ABILENE, Texas — Jeremiah Briscoe threw for 350 yards and five touchdowns as Sam Houston State had to battle back to get past Abilene Christian 44-35 on Saturday.

Sam Houston (9-1, 7-1 Southland Conference) bolted to a 24-0 lead in the first quarter and held a 24-7 advantage at the break. Briscoe, who threw touchdown passes to Ragan Henderson, Davion Davis and Yedidiah Louis for scores in the first quarter, hit Davis on an 18-yard scoring toss to start the third. It was all Abilene Christian (2-8, 2-6) for the rest of the third and start of the fourth quarter as ACU took a 35-31 lead after Luke Anthony hit Troy Grant from the 9 for a score with 5:37 left in the game.

The Bearkats rallied when Briscoe hit Louis, who had a career-best 187 receiving yards, on a 15-yard scoring toss and Davis returned a punt 52 yards for a score.

Anthony was 37 of 67 passing for 297 yards and five touchdowns.

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