HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) Carson Earp threw for 223 yards and four touchdowns and Kade Harrington rushed for a career-high 230 yards and two scores as Lamar knocked off Sam Houston State 49-46 to open Southland Conference play for both teams on Saturday night.

Lamar (2-1, 1-0 Southland Conference) scored 21 unanswered points in the second quarter to lead 35-14 at the half. Sam Houston State (0-2, 0-1) charged back and closed to 49-46 when Jared Johnson scored from the 6 with 58 seconds left in the game. The ensuing onside kick was recovered by the Cardinals.

Sam Houston State, the pre-season pick to win the conference, outscored Lamar 32-14 in the second half. Johnson finished with 235 yards passing and two touchdowns and 107 yards rushing and two more scores. Jeremiah Briscoe also threw for 131 yards for the Bearkats.

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Devonn Brown caught four passes for 101 yards for Lamar.

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