NATCHITOCHES, La. -- Brian Bell threw for three touchdowns and Sam Houston State broke a 7-7 first-quarter tie by scoring 45 consecutive points in a 52-17 rout of Northwestern State Saturday night.
The Bearkats (8-2, 6-1 Southland Conference) won their seventh straight. They've scored at least 41 points in each of those games.
But following a Bearkats' field goal early in the second quarter, Bell threw three touchdown passes. The first was a 50-yarder to T.J. Jones, then a 38-yarder to Trey Diller and a 10-yarder to Chance Nelson. Bookie Sneed also returned an interception 11 yards for a score.
Steve Sarkisian has been plagued of late by apparent substance-related circumstances, including arriving to team facilities appearing intoxicated Sunday, according to sources.
Steve Spurrier, the visor-slinging, slick-talking "Head Ball Coach" who is the second-winningest coach in Southeastern Conference history, announced his resignation on Tuesday.
Florida Gators quarterback Will Grier has been suspended for the year after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance found in a supplement, coach Jim McElwain announced Monday.
Tennessee defensive tackle Shy Tuttle will miss the rest of the season with a broken fibula and torn ankle ligament.
Former NFL safety Tyler Sash died from an accidental overdose after mixing two powerful pain medications, and a history of injuries was a contributing factor, a medical examiner said.
Former USC coach Pete Carroll said Monday that he's saddened by Steve Sarkisian's situation and he has reached out to his former assistant.