Brock does it all as Bear­kats take charge af­ter rough start

Fresh­man quar­ter­back tosses 2 TD passes while adding rush­ing and re­ceiv­ing scores

Houston Chronicle Sunday - - COLLEGE FOOTBALL - By Richard Dean

at quar­ter­back, ear­lier threw a touch­down pass that gave the Kats a 28-14 lead.

“We’re blessed to have three quar­ter­backs that can play,” Keeler said. “All three have great at­ti­tudes about their sit­u­a­tion.”

Thomas Hutch­ings rushed for 89 yards, in­clud­ing a long of 47, for SFA (1-4, 1-3). The Jacks’ Tam­rick Pace caught touch­down passes of 9 and 21 yards, re­spec­tively, from Fos­ter Sawyer and Jake Blum­rick. Josh McGowen scored on a 5-yard first-quar­ter run that gave the Jacks a 14-7 lead.

The game quickly got away from SFA in the sec­ond quar­ter. Sam Hous­ton pulled off a trick play that re­sulted in a touch­down, putting the Kats up by two touch­downs.

Sch­mid, a red­shirt fresh­man quar­ter­back from The Wood­lands, caught a back­ward pass from Brock, then found Brock wide open along the right side­line. Line­men Ty Bar­rett and Tyler Ed­wards es­corted Brock into the end zone for a 32-yard score. leg got rolled up on and did not re­turn.

“You can see the ver­sa­til­ity Ty gives you. That gives you a lot of op­tions” Keeler said. “That’s why we went with him.”

But it was the first of two in­ter­cep­tions from D.J. Cur­tis that got the ball rolling for Sam Hous­ton (3-2, 2-1). His 30-yard pick six late in the first quar­ter gave the Bear­kats their first lead, as well the lead for good at 21-14.

“When I made that pick, we just did our as­sign­ments,” Cur­tis said. “I saw the tight end, I got in front of him, and took it to the end zone. Ev­ery­one did their part.

“This game is so im­por­tant. The ri­valry has been here so long. Peo­ple at school talk about this game and how big it is. You can see the emo­tions and the se­ri­ous­ness of it.”

Mike Dare, who started the first three games for Sam Hous­ton, passed for a touch­down af­ter re­plac­ing Brock. Eric Sch­mid, who came in for the fi­nal five min­utes calmed me down more than any­thing. We tied it up at 7, and af­ter that I knew we were go­ing to be able to move the ball on them.”

The Bear­kats con­tin­ued their dom­i­nance in the 93rd edi­tion of the Bat­tle of the Piney Woods, win­ning their eighth straight in the se­ries be­tween South­land Con­fer­ence ri­vals.

“Our kids feed off play­ing in this great en­vi­ron­ment,” Sam Hous­ton State coach K.C. Keeler said. “In the locker room, we talked about the Kats are back.”

Sam Hous­ton, which led 44-14 at half­time, out­gained SFA 500298.

“We’re just not built to play catch-up foot­ball,” SFA in­terim coach Jeff Byrd said.

Brock was 16 of 26 pass­ing for 217 yards, and added 46 yards rush­ing. He left the game for pre­cau­tion­ary rea­sons with 12:41 left in the third quar­ter af­ter his right

Af­ter throw­ing an in­ter­cep­tion on the sec­ond of­fen­sive play of the game, Ty Brock did a good job of redeem­ing him­self.

The Sam Hous­ton State quar­ter­back passed for two touch­downs, ran for one, and even caught a scor­ing pass. All in a day’s work for a red­shirt fresh­man mak­ing his sec­ond ca­reer start.

Brock and the Bear­kats re­sponded to a quick start by Stephen F. Austin with 47 unan­swered points on their way to a 54-21 vic­tory Sat­ur­day af­ter­noon at NRG Sta­dium.

“It started out rough with the in­ter­cep­tion, but I didn’t let it get to me,” said Brock, who threw touch­down passes of 43 yards to Nathan Stew­art and 15 yards to Davion Davis. “That al­most

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