NATCHITOCHES, La. -- Zach Adkins threw three touchdown passes on 333 yards passing as Northwestern State defeated Stephen F. Austin 40-27 on Saturday in the Battle for Chief Caddo.
Northwestern State (6-6, 3-4 Southland Conference) scored the first 16 points of the game, including the first nine defensively, on a 48-yard interception return for a touchdown by Imoan Claiborne followed by a safety.
Two of Adkins' three touchdown passes came in a 21-point second quarter for Northwestern State as it took a 37-24 lead into the half.
The Lumberjacks (3-9, 1-6) came within 37-27 on a field goal early in the third quarter, but Northwestern State responded with a field goal and neither team scored in the fourth quarter.
Keith Lawson had 123 yards rushing and two touchdowns for the Lumberjacks.
Northwestern State a four-game losing streak against Stephen F. Austin.