Scores

Final

Sam Houston 31

(8-4, 4-3 Southland)

Cent Arkansas 49

(7-5, 4-3 Southland)

Coverage: GamePlan

4:00 PM ET, November 23, 2013

Estes Stadium, Conway, AR

1 2 3 4 T
SHSU 3 7 14 731
CARK 21 21 0 749

Top Performers

Passing: R. Howard (CARK) - 349 YDS, 4 TD

Rushing: W. Matthews (CARK) - 23 CAR, 89 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: T. Williams (SHSU) - 13 REC, 104 YDS, 1 TD

Central Arkansas knocks off Sam Houston St. 49-31

Associated Press

CONWAY, Ark. -- Ryan Howard threw for 349 yards and four touchdowns to lead Central Arkansas to a 49-31 win over Sam Houston State Saturday.

Central Arkansas (7-5, 4-3 Southland) finishes the conference season tied for third with the Bearkats (8-4, 4-3 Southland) behind both Southeastern Louisiana and McNeese State.

The loss kept Sam Houston State winless on the road. The Bearkats were 7-0 at home this season and picked up a win over Stephen F. Austin in the Piney Woods Shootout in Houston.

Willie Matthews had eight catches for 55 yards and two touchdowns for Central Arkansas and Dezmin Lewis caught five passes for 74 yards and two scores.

Although he did not start after suffering a shoulder sprain last week, Brian Bell came off the bench to pass for 327 yards and four touchdowns, completing his career as the Bearkats all-time leader in passing and total offense.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
SHSU
CARK
1st Downs3025
Total Yards488490
Passing353374
Rushing135116
Penalties3-257-73
3rd Down Conversions9-218-18
4th Down Conversions2-41-3
Turnovers61
Possession27:4732:13

Passing Leaders

Sam Houston StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Bell30/633365.344
Central ArkansasC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Howard24/363499.740

Rushing Leaders

Sam Houston StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Flanders21773.7014
Johnson3237.7018
Central ArkansasCARYDSAVGTDLG
Matthews23893.9116
Reed6233.8011

Receiving Leaders

Sam Houston StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Williams131048.0116
Motlagh46215.5134
Central ArkansasRECYDSAVGTDLG
Watts312742.3171
Lewis57414.8229

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERSHSUCARK
TD11:18Dezmin Lewis 29 Yd Pass From Ryan Howard (Eddie Camara Kick) 07
TD11:07Desmond Smith 24 Yd Pass From Ryan Howard (Eddie Camara Kick) 014
FG06:49Luc Swimberghe 36 Yd 314
TD03:11Dezmin Lewis 29 Yd Pass From Ryan Howard (Eddie Camara Kick) 321
SECOND QUARTERSHSUCARK
TD11:55Willie Matthews 10 Yd Pass From Taylor Reed (Eddie Camara Kick) 328
TD04:29Keshawn Hill 22 Yd Pass From Brian Bell (Luc Swimberghe Kick) 1028
TD01:13Damien Watts 71 Yd Pass From Ryan Howard (Eddie Camara Kick) 1035
TD00:45Marcus Peters 54 Yd Interception Return (Eddie Camara Kick) 1042
THIRD QUARTERSHSUCARK
TD10:31Torrance Williams 11 Yd Pass From Brian Bell (Luc Swimberghe Kick) 1742
TD00:03Shyon Motlagh 34 Yd Pass From Brian Bell (Luc Swimberghe Kick) 2442
FOURTH QUARTERSHSUCARK
TD14:04Stephen Williams 13 Yd Pass From Brian Bell (Luc Swimberghe Kick) 3142
TD05:40Willie Matthews 1 Yd Run (Eddie Camara Kick) 3149