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BY THE NUMBERS: How do Bearkats, Bison compare?
1 Player on the North Dakota State offense’s two-deep who is under 6-foot – WR Ryan Smith (5-foot-7). He leads the team with 47 catches (for 519 yards and 3 TDs).
1 Team that can boast of playing on all three colored artificial turf fields in the NCAA – Sam Houston State played on Boise State’s blue turf in 1995, and competed on Central Arkansas’ purple turf on Sept. 22 and Eastern Washington’s red turf on Dec. 15.
2 Players on the North Dakota State roster from Florida – cornerback Brendin Pierre (Miramar, Fla.) (left); and linebacker Antonio Rodgers (North Miami Beach, Fla.).
2 Games in which North Dakota State has allowed more than 200 yards passing – 213 vs. Northern Iowa on Sept. 29; 207 vs. Illinois State on Nov. 17.
3 Top-10 statistical rankings for the Sam Houston State offense – second in Points (41.9 per game); fifth in Passing Efficiency (156.6); and sixth in Passing (184.1 yards per game).
4 Victories by Sam Houston State against ranked opponents in 2012 – No. 2 Montana State (Dec. 7); No. 4 Eastern Washington (Dec. 15); No. 12 Cal Poly (Dec. 1); and No. 21 McNeese State (Oct. 20).
4 Players on the Sam Houston State roster not from Texas – punter Matt Foster (Melbourne, Australia) (left); running back Timothy Flanders (Midwest City, Okla.); offensive lineman Chris Rogers (Littleton, Colo.); and tight end K.J. Williams (Norman, Okla.).
5 Games that North Dakota State played against teams currently ranked in the FCS Coaches’ Poll – No. 7 Georgia Southern; No. 9 Wofford; No. 15 Illinois State; No. 21 South Dakota State; No. 24 Indiana State. … The Bison play No. 5 SHSU on Saturday.
5 FCS top-10 statistical rankings for Sam Houston State – second in Rushing Defense (84.1 ypg); second in Points (41.9 pg); fifth in Passing Efficiency (156.6); sixth in Rushing (279.2 ypg); and 10th in Total Offense (463.4 ypg).
6 FCS-leading statistical categories for North Dakota State – Scoring Defense (11.43 ppg); Total Defense (223.29 ypg); Pass Defense (131.00 ypg); Time of Possession (34:39); First Downs Defense (11.93 pg); and Fourth Down Efficiency Offense (82.35 percent).
6 Victories by North Dakota State against FBS teams since 2006 – the most of any FCS school. The Bison are 6-3 against FBS teams during that time: 2-1 vs. Minnesota; 1-0 vs. Ball State; 1-0 vs. Central Michigan; 1-0 vs. Kansas; 1-0 vs. Colorado State; 0-1 vs. Wyoming; and 0-1 vs. Iowa State.
7 300-pound players, combined, on the North Dakota State and Sam Houston State two-deep (and all are offensive linemen) – NDSU: tackle Billy Turner (300); tackle Jason Pomerenke (310); guard Zack Johnson (324); and center Joe Lund (303). … SHSU: tackle Riley Smith (300); guard Joey White (305); and tackle Kaleb Hopson (300).
8 Games in which Sam Houston State scored at least 45 points – including a season-high 70 against Southeastern Louisiana on Nov. 3. The Bearkats eclipsed the 50-point plateau six times.
9 National championships for North Dakota State – eight as a Division II member (1965, 1968, 1969, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1988 and 1990) and one in the FCS (2011). The Bison are 44-14 in the postseason, including a 9-1 mark in the FCS playoffs.
10 Point-after-touchdown kick conversions by Sam Houston State’s Miguel Antonio on Nov. 3 against Southeastern Louisiana in the Bearkats’ 70-0 victory. He also had games with eight and seven, and five times had six PATs in a game.