Sam Houston State Holds Off Eastern Washington

Final score 45-42

By Dave Trimmer
|  Sunday, Dec 16, 2012  |  Updated 12:20 AM CDT
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Sam Houston State Holds Off Eastern  Washington

Sam Houston State earns trip to Football Championship Subdivision championship game.

Quarterback Brian Bell ran for two touchdowns and threw for another and Sam Houston State raced to a 35-0 halftime lead but barely held on to beat second-seeded Eastern Washington 45-42 Saturday afternoon, earning a trip to the Football Championship Subdivision championship game.

The Bearkats (11-3) face top-seeded North Dakota State, which won last year's matchup 17-16, Jan. 5 in Frisco, Texas.

The win over Eastern Washington (11-3) was the Bearkats' third straight over a Big Sky Conference team in the playoffs this year and fifth straight in the past two years.

After the Bearkats dominated the first half, backup quarterback Vernon Adams tied a school record with six touchdown passes to pull the Eagles within a field goal with 3:02 to play.

However, behind Tim Flanders, who rushed for 219 yards, Sam Houston State was able to run out the clock.

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