THIBODAUX, La. -- Dontrell Taylor ran for 71 yards and his 3-yard plunge with 3:35 left to play lifted Nicholls past Northwestern State 14-10 on Saturday night.
Facing fourth-and-10 at midfield, Christian Boutte intercepted J.D. Almond's pass and the Colonels went on to run out the clock. It's the first time since 2009-10 that Nicholls (4-2, 3-1 Southland) has won back-to-back games against Northwestern State (1-4, 1-2).
Despite being outgained 326 to 202 in total yards, the Demons held a 10-7 lead after Eric Piccione's 36-yard field goal with 9:57 remaining in the third quarter.
Stafford Anderson's 4-yard run in the second quarter knotted the game at 7. Nicholls took a 7-0 lead on Kyran Irvin's 3-yard run at the end of a 10-play, 90-yard drive.
Sixth-year senior Tuskani Figaro started at quarterback and threw for 85 yards. His 58 yards rushing made him the seventh Colonel in program history to run for more than 2,000 yards.
Almond threw for 82 yards.
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