SAN MARCOS, Texas — After trailing 7-6 late in the first quarter, the Nicholls State University football team surrendered 31 consecutive points as Texas State handed the Colonels their fourth-straight loss, 38-12 at Bobcat Stadium on Saturday night.
Quarterback LaQuintin Caston, a former Scotlandville standout, scored the only touchdown for Nicholls (1-4) on a 19-yard run in the first quarter.
Caston finished with 60 yards rushing on 16 carries to eclipse the 1,000 mark for his career, but struggled in the passing game, completing 1-of-9 for 11 yards.
Redshirt freshman Beaux Hebert saw action in the second half, leading Nicholls to two field goals by Andrew Dolan in the fourth.
Hebert finished 10-of-19 for 94 yards.
Texas State (3-2) was led by quarterback Shaun Rutherford, who was 8-of-12 for 109 yards and three scores. Running back Terrence Franks ran for 105 yards and touchdown as the Bobcats outrushed Nicholls, 212-103.
Texas State made three big plays on special teams to take a 10-6 lead after 15 minutes of play.
The Bobcats forced a three-and-out on Nicholls’ opening drive, and blocked the ensuing punt, recovering the ball at the 12. The Colonel defense looked to hold Texas State to a field goal, but Rutherford rolled out of the pocket on a fake for a 13-yard strike to David Lewis to go up 7-0.
Nicholls then took advantage of a Bobcat fumble, piecing together a 5-play, 59-yard drive capped by a 19-yard run by Caston. The Bobcats blocked the PAT to maintain a 7-6 lead.
After a field goal by Texas State to end the first, the Bobcats headed into halftime with a 24-6 lead, scoring two touchdowns over a four-minute span.
Rutherford found Marcus Curry for a 20-yard score before Franks punched in a 23-yard run at the 2:03 mark.
Texas State scored a touchdown on its opening drive of the second half, and a deflected Nicholls pass led to a 37-yard interception return for the Bobcats, putting the game out of reach in the third.
Dolan added two field goals in the fourth, including a career-long 47-yarder, to make the final 38-12.