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Sam Houston State vs. Montana State 2012: Preview and TV schedule

A spot in the FCS semifinal is at stake when the Bobcats and Bearkats clash on Friday night in Bozeman.

Thomas Campbell-US PRESSWIRE

The Sam Houston State Bearkats will hit the road for the ninth time in 2012 when they head to Bozeman to battle the No. 3 seed Montana State Bobcats on Friday night in an FCS quarterfinal game.

Sam Houston State will likely lean on a high-powered rushing attack that averaged nearly 274 rushing yards per game in 2012. They will be led by running back Timothy Flanders, who was named the Southland Conference's Player of the Year for the second consecutive season, and has a conference-leading 1,252 rushing yards on 204 carries for an average of 6.1 yards per carry and 104.3 yards per game.

Montana State hopes that their stingy defense, led by senior defensive end Casey Schreibeis, can stifle the Bearkats' running game on Friday night. Schreibeis has tallied 12.5 sacks this season and forced eight fumbles, the latter of which is the most in all of college football. Friday night's game also presents the Bobcats with a chance to avenge a brutal 49-13 beatdown by the Bearkats in last year's FCS quarterfinals.

The winner of the quarterfinal game on Friday night will face the winner of Wofford vs. North Dakota State for the right to play in the FCS championship.

Game time, TV channel: 8 p.m. ET, ESPN2

Online streaming video: WatchESPN

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