2011 Sam Houston State Bearkats football team

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2011 Sam Houston State Bearkats football
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National Runner–Up
Southland Conference Champions
FCS National Championship Game vs North Dakota State, 6–17
Conference Southland Conference
Ranking
Sports Network #1
FCS Coaches #1
2011 record 14–1 (7–0 Southland)
Head coach Willie Fritz (2nd year)
Offensive coordinator Bob Debesse
Defensive coordinator Scott Stoker
Home stadium Bowers Stadium
(Capacity: 12,976)
Seasons
« 2010 2012 »
2011 Southland Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#1 Sam Houston State ^   7 0         14 1  
#15 Central Arkansas ^   6 1         9 4  
Stephen F. Austin   5 2         6 5  
McNeese State   4 3         6 5  
Northwestern State   3 4         5 6  
Lamar   2 5         4 7  
Southeastern Louisiana   1 6         3 8  
Nicholls State   0 7         1 10  
† – Conference champion
^ – FCS playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll

The 2011 Sam Houston State Bearkats football team represented Sam Houston State University in the 2011 NCAA Division I FCS football season. The Bearkats were led by second year head coach Willie Fritz and played their home games at Bowers Stadium. They are a member of the Southland Conference. They finished the season 14–1, 7–0 in Southland play to win the conference championship. They received the conference's automatic bid into the FCS Playoffs where they advanced to the National Championship Game before falling to North Dakota State 6–17.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 1 6:00 PM Western Illinois* Bowers StadiumHuntsville, TX SLC TV W 20–6   6,020
September 17 7:00 PM #18 Central Arkansas Bowers Stadium • Huntsville, TX W 31–10   9,831
September 24 5:00 PM at New Mexico* #20 University StadiumAlbuquerque, NM W 48–45 OT  16,313
October 1 6:00 PM UTSA* #16 Bowers Stadium • Huntsville, TX W 22–7   6,889
October 8 2:00 PM vs. Stephen F. Austin #11 Reliant StadiumHouston, TX (Battle of the Piney Woods) SLC TV W 45–10   25,083
October 15 2:00 PM Nicholls Statedagger #10 Bowers Stadium • Huntsville, TX W 47–7   6,483
October 22 7:00 PM at McNeese State #7 Cowboy StadiumLake Charles, LA W 38–14   12,742
October 29 2:00 PM Lamar #6 Bowers Stadium • Huntsville, TX KBTV W 66–0   6,575
November 5 7:00 PM at Southeastern Louisiana #4 Strawberry StadiumHammond, LA W 38–9   4,871
November 12 2:00 PM Northwestern State #3 Bowers Stadium • Huntsville, TX ESPN GamePlan W 43–17   6,643
November 19 3:30 PM at Texas State* #2 Bobcat StadiumSan Marcos, TX W 36–14   15,613
December 3 2:00 PM #22 Stony Brook* #1 Bowers Stadium • Huntsville, TX (FCS Playoffs Second Round) ESPN3 W 34–27   8,161
December 10 11:00 AM #7 Montana State* #1 Bowers Stadium • Huntsville, TX (FCS Playoffs Quarterfinals) ESPN W 49–13   9,077
December 16 7:00 PM #5 Montana* #1 Bowers Stadium • Huntsville, TX (FCS Playoffs Semifinals) ESPN W 31–28   12,367
January 7 12:00 PM vs. #4 North Dakota State* #1 Pizza Hut ParkFrisco, TX (FCS National Championship Game) ESPN2 L 6–17   20,086
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll released prior to game. All times are in Central Time.

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