While Chicago is getting scoring from multiple sources, the return of Corey Crawford after missing three games with an undisclosed injury cannot be overlooked. Crawford has stopped 57 of 60 shots over the last two games, including a 31-save performance versus the Coyotes.
“We talk about them all the time in terms of they’re the standard,” Keeler said. “Alabama, North Dakota State, they’re the standard. And we’re excited to get a chance to go play them at their place.”
In its first meeting against Kennesaw State, Sam Houston kept the Owls (12-2) from becoming the first Big South team to reach the semifinals while ending their 12-game winning streak. The matchup featured Kennesaw’s No. 1-ranked rushing attack in the FCS, which gained 352 yards on 64 carries, and Sam Houston’s No. 1 passing attack led by Jeremiah Briscoe. The senior quarterback threw for 316 yards and three touchdowns, including two to Yedidiah Louis.
Texans head coach Bill O’Brien said Savage was checked immediately after the hit, but was cleared by the unaffiliated neurotrauma consultant to return to the game. After the following series, Savage was tested again and it was determined he needed to leave the game.
“[They] made the determination that he was OK,” O’Brien said. “Not me, obviously the evaluators made the determination to put him back in the game. He went back in the game and came out and they evaluated him a little bit more just because of what they saw.”
“Whatever [the evaluators] see and the testing that they do they try to make the best decision with the player and they weren’t satisfied with the results of the second test so they decided to pull him, and that’s when he went into the locker room.”
Savage was hit by 49ers defensive end Elvis Dumervil while throwing an incomplete pass on third down. He appeared to have trouble getting up and seemed dazed, and his hands were visibly shaking.