Lamar Football added their third consecutive loss to the season against Nicholls State Saturday evening at Provost Umphrey Stadium. Nicholls pummeled the Cards, 41-14.

The Cardinals struggled on offense and moving the ball, finishing the night with only 237 yards of total offense. LU’s quarterbacks had low completions of 14-of-33 passes for 121 yards and two interceptions.

Nicholls racked up 506 yards of total offense. The Colonels rushed for 354 yards.LU’s defense was led by senior Manasseh Miles who recorded a career-high 11 tackles. Miles was one of nine Cardinals to record a TFL Saturday evening. Junior Lane Taylor and freshman David Crosley added 10 tackles.

 “We have to keep working. Needless to say we’re not where we want to be,” said LU head coach Mike Schultz.  “Right now we have to stay the course and get better. As a 37-year veteran of coaching, I can tell them the process will work; we just have to trust the process.”

The Colonels scored on the game’s opening drive. Nicholls’ QB moved down the field quickly on a five-play, 84-yard drive that ended with 28-yard touchdown pass. The score stayed at 6-0 as LU blocked the extra-point attempt. It would be the only score of the first quarter, but Nicholls would score two more times before Lamar could get on the board.

LU had a five-play, 75-yard drive with a 36-yard pass from Kendrick King to Kirkland Banks in the middle of the second quarter. Nicholls closed out the half by adding on one more score to take a 27-7 lead into halftime.

Nicholls went on to add two more touchdowns before the Cardinals scored the final touchdown of the game, which came from a Nicholls mistake. After being forced to punt the ball away, Nicholls fumbled the return and sophomore Kevin O’Neill fell on the ball. Three plays later Big Red scored when senior Andrew Allen carried the ball in from four yards out.

Freshman punter Tyler Slaydon had a record night with 44 yards per punt, including a 73-yarder –the longest punt since the 1973 season.

The Cardinals have a bye this week, giving them extra time to prepare for their game against University of Incardinate Word. The game is Saturday, Oct. 14, in San Antonio. The game against UIW will kick off at 6 p.m.

Story by Elisabeth Tatum, UP contributor

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