Scores

Final

Nicholls State 38

(1-4, 1-2 Southland)

McNeese State 35

(4-3, 1-2 Southland)

8:00 PM ET, October 25, 2008

Cowboy Stadium (LA), Lake Charles, LA

1 2 3 4 T
NICH 7 15 6 1038
MCNS 7 17 3 835

Top Performers

Passing: D. Fourroux (MCNS) - 216 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: T. Pendland (MCNS) - 15 CAR, 93 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: R. Conner (MCNS) - 2 REC, 109 YDS, 1 TD

Nicholls St. 38, McNeese St. 35

Associated Press

LAKE CHARLES, La. -- Chris Bunch threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more to help Nicholls State pick up its first victory with a 38-35 win over McNeese State on Saturday night.

Bunch, the Colonels' backup quarterback, completed only three passes, but he hit Antonio Robinson on consecutive touchdown passes of 13 and 58 yards to give Nicholls State (1-4, 1-2 Southland Conference) a 35-27 lead with 8:04 remaining in the game.

Ross Schexnayder added a 37-yard field goal for a 38-27 lead with 2:23 remaining before McNeese State's Derrick Fourroux hit Steven Whitehead on a 2-yard touchdown pass and Richard Conner on the 2-point conversion to bring McNeese State (4-3, 1-2) to 38-35 with 1:01 remaining.

Bunch also scored on runs of 6 and 5 yards.

Todd Pendland led McNeese State with 93 yards and a 39-yard touchdown run on 15 carries.

Fourroux was 15 of 27 for 216 yards and a touchdown.

Conner finished with two catches for 109 yards and a 74-yard touchdown pass from Mark Fontenot that gave McNeese State a 14-13 lead with 13:15 remaining in the second quarter.

McNeese State, which entered the game leading the FBS in total offense and scoring offense, outgained Nicholls State 419-326. The Cowboys were averaging 492.8 yards and 43 points a game.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
NICH
MCNS
1st Downs2121
Total Yards326419
Passing125299
Rushing201120
Penalties7-568-97
3rd Down Conversions5-144-12
4th Down Conversions0-00-0
Turnovers01
Possession33:4426:16

Passing Leaders

Nicholls StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Bunch3/47919.820
McNeese StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Fourroux15/272168.010

Rushing Leaders

Nicholls StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Meeks66811.3045
Bunch8384.828
McNeese StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Pendland15936.2139
Fourroux9151.7112

Receiving Leaders

Nicholls StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Robinson27135.5258
Williams12929.0029
McNeese StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Conner210954.5174
Whitehead68814.7133

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERNICHMCNS
TD13:02Toddrick Pendland 39 Yd Run (Blake Bercegeay Kick) 07
TD06:54Vincent Montgomery 1 Yd Run (Ross Schexnayder Kick) 77
SECOND QUARTERNICHMCNS
TD13:35Chris Bunch 6 Yd Run (Pat Failed) 137
TD13:15Richard Conner 74 Yd Pass From Mark Fontenot (Blake Bercegeay Kick) 1314
FG10:26Ross Schexnayder 37 Yd 1614
FG07:02Blake Bercegeay 21 Yd 1617
TD04:29Derrick Fourroux 1 Yd Run (Blake Bercegeay Kick) 1624
TD02:25Chris Bunch 5 Yd Run (Two-Point Conversion Failed) 2224
THIRD QUARTERNICHMCNS
FG09:19Blake Bercegeay 30 Yd 2227
TD04:05Antonio Robinson 13 Yd Pass From Chris Bunch (Two-Point Conversion Failed) 2827
FOURTH QUARTERNICHMCNS
TD08:04Antonio Robinson 58 Yd Pass From Chris Bunch (Ross Schexnayder Kick) 3527
FG02:23Ross Schexnayder 37 Yd 3827
TD01:01Steven Whitehead 2 Yd Pass From Derrick Fourroux (Derrick Fourroux Pass To Richard Conner For Two-Point Conversion) 3835