North Dakota St 24

(4-1, 1-1 away)

Nicholls State 14

(2-2, 1-1 home)

5:00 PM ET, October 2, 2004

John L. Guidry Stadium, Thibodaux, LA

1 2 3 4 T
NDSU 7 7 0 1024
NICH 0 0 7 714

Top Performers

Passing: Y. Vannoy (NICH) - 147 YDS, 2 INT

Rushing: K. Steffes (NDSU) - 24 CAR, 141 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: M. Okoronkwo (NICH) - 1 REC, 25 YDS

North Dakota St 24, Nicholls State 14

THIBODAUX, La. (AP) -- Kyle Steffes ran for 141 yards and a pair of touchdowns to lead North Dakota State to a 24-14 victory over Nicholls State on Saturday.

Steffes' first run, from 10 yards out, was the first of two North Dakota State touchdowns that came off of Nicholls turnovers as the Bison (4-1) took a 14-0 lead.

The second score came on a 36-yard pass from Tony Stauss to Allen Burrell in the second quarter.

Nicholls (2-2) pulled to 14-7 on an 8-yard run by David Plaisance, but the Bison responded with 33-yard field goal by Cory Vartanian and Steffes' second score, that one from 2 yards out, to take their first road victory.

Nicholls, which runs a triple option, was held to 125 total rushing yards and fumbled the ball away twice.

The Bison ran for 224 yards, while Stauss was 9-of-18 passing for 122 yards and was intercepted once.