Sam Houston State's No. 1 national seed in the 2011 FCS playoffs wasn't going to mean anything if the Bearkats got upset by unseeded Stony Brook. Luckily for the Bearkats, Brian Bell and Tim Flanders led them back late for a 34-27 victory.
Bell threw for 161 yards and two touchdowns and ran for two first downs on Sam Houston State's game-winning touchdown drive in the fourth quarter, while Flanders ran for 101 yards and a touchdown, getting 40 of those yards and the score on that final drive. The Bearkats held off the Seawolves despite a fourth quarter that featured 34 points, 17 from each team.
Stony Brook's Kyle Essington threw for 226 yards and two touchdowns in the loss, but completed just nine of his 29 passes.
The Bearkats move on to the third round of the 2011 FCS playoffs, and will host Montana State and play for the right to move on to the "final four" of the subdivision.