HUNTSVILLE, Texas — Jared Johnson ran for two touchdowns and threw for two more to lead Sam Houston State to a 38-22 upset victory over McNeese State on Saturday.
Sam Houston (3-3, 2-0 Southland Conference) jumped out to an early 14-0 lead and held on to knock off the Cowboys (3-2, 1-1) who were ranked No. 4 in the FCS national polls. SHSU was unranked.
Johnson, who rushed for 190 yards on 11 carries and threw for 192 yards, accounted for all but 104 of SHSU’s 486 total yards.
The Bearkats led 21-7 at the half following Johnson’s 73-yard scoring sprint with 2:14 remaining in the second quarter. Johnson passed to Yedidiah Louis for a 22-yard score to start the third and ran 67 yards for another score and a commanding 35-7 lead.
Daniel Sams rushed for 130 yards and one touchdown on 20 carries for the Cowboys.
GRAMBLING 28, ALCORN ST. 21: In Grambling, Johnathan Williams had three total touchdowns and Grambling State survived Alcorn State’s fourth-quarter rally.
In a matchup of Southwestern Athletic Conference division leaders, Grambling (4-3, 4-0) also became the lone undefeated team in conference play by knocking off Alcorn State (5-2, 3-1).
Williams opened the scoring with a 2-yard touchdown run and extended the lead to 21-0 on a 26-yard touchdown pass to Ka’Jandre Domino. Williams added his second touchdown run early in the third quarter to make it 28-7 before Alcorn State rallied with a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns.
Grambling sealed the victory on the final play, stopping the Braves’ hook-and-lateral play near the 20.
Zerick Rollins found Alondrea Young for a 5-yard touchdown pass — on a fake field goal — to cut the Braves’ deficit to 21-7 before halftime.
STEPHEN F. AUSTIN 42, NICHOLLS 20: In Thibodaux, Gus Johnson ran for 202 yards and three touchdowns, and Zach Conque passed for 291 yards and ran for three touchdowns as Stephen F. Austin defeated Nicholls State after a 50-minute lightning delay.
Johnson, who rushed for over 200 yards for the second game this year, scored on a 34-yard run to give SFA (4-2, 1-1 Southland Conference) a 14-7 lead to begin the second half. Nicholls (0-7, 0-3) answered when Tobias Lofton broke for a 66-yard scoring run with 9:30 remaining in the third. Conque, who rushed for 51 yards, scored from the 1 for a 21-13 lead with 6:14 left in the third. SFA quickly added another touchdown when Johnson scored from the 1.
The victory ended SFA’s road-game losing streak at 12.
NORTHWESTERN STATE 49, INCARNATE WORD 12: In Natchitoches, Zach Adkins threw four TD passes, Lyn Clark recovered a fumble for a score, and Northwestern State routed Incarnate Word.
Adkins hit Tuff McClain with a 12-yard TD pass, then scored on a 40-yarder to Ed Eagan and a 3-yarder to Corey Simmons. Imoan Claiborne recovered a fumble and Adkins hit Cody Jones with a 3-yard TD pass five plays later for a 35-3 halftime lead.
The Demons held Incarnate Word (1-6, 1-3 Southland) to 70 total yards in the first half, and Claiborne’s sack of Breylann McCollum on the 1 forced the fumble Clark recovered.
Adkins was 15 of 21 for 159 yards for the Demons (3-3, 1-1). Garrett Atzenweiler had 146 yards on 12 carries, including a 47-yard TD run. De’Mard Llorens scored on a 1-yard run.
Jordan Scelfo hit Gabriel Taylor with a 23-yard TD pass and Ramon Coto Jr. kicked two field goals for the Cardinals.