HAMMOND, La. -- Brian Babin scored three touchdowns to help Southeastern Louisiana hold off Northwestern State in a 26-21 victory on Saturday night.
Babin completed 20 of 29 passes for 291 yards, throwing for two touchdown passes and rushing for another for the Lions (4-3, 1-1 Southland Conference). Jay Lucas added 120 yards on 19 carries.
Babin's 30-yard touchdown pass to Chris Wilson in the first and Jeff Turner's 46-yard field goal in the second were the only scores in the first half, giving the Lions a 9-0 halftime lead.
Lawrence's 10-yard rushing score pulled the Demons within two points to open the third quarter, but Babin's 5-yard pass to Andre Cryer put the Lions ahead 16-7 at the end of the third.
Branch's 9-yard pass to Darius Duffy again cut the Northwestern State deficit to two points at the start of the fourth, but Babin's 1-yard run and Turner's 40-yard field goal put Southeastern Louisiana ahead 26-14 midway through the final period. A late 18-yard touchdown pass from Branch to James Swanson wouldn't be enough in the end.