The Final Score Archives

SLU’s Pierson Villarubia says Lamar win was ‘maturing moment’

HAMMOND — Southeastern Louisiana offensive tackle Pierson Villarubia said it equated to the first defining moment for this year’s team. With a championship tradition being established under coach Ron Roberts, the Lions have penned several signature moments on their way to the past two Southland Conference championships. Whether No. 17 Southeastern goes on to… Continue reading →

Daniel Sams leads McNeese State over Nicholls State

THIBODAUX — Daniel Sams threw for 140 yards and one touchdown and ran for 89 yards and another score as McNeese State rolled over Nicholls State 37-7 on Saturday at John L. Guidry Stadium. Sams, who has totaled 647 passing yards and 346 rushing yards through four games, completed a 34-yard scoring pass to Tavarious… Continue reading →

Saturday’s state capsules

Louisiana Monroe quarterback Garrett Smith (13) throws a pass during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman) ORG XMIT: LAJB105

Northwestern State (0-4, 0-2 Southland) at Incarnate Word (2-2, 1-1) WHEN: 2 p.m. Saturday WHERE: Gayle & Tom Benson Stadium (6,000), San Antonio TV: None SERIES: Northwestern State leads 1-0 STAT THAT MATTERS: Northwestern State has already given up six scoring plays of 40 yards or more — including runs of 81 and 88 yards. NOTES: After starting… Continue reading →

Mark Slessinger, UNO men look to take next step

Advocate file photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- UNO coach Mark Slessinger

When UNO’s men’s basketball team won its first-round matchup against Nicholls State last year in the Southland Conference Tournament, it was much more than another win for coach Mark Slessinger. It was the culmination of everything the team had been working toward since he took the job in 2010. “It was a huge step forward for us,”… Continue reading →

Southeastern Louisiana offense looks to light up in Thursday night home game against Lamar

Southeastern wide receiver Dylan Bossier goes to the air over Ohio University defenders Nathan Carpenter and Devin Bass for a touchdown reception in the second half Saturday at Peden Stadium in Athens, Ohio. (Photo by Randy Bergeron/SLU Public Info)

HAMMOND — Count Southeastern Louisiana coach Ron Roberts among those eager to see his offense start to operate at a more optimum level. “We’re into Game 4,” Roberts said. “It’s time for us to start clicking on all cylinders.” Through the first three weeks of the season, Southeastern, which had an open date last week, has… Continue reading →

After open week, SLU preps for Lamar

HAMMOND — Through the first four weeks of the season Southeastern Louisiana’s schedule has featured a little bit of everything. The Lions kicked off defense of their Southland Conference championship with a 34-20 victory at Northwestern State and opened their home schedule with a 28-17 win over Division II Florida Tech. Before an earlier-than-usual bye week, SLU pushed… Continue reading →

Kenneth Dixon leads Louisiana Tech over Florida International

RUSTON — Kenneth Dixon rushed for two touchdowns and hauled in a pass for another to lead Louisiana Tech to a 27-17 win over Florida International on Saturday. This was Dixon’s 11th career game with three or more touchdowns, tying the NCAA record held by Montee Ball. Dixon has 20 games with 100 yards or… Continue reading →

Alabama big favorite against ULM, but 2007 game looms

Alabama running back Derrick Henry, center, carries the ball in for a touchdown between Mississippi linebacker Christian Russell, left,  and defensive back Kendarius Webster, right, during the second half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The biggest upset of Nick Saban’s Alabama tenure came eight years and three national champions ago. That stunning loss to ULM during Saban’s first season in Tuscaloosa is relevant now because of how far the 12th-ranked Crimson Tide has come since and because the Warhawks finally return Saturday. This one would… Continue reading →

Colorado leery of letdown against Nicholls State

Colorado placekicker Diego Gonzalez, back, kicks the winning field goal as holder Colin Johnson places the ball in the overtime session of an NCAA college football game against Colorado State Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015, in Denver. Colorado won 27-24.(AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

BOULDER, Colo. — The Colorado Buffaloes don’t have any bye weeks on their 13-game schedule. They do catch a breather Saturday against Nicholls State, though, before they dive into Pac-12 play. The Colonels (0-2), of the Southland Conference, have lost 20 straight. Of course, they thought they had a gimme against Sacramento State in… Continue reading →

Saturday’s state football capsules

Louisiana Tech quarterback Jeff Driskel (6) passes to a teammate before getting hit by Kansas State defensive tackle Travis Britz (95) during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Manhattan, Kan., Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015. Kansas State defeated Louisiana Tech 39-33 in triple overtime. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

Nicholls State (0-2) at Colorado (2-1) WHEN: 12:30 p.m. Saturday WHERE: Folsom Field (50,183), Boulder, Colo. TV: None SERIES: First meeting STAT THAT MATTERS: Nicholls State, which has lost 20 games in a row since 2013, has dropped 14 consecutive road games. NOTES: Nicholls State takes on a Pac-12 foe for the third time in the past four seasons… Continue reading →

Former UNO star Bo McCalebb gives back to basketball program

New Orleans guard Bo McCalebb jumps over the Alcorn State defense for a shot during a Gulf Coast Classic basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 19 2007, in Biloxi, Miss. (AP Photo/The Sun Herald, Amanda McCoy)

Bo McCalebb has never been a man of many words. But the former UNO guard made a major statement Tuesday when he came back to the school to help unveil new floors in the team’s practice gym that he helped fund with a recent gift to the university. “I was born and raised here and one… Continue reading →

Good to be King: SUNO icon Elston King steps aside after 34 years of coaching at his alma mater

Advocate staff photo by Mark Saltz -- SUNO coach Elston King leads his team against host Southern on Nov. 14, 2008, in Baton Rouge.

When workouts began for the Southern University at New Orleans women’s basketball team this month, Elston King was in a familiar place. King had just retired after 34 years coaching at his alma mater. But it quickly became apparent, he said, that rather than help new coach Roshaun Ambrose, as they agreed, he needed to get out… Continue reading →

State college football: Ohio cruises over Southeastern

Photo by Randy Bergeron/SLU Public InformationSoutheastern defenders JQ Sandolph and Micah Eugene wrap up Ohio University's Devin Bass in the second half Saturday at Peden Stadium in Athens, Ohio.

ATHENS, Ohio — Derrius Vick threw for two touchdowns, Papi White ran for two scores, and Ohio beat Southeastern Louisiana 35-14 on Saturday. Vick was 17 of 26 for 327 yards, the senior’s first 300-yard game. His 31-yard pass to Sebastian Smith gave the Bobcats (3-0) a 21-0 halftime lead. The FCS No. 17/20… Continue reading →

Southeastern expecting to be without QB D’Shaie Landor on Saturday

Southeastern Louisiana quarterback D'Shaie Landor

HAMMOND — With his team’s trip to face FBS opponent Ohio on Saturday set before an open date and the resumption of Southland Conference play, Southeastern Louisiana coach Ron Roberts would like to be able to rest his injured starting quarterback this week. D’Shaie Landor, who started in SLU’s first two games, was forced from Saturday’s… Continue reading →

State college football: Garrett Smith leads ULM over Nicholls State

MONROE — Garrett Smith threw three touchdown passes and ran for another and Louisiana-Monroe beat Nicholls State 47-0 on Saturday night. Ajalen Holley had 155 yards receiving with two touchdowns for the Warhawks (1-1), who rebounded from their 51-14 loss on the road against Georgia last week. Smith ran for a 10-yard touchdown and… Continue reading →

Southeastern outlasts Florida Tech

Southeastern Louisiana University running back Xavier Roberson looks for a path upfield as Florida Tech defenders close the holes Saturday at Strawberry Stadium in Hammond. (Photo by Randy Bergeron/SLU Public Info)

HAMMOND — The rushing attack that produced more than 400 yards last week was missing most of the night, but Southeastern Louisiana got help from its defense. Sparked by three defensive touchdowns, Southeastern overcame a halftime deficit to turn back feisty Florida Tech 28-17 Saturday at Strawberry Stadium. Demarayeh Lane provided the… Continue reading →

Saturday’s state football capsules

Louisiana Monroe wide receiver Rashon Ceaser (81) catches a touchdown pass during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Troy in Troy, Ala., Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013. Louisiana-Monroe beat Troy 49-37. (AP Photo/Dave Martin) ORG XMIT: otkdm213

Florida Tech (0-1) at Southeastern La. (1-0) WHEN: 7 p.m. Saturday WHERE: Strawberry Stadium (7,408), Hammond TV: None SERIES: First meeting STAT THAT MATTERS: SLU’s offense was 4-for-4 in the red zone with four TDs in last week’s 34-20 win against Northwestern State. NOTES: The Lions, ranked 18th in the latest FCS coaches poll, displayed a powerful offense… Continue reading →

Southeastern Louisiana looking to stay focused against Div. II Florida Tech

Southeastern Louisiana running back Xavier Roberson finds some open field in the second quarter against Northwestern State on Thursday at Turpin Stadium in Natchitoches. (Photo by Randy Bergeron/SLU Public Info)

HAMMOND — Despite Southeastern Louisiana’s home opener against Florida Tech falling between an emotional conference victory and a trip to face an FBS opponent, senior safety Jordan Batiste said Saturday’s opponent won’t take them by surprise. “Florida Tech’s not sneaking up on us,” Batiste said. “We’re watching film just like we did for Northwestern (State)… Continue reading →

Given a shot, Julius Maracalin makes mark with Southeastern

HAMMOND — Southeastern Louisiana senior left tackle Aaron Reed believed Julius Maracalin could have been a part of the Lions running back rotation last season. As a true freshman. Each Thursday, at the end of practice, Reed said all players that were targeted for redshirt seasons went toe-to-toe against one another, a forum in which Maracalin… Continue reading →

Once ground game started rolling, Southeastern stayed with it

HAMMOND — Southeastern Louisiana football coach Ron Roberts said the complexion of Thursday’s season-opener with Northwestern State was more out necessity than by design. “For me, that’s the old school part of it,” Roberts said Tuesday during his weekly media luncheon. “I want to run the football. You’ve got to run the… Continue reading →

State college roundup: Cal rolls over Grambling

Associated Press photo by Ben MargotGrambling's Johnathan Williams, right, evades California's Russell Ude during the first half of Saturday's game.

BERKELEY, Calif. — Jared Goff threw for 309 yards and three touchdowns in one half and California returned two interceptions for scores to beat Grambling 73-14 in a season opener Saturday. Goff connected with Kenny Lawler three times for scores as the Golden Bears broke out to a 52-0 halftime lead with the highest-scoring half… Continue reading →

Southeastern scores 34-20 victory at Northwestern State in season opener

Southeastern Louisiana running back Xavier Roberson finds some open field in the second quarter against Northwestern State on Thursday at Turpin Stadium in Natchitoches. (Photo by Randy Bergeron/SLU Public Info)

NATCHITOCHES — D’Shaie Landor wasn’t asked to do too much during his first start as Southeastern Louisiana’s quarterback. But when his number was called, Landor delivered. While the Lions had ground their way on the ground to a two-touchdown lead, Landor broke off a run in the third quarter that showed off his potential… Continue reading →

Southeastern Louisiana, Northwestern State start season with important Southland Conference opener

The two words were always there when Southeastern Louisiana’s football team needed them. In order to push through the summer’s oppressive heat to finish conditioning drills or complete an additional set of lifts in the weight room, the Lions repeated the following: Northwestern State. For the first time in nearly four decades No. 19 Southeastern… Continue reading →

Southeastern Louisiana and Northwestern State aren’t waiting around — they’re starting with a Southland clash

Photo by Randy Bergeron/SLU Public Information -- Southeastern defensive back Denzel Thompson runs back an interception against Northwestern State in the first half of last year's meeting at Strawberry Stadium. The Lions and Demons open this season at 6 p.m. Thursday in Natchitoches.

HAMMOND — Southeastern Louisiana and Northwestern State renew their rivalry for the 59th time with each team having won 29 games. Never, though, have the two Southland Conference rivals run into each other so early in the season as they will when the No. 19 Lions visit the Demons at 6 p.m. Thursday.… Continue reading →

D’Shaie Landor throws two TDs in Southeastern scrimmage

HAMMOND — Junior quarterback D’Shaie Landor threw for two touchdowns — both to fellow Lafayette native Dylan Bossier — as No. 19 Southeastern Louisiana held its second scrimmage of preseason football camp on Saturday morning at Strawberry Stadium. Bossier led Southeastern with 68 receiving yards as the two-time reigning Southland Conference champions continued preparations for the… Continue reading →

Southeastern’s Xavier Roberson ready to get rolling after injurt-shortened season

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ -- Southeastern's Xavier Roberson runs 79 yards on a punt return before being pushed out of bounds by Tulane linebacker Brandon Schmidt in the fourth quarter of Saturday's game.

Southeastern Louisiana running back Xavier Roberson is prepared to cut off his own foot if that’s what it takes to get back on the field for the Lions this season. Hopefully it won’t come to that. Roberson recently rejoined the team after missing the final three games of the 2014 season with a torn ligament in his left foot… Continue reading →

Southeastern dealing with inexperience at linebacker

If it’s difficult to recognize some of the names playing linebacker for Southeastern Louisiana football this season, you aren’t the only one. The Lions graduated four linebackers, including two starters, from a unit that lead the way in producing an FCS Top 10 defense for Southeastern last season. Seniors Drew Mista, Isiah Corbett and Kaleb Muse… Continue reading →

Louisiana College is aiming for that Mary Hardin-Baylor hurdle

Second place is no longer good enough at Louisiana College. The Wildcats finished as American Southwest Conference runners-up four of the past five years under coach Dennis Dunn. National power Mary Hardin-Baylor, which has claimed 10 straight ASC titles, was the only team to beat Louisiana College in those seasons and remains the only conference foe the… Continue reading →

Louisiana Tech, with Jeff Driskel on board, has plenty of motivation after standout 2014 season

against the Louisiana Tech celebrates with the Heart of Dallas Bowl trophy after the NCAA college football game Friday, Dec. 26, 2014, in Dallas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)    ORG XMIT: TXMO109

Louisiana Tech football could be putting a new spin on the term one-and-done so prevalent in major college basketball. For the second straight year, the Bulldogs will turn over their offense to a fifth-year senior who recently graduated from a “Power Five” school and landed in Ruston to play his final season of college football. This… Continue reading →

The early tests come hot and heavy for Northwestern State

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern's Jamar Mitchell (29) tackles ball carrier Ed Eagan (7) against Northwestern State, Saturday, Sept. 13, at A.W. Mumford Stadium in Baton Rouge.

Northwestern State won’t have to wait until the meat of its conference schedule to see how tough its players are. Starting with a first-week matchup with defending Southland Conference co-champ Southeastern Louisiana on Sept. 3, the Demons face a grueling opening month. Northwestern is slated for back-to-back games at Louisiana-Lafayette and Mississippi State — bowl… Continue reading →

Having garnered early respect, McNeese State is out to keep it

McNeese State quarterback Daniel Sams (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

McNeese State coach Matt Viator didn’t put much stock in the preseason predictions leading up to Southland Conference Media Day. When the league’s coaches awarded the Cowboys one first-place vote and picked them to finish third in the conference, he simply said his staff and players appreciate the respect. Only four McNeese players landed on preseason All-Southland… Continue reading →

After their dramatic turnaround, Grambling eyes even more in 2015

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Grambling quarterback Johnathan Williams splits Southern defenders during the third quarter of Southern's 52-45 win in the Bayou Classic at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Grambling’s turnaround last season caught everyone outside the program by surprise. The Tigers were perhaps the most improved team in the Football Championship Subdivision, taking Southern to the wire in the race for the Southwestern Athletic Conference West Division title, finishing 7-2 and 7-5 overall. That came after a disastrous 1-10 season in 2013 that led to… Continue reading →

The climb continues as Southeastern eyes another Southland football title

File photo by Randy Bergeron/SLU Public Information -- Southeastern football coach Ron Roberts holds up the Southland Conference trophy after tying for the SLC title with Sam Houston, giving them two straight titles.

The Southeastern Louisiana football program has made great strides in just three years under coach Ron Roberts. Yet as impressive as a 14-1 record in the Southland Conference the past two seasons, two league titles and back-to-back appearances in the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs have been, Roberts hopes there’s more out there for his Lions. As… Continue reading →

D’Shaie Landor not feeling pressure to fill Bryan Bennett’s shoes at Southeastern

Southeastern Louisiana quarterback D'Shaie Landor

For the past two years, the Southeastern offense has been the Bryan Bennett show. But Bennett is now in camp with the Indianapolis Colts, and presumed starting quarterback D’Shaie Landor wants the the Southeastern offense to be known as simply “SLU’s offense.” Bennett’s graduation — as well as that of backup quarterback Jordan Barnett — has left one… Continue reading →

Nicholls State running back Michael Henry keeps his focus on improving, hoping his struggling team follows suit

Nicholls State running back Michael Henry (Misty Leigh McElroy/Nicholls State University)

The only thing that Michael Henry remembers about the Nicholls State football team’s 52-27 loss at Southeastern Louisiana to close the 2013 season was how good his opponents were. With the victory, the Lions clinched their first Southland Conference title and punctuated the Colonels’ six-game losing streak. But Henry, a sophomore running back at the time, had… Continue reading →

Mickles: Tim Rebowe welcomes a big challenge — and he believes Nicholls State can win

First-year Nicholls State coach Tim Rebowe: ‘You can have some success there. You just have to do it the right way with the right people in that area. The community is starving for some success, so they’re really getting behind it.’

Tim Rebowe knew what he was getting into when he accepted an offer to become the head football coach at Nicholls State last November. The Colonels were coming off a dreadful 0-12 season that stretched their losing streak to a school-record 18 games, which in itself might have scared off most potential candidates. Not Rebowe, a 52-year-old Norco… Continue reading →

Ed Eagan smashing records at Northwestern State

Photos by Gary Hardamon  Ed Eagan # 7

LAKE CHARLES — Ed Eagan can’t help but think about breaking records. The Northwestern State senior receiver and kick returner set five school records and tied another during his breakout 2014 season. Eagan is already the Demons’ all-time leader in career kickoff return yards, single-season kickoff return yards, single-season kickoff returns, single-season receptions and single-game… Continue reading →

Cowboys look forward to playing in Tiger Stadium

Associated Press photo by Nati HarnikNebraska running back Ameer Abdullah scores the game-winning touchdown ahead of McNeese State defensive back Jermaine Antoine last season. The Cowboys nearly upset the Huskers, falling 31-24. This season the Cowboys are playing another traditional power on their home field as they visit LSU.

LAKE CHARLES — Before the McNeese State football team begins its Southland Conference schedule in the hopes of capturing its first league championship since 2009, the Cowboys will face their toughest test of the season.… Continue reading →

Sam Houston picked to win Southland football title; Southeastern selected as Top 3 in both polls

Advocate file photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Former Louisiana-Lafayette secondary coach Tim Rebowe is now the coach at Nicholls State.

LAKE CHARLES ­— To no one’s surprise, Sam Houston State was tabbed as the preseason favorite to win the Southland Conference football title in polls by the league coaches and sports information directors. The predicted order of finish was announced Wednesday morning at the outset of the conference’s media day at the… Continue reading →

Southland Conference Media Day preview: Sam Houston State and Southeastern look like the teams to beat again, but the SLC keeps building depth

SLU Public Info photo by Randy Bergeron -- Southeastern’s Harlan Miller and Kaleb Muse drag down Lamar’s Kade Harrington in October 2014.

When the Southland Conference rolls out its preseason football predictions from its coaches and sports information directors at the league’s media day Wednesday in Lake Charles, there shouldn’t be any jaw-dropping surprises. While you never know how preseason polls will shake out, reigning regular-season co-champions Sam Houston State and Southeastern Louisiana should be near the top —… Continue reading →