KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Josh Dewey intercepted a pass at the goal line in the final minute to preserve a 27-23 victory for Nicholls State over Western Michigan on Saturday.
Western Michigan (0-2) began the drive at its own 12-yard-line with less than two minutes to play and needing a touchdown to win.
The Broncos drove all the way to the Nicholls State 24 before Tyler Van Tubbergen’s 2nd-and-10 pass was intercepted to end the rally as Nicholls State rebounded from its 66-3 loss to Oregon last week.
The Colonels (1-1) took a 14-0 first-quarter lead with touchdown runs by Marcus Washington and Kalen Henderson. Nicholls extended their lead to 21-9 with another touchdown run by Washington.
Brian Fields’ three touchdown runs gave Western Michigan a 23-21 third quarter lead, but two field goals from Andrew Dolan put Nicholls State on top for good.
LOUISIANA TECH 27, LAMAR 14: In Ruston, Tevin King ran for 182 yards and the Bulldogs pulled away from the Cardinals with a pair of late scores.
The Bulldogs (1-1) never trailed against the Cardinals (1-1), but Lamar kept the contest close as Louisiana Tech won its home opener.
Louisiana Tech built a two-score lead for the first time late in the third quarter on a 44-yard field goal from Kyle Fischer to go up 17-14.
The Cardinals responded with a 62-yard touchdown pass from Caleb Berry to Jordan Edwards to come within three points early in the fourth quarter.
But Fischer booted a 49-yard field goal before Andrew Guillot scored on a 19-yard run with less than two minutes remaining to put the game away.
The Bulldogs amassed 273 yards rushing while limiting the Cardinals to 90.
Edwards caught five passes for 119 yards and a touchdown to lead Lamar.
LOUISIANA-MONROE 48, GRAMBLING 10: In Monroe, White Castle native Jyruss Edwards made the most of his eight carries, rushing for 123 yards and a score to help the Warhawks to a dominating win.
Louisiana-Monroe (1-1) rebounded from a shutout loss against Oklahoma last weekend, scoring five first-half touchdowns to put the game out of reach early.
The Warhawks got on the board right away when Cortney Davis returned the opening kickoff 89 yards for a touchdown.
Grambling (0-2) responded with a 17-yard touchdown pass from D.J. Williams to Anthony McGhee to tie the game before the Louisiana-Monroe offense took over.
Kolton Browning completed three touchdown passes and Edwards’ touchdown run helped the Warhawks to a 35-7 halftime advantage.
DeVontae McNeal ran for a 34-yard touchdown and logged 94 yards on nine attempts to compliment Edwards’ effort. Louisiana-Monroe ran for 367 yards.
Cedric Skinner had 109 yards rushing to lead the Grambling.
McNEESE STATE 58, ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF 14: In Lake Charles, Marcus Wiltz ran for three touchdowns and Cody Stroud threw for two as the Cowboys rolled.
Wiltz scored his three touchdowns in the first half as the Cowboys (2-0) opened a 37-14 lead. He finished with 115 yards on 12 carries.
Stroud threw both touchdown passes in the third quarter, 33 yards to Ernest Celestie and 12 yards to Dylan Long. Stroud was 21 of 30 for 251 yards, becoming the fifth quarterback in school history to exceed 5,000 career passing yards.
McNeese had 528 yards of offense while holding the Golden Lions (0-2) to 216 yards. Arkansas-Pine Bluff has been outscored 120-25 in two games.
The Golden Lions tied the game at 14 on a 2-yard run by Jeremiah Young in the opening minute of the second quarter. The Cowboys then ran off the next 44 points.