Nicholls drops nonconference finale at Texas State, 24-3
SAN MARCOS, Texas – After being tied at the break, the No. 9/12 Nicholls State University football team allowed three unanswered touchdowns in the second half against Texas State as the Colonels fell to the Bobcats, 24-3, Saturday night on Jim Wacker Field at Bobcat Stadium.
With the loss, Nicholls slipped to 2-2 on the season and dropped its second contest in a row to the former Southland Conference member. Now playing at the FBS level, Texas State (2-3) won the last meeting in 2011 for a two-game streak in the Battle for the Paddle.
The Colonels were held to a season-low 220 yards on offense with just 75 on the ground. The Red and Gray entered the matchup averaging a Southland-best 223.7 yards rushing. Nicholls also went without finding the end zone for the first time since Game 3 of the Tim Rebowe era, a 48-0 loss at Colorado on Sept. 26, 2015.
Chase Fourcade completed 15 of 27 passes for 145 yards, with Dai'Jean Dixon finishing with five receptions for 54 yards. Defensively, Kevin Moore III totaled a career-high 14 tackles while Sully Laiche recorded his first sack of the season.
Gresch Jensen led the Bobcat offense with 253 yards passing and two touchdowns on 22 of 29 attempts. After the teams were deadlocked at 3-3 at the intermission, Jensen capped a lengthy 14-play, 78-yard drive with a 12-yard strike to Micah Hilts to start the third.
Two plays into the Colonels' ensuing possession, Fourcade had his pass intercepted and it led to another Bobcat touchdown. Hilts nearly scored again on a 21-yarder to the Colonel 1, then Jensen finished off the drive on a sneak up the middle.
Nicholls answered with one of its best drives of the night, getting three first downs on two completions to Mason Roberts and Dixon, and the other on a Fourcade scramble. But at the Texas State 20, Fourcade was hit by Nikolas Daniels and the ball popped out, resulting in another turnover for the Bobcats. Daniels paced the Texas State defense with nine tackles and a sack.
The final score of the night was a 77-yard pass to Javen Banks a minute into the fourth.
In the first half, points were at a premium with each team trading field goals. Sully Laiche ended the Bobcats' opening drive with a third-down sack, resulting in a Joshua Rowland 36-yard field goal.
Nicholls' picked up a 4th-and-4 conversion in Texas State territory with a 11-yard catch by Dixon right before the end of the first, then had to settle on a 39-yard field goal by Gunnar Jones. The field goal was the first for the Colonels this season.
The Colonels quickly got the ball back when Kairon Brooks intercepted a pass at midfield, but the offense did not pick up a first down and had to punt. The teams each punted twice more to end the first half.
Texas State finished with 362 yards of offense and had 16 first downs to the Colonels' 12. The Bobcat defense limited Nicholls to 2 of 12 on third down.
After a month on the road, Nicholls will make its 2019 home debut on Oct. 5 against No. 14 Central Arkansas. Kickoff at John L. Guidry Stadium is scheduled for 3 p.m.
Posted on Mon, September 30, 2019
by Nicholls State University Sports