At halftime, a comeback Sam Houston State looked to be a tall order in the FCS semifinal.

The Bearkats trailed James Madison 24-3 at halftime, but the home team quickly on a blitzkrieg at the end of the third quarter — in the final 2:22 to be precise — thanks to a pair of huge plays, including a special teams touchdown, from Jequez Ezzard.

Ezzard caught a 69-yard touchdown, then added an 80-yard punt return for a touchdown as Sam Houston pulled within three points.

The scoring flurry happened in the midst of an apparent serious injury to Sam Houston’s Darrel Hawkins-Williams, who lay motionless after a tackle attempt on a kickoff return. He was later carted off the field and ESPN reported that he was transported to a local hospital.

After Ezzard’s touchdowns, QB Eric Schmid ran a pair of his own touchdowns, first a 20-yarder to close the third quarter, and then an 11-yard score to open the fourth quarter. That gave the Bearkats a 38-27 lead.

Earlier in the day, South Dakota State beat Delaware 33-3. SDSU will meet the winner of of the JMU-Sam Houston game next Sunday.