Scores

Final

Cent Arkansas 17

(6-5, 3-3 Southland)

Nicholls State 10

(4-7, 1-5 Southland)

4:00 PM ET, November 16, 2013

John L. Guidry Stadium, Thibodaux, LA

1 2 3 4 T
CARK 7 10 0 017
NICH 3 0 0 710

Top Performers

Passing: R. Howard (CARK) - 150 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: W. Matthews (CARK) - 19 CAR, 78 YDS

Receiving: D. Smith (CARK) - 7 REC, 98 YDS, 1 TD

Central Arkansas holds off Nicholls St. 17-10

Associated Press

THIBODAUX, La. -- Ryan Howard threw two touchdown passes as Central Arkansas scored 17 straight points and held off Nicholls State 17-10 on Saturday.

Howard was 17 of 27 for 150 yards and threw a TD pass to Clay Murphy (7 yards) and Desmond Smith (48 yards) in Central Arkansas's last road game of the season. Smith finished with 140 receiving yards for the Bears (6-5, 3-3 Southland Conference).

Andrew Dolan kicked a 40-yard field goal for the Colonels (4-7, 1-5) five minutes into the first quarter to give them their only lead of the game. Beaux Hebert and Tuskani Figaro both played as QB for Nicholls State, and Hebert threw for the Colonels' final two possessions. Hebert capped a 14 play, 89-yard drive with a touchdown pass to Erik Buchanan with 46 seconds left to play for the last score of the matchup.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
CARK
NICH
1st Downs2321
Total Yards323324
Passing214184
Rushing109140
Penalties5-452-30
3rd Down Conversions8-174-13
4th Down Conversions2-32-4
Turnovers01
Possession29:2030:40

Passing Leaders

Central ArkansasC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Howard17/271505.620
Nicholls StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Hebert13/211245.910

Rushing Leaders

Central ArkansasCARYDSAVGTDLG
Matthews19784.1011
Reed12302.5010
Nicholls StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Henry9596.6013
Figaro15312.106

Receiving Leaders

Central ArkansasRECYDSAVGTDLG
Smith79814.0151
Lewis5397.809
Nicholls StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Fortson33612.0015
Wilson6345.7015

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERCARKNICH
FG09:39Andrew Dolan 40 Yd 03
TD06:02Clay Murphy 7 Yd Pass From Ryan Howard (Eddie Camara Kick) 73
SECOND QUARTERCARKNICH
FG07:45Eddie Camara 28 Yd 103
TD00:48Desmond Smith 48 Yd Pass From Ryan Howard (Eddie Camara Kick) 173
FOURTH QUARTERCARKNICH
TD00:46Erik Buchanan 11 Yd Pass From Beaux Hebert (Andrew Dolan Kick) 1710