Slow start condemns Nicholls to defeat at Lamar – Crescent City Sports

BEAUMONT, Texas — The Nicholls State University football team trailed by two touchdowns in the first half against Lamar and the Cardinals will never give up the lead as the Colonels suffered a 24-17 loss on Saturday after noon at Provost Umphrey Stadium.

Despite the slow start, Nicholls had a chance to take a fourth quarter lead behind 21-17 and could still force overtime after a field goal from Lamar. But the Colonels failed on a short fourth down late in the game, then gave up a long run on 3rd and 10th that allowed Lamar to run out of time.

With the loss, Nicholls slipped to 2-7 on aggregate and 2-2 in Southland while Lamar picked up his first win of the season. The Cardinals ended a seven-game series drought and snapped a 15-game losing streak that stretched back to the start of last season.

The Colonels struggled to slow Khalan Griffin as he rushed for 131 yards and two touchdowns. Neither team scored in the first period before Griffin hit one to give Lamar a 7-0 lead in the second. Then, the Cardinal defense scored on a 55-yard interception return by Aaron King on a pass from Kohen Granier.

Nicholls rebuilt a practice but had to settle for a Gavin Lasseigne field goal before intermission.

The momentum shifted to the reds and grays in the first drive of the third when Granier found a David Robinson Jr. wide open for a 67-yard touchdown. Robinson led the Colonels with 80 yards on three receptions while scoring his third career touchdown. But Lamar brought the change to a screeching halt needing just three plays to recover the touchdown as Griffin broke free for a 35-yard touchdown run and pushed the lead to 21-10.

Later in the third, Nicholls scored on a 16-play, 98-yard drive that was capped off with a 10-yard catch by Neno Lemay de Granier. The Colonels only faced a third behind on the disc as the deficit was reduced to 21-17.

In the fourth, Lamar added a field goal for a touchdown lead. The Colonels’ final practice ended with less than four minutes left when the Cardinal defense stopped KJ Franklin for a one-yard reception on 4th and 3rd. Nicholls had two more timeouts in hopes of having enough time to force overtime, but Griffin rushed 19 yards on a third-and-long to keep the Colonel’s offense on the sidelines. LU knocked him down on downs inside the Colonel 30 with just three seconds on the clock before a final offensive play from Nicholls failed.

The total number of offenses was tied, with Lamar up 365-344. Julien Gums rushed for 99 yards on 21 carries while Collin Guggenheim rushed for 55.

Defensively, linemen Perry Ganci and Zack Bernard each had a career-high 13 tackles. Elinus Noel III and Eli Ennis added 1.5 tackles for loss each.

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Nicholls will have the weekend ahead before returning to Guidry Stadium for the final two home games. Nicholls will host Texas A&M-Commerce on Nov. 12 for Military Appreciation Day.

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