Huntsville, TX – A lightning storm delayed the much- anticipated Eastern Washington-Sam Houston State football game by 90 minutes on Saturday.
It turned out Sam Houston State had plenty of more lightning strikes with its high-octane offense.
Senior tailback Timothy Flanders rushed for 280 yards and two touchdowns and the No. 4-ranked Bearkats topped No. 2 Eastern Washington, 49-34, at Bowers Stadium.
This was the first-ever regular-season meeting between the two national powers. Sam Houston State, from the Southland Conference, had won two playoff matchups, including 45-42 in the national playoff semifinals last December.
The two teams combined for 1,052 yards - 496 for Eastern Washington and 556 for Sam Houston. Richard Sincere's 51-yard touchdown run for Sam Houston (4-1) just 1 minute, 1 second into the game set the tone.
Eastern Washington (2-2) led 13-7 after the first quarter, but the Bearkats scored six of the next eight touchdowns to take a 49-27 lead in the fourth quarter. They lead the FCS in scoring average (51.6 ppg).
Flanders, who carried the ball 32 times for the second-highest rushing total of his career, scored on runs of 60 and 12 yards. Quarterback Brian Bell threw two touchdowns to Torrance Williams and rushed for another score.
The Bearkats averaged 8.3 yards per carry in rushing for 450 yards on 54 attempts.
DeAntrey Loche also returned an interception of Eastern Washington quarterback Vernon Adams for a 42-yard touchdown early in the second quarter.
Adams was 19-of-31 for 355 yards and three touchdowns with the one interception. The Eagles, from the Big Sky Conference, have lost two straight games.