McNeese State 17

(2-4, 0-1 Southland)

Northwestern St 47

(5-1, 1-0 Southland)

5:00 PM ET, October 16, 2004

Turpin Stadium, Natchitoches, LA

1 2 3 4 T
MCNS 0 3 7 717
NWST 7 17 10 1347

Top Performers

Passing: S. Pendarvis (MCNS) - 107 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: S. Sampson (NWST) - 10 CAR, 43 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: H. Smith (MCNS) - 4 REC, 50 YDS, 1 TD

Northwestern St. 47, McNeese State 17

NATCHITOCHES, La. (AP) -- Derrick Johnese ran for a touchdown and caught four catches for 27 yards as Northwestern State defeated Southland Conference rival McNeese State 47-17 on Saturday.

Northwestern State's powerful offense got going early with Shelton Sampson scoring on a 31-yard run with 13:10 left in the first quarter. The Demons (5-1, 1-0 Southland) never gave up the lead.

In the second quarter, the Demons made it 14-0 on a 32-yard TD pass from Connor Morel to Ben Bailey. Johnese scored on a 2-yard run and Josh Storrs tacked on three with a 43-yard field goal. At the halftime, NSU led 24-3.

The Demons, who rank 12th in Division I-AA in scoring with an average of 38 points per game, came out strong in the second half and made it 27-3 on a 29-yard field goal by Tommy Hebert. Davon Vinson scored on a 46-yard TD run with 4:36 left in the third quarter to make it 34-3.

The Cowboys (2-4, 0-1) got their first touchdown with 2:29 left in the third when John Boutte caught a 10-yard pass from Scott Pendarvis.

The Demons scored two more touchdowns in the fourth quarter. Josh Mosby caught a 27-yard pass from Vinson and Demoine Clark made it 47-10 with a 4-yard TD run.

Henry Smith's 10-yard pass from Chris Jones with 7:28 left in the game gave the Cowboys their other touchdown.

Vinson completed 3-of-9 passes for 51 yards and Connor Morel completed 9-of-17 passes for 91 yards.

Pendarvis connected on 11-of-21 passes for 107 yards.

The Demons came into the game ranked 11th nationally in I-AA and boasting the top-ranked defense in I-AA. McNeese, a Southland powerhouse, has struggled this season and came into the game allowing 36 points per game.