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Northwestern State Demons (5-6)


Big plays help Northwestern St. beat Stephen F. Austin 35-23

NACOGDOCHES, Texas (AP) Shelton Eppler threw two touchdown passes to Jaylen Watson and Myles Ward had a 94-yard kickoff return for a score to help Northwestern State beat Stephen F. Austin 35-23 on Thursday night.

Eppler was 20-of-31 passing for 295 yards with three first-half interceptions and Watson finished with four receptions for 123 yards. Jared West had 20 carries for 98 yards and a score and Stadford Anderson added 88 yards rushing and a touchdown for Northwestern State (5-6, 4-5 Southland Conference).

Anderson's 1-yard TD run gave the Demons a 7-3 lead early in the second quarter but Tamrick Pace scored on a 71-yard catch-and-run 43 seconds later and Storm Ruiz kick field goals of 22 and 32 yards in the final 1:12 of the half to give Stephen F. Austin a nine-point lead at the break.

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Leaders
Passing Yards: S. Eppler2633
Passing TDs: S. Eppler26
Rushing Yards: J. West735
Rushing TDs: J. West4
Receiving Yards: J. Ferguson1117
Receiving TDs: J. Ferguson13
Interceptions: None 
Schedule 2018
Date Opponent Result / Time
8/30 at Texas A&M L 7 - 59
9/8 vs. Grambling State W 34 - 7
9/15 at Lamar W 49 - 48
9/29 at Southeastern Louisiana L 17 - 24
10/6 vs. Nicholls L 10 - 28
10/13 vs. Sam Houston State L 28 - 42
10/20 at Central Arkansas L 17 - 38
10/27 vs. Houston Baptist W 31 - 28
11/3 at Abilene Christian L 47 - 49
11/10 vs. McNeese W 37 - 34
11/15 at Stephen F. Austin W 35 - 23
Southland
  Conference Overall
18 Nicholls State 7-2 8-3
24 UIW 6-2 6-4
22 McNeese State 5-3 6-4
Lamar 5-3 6-4
Abilene Christian 5-3 6-4
Sam Houston State 4-4 5-5
Central Arkansas 4-4 5-5
Southeastern Louisiana 4-5 4-7
Northwestern State 4-5 5-6
Stephen F. Austin 2-7 2-8
Houston Baptist 0-8 1-9
Offense (FCS Rank)
Yards: 4610 (16)
Passing Yards: 3524 (3)
Rushing Yards: 1086 (99)
Points per game: 28.4 (58)
Yards per game: 419.1 (36)
Touchdowns: 40 (29)
Field Goals: 5 (97)
Defense (FCS Rank)
Yards: 5230 (122)
Passing Yards: 2968 (119)
Rushing Yards: 2262 (109)
Points per game: 34.5 (98)
Yards per game: 475.5 (112)
Touchdowns: 48 (110)
Field Goals: 11 (101)
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