Scores

Final

Sam Houston 20

(1-2, 0-1 Southland)

Cent Arkansas 24

(3-1, 1-0 Southland)

Coverage: GamePlan

4:00 PM ET, September 22, 2012

Estes Stadium, CONWAY, AR

1 2 3 4 T
SHSU 10 0 0 1020
CARK 0 7 3 1424

Top Performers

Passing: W. Smothers (CARK) - 318 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: T. Flanders (SHSU) - 22 CAR, 125 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: T. Diller (SHSU) - 9 REC, 141 YDS

Cent. Arkansas 24, Sam Houston St. 20

Associated Press

CONWAY, Ark. -- Wynri Smothers' 26-yard touchdown pass to Dominique Croom with 57 seconds left gave Central Arkansas a 24-20 victory Saturday over powerhouse Sam Houston State in both teams' Southland Conference opener.

Smothers, who threw for 318 yards, had pulled the Bears (3-1) within 20-17 on a 17-yard run with 3:18 to play. After the Central Arkansas defense forced a punt, Smothers hit Croom on a 41-yard sideline route before finding him in the corner of the end zone for the game-winner.

Smothers had opened the Bears' scoring with a 30-yard touchdown to Terence Bobo in the second quarter.

Tim Flanders ran for 125 yards and two scores for the Bearkats (1-2), who had a chance to win as time expired. Brian Bell threw an on-target jump ball that Karl Brady intercepted in the end zone.

The Bears improved to 7-0 at home since installing purple-and-gray artificial turf at Estes Stadium.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
SHSU
CARK
1st Downs1723
Total Yards470413
Passing199318
Rushing27195
Penalties6-638-69
3rd Down Conversions5-167-15
4th Down Conversions1-10-0
Turnovers11
Possession32:0127:59

Passing Leaders

Sam Houston StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Bell16/241998.301
Central ArkansasC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Smothers24/413187.821

Rushing Leaders

Sam Houston StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Flanders221255.7239
Sincere6518.5025
Central ArkansasCARYDSAVGTDLG
Hinton15463.109
Smothers10404.0117

Receiving Leaders

Sam Houston StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Diller914115.7041
Robinson22110.5012
Central ArkansasRECYDSAVGTDLG
Croom711316.1141
Lewis69115.2032

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERSHSUCARK
FG08:21Miguel Antonio 35 Yd 30
TD01:41Tim Flanders 39 Yd Run (Miguel Antonio Kick) 100
SECOND QUARTERSHSUCARK
TD10:05Terence Bobo 30 Yd Pass From Wynrick Smothers (Eddie Camara Kick) 107
THIRD QUARTERSHSUCARK
FG02:03Eddie Camara 22 Yd 1010
FOURTH QUARTERSHSUCARK
TD12:41Tim Flanders 11 Yd Run (Miguel Antonio Kick) 1710
FG05:24Miguel Antonio 26 Yd 2010
TD03:18Wynrick Smothers 17 Yd Run (Eddie Camara Kick) 2017
TD00:57Dominique Croom 26 Yd Pass From Wynrick Smothers (Eddie Camara Kick) 2024