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FCS Title Game: Sam Houston vs South Dakota State

Sam Houston (9-1) and South Dakota State (8-1) will play in the FCS title game on Sunday, May 16 at 2 pm ET at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, TX.

Here is a preview of the big game (stats provided by

Sam Houston vs South Dakota State-FCS Title Game

Sam Houston

Players to Watch

The Bearkats have allowed just 19 points per game on defense, led by DL Jahri Kay, who has 6 sacks. He has 13 tackles and 5 TFLs in three playoff games.

QB Eric Schmid is the conductor of an offense that is scoring 39 points per game. The Southland Conference Player of the Year has accounted for 6 touchdowns in three playoff games, including the game-winning touchdown run last week in the come-from-behind 38-35 win over James Madison.

WR Jequez Ezzard is a threat to take it to the house every time he touches the ball. He had a 69-yard TD catch and an 80-yard punt return for a touchdown in the win over JMU.

Kay (1st Team), Schmid, Ezzard, and OL Colby Thomas (2nd Team)were named FCS All-Americans.

Road to Frisco

    • Defeated Monmouth 21-15
    • Beat North Dakota State 24-20
    • Defeated James Madison 38-35

South Dakota State

Players to Watch

QB Mark Gronowski is the MVFC Offensive Player of the Year and came in second in the voting for the Jerry Rice Award. He has 7 TDs to his credit in three playoff games.

LB Logan Backhaus has 30 tackles in three playoff games.

Road to Frisco

    • Defeated Holy Cross 31-3
    • Beat Southern Illinois 31-26
    • Defeated Delaware 33-3

Sunday will mark Sam Houston’s first appearance in the championship game since back-to-back appearances in 2011 and 2012. It will be head coach K.C. Keeler’s second appearance in the championship game after winning it all as the head man at Delaware in 2003.

The game can be seen on ABC and on ESPN3.

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