(From the USD sports desk)
HUNTSVILLE, Texas–Sam Houston State took a 41-14 lead into halftime, survived a furious South Dakota rally, and advanced to the quarterfinals of the FCS playoffs with an explosive 54-42 win Saturday at Bowers Stadium.
South Dakota’s Chris Streveler and Sam Houston State’s Jeremiah Briscoe combined for 1,025 yards passing and 10 touchdowns. Streveler passed for a USD and FCS playoff record 520 yards and accounted for six scores. Briscoe threw for 505 and four touchdowns.
The two offenses, ranked one and two nationally, combined for 1,345 yards. South Dakota senior Brandt Van Roekel had 11 receptions for a program-record 234 yards. He had five catches for 152 yards in the second half and capped the Coyotes’ opening drive of the third quarter with a 42-yard touchdown catch.
South Dakota scored on four of its first five drives of the second half to climb within two, 44-42, with 10:45 left in the fourth quarter. After compiling 468 yards in the first half, the Bearkats netted one first down and just 28 yards on four drives in the third quarter.
Streveler, meanwhile, was 12 of 16 for 179 yards and two scores in the frame. He ran in from two yards out on the first play of the fourth quarter that made it 41-35, and hooked up with Alonge Brooks for a 58-yard strike that made it 44-42.
Streveler broke the Missouri Valley Football Conference record for single-season passing yards in the middle of the second quarter. The new mark is 4,134 yards. Streveler finished with 4,854 yards of total offense this year, the eighth-highest total in FCS history. Streveler accounted for an FCS playoff record 571 yards Saturday (520 passing, 51 rushing).