NATCHITOCHES — Dylan Long ran for 88 yards and three touchdowns, Ryan Ross added 93 yards and one score, and McNeese State held on to defeat Northwestern State 35-28.
All three of Long’s touchdowns came in the first half, and all came from within two yards out. Tyler Bolfing added 103 yards passing and Jereon McGilvery caught three balls for 53 yards for the Cowboys (6-2, 4-1 Southland), who built a 35-3 advantage at halftime, only to see that lead whittled to seven after a 25-point second half scoring run by Northwestern State (4-5, 2-3).
The Demons’ comeback was fueled by Zach Adkins, who threw for 338 yards and three touchdowns, and Ed Eagan, who caught 10 passes for 238 yards and a touchdown.
Chris Moore finished with two field goals, with a long of 43 yards.
INCARNATE WORD 38, NICHOLLS STATE 20: In Thibodaux, Junior Sessions rushed for 89 yards and two touchdowns, and Cole Wick added 116 yards receiving and a score to lead Incarnate Word past Nicholls State.
Jordan Scelfo, making his second career start, completed 16 of 30 passes for 260 yards with two touchdowns, helping Incarnate Word (2-7, 2-4 Southland Conference) to its best offensive output of the season despite tossing a pair of interceptions and losing a fumble. The Cardinals, who came into the game averaging 10.9 points, 77.9 yards rushing and 237.4 total yards, finished with 203 yards rushing and 463 total yards — both season highs.
Nicholls State (0-10, 0-6) made it 17-14 when Tobias Lofton scored on a 34-yard run late in the first half, but Incarnate Word scored the next 21 points to seal it.
Michael Henry had 96 yards rushing and one touchdown to lead Nicholls State.
LOUISIANA TECH 59, WESTERN KENTUCKY 10: In Ruston, Cody Sokol threw for five touchdowns and ran in a sixth to lead Louisiana Tech over Western Kentucky.
Louisiana Tech (6-3, 5-0 Conference USA) never trailed as Sokol, who finished 30 of 42 for 335 yards and an interception, spread the ball around.
Trent Taylor had nine catches for 113 yards and three touchdowns, Kenneth Dixon hauled in an 18-yard TD pass and ran in another score from the 48, and Paul Turner had an 11-yard TD grab.
Carlos Henderson returned a kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown.
It was the second game this season that Sokol threw five touchdowns as the Bulldogs outgained Western Kentucky (3-5, 1-4) in total yardage 507 to 297.
Brandon Doughty was 14 of 35 for 134 yards for Western Kentucky, including a 46-yard touchdown strike to Taywan Taylor.
LOUISIANA COLLEGE 55, HOWARD PAYNE 28: In Pineville, freshman running back Devin Sylve had five rushing touchdowns and six total touchdowns — both Louisiana College single-game records.
Sylve, who had just 30 carries all season, ran 21 times for 172 yards and five touchdowns and added five catches for 74 yards and a touchdown.
Sylve scored on touchdown runs of 1 and 5 yards in the second quarter and added a 28-yard TD reception from Easton Melancon to go with a 3-yard touchdown run in the second quarter to help Louisiana College lead 34-14 at halftime.
Sylve’s 11-yard TD run in the third quarter pushed the lead to 41-14 and gave him his fourth TD of the game to tie him with former Wildcat running back Wayne Davis, who also ran for four scores against McMurry in 2003.
The LC defense intercepted a school-record six passes with nine tackles for loss.
Sylve’s final touchdown came on a 46-yard run in the fourth quarter.
Wildcat linebacker Grayson Pylant had a game-high 12 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, and intercepted a career-high two passes to lead LC’s defense.
Melancon finished with 256 yards passing and two touchdowns while receiver Shed Davis finished with 12 catches for 132 yards.