Lamar looks to end skid at Nicholls on Saturday
Nov. 9, 2011
THIBODAUX, La. - After enduring its second-straight lopsided loss -- 69-10 at home to Stephen F. Austin -- Lamar University's football team hopes to get back on the winning track for the first time in six weeks Saturday night when it renews acquaintances with Nicholls. Kickoff is set for 5:37 p.m. in 12,800-seat Guidry Stadium.
Since defeating Southeastern Louisiana 48-38 on Oct. 1, Lamar has dropped five-straight games to fall to 3-6 on the season and 1-4 in the Southland Conference. Meanwhile, coach Charlie Stubbs' Colonels have fallen on harder times as they haven't won since posting a season-opening 42-0 decision over Evangel.
The Colonels' skid reached eight games after Saturday's 26-17 loss at McNeese State. The Colonels are winless in five SLC games.
The Cardinals surrendered 55 points to Stephen F. Austin in falling behind by 48 points at halftime. Their only touchdown of the past two games came on a 40-yard Doug Prewitt-to-Kevin Smith pass in the first quarter.
Prewitt, who was making his first start of the season, completed 16 of 28 passes for 133 yards and the touchdown, but he was intercepted once and sacked nine times for 49 yards in losses.
Andrew Dolan's 39-yard, first-quarter field goal and quarterback LaQuintin Caston's 1-yard touchdown sneak in the second quarter on Saturday gave Nicholls a 10-7 halftime lead over McNeese State. The Cowboys came back, however, with 17 unanswered points in the third quarter and held off the Colonels in the fourth quarter.
Caston threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Demon Bolt to pull the Colonels to within seven points going into the final four minutes, but the Cowboys iced it with a safety with 1:45 remaining.
In the last game between Lamar and Nicholls - played on Nov. 3, 1984 -- quarterback Brent Watson threw for 202 yards and two touchdowns, and running back Troy Barrett ran for 45 yards and one TD as Lamar University came from behind in notching a 20-16 victory over before a crowd if 4,444 in Cardinal Stadium.
Watson's scoring passes covered 72 yards to Rodney Clay and 32 yards to Ezell Seals, while Barrett's TD run was a 7-yarder. Quarterback Keith Menard threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to Mark Carrier to give Nicholls an early 7-2 lead, and Oscar Smith ran 2 yards for the Colonels' other TD. Scott LeBlanc also kicked a 40-yard field goal for the Colonels.
Linebackers Eugene Seale and Mike Cebrun racked up 19 and 16 tackles, respectively for the Cardinals, and Cebrun intercepted two passes, while Seale caused a fumble and broke up one pass. Seale logged a school-record 167 tackles that season and was voted the Southland Conference Defensive Player of the Year.
Lamar and Nicholls will be meeting for only the fourth time on the gridiron with the Cardinals holding a slim 2-1 series advantage. The Cardinals have won both times the schools have played in Beaumont, and the Colonels prevailed 21-14 in the series' only game in Thibodaux, played on Sept. 3, 1983.
The series began in 1972 with the Cardinals claiming a 22-10 victory on Nov. 11, in a game played before a crowd of 8,500 in Cardinal Stadium. Doug Matthews, who later became city manager in Galveston and also later served as a Lamar regent, rushed for 98 yards and two touchdowns for the Cardinals.
Lamar's other touchdown came on a 25-yard pass from quarterback George Toal to wide receiver Joe Bowser.
Linebacker Bruce Taylor, who later served on coach Vernon Glass' Lamar staff, led the Cardinals with 10 tackles, and cornerback Donald Hill recorded the team's lone interception.
Terry Magee snared a pair of touchdown passes for Nicholls, the first a 34-yarder from Craig McCullough and the second a 56-yarder from Gary Barbaro. A.P. Marchand led the Colonels in tackles with 13.
In the lone contest played between the schools in Thibodaux, a Guidry Stadium crowd of 7,800 saw Seale, then a sophomore, enter the game as a backup linebacker for Lamar midway in the first quarter and on his very first collegiate play he intercepted a Keith Menard pass and returned it 53 yards for a touchdown. Seale went on to become the Southland Conference Defensive Player of the Year that season, and he was voted a first-team Division 1-AA All-America.
George Landry broke a 50-yard touchdown run for Lamar earlier in the game, but the Colonels held the Cardinals scoreless over the final three quarters and scored the game-winning touchdown on a 10-yard pass by Menard early in the second half.