Nicholls St. 20, Sam Houston St. 10
THIBODAUX, La. (AP) _ Nakia Lumar’s 95-yard return of the second half kickoff ignited a sluggish Nicholls State offense, which erupted for 17 points in the third quarter en route to a 20-10 victory over Sam Houston State in a Southland Football League game Saturday night.
The victory assured Nicholls (6-3 overall, 3-2 in the Southland) of its first winning season since 1988. After going 0-11 last season, the Colonels became just the second school in Division I-AA history to go from a winless to a winning season in a year.
Sam Houston fell to 3-6, 2-2.
Lumar’s long kickoff return set Nicholls up at the Sam Houston 5-yard line. Lumar later scored on a two-yard run to give NSU a 10-7 lead early in the third quarter.
Sam Houston State marched back down field with Marcus Hajdik kicking a 38-yard field goal to tie the game.
Nicholls regained the lead on Adam Diel’s 26-yard field goal with 3:54 left in the third quarter and put the game away after Robert Martin covered a Sam Houston fumble at the Bearkat 24. Brad Zeller threw a nine-yard touchdown pass to Kip Rohmer three plays later to cap Nicholls’ comeback.
Zeller completed 12 of 15 passes for 86 yards. Terrence Spears led the Colonels with 57 yards on eight carries while Lumar rushed 22 times for 54 yards.
Kevin Schramek completed 11 of 28 passes for 94 yards and Wayne Coleman rushed 18 times for 93 yards to lead Sam Houston.