THIBODAUX — Michael Henry and Tuskani Figaro combined to rush for four touchdowns and 183 yards as Nicholls State snapped a 23-game losing streak with a 38-17 victory over Houston Baptist on Saturday.
Henry rushed for 92 yards on 23 carries and two scores and Figaro, who also passed for 134 yards, rushed for 91 yards on 16 carries.
Nicholls (1-5, 1-3 Southland Conference) was winless last season, losing to Houston Baptist (2-5, 0-4) 31-21 last year.
Nicholls jumped out to a 21-0 lead in the first quarter, but the Huskies closed to 21-10 by halftime. Tobias Lofton opened the third quarter with a 39-yard touchdown run, Figaro scored from 14 yards out with 9:01 remaining in the fourth and Francisco Condado kicked a 31-yard field goal for a 38-10 lead with 6:29 left.
D’Angelo Wallace grabbed six passes for 129 yards for the Huskies.
APPALACHIAN STATE 59, LOUISIANA-MONROE 14: In Monroe, Taylor Lamb threw three touchdown passes and ran for another score to lead Appalachian State over Louisiana-Monroe.
Lamb was 8 of 15 for 261 yards passing with scoring strikes to three receivers. He ran for 103 yards on seven carries with a 13-yard touchdown run. Marcus Cox added 122 yards rushing on 23 carries with two touchdowns for Appalachian State (5-1, 2-0 Sun Belt Conference).
Garrett Smith threw two touchdown passes to lead Louisiana-Monroe (1-5, 0-2). He finished 17 of 30 for 192 yards passing with two interceptions.
Smith connected with Marcus Green on a 31-yarder to pull the Warhawks to 14-10 in the second quarter. The Mountaineers then scored on six of their next seven possessions to take a 52-14 lead early in the fourth quarter.
GRAMBLING 35, ALCORN STATE 34, OT: In Lorman, Miss., Martez Carter scored on a 1-yard run — and then booted the extra point — in overtime as Grambling rallied to defeat Alcorn State and move to 5-0 in Southwestern Athletic Conference play.
Alcorn State scored on a 7-yard run by John Gibbs Jr., but Haiden McCraney’s PAT kick was blocked.
The game was a meeting of unbeaten teams in SWAC play. Grambling (5-2, 5-0) tops the SWAC West. Alcorn State (4-2, 3-1) still leads the East.
Carter had his second-straight 100-yard game, rushing for 133 yards on 11 carries.
Gibbs rushed for 96 yards and two TDs, and passed for 222 yards with another score as Alcorn State scored four touchdowns to lead 28-14 at halftime. Grambling scored twice in the third quarter to tile 28-28.
Alcorn State gained 218 yards on the ground with rushing touchdowns from Gibbs, Aaron Baker and Darryl Ragsdale.
MCNEESE STATE 28, CENTRAL ARKANSAS 13: In Conway, Ark., Wallace Scott scooped up a fumble and raced 45 yards for the score to give McNeese State the lead in the fourth quarter, and the Cowboys went on to beat Central Arkansas.
Trailing 13-7 after three quarters, Scott’s fumble return with 14:50 left in the game sparked the Cowboys, who outscored Central Arkansas 21-0 in the fourth.
Ryan Ross ran for 100 yards and rushed for a 10-yard score with 9:47 left in the game to give McNeese State (6-0, 5-0 Southland Conference) a 21-13 advantage.
The Cowboys are the only undefeated team in the conference after knocking off Central Arkansas (3-3, 3-1).
McNeese State’s Daniel Sams, who was held to just 15 yards rushing and 60 passing, had two rushing touchdowns.
Hayden Hildebrand led Central Arkansas, throwing for 261 yards on 29-of-51 passing. Desmond Smith grabbed 12 passes for 159 yards.
NORTHWESTERN STATE 48, LAMAR 35: In Natchitoches, De’Mard Llorens rushed for 105 yards and two touchdowns, and Northwestern State topped Lamar.
Lamar’s Kade Harrington carried 36 times for 282 and five touchdowns — all school records — but had a key fumble in the fourth quarter which led to a 95-yard return touchdown by Adam Jones to put Northwestern State up by 20.
Harrington scored twice in the fourth, on 2- and 3-yard runs, but Llorens’ 1-yard run kept the Cardinals at bay.
Northwestern State (1-5, 1-3 Southland) jumped out quickly, taking a 14-0 lead after one quarter on Daniel Taylor’s 12-yard run and Llorens’ 53-yard scamper.
Harrington scored twice in the second — on runs of 79 and 5 yards — but Stephen Rivers completed touchdown passes to Shakeir Ryan and Zach White and the Demons led 31-14 at intermission. Rivers finished 15 of 21 for 197 yards.
Lamar fell to 3-3, 2-2 in conference.
MARY HARDIN-BAYLOR 54, LOUISIANA COLLEGE 6: In Pineville, Mary Hardin-Baylor racked up 566 yards of total offense to key and American Southwest Conference win over Louisiana College at Wildcat Field.
Louisiana College quarterback Easton Melancon was held to a career-low 92 yards passing while going 12-for-23 before exiting with an injury in the third quarter.
ASC rushing leader Aurren Cooksey was held to just 33 yards on 16 attempts.