The Bearkats are still seeking their first Football Bowl Subdivision victory after Wednesday’s 33-27 double-overtime defeat against Florida International.
Sam Houston (0-7, 0-4 Conference USA), which won the spring 2021 Football Championship Subdivision season and moved up from that level this season, is one of two winless FBS teams. And unlike Nevada, which has yet to lead in the fourth quarter this season, the Bearkats have squandered an advantage in the final minute twice in a month.
An eight-point lead slipped away Sept. 28 when Jacksonville State capped a drive of less than a minute with a touchdown and two-point conversion with 13 seconds to go, then won it in overtime. Florida International’s Chase Gabriel tied Wednesday’s game with a 36-yard field goal with five seconds remaining, then swapped scores before winning it in the second extra period.
A transition up a level doesn’t always go smoothly, so the Bearkats could have expected a few lumps. But with three one-possession losses, they’re not getting overwhelmed. As frustrating as Wednesday was, Sam Houston’s wait probably won’t last a full season.