Sam Houston routs SLU

Southeastern running back Xavier Roberson returns a punt out of the reach of Sam Houston State line backer Jeremy Jackson in the first half Saturday at Elliott T. Bowers Stadium in Huntsville, Texas. (Photo by Randy Bergeron/SLU Public Info)
Southeastern running back Xavier Roberson returns a punt out of the reach of Sam Houston State line backer Jeremy Jackson in the first half Saturday at Elliott T. Bowers Stadium in Huntsville, Texas. (Photo by Randy Bergeron/SLU Public Info)

HUNTSVILLE, Texas – Brian Bell tossed a pair of second-quarter touchdowns and No. 4-ranked Sam Houston State scored on its first five possessions and defeated Southeastern Louisiana, 70-0, in a Southland Conference game Saturday at Bowers Stadium.

Tim Flanders rushed for 146 yards on nine carries with two touchdowns for SHSU (7-2, 5-1 SLC), and Keyshawn Hill added 132 yards and a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns. SHSU built a 42-0 lead at halftime before Flanders scored on a 71-yard run and Chris Grett added a 4-yard TD run.

SHSU went 48 yards on its opening possession as Flanders finished off the seven-play drive with a 14-yard touchdown with nine minutes remaining in the first quarter.

Bell, who went 8-for-9 for 170 yards through the air in the opening half before playing the opening series of the second half, kept the drive alive when he hit Richard Sincere on a 22-yard pass on third-and-12 to the SLU 28.

On the next possession, the Bearkats drove 65 yards in nine plays as Sincere scored on a 9-yard run with 2:50 remaining.

The freshman tandem of Rasheed Harrell and Xavier Roberson led Southeastern on the ground with 55 and 22 yards, respectively. Nathan Stanley completed 11 of 27 passes for 106 yards for the Lions.