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.