The Stony Brook football program looks to continue its 2011-12 season Saturday, as the Seawolves travel to Sam Houston State University for a Football Championship Subdivision second-round playoff game at Bowers Stadium in Huntsville, TX (3 p.m. ET on ESPN3). The winner advances to play either New Hampshire University or Montana State University in the quarterfinals next Friday or Saturday.
Last week, the Seawolves (9-3) overcame an 18-point second-half deficit and defeated the University at Albany, 31-28. Senior running back Brock Jackolski rushed for 223 total yards and scored three second-half touchdowns to help Stony Brook rally for its first-ever postseason victory. Meanwhile, the Bearkats (11-0), the No. 1 overall seed in the 20-team tournament, were one of 11 teams to earn a first-round bye.
Sam Houston enters the contest with one of the most, if not the most, explosive offenses in the FCS, which has compiled a nation-best 39.1 points per game. The Bearkats use Kansas State University transfer running back Tim Flanders, who has rushed for 1,095 yards and 20 touchdowns, to lead a solid running game, which is ranked seventh in the nation (250.1 yards per game).
Quarterback Brian Bell, who has passed for 1,607 yards and 14 touchdowns this season, leads the Bearkats offense, which helped Sam Houston defeat FBS-level, New Mexico, 48-45, earlier this year.