THIBODAUX — The Nicholls State University football team scoring twice in the third quarter to come within three points, but Lamar answered with two fourth-quarter touchdowns to defeat the Colonels 34-24 on Saturday at Provost Umphrey Stadium.
The loss was the 13th consecutive in Southland Conference play and sixth overall for the Colonels (1-8, 0-6). Lamar improved to 4-7 and 1-5.
Lamar outgaining Nicholls 353-345 in total yardage, but the Cardinals were able to convert 11 of 15 third-down conversions.
Trailing 20-3 at halftime, Nicholls scoring on its opening drive of the third quarter.
Marcus Washington, who recorded his third career 100-yard rushing game (104 yards, 15 carries), set up the score with a 33-yard run on the second play.
After converting on a 4th-and-four, the Colonels scored their first touchdown of the day when Washington powered it in from a yard out.
On the Cardinals’ ensuing possession, Kerry Guidry sacked Lamar quarterback Ryan Mossakowski on second down and forced a hurried throw on third down, leading to an interception by Toren Joseph.
Mossakowski, who had three touchdown passes in the first half, left the game with an injury on the play and did not return.
Starting at the Lamar 26, Nicholls quickly made it a three-point game after LaQuintin Caston scored on a 4-yard run.
With Caleb Berry under center for Lamar, the Colonel defense struggled, giving up four third-down conversions on a 15-play, 90-yard drive that lasted over eight minutes. With the ball at the Nicholls 42, Berry ran three straight times, scoring on an 18-yard run to make the score 27-17 in the fourth.
Following a missed 53-yard field goal by Andrew Dolan, the Colonel defense forced a punt with 6:43 remaining. However, Lamar’s John Prescott tipped a pass by Landry Klann to himself and returned in 26 yards for a touchdown.
Nicholls added a late score on a 9-yard run by Klann, making the final 34-24.
Klann finished with 209 yards passing, going 26 of 42 with three interceptions. Nicholls had a chance to take the lead in second quarter, trailing 7-3, but Klann was intercepted in the end zone on third down. The Cardinals also took advantage of a 2-yard punt to go into halftime up 20-3.
Jesse Turner led the Colonels with six receptions for 42 yards, while Nick Scelfo had 45 yards on four catches.
On defense, former Ponchatoula High standout Jordan Piper had eight tackles and Guidry added two tackles for loss and an interception.