Colonels knock off Kansas in OT, 26-23

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first_imgLAWRENCE, Kan. – The Nicholls State University football team notched its fourth-ever win against the FBS and first against a Power 5 school as a 4-yard touchdown run by Chase Fourcade gave the Colonels a 26-23 overtime victory at Kansas Saturday night at Memorial Stadium.FB: #SOUTHLANDSTRONG victory for @Nicholls_FB over Big 12’s Kansas Jayhawks.Colonels win 26-23 (F/OT). Fourcade 4-yard TD run to complete the win. #GeauxColonels #FearTheFCS pic.twitter.com/Lkp8ongz9Z— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) September 2, 2018 In the third, Bussey was untouched on his 40-yarder for the go-ahead score. Following the safety and with a short field, Kansas moved the ball to the Colonel 36. But the defense answered the call again as Kevin Johnson ended the drive on a blitz from the right side, jarring the ball loose from Peyton Bender as he looked to pass. Kenny Dotson pounced on the ball, and after review, the call was upheld. The Colonels’ second special teams miscue was on a blocked punt deep in their own territory. However, the defense once again stopped Kansas from putting any points on the board and forced a punt. Laryon James ended any chance of a late drive with the Colonels’ sixth sack of the night, forcing the fourth overtime game for Nicholls since 2016. The Colonels’ win in extra time improved their record to 3-1 in OT under Coach Rebowe. Nicholls (1-0) led for most of the second half, thanks to a 40-yard touchdown run by Kendall Bussey in the third quarter that made the score 17-10. Bussey, a transfer from Texas A&M, rushed 28 times for 123 yards in his debut for the Red and Gray.The Colonels had three straight special team blunders, with the last leading to a Kansas touchdown. A snap into the end zone for a safety early in the fourth made it 17-12 before a muffed punt gave KU the ball at the Colonel 10, resulting in a 15-yard touchdown catch by Kerr Johnson. Kansas converted the two-point conversion for a 20-17 lead with 4:26 to go. On the Colonels’ final drive of regulation, Fourcade found Dai’Jean Dixon for a big 25-yard catch to move into Kansas territory. The drive stalled at the KU 26 and after a missed 43-yard field goal with 52 seconds was negated due to a timeout called before the snap by Kansas, Lorran Fonseca took advantage and drilled his second attempt to even it up. Following close calls against Georgia, Texas A&M, and South Alabama over the past two seasons, the Colonels broke a nine-game skid against the FBS with the victory. Since 2000, Nicholls has victories against Arkansas State (2001), Rice (’07), and Western Michigan (’13). Kansas moved to the Colonel 38 on its final drive of the half, but back-to-back sacks by Sully Laiche and Evan Veronended the threat. The duo caused Kansas problems all night, each finishing with two sacks.center_img On defense, it was a total team effort as 11 players had three or more tackles. Darren Evans led the secondary with two pass breakups. For the specialists, Winston Jones averaged 40.7 yards on six punts and had three inside the 20 in his debut. In the second quarter, the teams traded field goals with Rui making a 54-yarder for KU. Before the break, Fourcade and Damion Jeanpiere hooked up for a 55-yard catch down the sideline. The play led to a 28-yarder by Fonseca with 4:06 until the half. For the game, the defense set the tone right out of the gate, forcing a three-and-out. Nicholls responded with a 9-play, 78-yard scoring drive, capped on a 15-yard touchdown by Dontrell Taylor. But Kansas answered on the next possession with a 2-yard touchdown catch by Steven Sims. Nicholls outgained KU on offense, 329-255. Fourcade completed 12-of-24 passes for 142 yards and added 44 yards on 11 carries. Taylor finished with 51 yards on 11 totes.Dr @CluneJay leading the @Nicholls_FB chant after being presented that game ball!! #geauxcolonels @GeauxColonels pic.twitter.com/Uhixo3sKiP— Nicholls State Univ. (@NichollsState) September 2, 2018 The defense, which held KU (0-1) to 56 yards on the ground, forced a three-and-out on the Jayhawks’ possession to start overtime, leading to a 41-yard field goal by Gabriel Rui. For the Colonels, Fourcade broke a 13-yard rush to put Nicholls at the 10 and following a pass interference, the junior quarterback kept the ball along the right and got into the end zone for the game-winner. Kansas’ final touchdown was set up on a muffed punt return by Jeanpiere. Laiche recorded his second sack to force the punt, but Jeanpiere lost control of the ball at the 10 and Kansas came away with it. On 3rd-and-goal from the 15, Bender hit Kerr on a slant to give the Jayhawks a three-point lead.last_img

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