FRISCO, Texas -- In a game featuring two teams with such explosive offenses, it's the defense that's winning the battle, resulting in a 6-3 Sam Houston State lead at the half.
The Bearkats tied it up on a 24-yard kick down the middle by Craig Alamiz, capping a drive that began on the Bearkat 35 thanks to a tipped punt by Michael Buse.
The go-ahead kick was from 31-yards with 40 seconds left in the half.
Sam Houston State's six-point first half performance is its lowest halftime point total of the season. Previously, the fewest the Bearkats scored in a half this year was eight against UT-San Antonio.
Both teams struggled on third-down, converting just three of 15 combined attempts in the first half.
The Bearkats took the advantage in total yards with 133, while North Dakota state picking up just 16 in the second quarter.
Sam Houston State running back Tim Flanders found his stride, finishing with a halftime total of 66 yards on 11 carries with a long run of 15-yards that helped set up the first field goal.
Flander's effort earned him the Southland Conference single-season rushing record, passing former Texas State running back and current DeSoto High School coach Claude Mathis' 1,560 mark.
Sam Houston State is plus-2 in turnover margin, including an interception by Kennet Jenkins. The Bearkats have failed to capitalize on both turnovers.