Scores

Final

Northwestern St 24

(1-0, 1-0 home)

7:00 PM ET, September 1, 2011

Turpin Stadium, Natchitoches, LA

1 2 3 4 T
DEL 7 10 0 623
NWST 0 0 14 1024

Top Performers

Passing: B. Henderson (NWST) - 210 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: S. Endsley (NWST) - 8 CAR, 18 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: J. Aldredge (NWST) - 3 REC, 97 YDS, 1 TD

Northwestern St. 24, Delta St. 23

Associated Press

NATCHITOCHES, La. -- Brad Henderson set a school record with 12 consecutive passes completed and Northwestern State stopped Delta State's 2-point conversion with 10 seconds left for a 24-23 victory on Thursday night.

Micah Davis connected with Tim Smith for a 13-yard touchdown with 10 seconds to go to pull Division II Delta State within a point.

Delta State coach Ron Roberts elected to go for two instead of a potential game-tying extra point kick. But Davis' pass to Chance Dennis fell incomplete and the Division I Demons held on.

The Demons trailed 17-0 at halftime in their season opener before Henderson threw a 32-yard touchdown to Justin Aldredge with 13:07 left in the third quarter. Sterling Endsley then scored on a 3-yard run to pull Northwestern State within three, and later tacked on the go-ahead score.

Northwestern State gave up 421 yards of offense but the Statesmen turned the ball over three times, including an interception by Micah Davis late in the third quarter. The turnover led to Endsley's second score five plays later, a 2-yard run, for a 21-17 lead.

Henderson, who finished with 210 yards on 13 of 14 passing, broke Paul Harris' record of 11 set Nov. 6, 2010.

Davis had two touchdowns and 290 yards passing for the Division II Statesmen.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
DEL
NWST
1st Downs2717
Total Yards421355
Passing290239
Rushing131116
Penalties15-11717-154
3rd Down Conversions5-156-14
4th Down Conversions1-40-1
Turnovers32
Possession30:5629:04

Passing Leaders

Delta StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Davis19/422906.921
Northwestern StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Henderson13/1421015.010

Rushing Leaders

Delta StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
McKenzie12433.6011
Freelon10414.1024
Northwestern StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Morris8415.1011
Palmer33411.3022

Receiving Leaders

Delta StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Hopkins16464.0064
Dennis45714.3022
Northwestern StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Aldredge39732.3140
Henry46516.3040

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERDELNWST
TD03:21Micah Davis 1 Yd Run (Matt Dean Kick) 70
SECOND QUARTERDELNWST
TD10:05Lavon Downs 8 Yd Pass From Micah Davis (Matt Dean Kick) 140
FG00:25Matt Dean 23 Yd 170
THIRD QUARTERDELNWST
TD13:07Justin Aldredge 32 Yd Pass From Brad Henderson (John Shaughnessy Kick) 177
TD01:45Sterling Endsley 3 Yd Run (John Shaughnessy Kick) 1714
FOURTH QUARTERDELNWST
TD13:49Sterling Endsley 2 Yd Run (John Shaughnessy Kick) 1721
FG10:29John Shaughnessy 27 Yd 1724
TD00:10Tim Smith 13 Yd Pass From Micah Davis (Two-Point Conversion Failed) 2324