Andre Nunez threw for 315 yards and five touchdowns, Elijah Mitchell scored three touchdowns and Louisiana beat New Mexico State 66-38 on Saturday.
Nunez threw three touchdowns on the Ragin' Cajuns' first three drives en route to a 28-14 lead at the end of the first quarter. He threw scores of 50, 30 and 11 yards to Ja'Marcus Bradley, Jarrod Jackson and Trey Ragas, respectively. The 28 first-quarter points equaled the most by the Cajuns since a 70-7 win against Nicholls State on Sept. 14, 2013.
Louisiana scored on all seven of its first-half drives (six TDs and a field goal) and gained 534 yards of total offense by halftime.
Mitchell had 12 carries for 107 yards and Earnest Patterson had three receptions for 114 yards and a score. Louisiana's 759 yards of total offense was a school record, breaking the previous mark of 728 in 2008. The Ragin' Cajuns (3-3) also set a school record with 37 first downs.
Josh Adkins threw for 284 yards and a touchdown, Christian Gibson rushed for three touchdowns and Jason Huntley finished with five receptions for 112 yards and a score for the Aggies (2-5).
SE Louisiana rallies for 62-52 win over Houston Baptist
Chason Virgil hit CJ Turner on a 15-yard scoring strike in the waning seconds to give Southeastern Louisiana the lead on its way to a 62-52 win over Houston Baptist on Saturday night.
The Lions (3-4, 3-2 Southland Conference), trailing 52-48, scored twice in the final 40 seconds to secure their third win in the last four games.
Houston Baptist (1-4, 0-3) had just taken its second lead of the night in the topsy-turvy game when LaDarius Dickens ran it in from the 1 with 5:16 remaining.
Devonte Williams returned a punt 49 yards to HBU's 15 with 1:26 left. Five plays later, Virgil hit Turner for the lead.
HBU was on its own 45 on the next drive when Jon Miller sacked Bailey Zappe and Xavier Lewis scooped up the ball, returning it 38 yards for the final score.
Zappe threw for 342 yards with three touchdowns and three interceptions.
Darren Johnson rushed for 127 yards and a score and Tre Spann and Zeke Walker each had an interception returned for a touchdown for the Lions.
Evans, Gore score late as Louisiana-Monroe wins 45-20
Caleb Evans and Derrick Gore combined to score three late touchdowns as Louisiana-Monroe broke away for a 45-20 defeat of Coastal Carolina Saturday night.
Evans scored from the 1 late in the third quarter as Louisiana-Monroe added to a 24-20 lead. The Warhawks (3-4, 1-2 Sun Belt) then scored twice more in the game's final minutes. Evans ran in from the 20 with 4:07 remaining, and Gore broke free on a 46-yard TD run with 31 seconds left.
Gore rushed for 147 yards on 16 carries, Marcus Green caught five passes for 111 yards and a TD, and Evans broke 200 yards passing for the fifth time this season, finishing with 224 yards.
Marcus Outlow rushed for 104 yards and a touchdown for the Chanticleers (3-3, 1-2).
Bryce Carpenter passed for 133 yards but was intercepted in the end zone to end a key drive when trailing by four. Coastal Carolina also fumbled four times, losing two.
Skelton accounts for 4 TDs, Southern beats Prairie View 38-0
Ladarius Skelton rushed for 202 yards and three touchdowns and Southern University smothered Prairie View 38-0 on Saturday after forcing five interceptions and holding the Southwestern Athletic Conference's leading offense to 312 total yards.
Skelton added a 2-yard TD run to Martel Fontenot's 22-yard field goal and Kendall Catalon scored on a 25-yard run for a 17-0 Southern first-quarter lead after its first three drives.
Skelton (27 carries) scored on a 7-yard run for a 24-0 halftime lead, then hit Trey Smith on a 5-yard TD pass on the opening drive of the third quarter. Skelton scored on a 9-yard fourth-quarter run and finished 15 of 26 for 168 yards passing for the Jaguars (3-3, 2-1), who had 518 total yards.
Jakoby Pappillion had two interceptions and Caleb Carter, Demerio Houston and Montavius Gaines each had one apiece as the Jaguars' defense made a goal-line stand, sacked Prairie View's Jalen Morton three times and held the SWAC's leading passer to 18 of 41 for 251 yards.
Jackson has 268 total yards, SHSU beats NW State 42-28
Kyran Jackson broke for a 28-yard touchdown run to give Sam Houston State the lead in the third quarter and the Bearkats dominated the second half to beat Northwestern State 42-28 on Saturday night.
Jackson finished with 152 yards rushing and 116 receiving yards.
Northwestern State was up 28-23 at the break after Hayden Bourgeois intercepted Ty Brock, returning it 55 yards for a score with 27 seconds left.
Jackson gave SHSU (4-2, 3-1 Southland Conference) the lead in the third while the Bearkat defense shut out Northwestern State over the final two quarters.
Brock hit Davion Davis on a 2-yard scoring strike for a 42-28 lead early in the fourth and was knocking on the door for another score but instead threw his third interception, a pick by Shemar Bartholomew in the end zone.
Davis hauled in four touchdowns passes to tie his career high, a mark set against Northwestern State last year. Brock threw for 374 yards and four TDs as the Bearkats beat Northwestern State for the fourth straight time.
Shelton Eppler passed for 351 yards and three touchdowns for Northwestern State (2-4, 1-3).
Hickbottom leads Grambling past Texas Southern
Geremy Hickbottom threw for over 300 yards and tossed three touchdowns as the Grambling State University football team used a strong third quarter to get past Texas Southern, 34-21, in a Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) game on Saturday night at BBVA Compass Stadium.
Grambling State improved to 3-3 overall and 2-1 in the SWAC and Texas Southern fell to 1-5 and 0-2 in the SLC.
Smith leads Louisiana Tech past UTSA 31-3
J'Mar Smith threw for 309 yards and a touchdown and Louisiana Tech beat UTSA 31-3 on Saturday night.
Kam McKnight ran for two touchdowns and Jaqwis Dancy ran for another for the Bulldogs (4-2, 2-1 Conference USA).
McKnight ran from short yardage for a score to cap the first drive of the game. Early in the second quarter, Bailey Hale added a 46-yard field goal and the Bulldogs were up 10-0. Dancy ran two yards for a touchdown with 1:31 to go in the half and then, following a UTSA fumble and recovery by Jordan Bradford, Hale had another chance at a field goal but missed, leaving Louisiana Tech with a 17-0 lead at halftime.
Late in the third, Smith added to the Bulldogs' advantage with a 67-yard scoring strike to a wide-open George Scott for a 24-0 lead with 5:43 left in the quarter.
Cordale Grundy threw for 191 yards and ran for another 60 yards to lead the Roadrunners (3-4, 2-1).