THIBODAUX — Daniel Sams threw for 140 yards and one touchdown and ran for 89 yards and another score as McNeese State rolled over Nicholls State 37-7 on Saturday at John L. Guidry Stadium.
Sams, who has totaled 647 passing yards and 346 rushing yards through four games, completed a 34-yard scoring pass to Tavarious Battiste with 8:25 remaining in the first quarter. McNeese State (4-0, 3-0 Southland Conference) was ahead 27-0 before Nicholls (0-4, 0-2) scored when Tuskani Figaro hit Damion Jeanpiere on a 52-yard scoring strike with 27 seconds left in the first half.
The McNeese defense, which has blanked opponents in 13 of 16 quarters this season, has only allowed 27 points through the first four games, the least since the 1979 team allowed 26.
Kent Shelby caught three passes for 73 yards and one score and Battiste grabbed three for 46 yards and a touchdown.
INCARNATE WORD 45, NORTHWESTERN STATE 31: In San Antonio, Trent Brittain rushed for three touchdowns and passed for two more, leading Incarnate Word over Northwestern State.
Faced with 14-0 and 21-7 deficits, Brittain finally put the Cardinals (3-2, 2-1 SLC) on top with a 1-yard dive late in the third quarter, giving Incarnate Word a 28-24 lead.
He followed it up with a 47-yard touchdown run and 7-yard touchdown pass to John Oglesby to salt the game away.
Daniel Taylor’s 51-yard run brought the Demons (0-5, 0-3) within two scores midway through the fourth quarter, but Northwestern State couldn’t muster another point.
De’Mard Llorens had 98 yards and a touchdown and Taylor added 63 yards and two touchdowns.
Broderick Reeves’ 23-yard touchdown for Incarnate Word run tied it at 21-all early in the third quarter. He finished with 116 yards on 19 carries.
GRAMBLING 59, JACKSON ST. 27: In Jackson, Mississippi, Jonathan Williams passed for 327 yards and five touchdowns as Grambling defeated Jackson State.
Grambling (3-2, 3-0 SWAC) led 28-20 at halftime, but scored 21 unanswered points in the fourth quarter after Jackson State (1-4, 1-2) closed to 38-27.
Williams threw scoring passes to Brandon Byrdsong, Chris Bazile, Ka’Jandre Domino and Chester Rogers. Martez Carter rushed for 97 yards and a touchdown. Jestin Kelly and Dre’ Fusilier also scored. Marc Orozco added a 29-yard field goal.
Ivy La Montiez completed 40-of-58 passes for 490 yards and three touchdowns for Jackson State (1-4, 1-2), which stayed close into the third quarter. Jackson’s last four drives ended in a punt, a missed field goal, an interception and the final whistle.
Jackson’s Hector Stanback was taken off the field by stretcher, and is said to have suffered concussion-like symptoms with neck and back pain.
GEORGIA SOUTHERN 51, LOUISIANA-MONROE 31: In Monroe, Matt Breida ran for two touchdowns, and Ken Butler Jr. returned a blocked punt 45 yards for a touchdown to lead Georgia Southern past Louisiana-Monroe.
Breida finished with 149 yards on 19 carries. LA Ramsby added 98 yards rushing and two touchdowns for the Eagles (4-1, 2-0 Sun Belt), who piled up 455 total yards rushing.
Georgia Southern took a 31-3 lead before Louisiana-Monroe finally scored its first touchdown on a 2-yard pass from Garrett Smith to Harley Scioneaux in the final minute of the first half.
Those were the first of 24-straight points reeled off by the Warhawks (1-3, 0-1), which cut their deficit to seven (31-24) early in the fourth. The Eagles answered on the ensuing drive however, when Ramsby ran for 41-yard score to put the game away.
Smith threw for 232 yards and three TDs for Louisiana- Monroe.
WARHAWKS QUARTERBACK DIES: In Monroe, Daniel Fitzwater, a quarterback on the ULM football team, died, the school reported in a release on Saturday.
Fitzwater was a 20-year-old kinesiology major from Shreveport, and details surrounding his death are unknown at this time.
“The coaching staff and team are deeply saddened by the loss of a great person in Daniel. Our thoughts and prayers are with Daniel’s family,” ULM coach Todd Berry said.