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Baylor Bears Gameday: Sam Houston State

RV/RV BAYLOR (1-0) vs. NR/NR/#2 SHSU (1-0)
Sept. 15, 2012 | 6:05 p.m. CT
Waco, Texas | Floyd Casey Stadium (50,000)

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Sam Houston State University | Huntsville, TX | Official Athletics Website

General Info:

Sam Houston State University (known as SHSU or Sam) was founded in 1879 and is the third oldest public institution of higher learning in the State of Texas. It is located 70 miles north of Houston in the hills, lakes, and forests region of East Texas in Huntsville. It is one of the oldest purpose-built institutions for the instruction of teachers west of the Mississippi River and the first such institution of its type in Texas. The school is named for one of Texas's founding fathers, Sam Houston, who made his home in the city.

SHSU is part of the Texas State University System and has an enrollment of more than 17,600 students across 79 undergraduate, 54 masters', and 5 doctoral degree programs. It was the first institution classified as a Doctoral Research University by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education within the Texas State University System, and while education continues to be the most popular major among students at the university, SHSU is well known for its dance and criminal justice programs.

Football Program: Southland Conference (1-0)

2012 Schedule

Date Opponent Location Time (CT) Results Media
Sat, Sep 08 Incarnate Word Huntsville 6 p.m. 54 - 7 (W)
Sat, Sep 15 Baylor Waco 6 p.m.
Sat, Sep 22 Central Arkansas * Conway, Ark. 3 p.m.
Thu, Sep 27 Texas Southern BBVA Compass Stadium - Houston 7 p.m.
Sat, Oct 06 Stephen F. Austin * Reliant Stadium - Houston 3 p.m.
Sat, Oct 13 Nicholls State * Thibodaux, La. 6 p.m.
Sat, Oct 20 McNeese State (Homecoming) * Huntsville 2 p.m.
Live Video Available - Link available at start time
Sat, Oct 27 Lamar * Beaumont 3 p.m.
Sat, Nov 03 Southeastern Louisiana * Huntsville 2 p.m.
Live Video Available - Link available at start time
Sat, Nov 10 Northwestern State * Natchitoches, La. 6 p.m.
Sat, Nov 17 Texas A&M College Station TBA

Depth Chart: 2-deep available on page 6
Last Game: 54-7 Win over Incarnate Word
Head Coach: Willie Fritz -- 0-1 in his career against Baylor (34-3 in 2010)

Key Offensive Players:
RB Tim Flanders (#20): 2012: 15 rushes for 120 yards, 2 TDs

Junior Tim Flanders finished 7th in the 2011 Walter Payton Award voting and was named to five All-America squads. He led the Southland Conference in rushing and scoring. He stood No. 2 in the nation in scoring and No. 27 nationally in rushing. He was named as Southland Conference "Player of the Year."

WR Richard Sincere (#6): 2012: 1 reception for 30 yards, 0 TDs.

Richard Sincere is the 2011 Southland Conference "Offensive Player of the Year." The sophomore from Galveston Ball is a wide receiver who also lines up behind center in the "Wild Bearkat" formation. In 2011, he rushed 129 times for 979 yards and nine touchdowns and caught 26 passes for 485 yards including a 77-yard touchdown strike on the opening play of the Lamar victory.

QB Brian Bell (#11): 2012: 12/19 for 157 yards, 2 TDs.

Since becoming SHSU’s starting quarterback as a true freshman in the third game of the 2010 season, Brian Bell has led the Bearkats to a 19-4 record. An All-District quarterback at China Spring for his coach and father Mark Bell, Brian begins his junior season ranked No. 11 in SHSU career passing (3,450 yards), No. 7 in career TD passes (27) and No. 9 in career total offense yards (3,985). He was a second team All-Southland selection in 2011 and is the first team quarterback on the 2012 preseason all-league team.

Key Defensive Players: Honestly, your guess is as good as mine.

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