Northwestern St 14

(5-2, 1-1 Southland)

Nicholls State 40

(4-3, 1-1 Southland)

8:00 PM ET, October 21, 2004

John L. Guidry Stadium, Thibodaux, LA

Northwestern St Leaders

Passing: Vinson - 85-165, 1240 yds, 10 tds

Rushing: Sampson - 134 car, 678 yds, 11 tds

Receiving: Doyle - 40 rec, 631 yds, 6 tds

Nicholls State Leaders

Passing: Vannoy - 39-92, 700 yds, 5 tds

Rushing: Cole - 121 car, 501 yds, 4 tds

Receiving: Okoronkwo - 3 rec, 54 yds, 0 tds

Northwestern St. 40, Nicholls State 14

THIBODAUX, La. (AP) -- Yale Vannoy threw for a season-best 230 yards, added another 72 rushing and Nicholls State scored 33 unanswered points on the way to a 40-14 victory over Northwestern State Thursday night.

The Colonels (4-3 overall, 1-1 Southland Conference) took advanatage of five turnovers by Northwestern (5-2, 1-1), along with picking up a pivotal third-quarter safety that launched a second-half scoring outburst.

Northwestern finished with 348 yards, but was overwhelmed in the third quarter, when Nicholls rang up 16 points and 139 yards and the visitors netted minus 18 yards. Prior to Thursday's game, the Colonels had just two touchdown passes all season. They doubled that total in the first quarter.

With the score 17-14 at the half, the Colonels padded their lead with a safety on the Demons' first offensive snap of the third quarter. Pinned at its own two after a punt, Northwestern tried a play action pass on first down but quarterback Connor Morel was called for intentional grounding while trying to avoid a sack to make it 19-14 with 9:11 left in the third period.