NATCHITOCHES, LA – Byron Lawrence rushed for 118 yards including two touchdowns to lead the Northwestern State Demons to a 24-16 Southland Conference football victory over Sam Houston State Saturday at Turpin Field.
Quarterback Rhett Bomar led the Bearkat offense, completing 23 of 47 passes for 314 yards and two touchdowns.
Chris Lucas was the top receiver for the Kats with six catches for 94 yards.
Northwestern State scored on the first drive of the game, going 62 yards in 11 plays before Byron Lawrence scored on a three-yard run at the 9:24 mark in the first quarter.
The Demons extended their lead to 14-0 as Lawrence scored again, this time on a nine-yard run. The Northwestern State scoring drive covered 56 yards in six plays.
Sam Houston State scored its first points on the next possession, driving 63 yards in 12 plays for a 37-yard Taylor Wilkins field goal. The first half closed with the Bearkats down 14-3.
On the Kats’ second possession of the third quarter, quarterback Rhett Bomar found Chris Lucas open over the middle for a 47-yard touchdown. The scoring drive covered 66 yards in four plays and Wilkins’ extra point cut the Demon margin to 14-10 with 8:22 to play in the period.
Kasey Brown intercepted a Bomar pass at the Demon 25 with 2:34 to play in the third to end another promising Bearkat drive that had started at the SHSU three-yard line.
Northwestern State converted the turnover into their third touchdown to go up 21-10. William Griffin scored on a two-yard run to complete an eight-play, 58-yard drive with 12:21 left in the game.
Robert Weeks added a 36-yard field goal with 1:20 to play. Sam Houston scored on the last play of the game with a 17-yard pass from Bomar to Jake Lebens.