CONWAY, Ark. — Blake Veasley ran 27 times for 191 yards and a touchdown to lead Central Arkansas over Southeastern Louisiana 21-16 in college football Saturday night.
Veasley capped the game’s opening possession with a 1-yard touchdown run, and Kirk Baugh and Dominique Thomas added touchdown runs to keep the Bears (5-3, 5-1 Southland Conference) in front.
Julius Maraclin led the Lions (4-4, 3-3) with 118 yards rushing. His 7-yard run pulled Southeastern within 21-16 with 9:12 left.
But the Bears’ Bobby Watkins intercepted Donovan Isom’s pass with 2:48 left and their defense sealed the win by forcing a turnover on downs in the final minute.
Baugh’s 10-yard run made it 14-3 before the half and Thomas ran 45 yards to make it 21-9 early in the fourth. Thomas finished with 76 yards on 15 carries.
Northwestern State 37, Nicholls State 21: In Thibodaux, De’Mard Llorens ran for 166 yards and tied a school single-game record with four rushing touchdowns for Northwestern State.
Llorens sits atop Northwestern State’s list with Mario Cage (1974), Sidney Thornton (1976) and Joe Delaney (1978).
Northwestern State (2-6, 2-4 Southland) ran for 348 yards and threw for 80. Stephen Rivers and Joel Blumenthal combined to go 6-for-8 passing, with Rivers throwing one touchdown and one interception.
Nicholls State (1-7, 1-5) took an early lead when Tuskani Figaro connected with Michael Henry for a 19-yard touchdown at the end of a 7-play, 60-yard drive. Llorens tied it 3 minutes later with a 1-yard run and added a 24-yard touchdown run 3 minutes after that to put the Demons ahead for good.
Henry had 23 carries for 154 yards and a touchdown for Nichols State. Figaro was 15-for-28 passing for 176 yards and had a touchdown and an interception.
McNeese State 15, Abilene Christian 13: In Abilene, Texas, Trent Manuel connected on three field goals for McNeese in Southland Conference play.
McNeese State (8-0, 7-0), averaging 34 points a game, was stymied throughout as Abilene Christian, which has lost five straight games, stayed within striking distance. The Wildcats (2-6, 2-5) led 6-3 with 6:18 remaining in the second quarter when Herschel Sims passed to quarterback Dallas Sealey from the 9 for a touchdown.
McNeese State’s Daniel Sams ran in from the 2 for a score and a 12-6 lead with 10:37 left in the third. Manuel, who had field goals from 27 and 28 yards earlier, booted a 23-yarder for a 15-6 lead with 10:37 left in the game.
The Wildcats answered when Sealey hit Carl Whitley on a 24-yard TD pass with 3:54 left.
McNeese State had five turnovers as Sams was intercepted three times.
Howard Payne 18, Louisiana College 16: In Brownwood, Texas, Howard Payne’s Joshua Martinez made a 39-yard field goal, his fourth of the game, with three seconds remaining to lift the Yellow Jackets (1-7, 1-2 American Southwest).
Louisiana College (2-6, 1-3) scored on a 10-yard pass on fourth down to take a 16-15 lead with 3:17 left.
Howard Payne (1-2, 1-2 American Southwest) then drove 59 yards in 12 plays to set up the game-winner, Martinez’s was his fourth field goal. He also hit from 22, 49 and 31 yards. Colby Mica had four catches for 101 yards.
Aurren Cooksey rushed for 154 yards for Louisiana College. Easton Melancon was 23-of-36 passing for 244 yards and two touchdowns.
Cole Crook caught eight passes for 92 yards.