ATHENS, Ohio — Derrius Vick threw for two touchdowns, Papi White ran for two scores, and Ohio beat Southeastern Louisiana 35-14 on Saturday.
Vick was 17 of 26 for 327 yards, the senior’s first 300-yard game. His 31-yard pass to Sebastian Smith gave the Bobcats (3-0) a 21-0 halftime lead.
The FCS No. 17/20 Lions (2-1), who have lost 20 straight against FBS teams since reinstating football in 2003, rallied on a pair of touchdown passes from Donovan Isom of 10 yards to Jeff Smiley and 38 to Dylan Bossier to trail 21-14 with 11 minutes left in the fourth quarter. The two touchdown passes were the first for Isom, making his first start in place of D’Shaie Landor, who was resting a sprained knee. Isom threw for 174 yards on 21-of-31 passing.
The Lions also played without running backs Xavier Roberson and Julius Maracalin.
The Lion defense, which came in to the game leading FCS in sacks, finished with three.
Defensive end Solomon Parker led SLU with 1.5 sacks, while defensive linemen Ashton Henderson and Tupou Aleamotua each had a sack. Defensive back Jordan Batiste recorded his first interception of the season.
On the first play from scrimmage after the Lions’ second touchdown, White sprinted 58 yards for his second touchdown.
Lightning caused an hour-long delay before Vick connected on a 67-yard score to Brendan Cope.
SLU will take the week off before returning home to host Southland rival Lamar at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 1 at Strawberry Stadium.
KANSAS STATE 39, LOUISIANA TECH 33, 3OT: In Manhattan, Kan., Joe Hubener threw three touchdown passes, including a 31-yard strike to Kody Cook on third-and-16 in triple overtime, and Kansas State survived a scare against Louisiana Tech.
Hubener completed 15 of 26 passes for 195 yards. Justin Silmon gained 114 yards on 24 carries, becoming the first Kansas State running back since 2013 to break the century mark.
Kansas State (3-0) and Louisiana Tech (1-2) traded scores in overtime, including a 44-yard field goal by Jack Cantele to force the third overtime.
The Bulldogs forced overtime with a 45-yard field as time expired.
Jeff Driskel led Louisiana Tech, throwing for 314 yards and a touchdown and rushing for two more scores.
Taylor Trent had 12 receptions for 148 yards and a touchdown in the near-upset.
MCNEESE STATE 28, STEPHEN F. AUSTIN 14: In Nacogdoches, Texas, Daniel Sams rushed for 164 yards and one touchdown and threw for 134 yards and another score as McNeese State defeated Stephen F. Austin in Southland Conference play.
Sams broke for a 76-yard touchdown run with 6:05 left in the fourth quarter to give McNeese State (2-0, 2-0 Southland Conference) a 28-14 advantage and seal the win.
Kent Shelby had seven catches for 81 yards and one touchdown for the Cowboys.
Trailing 7-0, Stephen F. Austin (0-3, 0-1) scored twice to lead 14-7 in the first quarter. The Cowboys took over in the second quarter, scoring 14 points for a 21-14 halftime advantage, and shut out the Lumberjacks for the rest of the game.
Stephen F. Austin’s Hunter Taylor threw for 187 yards and two touchdowns.
INCARNATE WORD 20, NICHOLLS STATE 10: In San Antonio, Trent Brittain threw for 133 yards and one touchdown and ran for another to lead Incarnate Word over Nicholls State in Southland Conference action.
The Incarnate Word secondary set a school record, picking off four passes to thwart the Colonels.
Adrian Norwood had two and Robert Johnson and Darrius Montgomery grabbed one apiece.
Nicholls was ahead 10-7 at the half, but a 49-yard Ramon Coto field goal with 8:43 remaining in the third tied the score and Cody Seidel booted a 25-yard field goal for a 13-10 lead with 13:13 remaining in the game. Brittain sealed the win when he led Incarnate Word (2-1, 1-1 Southland Conference) 68 yards on eight plays and took the ball in from the 4 with 1:18 left.
Junior Sessions rushed for 69 yards and Broderick Reeves gained 66.
Tuskani Figaro threw for 113 yards and one touchdown for Nicholls (0-2, 0-1).
GRAMBLING 34, ALABAMA STATE 10: In Montgomery, Ala., Johnathan Williams completed 20 of 37 passes for 284 yards and four touchdowns to help lead Grambling over Alabama State.
All four of Williams’ scoring throws went to different receivers, including a 36-yard strike to Chad Williams who led the Tigers with six catches for 86 yards. Ka’Jandre Domino, Verlon Hunter, and Martez Carter each added TD catches and Carter finished with 71 yards rushing on nine carries for Grambling (1-2, 1-0 SWAC).
David Albert drilled a 33-yard field goal that gave Alabama State (0-3, 0-2 SWAC) its only lead of the game after one. From there the Tigers scored 34 unanswered points to take a commanding lead late into the fourth.
Ellis Richardson scored the Hornets only touchdown on a 7-yard run with 2:42 left in the game.
Quinteris Toppings led Alabama State with 159 yards passing.