(SHSU's Tim Flanders (16) rushed for 154 yards and three touchdowns in the Bearkats 38-10 defeat of the Lamar Cardinals. Photo by Darla Tamulitis-La Vita Loco Photography, Copyright 2010, All Rights Reserved)
By Robert H Kelly
Copyright 2010 TexSport Publications
BEAUMONT, TEXAS (October 2, 2010) The Sam Houston State Bearcats jumped out to an early 14-0 lead in the first quarter; going on to defeat the Lamar Cardinals 38-10 at Provost Umphrey Stadium at home in Southland Conference football action.
Bearcats running back Tim Flanders rushed for 153 yards and three touchdowns to give Sam Houston its second win of the season.
With the loss, the Cardinals drop to 2-3 on the season.
The Cardinals first two scores came on a punt return by Brando Closner and a 3-yard pass reception by Seth Patterson.
Closner’s touchdown was the result of the Cardinal’s punt on 4th and 6, in which he returned the ball 39 yards for the score.
Patterson’s score came after an 11 play 58-yard drive at the 2:15 mark of the 1st quarter. He caught a pass from quarterback Brian Bell for a three yard gain and the score.
Lamar got their first score of the game on a 36-yard field goal at the 14:51 mark of the 2nd quarter.
The Bearcats answered back with two touchdown runs by Tim Flanders. He ran for 27 yards and the third touchdown of the game at the 7:43 mark in the 2nd quarter and added the Bearcats fourth touchdown on a 1-yard run with 4:32 left in the half.
Flanders continued his dominance of the Cardinals, scoring his third TD of the game on a 32yard run to take the score to 35-3 at 9:31 in the third quarter.
Lamar finally scored their first touchdown on a first and 10 pass at their own 33 yard line.
Quarterback Andre Bevil found Marcus Jackson open across the middle and hit him for a 66-yard passing touchdown.
The Bearcats added a field goal from the 18-yard line to take a 38-10 lead with 15 minutes to go.
Sam Houston will next face Nicholls State on Oct. 9 with a 4:00pm start on the road, while Lamar will face Langston University on the same day with their first football homecoming celebration in 20 years.