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Bearkats edge Cal Poly to advance 18-16

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HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) -- Tim Flanders rushed for 101 yards and Vincent Dotson blocked a punt to help led Sam Houston State to an 18-16 win over Cal Poly in the second round of the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs on Saturday.

Sam Houston State (9-3) will play Montana State (11-1) next week in the quarterfinals. The game will be played in Bozeman, Mont. Montana State beat Stony Brook 16-10 on Saturday.

On Saturday, the Bearkats were outgained 387-241 but they forced three turnovers.

Sam Houston senior Vincent Dotson blocked a Cal Poly punt early in the second quarter, and the ball bounced through the end zone for a safety. Miguel Antonio tacked on field goals of 20 and 32 yards before the end of the first half, and the Bearkats led 8-0 at the break.

The Mustangs (9-3) closed the gap on two field goals by Bobby Zalud in the third quarter. Sam Houston quarterback Brian Bell then threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to Keshawn Hill late in the third quarter.

Antonio kicked a 26-yard field goal with 3:23 left to put the Bearkats up 18-9. Cal Poly receiver Ryan Taylor threw a 50-yard TD pass to Willie Tucker with 1:34 left, but Sam Houston recovered the ensuing onside kick and held on.

Cal Poly rushed for 224 yards on 56 carries.

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