NATCHITOCHES, La. -- Byron Lawrence rushed for 191 yards and Northwestern State scored the final nine points of the game to rally for a 36-28 victory over Nicholls State on Saturday night.
Nicholls State (0-3, 0-1 Southland Conference) held a 28-27 lead entering the fourth quarter but Sterling Endsley scored on a 10-yard run with 14:55 left in the game and Robert Weeks added a 29-yard field with 1:22 remaining to lift Northwestern State (4-2, 1-0).
Nicholls State took a 28-24 lead on Lardarius Webb's 78-yard kickoff return with 10:15 remaining in the third but didn't score again.
Lawrence had 31 carries, including a long of 51 yards, and scored on a 1-yard run to give the Demons a 14-6 lead with 1:24 left in the first quarter.
They added to the margin when John Hundley hit Gordon Freeman on a 1-yard pass for a 21-6 lead with 11:46 left in the second quarter.
Nicholls State rallied for a 22-21 lead when Isa Hines scored from 1-yard out with 3:13 left in the second quarter.
Hundley completed 7 of 16 passes for 122 yards and two touchdowns.
Chris Bunch led Nicholls State with 95 yards on 12 carries.