- By Cheval JohnNo.2 Eastern Washington defeated No.14 Sam Houston State 56-35 in the first game of the 2014 College Football season.The game, which was held in Cheney, Washington and televised nationally on ESPN, proved to be an offensive shootout as both teams combined for 91 points and 1,166 total yards.For K.C. Keeler, the new head coach for Sam Houston, the game showed that his team is still a work in progress.Here are some key takeaways from the game:Penalties plague Sam Houston StateThe major downfall for the Bearkats was penalties.They accumulated 16 penalties for 157 yards while the Eagles only had 1 penalty for 15 yards.
“We’re really disappointed in the mistakes today,” Keeler said to gobearkats.com. “If we play clean, we have a real chance to win this ball game. More than 150 yards in penalties is mind boggling. We’re a better football team than that.”
Vernon Adams Proved His Worth As A Walter Payton Award Candidate
Adams showed how much he had improved from the pocket in addition to using his feet to create plays for his team.
The junior completed 26 of his 48 passes for 302 yards and three scores.
He also had 61 yards on 12 carries.
None came bigger than in the fourth quarter when they were up 35-28 on a 3rd and 9 play that he scampered for 29 yards for a first down and during the play, a Bearkat defender grabbed his face mask to get him down that tacked on an additional 15 yards.
A couple of plays later, backup Jordan West threw the five yard touchdown pass that extended the lead to 42-28.
Keshawn Hill Showed Why He Is The Bearkat's No.1 Running Back
There was no question that Bearkat running back Keshawn Hill was going to be a great replacement for Timothy Flanders.
Hill, who had 17 carries for 133 yards and a touchdown, provided the spark for Sam Houston in the opening minutes of the second quarter when he went down the middle and scored on a 73-yard run that tied the game.
A couple of plays later on the defensive end, Trenier Orr intercepted a pass and took it to the house for 55 yards.
That set up a back and forth battle that the Eagles eventually won.
Jared Johnson's Decent Debut For Sam Houston
It was a question mark of who would replace Brian Bell at the quarterback position coming into the season.
Jared Johnson eventually was named the starter for the season and he showed why he is the person to lead the Bearkat offense.
Though he had a rough start, he went 31 of 52 for 317 yards and two scores.
He also showed that he can throw the deep pass when it is needed.
The Eagles Got Their First Win Against The Bearkats
The Eagles got their first win against the Bearkats in four meetings.
In their first three meetings (two of them in the playoffs), the Bearkats have won everyone of them.
One of the most improbable wins came in the 2004 quarterfinals of the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs.
The Bearkats were down by 20, but they made a comeback that was capped off with a game-tying touchdown and then a game-winning extra point with no time left.
Sam Houston won again in the semifinals against the Eagles 45-42 in 2012 to make the national championship game.
Then they beat Eastern Washington again 49-34 in Huntsville, Texas before losing in Cheney.