College Football

Sam Houston ousts defending champ NDSU

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) Eric Schmid threw for 227 yards and a touchdown, and his 6-yard touchdown run with 3:39 left helped send second-seeded Sam Houston State past defending FCS champion North Dakota State 24-20 on Sunday.

The Bearkats (8-0) advance to face the winner between No. 3-seed James Madison and North Dakota in the semifinals. Sam Houston State's win gives it a 15-0 all-time playoff record in home games as it searches for its first-ever championship.

The loss snaps North Dakota State's (7-3) FCS string of nine straight semifinals' appearances.

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