Scores

Final

Sam Houston 47

(4-4, 2-3 Southland)

Nicholls State 37

(2-5, 2-3 Southland)

5:00 PM ET, November 8, 2008

John L. Guidry Stadium, Thibodaux, LA

1 2 3 4 T
SHSU 24 7 7 947
NICH 0 16 7 1437

Top Performers

Passing: R. Bomar (SHSU) - 394 YDS, 2 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: J. Aston (SHSU) - 30 CAR, 142 YDS, 4 TD

Receiving: C. Houston (SHSU) - 8 REC, 116 YDS

Sam Houston St. 47, Nicholls St. 37

Associated Press

THIBODAUX, La. -- James Aston ran for 142 yards and four touchdowns to help Sam Houston State to a 47-37 victory against Nicholls State on Saturday.

Rhett Bomar completed 25 of 48 passes for 394 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions for the Bearkats (4-4, 2-3 Southland Conference).

Chris Bunch completed 5 of 12 passes for 107 yards with two touchdowns and an interception, and also added 92 yards on 11 carries for the Colonels (2-5, 2-3).

Bomar connected with Trey Payne on a 6-yard touchdown, and Aston scored on runs of 2 and 4 yards to give the Bearkats a 24-0 first-quarter lead.

Aston's next 4-yard scoring run made it 31-3 midway through the second, but Isa Hines' 4-yard run and Vincent Montgomery's 5-yard score cut the Colonels' deficit to 31-16 at halftime.

Bunch hit Hines on a 66-yard pass to open the third that pulled Nicholls State within eight points, but Aston's 14-yard touchdown run and Bomar's 27-yard pass to Jason Madkins put the Bearkats ahead 44-23 at the start of the fourth.

Later in the quarter, Bunch hit Patrick Gordon from 26 yards out and DeMarko Hutchinson ran it in from 4 yards out.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
SHSU
NICH
1st Downs3415
Total Yards576303
Passing394107
Rushing182196
Penalties14-1106-90
3rd Down Conversions8-164-11
4th Down Conversions1-11-1
Turnovers35
Possession35:2824:32

Passing Leaders

Sam Houston StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Bomar25/483948.222
Nicholls StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Bunch5/121078.921

Rushing Leaders

Sam Houston StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Aston301424.7416
Bomar12342.8021
Nicholls StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Bunch11928.4031
Buchanan7355.0011

Receiving Leaders

Sam Houston StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Houston811614.5036
Mansfield58116.2026
Nicholls StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Hines16666.0166
Gordon12626.0126

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERSHSUNICH
FG12:19Taylor Wilkins 37 Yd 30
TD06:41Trey Payne 6 Yd Pass From Rhett Bomar (Taylor Wilkins Kick) 100
TD04:11James Aston 2 Yd Run (Taylor Wilkins Kick) 170
TD03:01James Aston 4 Yd Run (Taylor Wilkins Kick) 240
SECOND QUARTERSHSUNICH
FG13:01Ross Schexnayder 44 Yd 243
TD07:56James Aston 4 Yd Run (Taylor Wilkins Kick) 313
TD04:00Isa Hines 4 Yd Run (Pat Failed) 319
TD02:13Vincent Montgomery 5 Yd Run (Ross Schexnayder Kick) 3116
THIRD QUARTERSHSUNICH
TD14:43Isa Hines 66 Yd Pass From Chris Bunch (Ross Schexnayder Kick) 3123
TD03:58James Aston 14 Yd Run (Taylor Wilkins Kick) 3823
FOURTH QUARTERSHSUNICH
TD12:28Jason Madkins 27 Yd Pass From Rhett Bomar (Pat Blocked) 4423
TD10:14Patrick Gordon 26 Yd Pass From Chris Bunch (Ross Schexnayder Kick) 4430
FG03:01Taylor Wilkins 32 Yd 4730
TD00:55DeMarko Hutchinson 4 Yd Run (Ross Schexnayder Kick) 4737