No. 9 Nicholls suffers shutout at Sam Houston State, 17-0
HUNTSVILLE, Texas – The No. 9 Nicholls State University football team was limited to a season-low 55 yards on the ground and were shutout for the first time since 2015 as the Colonels suffered their first loss in Southland Conference play with a 17-0 setback at Sam Houston State Saturday afternoon in Bowers Stadium.
Both teams finished with less than 300 yards of total offense, but the Bearkats (5-3, 4-1 SLC) were able to find the end zone in each half. Sam Houston led 10-0 at the break and added another score in the third quarter on a trick play.
Nicholls (4-3, 3-1 SLC) had several key mistakes in the first half, with penalties and a bad snap putting the offense in third-and-longs against the nation’s leader in opponent third-down conversions. In the third quarter, a missed 33-yard field goal by Gavin Lasseigne left points off the board and after a Chase Fourcade interception, the Bearkats made it a three-possession game with a reverse pass to Ife Adeyi for a 47-yard touchdown.
Fourcade threw for 212 yards on 19 of 34 in the loss and was held to only eight yards rushing on 11 carries. Julien Gums had 25 yards on nine carries and Kendall Bussey finished with 13 yards on five totes. Nicholls, which headed into the game averaging a Southland-best 207.5 rushing, averaged 1.7 yards in its lowest output of the season. The Bearkat defense had nine tackles for loss and three sacks.
Allen Pittman led a spirited defensive effort with 11 tackles, and Kevin Moore III added nine. Defensive lineman Sully Laiche had a tackle for loss, but saw his sack streak end at three games. The secondary was also able to hold the conference’s all-time leading receiver Nathan Stewart without a catch.
Sam Houston scored on its opening drive, taking a 7-0 lead after Ty Brock connected with Brennon Tibbs for a 15-yard touchdown. The Bearkats took advantage of a roughing the passer call earlier in the drive on third down.
Sam Houston had two opportunities to extend the lead in the second quarter, but Hunter Pinegar missed twice from 39 and 47 yards. Before the second miss, Nicholls moved into Sam Houston territory on a 34-yard catch by Dion Ray. The Red and Gray went to Gums on the ground on third-and-2 and fourth-and-1, however, the Bearkat defense stuffed the run to end the drive.
After Sam Houston took the 17-0 lead late in the third, the Colonels did not make it past midfield the rest of the way.
Franklin led Nicholls with four receptions for 51 yards, while Ray totaled 60 on three receptions. Bry’Kiethon Mouton tacked on two grabs for 27 yards.
After not punting last week, Winston Jones set a career-high in yards with 299 on seven punts, averaging 42.7.
The Colonels return to Thibodaux for Homecoming to take on Abilene Christian on Saturday, Oct. 26. Kickoff is scheduled for 3 p.m. and the game will air on Cox Sports TV.
Tickets for Nicholls football are available by visiting geauxcolonels.com or calling the Nicholls Ticket Office at 985-448-4790.
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