“They’re a very good football team,” said head coach Charlie Stubbs. “I thought we played hard and made some plays, but we just have to execute. Some of the young guys that we are playing right now are just going to have to grow up in a hurry.”
Quarterback LaQuintin Caston scored the only touchdown for Nicholls (1-4) on a 19-yard run in the first quarter. Caston finished with 60 yards rushing on 16 carries to eclipse the 1,000 mark for his career, but struggled in the passing game, completing 1-of-9 for 11 yards.
Redshirt freshman Beaux Hebert saw action in the second half as well, leading Nicholls to two field goals by Andrew Dolan in the fourth.
Hebert finished 10-of-19 for 94 yards.
Texas State (3-2) was led by quarterback Shaun Rutherford, who was 8-of-12 for 109 yards and three scores. Running back Terrence Franks ran for 105 ]yards and touchdown as the Bobcats outrushed Nicholls, 212-103.
The Colonels were led on defense by linebackers Ryan Bruno and Jordan Piper with eight tackles each. Cornerback Chika Madu, who moved up to third on the Nicholls career all-time kick return list with 1,314 career yards, recorded his second interception of the season on a diving grab in the second. Nicholls also had four fumble recoveries in the game, led by Bobby Felder with two.
For the game, Texas State made three big plays on special teams to take a 10-6 lead after 15 minutes of play. The Bobcats forced a three-and-out on Nicholls opening drive, and then blocked the ensuing punt, recovering the ball at the 12-yard line. The Colonel defense looked to hold Texas State to just a field goal, but Rutherford rolled out of the pocket on a fake for a 13-yard strike to David Lewis to go up 7-0.
With less than three minutes to play in the first, Nicholls took advantage of a Bobcat fumble, piecing together a 5-play, 59-yard drive capped off on a 19-yard run by Caston. However, the Bobcats would block the PAT to maintain a 7-6 lead.
After a field goal by Texas State to end the first, the Bobcats headed into halftime with a 24-6 lead, scoring two touchdowns over a four-minute span. Rutherford found Marcus Curry for a 20-yard score before Franks punched in a 23-yard run at the 2:03 mark.
Texas State continued to roll in the second half, scoring a touchdown on its opening drive. Up 31-6, a Nicholls’ deflected pass led to a 37-yard interception return for the Bobcats, putting the game out of reach in the third. Dolan added two field goals in the fourth, including a career-long 47-yarder, to make the final 38-12.
Nicholls will return to Southland Conference action next weekend when they host Central Arkansas on Oct. 8. Kickoff for Family Day is set for 2 p.m.