South Dakota State rallies past SLU

BROOKINGS, S.D. — Zach Zenner ran for three touchdowns on 128 yards rushing and South Dakota State erased a first-half deficit to defeat Southeastern Louisiana 34-26 on Saturday night.

The Jackrabbits (3-0) remain undefeated heading into a big game at Nebraska next week.

Southeastern Louisiana (1-2) had the upper hand early, leading 19-7 after a Bryan Bennett touchdown run early in the third quarter.

But Zenner responded with a 75-yard rushing score and Austin Sumner added a 20-yard rushing touchdown late in the third quarter to give the Jackrabbits their first lead at 20-19.

After another Zenner score, Dallas Brown returned an interception 52 yards for a touchdown to give South Dakota State a 34-19 lead.

The Lions had 506 yards of total offense compared with 345 for the Jackrabbits but were hurt by six turnovers.

Tony McCrea had 7 receptions for 158 yards for Southeastern Louisiana offense.

CINCINNATI 66, NORTHWESTERN STATE 9: In Cincinnati, Brendon Kay was sharp in his return as Cincinnati’s starting quarterback on Saturday night, matching his career high with four touchdown passes in a victory over Northwestern State.

The sixth-year senior lost the starting job to Munchie Legaux after a sore passing shoulder limited him during camp and the opening week of the season. The Bearcats (2-1) beat Purdue and lost at Illinois, where Legaux tore ligaments in his left knee.

Kay finished 12 of 14 for 277 yards with four touchdowns, matching his total from the 48-34 Belk Bowl win over Duke last season.

McNEESE STATE 44, WEST ALABAMA 42: In Lake Charles, Cody Stroud completed his fifth touchdown to Diontae Spencer with 46 seconds remaining to give McNeese State a come-from-behind win over West Alabama.

Stroud tied a school record with his five touchdowns tosses.

The Cowboys (3-0) were trailing 35-31 as the fourth quarter began. Stroud engineered an 82-yard drive, culminating in a 28-yard pass to Jereon McGilvery to put them in front 38-35.

The Tigers (1-1) marched right back to regain the lead at 42-38 with 3:41 remaining in the game on Gary Johnston’s 2-yard run. Stroud, who totaled 366 yards passing, completed five passes as he led the Cowboys 66 yards for the final score. West Alabama failed to get past its own 24-yard line as the Cowboys sealed the game.

Kyle Caldwell led the Tigers, throwing for three touchdowns and 300 yards.