Sam Houston St. 24, Nicholls St. 17
THIBODAUX, La. (AP) _ Wayne Coleman’s second short touchdown run produced the only points in the second half, enabling Sam Houston State to snap a three-game losing streak, 24-17, and keep Nicholls State without a victory this season.
Coleman’s 1-yard run midway through the fourth quarter clinched the victory for the Bearcats, who had lost three in a row to Southland Conference opponents on successive weekends.
The outcome left Sam Houston State at 4-5 overall, 1-3 in the Southland, Nicholls at 0-10 and 0-5. It was the 12th straight loss for the Colonels, who lost their last two games last season.
A key to Sam Houston’s victory was the futility of Nicholls’ passing game. Freshman quarterback Brad Zeller completed just three of 20 passes for only 27 yards. He also threw two interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown.
The score was tied three times in the first half.
Field goals from 32 yards by Sam Houston’s Marcus Hajdik and Nicholls’ Adam Diel locked the game at 3-3 after the first period.
A 2-yard touchdown run by Coleman, followed nearly four minutes later by a 3-yard touchdown run by Nicholls’ Rondell Honor tied the score at 10-all with 9:12 left in the second period.
A 35-yard interception return by Sam Houston’s Ulric Roberson gave the Bearcats a short-lived 17-10 lead. About two minutes later, a 1-yard touchdown by Honor made it 17-all at halftime.
Coleman finished with 79 yards on 28 carries to anchor Sam Houston’s running game. Quarterback Chad Schramek also completed half of his 22 passes for 184 yards for the Bearcats.