ABILENE, Texas — Parker McKenzie threw a 1-yard touchdown pass to Jamie Walker on fourth down with 22 seconds remaining to give Abilene Christian a 21-17 victory over Southeastern Louisiana on Saturday.
Starting at their own 20, the Wildcats drove down the field in 18 plays, using 7:46 of the clock. McKenzie and Walker combined on a fourth-down pass for 11 yards to keep the drive going.
The Lions led 17-7 after D’Shaie Landor’s 15-yard pass to Chris Briggs on the first play of the fourth quarter. The Wildcats took the kickoff and went 75 yards in five plays, including completions of 31 and 14 yards, before McKenzie threw 14 yards to Monte Green-Avery for a touchdown to cut the deficit to 17-14.
The Wildcats (3-7, 3-6 Southland) snapped a six-game losing streak while the Lions (5-5, 3-5) lost their third straight.
McKenzie was 21 of 28 for 219 yards and had an interception. Herbert Sims led ACU with 75 yards rushing on 14 carries and a touchdown.
SLU finished with 267 total yards as Landor went 17-of-27 for 156 yards and a touchdown, while also rushing for one touchdown. Briggs finished with four catches for 60 yards and a score, while Julius Maracalin had 56 rushing yards on 14 carries to lead SLU.
GRAMBLING 49, ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF 31: In Pine Bluff, Ark., Johnathan Williams passed for 339 yards and four touchdowns, and Grambling jumped out to a 35-3 lead on its way to a 49-31 win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff to clinch the Southwestern Athletic Conference West Division title.
Leading 14-3 late in the first half, Grambling (8-2, 8-0) forced a punt to get the ball back with just 1 second left. Rather than kneeling on it, Williams found Verlan Hunter for a 41-yard score as time expired.
Jateri Pouncey returned an interception for a 22-yard score on UAPB’s first possession of the second half, and Williams hit Hunter for 9 yards 55 seconds later to build the Tigers’ lead.
Hunter had 77 yards on five catches to go with his two touchdowns for Grambling.
Brandon Duncan finished 34 of 52 for 459 yards with three TDs and three interceptions for UAPB (1-9, 0-8), adding 51 yards and a touchdown on the ground.
CENTRAL ARKANSAS 34, NICHOLLS STATE 31: In Thibodaux, Blake Veasley ran for 139 yards and scored two touchdowns as Central Arkansas survived a scare to beat Nicholls State.
Hayden Hildebrand threw for 109 yards and one score for Central Arkansas (7-3, 7-1 Southland Conference).
The Bears will host Sam Houston State next week with a possible playoff berth on the line. Sam Houston State (7-3, 6-2) overwhelmed Northwestern State 59-21 earlier Saturday.
The Bears, who have won seven of their past eight, limited Nicholls to just 10 yards on the ground.
Nicholls (2-8, 2-6) tied it at 17 when Landry Klann, who threw for a career-high 368 yards and four scores, hit C.J. Bates on a 9-yard scoring strike early in the second half.
The Bears answered with 17 points and a 34-17 lead. Klann led the Colonels back with two touchdowns passes in the final quarter but could not take the lead.
SAM HOUSTON STATE 59, NORTHWESTERN STATE 21: In Huntsville, Texas, Jared Johnson threw for 275 yards and three touchdowns, and Corey Avery rushed for a career-high 197 yards and two scores to lead Sam Houston State over Northwestern State.
Yedidiah Louis grabbed five passes for 69 yards and two scores.
The Bearkats (7-3, 6-2 Southland Conference) needed this win to keep alive hopes of making the playoffs for the fifth straight year.
The score was tied at 7 with 3:51 left in the first quarter when the Bearkats scored 28 straight points for a 35-7 advantage late in the second quarter.
De’Mard Llorens rushed for 122 yards for Nothwestern State (3-7, 3-5).
ARKANSAS STATE 59, LOUISIANA-MONROE 21: In Monroe, Fredi Knighten threw for 300 yards and five touchdowns and ran for a score as Arkansas State maintained sole possession of first place in the Sun Belt Conference.
The Arkansas State (7-3, 6-0) defense got stingy after Ben Luckett’s 85-yard touchdown dash for the Warhawks tied the score at 21 with 3:44 left in the first half.
On the ensuing possession, Knighten threw a 53-yard score to Chris Murray to cap a five-play, 75-yard drive. The Red Wolves’ defense forced a three-and-out, and Knighten led another quick drive that ended when he found Tres Houston for a 17-yard score with nine seconds left in the half.
Houston had three receiving TDs, and Dijon Paschal had two receptions for 100 yards and a 65-yard score.
Louisiana-Monroe’s (1-9, 0-6) Luckett had 18 carries for 149 yards rushing.