LAKE CHARLES — Zach Conque totaled four touchdowns as Stephen F. Austin upset McNeese State 31-16 on Saturday night.
McNeese State, ranked 6th in the FCS and sharing the lead in the Southland Conference before the game, could not stay with the Lumberjacks as SFA (7-3, 4-2 SLC) stretched a 5-point halftime lead to a 31-9 advantage in the fourth.
SFA’s Gus Johnson, who averages 138.9 yards per game, was held to just 32 yards on 22 carries by McNeese (6-3, 4-2), but the Cowboys could not stop Conque and his receiving corps. Conque joined the corps when he caught a pass from wide receiver Tyler Boyd for the first score. He then passed for three touchdowns, throwing for 201 yards and also rushed for 31 yards.
Tyler Bolfing threw for 198 yards and one touchdown for McNeese.
LOUISIANA TECH 40, UAB 24: In Birmingham, Ala., Kenneth Dixon ran for three TDs, Cody Sokol passed for two more as Louisiana Tech beat UAB.
The Bulldogs (7-3, 6-0 Conference USA) outgained UAB 428-314 and held Blazers back Jordan Howard, who has rushed for more than 1,000 yards this season, to 148 yards and one score.
Dixon gained 79 yards on 15 carries and scored on runs of 12, 6 and 6 yards. Sokol was 19 of 33 for 200 yards, with an interception and TD passes of 10 yards to Trent Taylor and 11 yards to Carlos Henderson.
Jake Ganus recovered a fumble by Taylor and returned it 56 yards for a score for UAB (5-5, 3-3) and Jamarcus Nelson returned a kickoff 100 yards for a score in the fourth quarter.
Xavier Woods picked off a pass by Cody Clements in the fourth quarter, which the Bulldogs converted into a score.
NORTHWESTERN STATE 34, ABILENE CHRISTIAN 10: In Abilene, Texas, Garrett Atzenweiler had two rushing touchdowns and caught a pass for another to lead Northwestern State over Abilene Christian.
Zach Adkins, who has now thrown 16 touchdown passes in the last five games, hit Atzenweiler on a 10-yard scoring pass for a 27-10 lead at the end of the third quarter. Atzenweiler scored from the 16 with 4:49 remaining in the game to seal the win.
Adkins finished with 238 yards passing and one touchdown for Northwestern State (5-5, 3-3 Southland Conference). Ed Eagan pulled in 13 of those passes for 126 yards.
Parker McKenzie, who missed last Saturday’s game because of a concussion, returned to throw for 270 yards and one touchdown for ACU (5-6, 3-4). McKenzie was picked off three times.
The Wildcats, trailing 27-10, were on Northwestern State’s 3 early in the fourth quarter when Marion Chapman recovered a McKenzie fumble to stop that drive.
LOUISIANA COLLEGE 26, SUL ROSS STATE 25: In Alpine, Texas, Louisiana College trailed by as many as 11 points in the fourth quarter but sealed the win when LC linebacker Beau Brewer sacked Derrick Bernard with 20 seconds at the LC 14-yard line and recovered a fumble to seal the win.
Sul Ross (1-8, 0-4 American Southwest) took a 19-14 lead on the first play of the fourth quarter when James Davis hit Steven Savedra with a 3-yard touchdown pass. The two-point conversion pass by Davis failed, however.
Sul Ross extended the lead to 25-14 with 9:12 to go when Bernard hit Cordrick Mobley on a 33-yard touchdown pass after an Easton Melancon interception. The Wildcats blocked the extra point — their second blocked PAT of the game.
Ira Jewitt took the ensuing kickoff 100 yards to cut the lead to 25-20, and Lobos punter Stephen Slater was ruled down at his team’s 5 after dropping to a knee to field a punt. The Wildcats (5-4, 3-1) took the lead on Shed Davis’ 5-yard touchdown run on an end-around. The Cats tried for two again, but Melancon’s pass was incomplete to set up the finish.