After a valiant comeback attempt, a late interception spelled defeat for the Texas A&M University-Commerce football team as they fell 24-38 to FCS opponent Sam Houston State on Halloween night in Huntsville.
In the first meeting between the teams since 1985, the Lions (7-2, 6-0 Lone Star Conference) came into the game riding a six-game winning streak after having captured their second straight LSC Championship the previous week. The Bearkats (6-2, 5-1 Southland Conference) were on a 5-game winning streak of their own, and flexed their muscles early in the game, scoring their first touchdown less than three minutes into the game. A&M-Commerce struggled to answer, and were down as much as 3-21 in the second quarter.
The Lions offense showed signs of life after a 55-yard touchdown pass from Harrison Stewart to Darby Smith in the second. A&M-Commerce could not ride their momentum, however, as the scoring halted until a Sam Houston field goal ended the half with the Lions down 10-24.
A&M-Commerce got the blue and gold fans in attendance out of their seats after Lance Evans caught a short pass and proceeded to run for 76-yards until he was run out of bounds. The long play set up a 10-yard touchdown pass to Derrick Macon which brought the Lions within a score of tying the game. The A&M-Commerce defense started to figure out the Bearkat offense, and got a key stop on the next drive. Stewart began to find a rhythm as he completed a 40-yarder to Richard Cooper, followed by a 39-yard bomb to Lance Evans to tie the game at 24.
The momentum was short lived, as Sam Houston scored less than three minutes later, and scored once more in the fourth quarter to put the game at 24-38.
Any hopes of a Lions comeback were squashed when a Stewart pass was intercepted by Adri Contreras, and the Bearkats were able to run out the clock to secure the victory. The interceptions was Stewart’s first since week two.