Sam Houston State safety suspended one game

The Southland Conference suspended Sam Houston State safety Mike Littleton for one game Thursday for a personal foul he received in last Saturday's game against Central Arkansas.

Littleton will miss Sam Houston State's game at New Mexico on Saturday.

NCAA football rules require conferences to automatically review video of unnecessary roughness acts that target the head or neck to determine if additional sanctions are necessary.

"After reviewing the video, the play was correctly called by the game officials as unnecessary roughness-blow to the head," Southland Conference commissioner Tom Burnett said in a statement. "Further, as called for by the NCAA football playing rules, the conference has additionally confirmed the violation as a targeted hit to head or neck area of a defenseless player and is issuing a one-game suspension to Mr. Littleton. The Southland will always work to ensure the safety and well-being of its student-athletes during competition."

Littleton, a 6-foot, 205-pound junior, is second on the Bearkats' team with 14 tackles. They are off to their first 2-0 start since 2007.