MONROE — Justin Manton knocked home a 29-yard field goal with 2:08 remaining as Louisiana-Monroe edged Troy 22-20 in a Sun Belt Conference game Saturday night.
The field goal was Manton’s third in a tight game that saw four lead changes — two in the final quarter.
The Warhawks (3-1, 2-0) had jumped out 13-0 but were behind 20-19 midway in the fourth quarter after Brandon Silvers put Troy (0-5, 0-1) up 20-19 with his third TD pass, a 6-yarder to Chandler Worthy.
Silvers passed for 270 yards but scrambled four times to nurse along a 98-yard drive before halftime, tying the longest scoring drive in Troy’s D-I history.
Louisiana-Monroe’s Pete Thomas passed for 328 yards with two TDs, both to Ajalen Holley — a season-long 64-yarder early and then a 15-yarder to take a 19-14 lead in the third.
CENTRAL ARKANSAS 52, NICHOLLS STATE 18: In Conway, Ark, Ryan Howard completed 15 of 19 pass attempts for 114 yards and two touchdowns to lead Central Arkansas.
Taylor Reed, who played in his first game since leaving the Montana State game on Sept. 13 with concussion symptoms, was 7-of-9 passing for 98 yards for UCA.
Kalen Henderson scored in the first quarter after a 71-yard drive to put Nicholls within one, 7-6. The Colonels only crossed midfield twice after that.
UCA (2-3, 1-0) amassed 487 total yards while holding Nicholls (0-5, 0-1) to 240. Nicholls scored in the third when Joel Dullary intercepted a pass and returned it 22 yards for a score to close the gap to 24-12.
MCNEESE STATE 61, ARKANSAS TECH 7: In Lake Charles, Daniel Sams hit David Bush on an 11-yard strike to open the scoring and McNeese State went on to dominate Division II Arkansas Tech.
Five McNeese quarterbacks threw to nine receivers for 250 yards. Seven running backs ran for 228 yards and five touchdowns.
McNeese (2-1) sacked Tech’s quarterback four times.
GRAMBLING 26, PRAIRIE VIEW 20: In Dallas, Johnathan Williams threw two touchdown passes, and Juwan Martin ran for the winning touchdown in the third quarter as Grambling defeated Prairie View.
Martin’s touchdown capped an 80-yard drive that broke a 20-20 tie as the Tigers (2-3, 2-0 Southwest Athletic Conference) broke a three-game losing streak in the Southwest State Fair Classic at the Cotton Bowl.
Jerry Lovelocke scored on a 1-yard run and Johnta’ Herbert ran 8 yards for a score as the Panthers (0-4, 0-2) opened up 7-0 and 14-7 leads.
LOUISIANA COLLEGE 37, BACONE COLLEGE 13: In Muskogee, Okla., Louisiana College forced a season-high five turnovers and scored 21 unanswered points after Bacone College cut the lead to 16-13.