Scores

Final

Nicholls State 28

(0-3, 0-1 Southland)

Northwestern St 36

(4-2, 1-0 Southland)

7:00 PM ET, October 11, 2008

Turpin Stadium, Natchitoches, LA

1 2 3 4 T
NICH 6 16 6 028
NWST 14 7 6 936

Top Performers

Passing: J. Hundley (NWST) - 122 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: B. Lawrence (NWST) - 31 CAR, 191 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: A. Robinson (NICH) - 4 REC, 106 YDS, 1 TD

Northwestern St. 36, Nicholls St. 28

Associated Press

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.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
NICH
NWST
1st Downs1022
Total Yards298449
Passing114191
Rushing184258
Penalties2-376-53
3rd Down Conversions4-134-13
4th Down Conversions1-30-0
Turnovers20
Possession24:5135:09

Passing Leaders

Nicholls StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Bunch4/151006.710
Northwestern StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Hundley7/161227.620

Rushing Leaders

Nicholls StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Bunch12957.9056
Robinson13030.0030
Northwestern StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Lawrence311916.2151
Branch12121.0021

Receiving Leaders

Nicholls StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Robinson410626.5163
Gordon188.008
Northwestern StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Duffy46215.5033
Guice Jr.35418.0146

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERNICHNWST
FG11:32R Shexnayder 27 Yd 30
TD09:42Dudley Guice Jr. 46 Yd Pass From John Hundley (Robert Weeks Kick) 37
FG08:14R Shexnayder 36 Yd 67
TD01:24Byron Lawrence 1 Yd Run (Robert Weeks Kick) 614
SECOND QUARTERNICHNWST
TD11:46Gordon Freeman 1 Yd Pass From John Hundley (Robert Weeks Kick) 621
FG09:39R Shexnayder 20 Yd 921
TD07:28Antonio Robinson 63 Yd Pass From Chris Bunch (R Shexnayder Kick) 1621
TD03:13Isa Hines 1 Yd Run (Two-Point Conversion Failed) 2221
THIRD QUARTERNICHNWST
FG10:29Robert Weeks 48 Yd 2224
TD10:15Ladarius Webb 78 Yd Kickoff Return (Two-Point Conversion Failed) 2824
FG07:16Robert Weeks 43 Yd 2827
FOURTH QUARTERNICHNWST
TD14:55Sterling Endsley 10 Yd Run (Two-Point Conversion Failed) 2833
FG01:22Robert Weeks 29 Yd 2836