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Louisiana Game of the Week: Nicholls State at Northwestern State

by Eric Brown

November 16, 2010 – In Saturday evening’s Soutland conference “battle of NSU” rivralry game,the old saying “when these two teams get together you can throw the records out” prove to be a very true statement. The Nicholls State Colonels shocked a red hot Northwestern State demons team 37-7 in Turpin Stadium with an outstanding Defensive effort sparked by four interceptions that turned into 21 points, while holding the Demons to just 254 yards of total offense.  The Colonels (3-7, 2-4 Southland) halted a three game losing streak while ending the Demons (5-5, 4-2 Southland) four game winning streak in convincing fashion.

Sophomore quarterback LaQuinitn Caston had four total touchdowns – three rushing and one passing.  Caston put the first points on the board with 39 yard touchdown rush with 8:39 to play in the first to put Nicholls ahead 7-0, after one of the Demons four interceptions.  The Colonels only had to go 2 yards as Caston took it in from 2 yards out on the third play to take a commanding 14-0 only 6 minutes into the game.  Early in the second Nicholls would put together a 8 plays, 69 yards drive capped by Caston’s third touchdown run; this one from 22 yards out and with still 10:59 to play in quarter two.  The last place Colonels were up 21-0 over the then first place Demons on the road.  Northwestern State needing to make something happen, and would strike quick going 4 plays, 74 yards drive which would culminate with a Paul Harris 20 yard hook-up with Justin Aldredge cutting the deflict to 21-7 with 8:34 to play in the half.

Midway through the third, Nicholls would put the final dagger in the demons driving only 41 yards after another interception.  Caston would toss his first touchdown of the today to go along with three rushing T.D as he connects from 7 yards out with Kenyad Blair making it a 28-7 lead.  Colonels had a safety in the fourth from Shawn Elrod and after the Defense collected their fourth Interception of the day Dalton Hilliard added 12 yd T.D rush to close out the scoring at 37-7.  Thursday Nicholls will close out there season hosting Southeastern Louisiana in the “River Bell Classic.”  Northwestern State visit league leader Stephen F. Austin!


Nicholls (3-7,2-4) vs. Northwestern State (5-5,4-2)

Date: Nov 13, 2010 Site: Natchitoches, La. Stadium: Turpin Stadium

Attendance: 7501

 

Score by Quarters ( 1 2 3 4 Score)

Nicholls………… 14 – 7 – 7 – 9 – 37

Northwestern State.. 0 – 7 – 0 – 0 – 7

 

Scoring Summary:

1st

08:28 NICH – Caston, LaQuint 39 yd run (Dolan, Andrew kick)

5 plays, 80 yards, TOP 1:53, NICH 7 – NWLA 0

05:17 NICH – Caston, LaQuint 2 yd run (Dolan, Andrew kick)

3 plays, 2 yards, TOP 1:25, NICH 14 – NWLA 0

2nd

10:59 NICH – Caston, LaQuint 22 yd run (Dolan, Andrew kick)

8 plays, 69 yards, TOP 3:37, NICH 21 – NWLA 0

08:34 NWLA – Aldredge, Justin 20 yd pass from Harris, Paul (Shaughnessy, John kick)

4 plays, 74 yards, TOP 1:48, NICH 21 – NWLA 7

3rd

05:44 NICH – Blair, Kenyad 7 yd pass from Caston, LaQuint (Dolan, Andrew kick)

9 plays, 41 yards, TOP 5:31, NICH 28 – NWLA 7

4th

14:50 NICH – Elrod, Shawn safety, NICH 30 – NWLA 7

03:19 NICH – Hilliard, Dalto 12 yd run (Dolan, Andrew kick)

2 plays, 17 yards, TOP 0:10, NICH 37 – NWLA

 

 

Team Statistics (Final) NICH NWLA
FIRST DOWNS 16 12
Rushing 10 1
Passing 6 9
Penalty 0 2
NET YARDS RUSHING 238 59
Rushing Attempts 53 22
Average Per Rush 4.5 2.7
Rushing Touchdowns 4 0
Yards Gained Rushing 270 66
Yards Lost Rushing 32 7
NET YARDS PASSING 103 195
Completions-Attempts-Int 8-15-0 16-42-4
Average Per Attempt 6.9 4.6
Average Per Completion 12.9 12.2
Passing Touchdowns 1 1
TOTAL OFFENSE YARDS 341 254
Total offense plays 68 64
Average Gain Per Play 5 4
Fumbles: Number-Lost 1-1 0-0
Penalties: Number-Yards 11-116 12-86
PUNTS-YARDS 7-296 6-243
Average Yards Per Punt 42.3 40.5
Net Yards Per Punt 42 33.8
Inside 20 5 1
50+ Yards 1 1
Touchbacks 0 2
Fair catch 3 0
KICKOFFS-YARDS 6-373 3-150
Average Yards Per Kickoff 62.2 50
Net Yards Per Kickoff 44.2 43.7
Touchbacks 1 0
Punt returns: Number-Yards-TD 2-0-0 1-2-0
Average Per Return 0 2
Kickoff returns: Number-Yds-TD 3-19-0 5-88-0
Average Per Return 6.3 17.6
Interceptions: Number-Yds-TD 4-72-0 0-0-0
Fumble Returns: Number-Yds-TD 0-0-0 0-0-0
Miscellaneous Yards 0 0
Possession Time 36:14:00 23:46

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