The 2022 Samford Football team has now made its mark in the annals of history after a thrilling overtime victory over Mercer Saturday. The win gave the Bulldogs their first-ever outright SoCon Championship, as backup quarterback Quincy Crittendon scored the game-winner to beat Mercer 50-44.
With the win, Samford finishes the regular season at 10-1 and 8-0 in SoCon play. The 10-1 record ties the 1991 Bulldogs for the best regular season record in program history, and Samford finished undefeated in the SoCon for the first time.
The season, while historic, is not over for Samford. The team is the No. 6 seed in the FCS Playoffs, receiving a bye and hosting a home game on Dec. 3. The Bulldogs will host the winner of the match between Idaho and Southeastern Louisiana.
The coaching of Chris Hatcher and the stellar play of Michael Hiers have undoubtedly been the main factors in Samford’s success. Hatcher is a finalist for the Eddie Robinson Award, the FCS award for Coach of the Year. Hiers was spectacular in the overtime victory over Mercer, as the junior threw for 454 yards and four touchdowns and added a rushing touchdown. However, Hiers left the game with an apparent injury in overtime, a massive area of concern as the Bulldogs enter the playoffs.