01-03-2013 10:10 PM

As dominant as the Bearkats were in the 2011 season, all it took was one game to see where they drastically needed improvement.
While Sam Houston was able to run through opposing defenses in 14 of its 15 games last season, against North Dakota State in the national championship game, the Kats had trouble running the ball and did not have the kind of passing game to relieve pressure in the backfield.
Because they were mostly one-dimensional, the top-ranked Bearkats became predictable and were shut out of the end zone for the first time all season, losing last January’s game to the Bison 17-6.
That got the wheels turning for Sam Houston State coach Willie Fritz.
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