The Nicholls football team suffered a 43-31 Southland Conference loss to McNeese State on Saturday at Cowboys Stadium in Lake Charles.
Colonels No.13 (4-2, 3-2 at Southland) totaled 562 yards and allowed McNeese (3-4, 2-3) to total 541 yards.
The Cowboys took advantage of a 21-point second quarter to claim the victory. They were 13.5 point losers, according to BetMGM.
Here are five takeaways from the game:
With one game to play in their spring schedule, Saturday’s loss will likely hurt Nicholls’ chances of winning a third straight title at Southland and a fourth straight trip to the FCS playoffs.
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With just 16 teams making the FCS playoffs this season, two losses mean a blanket offer for the Colonels is unlikely.
Bad luck in Chuck Lake
Nicholls has lost six straight games to McNeese and hasn’t won there since 2008. The Colonels are 7-17 all-time with the Cowboys and 13-32 in the rivalry. McNeese coach Frank Wilson is a former Nicholls player and student assistant coach.
McNeese quarterback Cody Orgeron, son of LSU football coach Ed Orgeron, helped lead the Cowboys. He was 20 for 27 for 354 yards and four touchdowns, had no interceptions and was not sacked.
Josh Matthews led the Cowboys with seven catches for 147 yards and two touchdowns.
Install the pliers
McNeese’s defense put Nicholls on the bridle when it counted, limiting the Colonels to a single touchdown in the second, third and fourth quarters and never allowing Nicholls to threaten late.
Colonels quarterback Lindsey Scott Jr. was 26 for 53 for 298 yards and three touchdowns, but was sacked six times. He also ran for 137 yards.
The Colonels were also 7-for-22 on the third down, and McNeese was 4-for-11.
Dixon keeps climbing
Nicholls star wide receiver Dai’Jean Dixon continued to add to his school record for receiving touchdowns with two Saturdays and 27 in his career.
He finished with seven catches for 69 yards, and Dontaz Costly and KJ Franklin each caught four balls for over 70 yards each.
The Colonels conclude the regular season Saturday at 3 p.m. in the River Bell Classic against conference rival Southeast Louisiana from John L. Guidry Stadium in Thibodaux.