THIBODAUX - LaQuintin Caston ran for two touchdowns and passed for another, leading Nicholls State in a 42-0 demolition of Evangel in the season opener for both teams on Thursday night.
Caston rushed for 137 yards on 16 carries and was 5-for-13 for 39 yards with an interception through the air for the Colonels, who also routed the Crusaders 40-17 in the teams’ only other meeting in 1979.
Nicholls State scored early and often to put it out of reach. Caston’s 52-yard touchdown run and 13-yard scoring pass to Aldaro Russell bookended Tyrie Allen’s 9-yard TD rush, putting the Colonels up 21-0 after the first quarter.
The Colonels scored once more in each quarter, including a 48-yard TD run to make it 28-0 at halftime.
Nicholls State outgained Evangel 422-147 on offense, including a 326-62 margin in rushing yards.
Andre Brimhall led Evangel with 76 yards passing and 14 rushing.
STEPHEN F. AUSTIN 82, MCMURRY 6: In Nacogdoches, Texas, Brady Attaway threw for four touchdowns and 275 yards as Stephen F. Austin thrashed McMurry.
Attaway, who completed 27 of 37 passes, connected on three of his TDs in the first quarter, including a 43-yard toss to Mike Brooks.
Dalto Williams helped the Lumberjacks by throwing for two touchdowns and 163 yards while Colt Plaster added a touchdown pass and 69 yards throwing.
The War Hawks’ only touchdown came early in the second quarter when Will Morris pulled down an interception and ran it back 88 yards. Stephen Warren then failed to connect for the two-point conversion.
Fred Ford ran for 102 yards and two touchdowns while Gus Johnson scored a TD and ran for 37 yards. Jordan Wiggs made a 29-yard field goal in the first quarter.
CENTRAL ARKANSAS 38, HENDERSON STATE 14: In Conway, Ark., Nathan Dick threw for 280 yards and three touchdowns, and Central Arkansas beat Henderson State.
Dick connected with Al Lasker, Dominique Croom and Derrick Steele on touchdown passes of 40, 34 and 21 yards, respectively.
Terence Bobo and Roosevelt Tyler added rushing touchdowns for the Bears, and Eddie Camara kicked a 42-yard field goal.
Jarvis Smith led the Reddies, a Division II school, with 17 carries for 87 yards. Nathan Nall was 18 of 34 for 158 yards passing, with one touchdown and one interception.
Central Arkansas led 31-0 with 13:57 left in the fourth quarter after Lasker’s 40-yard touchdown catch. The Bears finished with 429 yards of total offense.
The crowd of 12,755 was a record at Estes Stadium.
SAM HOUSTON STATE 20, WESTERN ILLINOIS 6: In Huntsville, Texas, Brian Bell passed for 198 yards and two touchdowns Thursday night to lead Sam Houston State.
Bell completed 16 of 22 passes, including touchdowns of 7 yards to Grant Merritt and 44 yards to Ryan Wilson. Tim Flanders added 100 yards rushing on 24 carries, and Miguel Antonio kicked two field goals for the Bearkats.
The lone score for Western Illinois came on a 92-yard pass from Josh Hudson to Terriun Crump with 9:06 left in the game. Crump had five catches for 127 yards for the Leathernecks.
Sam Houston State recorded five sacks and limited Western Illinois to 216 yards of total offense.
Hudson and Wil Lunt both saw time at quarterback for Western Illinois. Hudson was 7 for 12 for 136 yards, while Lunt was 4 for 11 for 43 yards and an interception.