Sam Houston State moved one more step towards the Southland Conference football title with a 38-14 victory over McNeese State in Cowboy Stadium Saturday night. The undefeated and No. 7 ranked Bearkats ran their record to 7-0 on the season and to 4-0 in league play while McNeese fell to 3-4 and to 2-2 in conference action.
It was only the fourth time for Sam Houston to defeat McNeese in Cowboy Stadium and the first time in nine tries to win at a McNeese homecoming.
Running back Tim Flanders led the Bearkat attack, rushing for 162 yards and scoring on runs of seven and 55 yards.
Other scoring for the Bearkats came on a six yard run by quarterback Brian Bell, a 41 yard pass from Bell to Trey Diller, a blocked punt recovery in the end zone by Robert Shaw and a 33 yard field goal by Craig Alaniz.
McNeese, which was hurt by three lost fumbles and 13 penalties for 78 yards, got touchdowns from Cody Stroud, one on a one yard run and the other on a 32 yard pass to DeVionte' Edmonson.
The Cowboys fumbled the ball away on their first three possessions in the game, Sam Houston missing a field goal after the first miscue but scoring a touchdown after the third.