Scores

Final

Cent Arkansas 17

(7-2, 3-1 Southland)

Nicholls State 20

(2-4, 2-2 Southland)

2:00 PM ET, November 1, 2008

Guidry Stadium, THIBODAUX, LA

1 2 3 4 T
CARK 0 0 3 1417
NICH 14 3 0 320

Top Performers

Passing: N. Brown (CARK) - 224 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: C. Bunch (NICH) - 11 CAR, 72 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: A. Robinson (NICH) - 4 REC, 102 YDS

Nicholls St. 20, Cent. Arkansas 17

Associated Press

THIBODAUX, La. -- Ross Schexnayder kicked a 38-yard field goal with no time remaining to lift Nicholls State to a 20-17 win against Central Arkansas on Saturday.

Central Arkansas (7-2, 3-1 Southland Conference) capped a 14-point fourth-quarter rally with a 16-yard pass from Nathan Brown to Eric Ware to tie the game at 17-17 with 44 seconds to play. But the Colonels (2-4, 2-2) took advantage of good field position on the next drive to set up the game-winning field goal.

Chris Bunch was 4 of 8 for 102 yards, and also rushed 72 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries for Nicholls State.

Brown was 23 of 42 with 224 yards and two touchdowns for Central Arkansas.

Bunch scored on a 22-yard run and Marlin Meeks ran it in from 1 yard out for the Colonels, who had a 17-0 lead at halftime.

Brown's two touchdown passes evened the game late in the fourth.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
CARK
NICH
1st Downs1715
Total Yards312397
Passing224123
Rushing88274
Penalties9-638-79
3rd Down Conversions5-164-14
4th Down Conversions1-20-1
Turnovers11
Possession28:5931:01

Passing Leaders

Central ArkansasC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Brown23/422245.320
Nicholls StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Bunch4/810212.800

Rushing Leaders

Central ArkansasCARYDSAVGTDLG
Grimes17764.5017
Bobo4153.807
Nicholls StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Buchanan88310.4070
Bunch11726.5122

Receiving Leaders

Central ArkansasRECYDSAVGTDLG
McNeal45614.0031
Branson45413.5023
Nicholls StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Robinson410225.5044
Hines12121.0021

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERCARKNICH
TD13:46Marlin Meeks 1 Yd Run (Ross Schexnayder Kick) 07
TD05:55Chris Bunch 22 Yd Run (Ross Schexnayder Kick) 014
SECOND QUARTERCARKNICH
FG00:03Ross Schexnayder 45 Yd 017
THIRD QUARTERCARKNICH
FG03:18Eddie Carmona 23 Yd 317
FOURTH QUARTERCARKNICH
TD04:27Willie Landers 20 Yd Pass From Nathan Brown (Pat Failed) 917
TD00:44Eric Ware 16 Yd Pass From Nathan Brown (Nathan Brown Pass To Marquez Branson For Two-Point Conversion) 1717
FG00:00Ross Schexnayder 38 Yd 1720