CONWAY, Ark. — Nathan Dick completed 20 of 28 passes for 299 yards and five touchdowns as Central Arkansas took advantage of a school-record nine Southeastern Louisiana turnovers and defeated the Lions, 55-29, in a Southland Conference game Saturday night at First Security Field at Estes Stadium.
Jackie Hinton rushed for 106 yards and a touchdown. Jesse Grandy caught four passes for 93 yards and a TD for UCA (6-3, 5-1 SLC), which won its fifth straight game and accumulated 586 yards of total offense.
Southeastern (2-6, 0-4 SLC) gained 457 yards total offense, including a career-high 409 yards passing by Brian Young, but the Lions turned the ball over on their final drive of the first half and first two possessions of the second to fall behind 38-10.
Dick tossed touchdown passes to five receivers, including a 44-yard strike to Grandy on UCA’s first offensive play of the game.
Dick added a 6-yard touchdown to Isaiah Jackson in the second quarter before tossing two TD passes in the third quarter, including a 22-yard strike to former Amite High product Thomas Hart.
Southeastern led 10-7 in a fast-paced first quarter, driving 65 yards in 11 plays with Antoine Duplessis capping the drive with a 3-yard scoring pass from Young.
UCA answered with a 5-yard TD run by Terence Bobo, and Eddie Camara capped a furious first quarter with a 41-yard field goal for a 17-10 lead.
The Bears led 48-10 in the fourth quarter before Southeastern chipped into the lead. Robert Alford picked off a pass from UCA quarterback Wynrick Smothers and sprinted 64 yards for a touchdown before Young tossed TD passes to Kory Theodore and Simmie Yarborough that cut the lead to 48-29.
Jordan Wells set a pair of Southland Conference kickoff return records as he returned nine kicks for 265 yards — breaking the previous record of 233 set by McNeese State’s Flip Johnson against Northern Iowa in 1986.
Wells’ mark increased his single-season total to 1,171 yards — breaking the previous Southland Conference single-season mark of 1.055 by Karrington Bush of Texas State in 2008.
Young, who recorded the seventh-most passing yards in school history, completed a career-high 31 passes for Southeastern while tying a career-best with 47 attempts.
Brandon Collins caught a career-high 11 receptions for Southeastern, while Yarborough moved closer to the Southland Conference career receptions mark (211 by Matt Dominguez of Sam Houston State) with six catches for a season-high 126 yards.
Southeastern will return to action Saturday when it hosts unbeaten Sam Houston State for homecoming.
Kickoff is slated for 3:30 p.m. and can be heard in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9) and on the Internet at