Sam Houston State rolled over Nicholls State on Saturday 49-24 in the final regular season game at Bowers Stadium.
Nicholls received the ball first after winning the coin toss and came up with a field goal on the opening drive. The Bearkats put up 49 straight points from there, until three fourth quarter touchdowns by Nicholls ended the Colonels dry spell.
Most of the SHSU starters were done playing before the end of the third quarter. Keshawn Hill ran for two touchdowns in the game, while seniors Richard Sincere and Brian Bell rushed for two more.
The Kats also got scoring from their defense when safety Michael Wade returned an interception 48 yards for a touchdown early in the third quarter. SHSU followed that up with screen pass from Bell to Torrance Williams that went 56 yards for a touchdown.
With the Kats leading 42-3 and 8:43 still to go in the third, head coach Willie Fritz put his reserves in the game. That decision eventually resulted in the first of three fourth quarter touchdowns for the Colonels.
The loss puts Nicholls on a four-game losing streak after opening the season 4-2 with wins against Western Michigan and Northwestern State to open the Southland Conference schedule.
SHSU has won three straight since losing on the road to McNeese State on Oct. 19.
The Bearkats travel to Hammond, La., next week to face Southeastern Louisiana with a share of the Southland Conference championship on the line.
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