SOURCE: Sam Houston State University

Sam Houston State University

December 06, 2011 16:05 ET

SHSU Prepares for Kat/Cat Showdown in FCS Quarterfinals

HUNTSVILLE, TX--(Marketwire - Dec 6, 2011) - Sam Houston State University's football team will fight to remain one of only two undefeated Division I college teams in the nation this weekend when the Bearkats take on former No. 1-seed Montana State on Saturday (Dec. 10) morning.

Kickoff for the NCAA Division I Football Championship quarterfinal matchup is scheduled for 11 a.m. at Elliott T. Bowers Stadium. The game will also be broadcast on ESPN.

The No. 1-seed Bearkats are 12-0 this season, the best record the team has had in 96 years of SHSU football.

Counting the final two 2010 victories, the Bearkats' 14-game winning streak is the longest current streak in the NCAA I Football Championship Subdivision.

The Bobcats were the No. 1-ranked team in the NCAA Football Champion Subdivision poll on Nov. 14. SHSU took over the top spot after the final regular season game on Nov. 21.

SHSU and Montana State have a long history of exciting games. The Bearkats defeated the Bobcats in the first game played in Bowers Stadium in 1986, and in 1987, MSU edged the Kats in Bozeman.

In their second visit to Huntsville in 1989, the Bobcats won 15-10. Two years later, in the pair's last meeting, SHSU bounced back from a 20-point first-quarter deficit in Bozeman to win 26-23.

As the No. 1 seed, SHSU has home field advantage through the NCAA Division I playoff semifinals, something head coach Willie Fritz and Bearkat fans hope will play in their favor.

SHSU is 3-0 in NCAA Division I football playoff games when playing at home.

"Playing at home in front of fans like ours is huge," Fritz said.

"With only 12 seniors on the team, we were predicted to finish fourth in the Southland Conference," he said. "To now be ranked No. 1 in the nation and be the only undefeated team remaining in the state is not only exciting to the players but to all Bearkat football fans, who really showed up to support us in last week's game. We expect to see just as many, if not more, here to support us this week against Montana State."

The NCAA Division I finals will be in Frisco, Texas, at Pizza Hut Park on Jan. 7 at noon.

Contact Information

  • Sam Houston State University
    Office of Communications
    Jennifer Gauntt
    (936) 294-4406
    jenniferg@shsu.edu