For the second straight year, Nicholls State University had an SEC team on the ropes late in a football game.
Nicholls trailed Texas A&M 14-6 on Saturday until quarterback Chase Fourcade found tight end Stephen LeBouef on a 5-yard touchdown pass with 12:05 left in the game. The Colonels went for the two-point conversion, and both Fourcade and wide receiver Mason Roberts made outstanding plays to complete the pass tying the game at 14.
Texas A&M immediately responded with an 11-play, 75-yard drive to regain its advantage after running back Kendall Bussey’s 2-yard scoring run.
The Aggies finally put the Colonels away with Daniel La Camera’s 26-yard field goal to make the final 24-14 in front of 100,276 at Kyle Field in College Station, Texas.
The loss drops the Colonels to 0-3 against SEC teams. Nicholls lost to Arkansas, 73-7, in 2014 but took Georgia down to the final seconds in a 26-24 loss last season. Nicholls rallied from a 26-14 deficit against the Bulldogs with 10 fourth-quarter points.
Nicholls is now 3-28 all-time against Football Bowl Subdivision teams with its last win coming against Western Michigan, 27-23, in 2013.
Offensively, the Colonels (1-1 overall) finished with 338 yards but were 3-of-12 on third down and had two turnovers. The Aggies didn’t have any turnovers and finished with 393 total yards going 10-of-19 on third down.
After the Colonels tied the game, Texas A&M (1-1) discovered its rushing game behind Bussey, an Isidore Newman product, to control the remainder of the fourth quarter. Bussey had 15 carries for 97 yards as Texas A&M finished with 195 rushing yards on 47 carries, while Nicholls had 74 rushing yards.
“We gave them a run at the end but we have to be able to get off the field there on third down,” Nicholls coach Tim Rebowe said.
Fourcade went 13-of-25 for 264 yards with one interception and one touchdown. He also rushed nine times for 15 yards, and his mobility helped to avoid Texas A&M’s pass rush as he was sacked twice.
Running back Kyran Irvin had to carry the load after Dontrell Taylor and Mason Boudreaux left the game with injuries. He finished with 16 carries and 62 yards.
Placekicker Lorran Fonseca made field goals of 37 and 34 yards. He also averaged 65 yards on four kickoffs with two touchbacks.
Nicholls received $550,000 for playing Texas A&M.
Saturday, the colonels will host Prairie View A&M at 6 p.m. at Manning Field at John L. Guidry Stadium in Thibodaux. It will be Family Day.
Reports taken from the Daily Comet.
Posted on Tue, September 12, 2017
by The Lafourche Gazette