(8-2, 3-1 Southland)
(7-3, 3-1 Southland)
5:00 PM ET, November 13, 2004
Turpin Stadium, Natchitoches, LA
Passing: D. Vinson (NWST) - 68 YDS, 1 TD
Rushing: S. Sampson (NWST) - 22 CAR, 104 YDS, 1 TD
Receiving: D. Doyle (NWST) - 2 REC, 39 YDS
NATCHITOCHES, La. (AP) -- Derrick Johnese ran for a career-high
252 yards and two touchdowns -- including a 73-yarder -- as
Northwestern State defeated Sam Houston State 45-27 on Saturday.
Northwestern (7-3, 3-1 Southland Conference) held Sam Houston
(8-2, 3-1) to 309 total yards, nearly 200 yards under the Bearkats'
Shelton Sampson added 104 yards rushing on 22 carries, including
a 7-yard touchdown with 8:07 left before halftime.
Northwestern had 446 yards rushing and 514 total yards.
Sam Houston State quarterback Dustin Long, who came into the
game with a 377-yard passing average, posted a season-low 220-yard
passing total and did not have a TD pass for the first time this
Sam Houston came into the game converting just under 50 percent
of third downs, but went just 1-for-11 on third down against
The Bearkats led 17-14 after the first quarter, helped by two
turnovers by Northwestern.
Sampson put Northwestern ahead 21-20 on his 7-yard TD run at the
8:07 mark in the second quarter. His score capped a 14-play,
Lance Garner hit a 38-yard field goal for the Bearkats to cut
the NSU's lead to 21-20.
Less than three minutes into the second half, Johnese broke
loose on a sweep to the right and cut back across the field for a
73-yard touchdown to make it 28-20.
A 22-yard Tommy Hebert field goal with 2:10 to go in the third
quarter gave Northwestern a 31-20 lead.
With 10:22 left in the game, Toby Zeigler broke a 71-yard punt
return for a touchdown, lifting the Demons ahead 38-20.
The Bearkats answered with a 12-play 67-yard drive to stay in
the game, scoring on a 9-yard Jarrod Fuller run with 6:26 left to
make it 38-27.
Johnese's 9-yard TD with 38 seconds left to play made it 45-27.