DALLAS — Terry Baggett rushed for 143 yards and two touchdowns, and Army beat Louisiana Tech 35-16 in a game delayed twice by lightning and rain Saturday.
Baggett finished Army’s 85-yard opening drive with a 9-yard score after the start of the game was pushed back an hour when a storm hit the Cotton Bowl about 30 minutes before kickoff. He scored again five plays after a 45-minute delay late in the first quarter.
Army (2-3) had 414 yards rushing and won again, 46 years after its last trip to the historic Fair Park stadium, this time on the opening weekend of the Texas State Fair. The Black Knights beat SMU in October 1967, when it was the home field of the Mustangs and one of the biggest New Year’s Day bowl games.
Ryan Higgins threw for 320 yards and a touchdown to Andrew Guillot, who had 123 yards receiving for Louisiana Tech (1-4).
The teams were warming up in sunny conditions about an hour before the game but were sent to the locker rooms after a lightning strike and stayed there for more than an hour while heavy rain fell.
Conditions were pleasant at kickoff, and the Black Knights were driving again after their opening TD when a lightning strike stopped the game with 2:10 remaining in the first quarter. Another rainstorm followed.
Soon after play resumed, Army quarterback Angel Santiago ran 1 yard to convert a fourth down, and Baggett went around right end for a 14-yard score on the next play.
Santiago had 77 yards rushing and a touchdown, and Trenton Turrentine added 81 yards on the ground.
Nicholls State 44, Arkansas Tech 34: In Thibodaux, Tuskani Figaro threw three touchdowns, ran for 281 yards and two more scores and Nicholls State beat Arkansas Tech.
Nicholls State (3-2) led 37-27 with 7:39 left in the game but Arkansas Tech responded with a two-play scoring drive, including a Ketrich Harmon 55-yard run and a Jonathan Keener 5-yard touchdown.
Arkansas Tech (2-2), a Division II school, forced a three-and-out on Nicholls State’s next possession. Harmon had another long run, this time for 60 yards, but Randy Velazquez’s game-tying 39-yard field goal attempt was blocked with 1:35 left.
Two plays later, Figaro broke free for the game-clinching 88-yard touchdown.
NORTHERN IOWA 41, MCNEESE STATE 6: In Cedar Falls, Iowa, Sawyer Kollmorgen passed for 288 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 30 yards and another touchdown to lead Northern Iowa over McNeese State.
Northern Iowa (4-0) dominated from start to finish, limiting McNeese State (4-1) to just 280 total yards and recovered three fumbles.
Kollmorgen opened the scoring with a 32-yard touchdown to David Johnson as the Panthers built a 17-0 halftime lead. Northern Iowa stretched the lead on the first series of the second half, as Kollmorgen hit Chad Owens for a 25-yard touchdown.
Northwestern St. 37, Langston 0: In Natchitoches, Zach Adkins passed for 273 yards and three touchdowns to lead Northwestern State to an easy win over Langston.
Northwestern State (3-2) had no problem handling NAIA member Langston (0-4), limiting the Lions to a meager 122 total yards.
Adkins led an 80-yard drive late in the first quarter, culminating in Louis Hollier’s 4-yard touchdown catch, to give the Devils a lead that was never challenged.
In the second quarter, Ed Eagen returned a Langston punt 50 yards for a touchdown.
, the second TD return of his career.
A fumbled third-quarter Langston punt turned into a Chris Moore 22-yard field goal. On the second play of the ensuing drive, Fred Thomas intercepted a Jac’Quon Miles pass and two plays later De’Mard Llorens dashed nine yards for a Northwestern State touchdown. Llorens added a 14-yard TD catch later in the quarter to cap the scoring.