinal game last Friday in Bozeman to advance to the semifinals. Quarterback Brian Bell led the way for Sam Houston St., completing 11 of 21 passes for 254 yards and three touchdowns. Running back Tim Flanders chipped in with 103 yards rushing on the night.

Eastern Washington reached the semifinals after winning a 51-35 shootout with Illinois State in their quarterfinal matchup. Quarterback Kyle Padron set a school record in the win with six touchdown passes, and has been outstanding in the team's last two games, throwing for 658 yards and seven touchdowns, while completing 65 percent of his pass attempts.

While the Bearkats offense has been too much for most teams to handle this season, the Eagles never shy away from a shootout and have been stellar at home in 2012, posting a 7-0 record on the red turf of Roos Stadium.

Kickoff is slated for 3 p.m. CT and the game will be televised on ESPN U.

The winner of Sunday's semifinal will face the winner of Georgia Southern vs. North Dakota State in the FCS Championship on Jan. 5.

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