2017 Sam Houston State Bearkats Football Team
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2017 Sam Houston State Bearkats Football Team
2017 Sam Houston State Bearkats football
SHSU block logo.svg
ConferenceSouthland Conference
Ranking
STATSNo. 4
FCS CoachesNo. 3
2017 record12-2 (8-1 Southland)
Head coach
Offensive coordinatorTim Cramsey (1st season)
Defensive coordinatorClayton Carlin (1st season as DC, 2nd overall season)
Home stadiumBowers Stadium
(Capacity: 12,593)
Seasons
← 2016
2018 →
2017 Southland Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
  9 0         10 2  
  8 1         12 2  
No. 25 Nicholls State ^   7 2         8 4  
No. 22 McNeese State   7 2         9 2  
Southeastern Louisiana   6 3         6 5  
Northwestern State   4 5         4 7  
Stephen F. Austin   4 5         4 7  
Abilene Christian   2 7         2 9  
Incarnate Word   1 7         1 10  
Lamar   1 8         2 9  
Houston Baptist   0 9         1 10  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – FCS playoff participant
Rankings from STATS FCS Poll

The 2017 Sam Houston State Bearkats football team represented Sam Houston State University in the 2017 NCAA Division I FCS football season. The Bearkats were led by fourth-year head coach K. C. Keeler and played their home games at Bowers Stadium. They were a member of the Southland Conference. They finished the season 12-2, 8-1 in Southland play to finish in second place. They received an at-large bid to the FCS playoffs where they defeated South Dakota in the first round and Kennesaw State in the quarterfinals before losing in the semifinals to North Dakota State.

Previous season

The Bearkats finished the season 12-1 overall and 9-0 in Southland play to win the Southland Conference title. They went undefeated (11-0) during the regular season. They received the Southland's automatic bid to the FCS Playoffs where they defeated Chattanooga the second round, only to lose in the quarterfinals to FCS national champion James Madison.

Schedule

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 1[a]6:00 p.m.No. 7 Richmond*No. 3ESPN3W 48-348,048
September 76:30 p.m.at Prairie View A&M*No. 3ESPNUW 44-318,465
September 236:00 p.m.Nicholls StateNo. 3
  • Bowers Stadium
  • Huntsville, TX
ESPN3W 66-1712,863
September 306:00 p.m.at No. 11 Central ArkansasNo. 3ESPN3L 30-4111,347
October 71:00 p.m.vs. Stephen F. AustinNo. 9ESPN3W 27-1626,792
October 143:45 p.m.Northwestern StateNo. 9
  • Bowers Stadium
  • Huntsville, TX
ELVNW 40-365,229
October 213:00 p.m.LamardaggerNo. 7
  • Bowers Stadium
  • Huntsville, TX
ESPN3W 63-278,031
October 287:00 p.m.at Southeastern LouisianaNo. 5ESPN3W 33-236,027
November 41:00 p.m.Incarnate WordNo. 5
  • Bowers Stadium
  • Huntsville, TX
ESPN3W 57-205,077
November 116:00 p.m.at Abilene ChristianNo. 4ESPN3W 44-355,995
November 181:00 p.m.Houston BaptistNo. 5
  • Bowers Stadium
  • Huntsville, TX
ESPN3W 53-336,515
December 22:00 p.m.No. 16 South Dakota*No. 5
ESPN3W 54-424,401
December 97:30 p.m.No. 18 Kennesaw State*No. 5
ESPN3W 34-275,725
December 157:00 p.m.at No. 4 North Dakota State*No. 5ESPN2L 13-5518,279
  1. ^ Game was originally scheduled for August 27, but postponed and relocated due to Hurricane Harvey.

Source:[1]

Game summaries

Richmond

Richmond at Sam Houston State[2][3]
1 234Total
No. 7 Spiders 6 1477 34
No. 3 Bearkats 6 3570 48
  • Date: September 1
  • Location: McLane Stadium
    Waco, TX
  • Game start: 6:00 p.m. CDT
  • Elapsed time: 3:50
  • Game attendance: 8,048
  • Game weather: 90 °F (32 °C) o S 5-10 mph (8.0-16.1 km/h) o Fair skies
  • Referee: Dan Romeo
  • TV announcers (ESPN3): Play-By-Play: Mike Couzens Analysis: John Congemi
Sources:[2][3]

@ Prairie View A&M

Sam Houston State at Prairie View A&M[4][5]
1 234Total
No. 3 Bearkats 17 1377 44
Panthers 3 1477 31
  • Date: September 7
  • Location: Panther Stadium at Blackshear Field
    Prairie View, TX
  • Game start: 6:30 p.m. CDT
  • Elapsed time: 3:29
  • Game attendance: 8,468
  • Game weather: 82 °F (28 °C) o Sunny
  • Referee: Eddie Kelley
  • TV announcers (ESPNU): Play-By-Play: Eric Clemons Analysis: Jay Walker
Sources:[4][5]

Nicholls

Nicholls at Sam Houston State[6][7]
1 234Total
Colonels 0 3014 17
No. 3 Bearkats 14 24217 66
  • Date: September 23
  • Location: Bowers Stadium
    Huntsville, TX
  • Game start: 6:00 p.m. CDT
  • Elapsed time: 3:30
  • Game attendance: 12,863
  • Game weather: 84 °F (29 °C) o S 5-10 mph (8.0-16.1 km/h) Calm o Clear and sunny
  • Referee: Dan Lewis
  • TV announcers (ESPN3): Play-By-Play: Randy McIlvoy o Analysis: Shea Walker
Sources:[6][7]

@ Central Arkansas

Sam Houston State at Central Arkansas[8][9]
1 234Total
No. 3 Bearkats 7 1076 30
No. 11 Bears 14 1737 41
  • Date: September 30
  • Location: Estes Stadium
    Conway, AR
  • Game start: 6:00 p.m. CDT
  • Elapsed time: 3:44
  • Game attendance: 11,347
  • Referee: Brandon Cruise
  • TV announcers (ESPN3): Play-By-Play: Randy McIlvoy o Analysis: Shea Walker o Sideline: Tatum Everett
Sources:[8][9]

vs. Stephen F. Austin

Battle of the Piney Woods[10][11]
1 234Total
Lumberjacks 0 1303 16
No. 9 Bearkats 17 307 27
  • Date: October 7
  • Location: NRG Stadium
    Houston, TX
  • Game start: 1:00 p.m. CDT
  • Elapsed time: 3:37
  • Game attendance: 26,792
  • Game weather: Indoors
  • Referee: Ross Smith
  • TV announcers (ESPN3): Play-By-Play: Randy McIlvoy o Analysis: Shea Walker o Sideline: Tatum Everett
Sources:[10][11]

Northwestern State

Northwestern State at Sam Houston State
1 234Total
Demons 17 1090 36
No. 9 Bearkats 7 14712 40
  • Date: October 14
  • Location: Bowers Stadium
    Huntsville, TX
  • Game start: 3:45 p.m. CDT
  • Game attendance: 5,229
  • Television network: ELVN
Sources:

Lamar

Lamar at Sam Houston State (Homecoming)
1 234Total
Cardinals 7 1370 27
No. 7 Bearkats 16 31106 63
  • Date: October 21
  • Location: Bowers Stadium
    Huntsville, TX
  • Game start: 3:00 p.m. CDT
  • Game attendance: 8,031
  • Television network: ESPN3
Sources:

@ Southeastern Louisiana

Sam Houston State at Southeastern Louisiana
1 234Total
No. 5 Bearkats 9 7107 33
Lions 3 1370 23
  • Date: October 28
  • Location: Strawberry Stadium
    Hammond, LA
  • Game start: 7:00 p.m. CDT
  • Game attendance: 6,027
  • Television network: ESPN3
Sources:

Incarnate Word

Incarnate Word at Sam Houston State
1 234Total
Cardinals 7 706 20
No. 5 Bearkats 23 13210 57
  • Date: November 4
  • Location: Bowers Stadium
    Huntsville, TX
  • Game start: 1:00 p.m. CST
  • Game attendance: 5,077
Sources:

@ Abilene Christian

Sam Houston State at Abilene Christian
1 234Total
No. 4 Bearkats 24 0713 44
Demons 0 71414 35
  • Date: November 11
  • Location: Anthony Field at Wildcat Stadium
    Abilene, TX
  • Game start: 6:00 p.m. CST
  • Game attendance: 5,995
Sources:

Houston Baptist

Houston Baptist at Sam Houston State
1 234Total
Huskies 7 7712 33
No. 5 Bearkats 26 7137 53
  • Date: November 18
  • Location: Bowers Stadium
    Huntsville, TX
  • Game start: 1:00 p.m. CST
  • Game attendance: 6,515
Sources:

FCS Playoffs

South Dakota-Second Round

FCS Playoffs Second Round
1 234Total
No. 16 Coyotes 7 71414 42
No. 5 Bearkats 14 27013 54
  • Date: December 2
  • Location: Bowers Stadium
    Huntsville, TX
  • Game start: 2:00 p.m. CST
  • Game attendance: 4,401
Sources:

Kennesaw State-Quarterfinals

FCS Playoffs Quarterfinals
1 234Total
No. 18 Owls 7 3314 27
No. 5 Bearkats 14 1037 34
  • Date: December 9
  • Location: Bowers Stadium
    Huntsville, TX
  • Game start: 7:30 p.m. CST
  • Game attendance: 5,725
  • Television network: ESPN3
Sources:

@ North Dakota State-Semifinals

FCS Playoffs Semifinals
1 234Total
No. 5 Bearkats 3 0100 13
No. 4 Bison 21 20140 55
Sources:

Ranking movements

Ranking movements
Legend: Increase in ranking. Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ? = Tied with team above or below. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Final
STATS FCS 3 (7) 3 (2) 3 3 (1) 3 (2) 9 9 7 5 5 4 5 5 4
Coaches 3 (3) 3 (1) 3 3 3 11 9 7 5 5 4 4 5 3

References

  1. ^ "Football - 2017 Schedule". Sam Houston State University Department of Athletics. Retrieved 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Richmond vs Sam Houston State (Sept 1, 2017)". Retrieved 2017.
  3. ^ a b "2017 SHSU FB Game Notes: Richmond" (PDF). Retrieved 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Sam Houston State vs Prairie View (Sept 7, 2017)". Retrieved 2017.
  5. ^ a b "2017 SHSU FB Game Notes: Prairie View A&M" (PDF). Retrieved 2017.
  6. ^ a b "Nicholls vs Sam Houston State (Sept 23, 2017)". Retrieved 2017.
  7. ^ a b "2017 SHSU FB Game Notes: Nicholls" (PDF). Retrieved 2017.
  8. ^ a b "Sam Houston State vs Central Arkansas (Sept 30, 2017)". Retrieved 2017.
  9. ^ a b "2017 SHSU FB Game Notes: Central Arkansas" (PDF). Retrieved 2017.
  10. ^ a b "Sam Houston State vs Stephen F. Austin (Oct 07, 2017)". Retrieved 2017.
  11. ^ a b "2017 SHSU FB Game Notes: Stephen F. Austin" (PDF). Retrieved 2017.

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