Yet, the result was a 37-22 loss for NSU as the Demons drop to 0-2 in Southland play.
NSU (3-4, 0-2 Southland) saw a 16-7 lead at the 8:55 mark in the third quarter evaporate within the span of 23 seconds as Xavier Roberson’s score on the ensuing kickoff and a costly Demon safety sparked a 30-6 run for the Lions.
“I’ve been proud of our kickoff coverage, but you have a four-minute stretch in the third quarter where it changed the game,” Northwestern State head coach Jay Thomas said. “We missed [Roberson] four times on the kickoff return, we don’t handle the ball on the next kick and the fumbled snap in the end zone.”
The Demons threatened to score twice in the first quarter, but a pair of Chris Moore field goals failed to find their mark.
“It’s upsetting [to miss kicks], but at the same time it’s the process of getting better,” Moore said.
Southeastern (5-2, 2-0) could not move the ball in the opening stanza, only gaining eight yards in 10 plays as the score remained even at 0-0.
The Demons would get on the board soon after as Zach Adkins found an open Ed Eagan for a 32-yard touchdown and to break the scoring drought.
After forcing the Lions to turn the ball over on downs, Moore made a 37-yarder to put NSU up 10-0 with 7:28 to go in the half.
SLU transfer Bryan Bennett scored on a 14-yard bootleg to bring the Lions within three of the lead, but Moore’s 22-yard field goal put the Demons up 13-7 at halftime.
However, the second half would go the opposite for NSU.
Moore’s third field goal put NSU up nine, but Roberson’s kickoff return for a touchdown chipped the lead to two.
Eight seconds later, Adkins fumbled the ball in the end zone yet recovered, but for a safety.
Tied and electing to kick the ball away from Roberson, the Demons gave SLU a short field. Nine plays and 51 yards later, Southeastern junior running back Kody Sutton scored on a four-yard run, giving the Lions a 23-16 lead.
On the ensuing drive, the Demons marched 90 yards down the field, and capped it off with Adkins’ second touchdown---a 43-yard strike to Byrant Mitchell. Yet, a miss by Moore on the extra point attempt kept NSU down one.
In the fourth quarter, Bennett ran for his second touchdown on a two-yard keeper to extend the lead to 30-22.
The Demons had two chances to try and tie things up, but could not thanks to a failed fake punt and an Adkins interception.
Southeastern would seal the game with a Rasheed Harrell one-yard plunge to make the score 37-22.
Eagan became the first Demon in 15 games to reach the 100-yard mark for receiving with 145 receiving yards.
The Demons travel to Huntsville, Texas Saturday to face No. 7 Sam Houston State.