CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. — Kyle Snyder found Paul McRoberts from 2 yards out with 4 seconds remaining to lift Southeast Missouri over Southeastern Louisiana 24-23 Saturday night.
Southeastern quarterback Bryan Bennett’s 22-yard touchdown run with 2:53 left put the Lions up 23-16.
Southeast Missouri then went 78 yards in 14 plays to get to the 2 before Snyder hooked up with McRoberts for his second TD catch of the day.
Down entering the fourth, Southeastern (2-2) cut it to 17-16 on Bennett’s 4-yard TD pass to Jeff Smiley with 5:18 left, but the two-point conversion failed. The Lions’ Denzel Thompson knocked the ball loose form Lennies McFerrin at the 38 on the next play to set up Bennett’s would-be heroics.
But Snyder wasn’t done. He went 7 of 13 and had runs of 9- and 15-yards on the final drive, including a 15-yard scramble to set up first-and-goal at the 2.
NORTHWESTERN STATE 30, LOUISIANA TECH 27: In Ruston, Chris Moore kicked two field goals in the final 1:05 of the game, including a 47-yarder as time expired, to lift Northwestern State over Louisiana Tech.
Northwestern State (2-2) pulled within three with 4:20 left when De’Mard Llorens ran for a 14-yard touchdown. Kenneth Dixon fumbled the ball on the ensuing Louisiana Tech (2-2) possession, leading to Moore’s first field goal in the final period that tied the game at 27.
Adam Jones intercepted a pass from Cody Sokol on Louisiana Tech’s first offensive play of the next drive, and Northwestern State’s Zach Adkins completed two passes to put Moore in position for the game-winner.
Adkins was 21 of 25 for 205 yards passing. Garrett Atzenweiler ran for two scores for Northwestern State.
Kenneth Dixon carried the ball 22 times for 103 yards and two touchdowns. Sokol threw for 280 yards, a touchdown and three interceptions.
NORTH TEXAS 77, NICHOLLS STATE 3: In Denton, Texas, Dajon Williams threw for three touchdowns and ran for two more as North Texas overwhelmed Nicholls State.
Williams, starting his first game for North Texas (2-2), was 11 of 14 for 176 yards passing and ran four times for 68 yards through three quarters. Carlos Harris was his top receiver, pulling in five for 69 yards and one touchdown.
The Mean Green stymied Nicholls (0-4) all day, limiting the Colonels to 244 yards while rolling up 526 total yards. James Jones intercepted a pass on Nicholl’s first offensive play of the game. On the next play Williams hit Harris for a 41-yard touchdown to put the Mean Green ahead 14-0.
The Colonels put together a 13-play, 69-yard drive and scored on Francisco Condado’s 23-yard field goal in the first quarter.
The Colonels were driving in the fourth when Zac Whitfield returned an interception 98 yards for a touchdown.
GRAMBLING 40, JACKSON STATE 35: In Jackson, Miss., Arkez Cooper recovered a key fumble in the final seconds to cement Grambling’s first win of the season.
Grambling State (1-3, 1-0 SWAC) had built a 24-point lead in the third quarter before Jackson State (2-2, 0-1) shaved the deficit to 40-35 and was driving for the end zone again when LaMontiez Ivy fumbled at the GSU 34 with 28 seconds left. Cooper was there to grab it and Grambling State ran out the clock for the win.
Juwan Martin hauled in the go-ahead TD catch from Stephe Johnson, who finished with 184 yards passing, and Aaron Breed returned a fumble 41 yards for another GSU score a minute later.
Jackson State was held to 73 yards rushing but outgained GSU in total offense 480-348. Ivy was 25 of 36 for 407 yards, with four touchdowns and three interceptions.