Going back to the 2010 season, the Bearkats have won a whopping 16 straight games. At 14-0, they remain as the only undefeated team in the FCS with one of the most explosive offenses in the FCS.
To get to the national championship, Sam Houston State beat the No. 4-ranked Montana Grizzlies. After a hot start, scoring 21 points in the first quarter, the Grizzlies looked to make a comeback by outscoring the Bearkats, 28-10, in the final three quarters. However, the Bearkats held on for the 31-28 victory.
In the win, the Bearkats forced three turnovers by Montana, and through a solid run game won the time of possession battle.
Additionally, quarterback Brian Bell kept the passing game in check for the Bearkats. Bell was 10-of-14 through the air for 113 yards and two touchdowns.
However, the real reason Sam Houston State prevailed in the semifinal matchup was due to the ground game. As a whole, the Bearkats rushed for 383 yards against the Grizzlies. Star running back Tim Flanders rushed for a school record 287 yards from 26 carries along with a 69-yard long and one touchdown.
FCS All-America selection and Southland Conference Player of the Year Tim Flanders has been the driving force behind Sam Houston State's championship run. The sophomore has rushed for 1,560 yards and 22 yards during the 2011 season.
The Bearkats also have a noteworthy defense. Behind defensive tackle J.T. Cleveland and linebacker Will Henry up front, Sam Houston State has only given up an average of 69.9 yards per game on the ground this season. Additionally, All-Southland Teamers Kenneth Jenkins and Darnell Taylor hold down the secondary for the Bearkats.