PINEVILLE —Hardin-Simmons twice drove inside the 30-yard line trying to tie the game in the fourth quarter, but Louisiana College stopped them on downs both times and held on for a 45-37 win in a battle for second place in the American Southwest Conference on Saturday afternoon.

After a deflected pass led to a Nate Janzen interception, LC scored on the next play on a 16-yard Ryan Montague touchdown run to take the lead at 45-37.

The Cowboys drove to the LC 3-yard line, and Trei Lewis scored a touchdown. But he was called for offensive pass interference.

HSU could not score after the penalty and LC took over.

HSU forced a quick three- and-out and drove to the LC 28, but a pair of passes to the end zone were knocked away to preserve the win for the Wildcats.

HSU finished with 575 yards, and LC had 538.

Louisiana College quarterback Jamie Bunting was 31-of-39 for 408 yards and four TDs.

LC took an early lead when Bunting hit D’Mario Parker on a 63-yard TD pass with 12:12 to play in the first quarter on a flea-flicker.

Later, the Wildcats went back to their bag of tricks with a 27-yard halfback touchdown pass from Kyle Galyon to Bryan Sampson.

LC finished the year at 8-2 and 6-1 in ASC play.

The Wildcats will hope for an at-large berth into the NCAA Division III playoffs.