How crazy is this? Sam Houston State did better against Texas A&M than it did against North Dakota State.
Saturday in Frisco, the Bearkats lost the NCAA Football Championship Series ( FCS) title to NDSU for the second straight year, falling to the Bison, 39-13.
But the Bearkats took on A&M in its final regular season game November 20. A&M prevailed, 47-28. As Brent Zwerneman of the Houston Chronicle and San Antonio Express-News (no doubt detouring to Frisco on his way home from the Cotton Bowl) noted, 28 is more points than either Oklahoma or Alabama managed against the Aggie Wrecking Crew.
It was a harder, more impressive road (literally) back to the FCS championship game for SHSU this season, even though it ended in the same heartbreak as the 2011 campaign. Last year Sam Houston went 11-0 in the regular season, was ranked #1 in the FCS and played three playoff games at home. This year they went 8-3, were unseeded in the playoff bracket and had to beat Eastern Washington and Montana State away to make it back to Frisco.
Two of those three losses were to FBS schools– A&M and Baylor–which no doubt made the Bearkats stronger.
“We felt coming into this game Sam Houston was a better football team