NCAA Football

UIW Cardinals (10-3)


Sam Houston goal-line stand stops UIW 49-42 in FCS playoff

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) Ramon Jefferson rushed for 166 yards and two touchdowns, Eric Schmid accounted for the game-winning score and defending national champion Sam Houston fended off Incarnate Word 49-42 with a last-gasp goal-line tackle in the second round of the FCS playoffs on Saturday.

The top-seeded, top-ranked Bearkats (11-0) will entertain eighth-seeded and No. 9-ranked Montana State (10-2) in the quarterfinals. The NCAA Selection Committee was to determine the date and time Saturday night.

Incarnate Word (10-3), playing its first football game in December, gave the defending national champions all they could handle, with quarterback Cameron Ward throwing for 481 yards and five touchdowns - two in the fourth quarter. Ward led the Cardinals 71 yards on their final possession, charging toward the goal line on a fourth-and-goal from the 4-yard line and landing just short when he was tackled and ruled down at the 1 before he was able to stretch the ball past the line.

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Leaders
Passing Yards: C. Ward4648
Passing TDs: C. Ward47
Rushing Yards: K. Brown956
Rushing TDs: K. Brown12
Receiving Yards: T. Grimes1145
Receiving TDs: T. Grimes15
Interceptions: None 
Schedule 2021
Date Opponent Result / Time
9/2 at Youngstown State L 41 - 44
9/11 vs. Prairie View A&M W 40 - 9
9/18 at Texas State W 42 - 34
9/25 vs. McNeese W 31 - 0
10/2 at Northwestern State W 38 - 27
10/16 vs. Nicholls W 38 - 21
10/23 at McNeese L 20 - 28
10/30 vs. Houston Baptist W 49 - 21
11/6 vs. Southeastern Louisiana W 55 - 52
11/13 at Nicholls W 27 - 23
11/20 at Houston Baptist W 55 - 14
11/27 vs. Stephen F. Austin W 35 - 28
12/4 at Sam Houston L 42 - 49
Southland
  Conference Overall
13 UIW 7-1 10-3
18 Southeastern Louisiana 6-2 9-4
Nicholls State 5-3 6-5
McNeese State 3-5 4-7
Northwestern State 3-5 3-8
Houston Baptist 0-8 0-11
Offense (FCS Rank)
Yards: 6334 (3)
Passing Yards: 4680 (3)
Rushing Yards: 1654 (52)
Points per game: 39.5 (4)
Yards per game: 487.2 (5)
Touchdowns: 70 (3)
Field Goals: 7 (94)
Defense (FCS Rank)
Yards: 5559 (118)
Passing Yards: 3251 (118)
Rushing Yards: 2308 (108)
Points per game: 26.9 (58)
Yards per game: 427.6 (91)
Touchdowns: 42 (87)
Field Goals: 14 (107)