It’s time for some Southland Conference action on FloFootball this week, as Nicholls looks to build on a big win last week, against a Lamar team in search of its first win since a 63-point season-opening victory over Kentucky Christian.
Who: Lamar (1-3, 0-2) vs. Nicholls (2-2, 1-1)
When: Saturday, Sept. 29, 2:30 PM CT
Where: John L. Guidry Stadium, Thibodaux, LA
Watch: LIVE on FloFootball
After enduring a three-hour, 19-minute lightning delay, No. 22 Nicholls showed resiliency and plenty of staying power, slugging out a 27-7 victory against highly-regarded Sam Houston State last Saturday.
The Colonels dominated the ground game, rushing for 248 yards, while holding the Bearkats to just 53 yards on 30 carries. Four players netted 46-or-more rushing yards, including Kyran Irvin and Dontrell Taylor, who combined for 141 yards and a score on 27 carries.
Lamar won by 63 and then lost by 77 to open its season before settling into Southland play. The Cardinals have met their fair share of adversity within the league, dropping each of its first two contests by one score.
Lamar entered the fourth quarter tied at 17 with Southeastern Louisiana last week before 10 quick points by the visitors put the Cardinals in a hole they couldn’t dig out of.
Fourcade Living Up To Early Promise
Nicholls quarterback Chase Fourcade didn’t exactly set the bar low.
The Archbishop Rummel (LA) product exploded onto the scene his freshman year, throwing for the third most passing yards in a single season in Colonels’ history (2,482) and totaling 27 touchdowns. He finished sixth in the STATS FCS Jerry Rice Award vote and was All-Southland Honorable Mention.
He was solid again as a sophomore, starting 11 of 12 games and delivering another sound campaign statistically. But, through four games as a junior, Fourcade is playing the best football of his career.
He is completing 55.5 percent of his throws for 208.8 yards per game—three scores and two picks—while also ranking second on the team in rushing with 202 yards and a score on 48 carries.
Colbert Carries Lamar Offense
The Cardinals will go as Darrel Colbert goes in 2018.
The former three-star prospect, who played two seasons at SMU prior to joining the program at Lamar, has totaled 970 yards and 13 touchdowns through the first four games of the season, providing punch for an offense that struggled at times a year ago.
Needless to say, the Cardinals had a tough go of it at Texas Tech in week two, but if you remove that day from consideration, the offense has been solid with Colbert at the helm—particularly on the ground.
Fourcade, Evan Veron Named Southland Players of the Week
Evan Fourcade picked up Southland Conference Offensive Player of the Week honors following his team’s 20-point victory over the Bearkats last week.
Fourcade completed 15-of-23 passes for 197 yards and a touchdown, while rushing for 60 yards on nine carries.
Defensive end Evan Veron was named Southland Conference Defensive Player of the Week after registering two sacks for the second time this season (Kansas, SHSU) and anchoring a defense that suffocated the Sam Houston State rushing attack.
Veron ranks ninth in the country with five sacks thus far in 2018.