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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: J. Blumrick1597
Passing TDs: J. Blumrick9
Rushing Yards: J. McGowen372
Rushing TDs: T. Hutchings2
Receiving Yards: T. Goree697
Receiving TDs: T. Pace7
Interceptions: None 
Schedule 2018
Date Opponent Result / Time
9/1 at 18 Mississippi State L 6 - 63
9/8 vs. Tarleton State Cancelled
9/15 at UIW L 7 - 31
9/22 vs. Abilene Christian W 24 - 21
9/29 at McNeese L 10 - 17
10/6 at Sam Houston State L 21 - 54
10/13 vs. Central Arkansas L 17 - 27
10/20 at Houston Baptist W 42 - 14
10/27 vs. Lamar L 17 - 24
11/10 at Nicholls L 14 - 47
11/15 vs. Northwestern State L 23 - 35
Southland
  Conference Overall
18 Nicholls State 7-2 8-3
24 UIW 6-2 6-4
Lamar 6-3 7-4
22 McNeese State 5-4 6-5
Sam Houston State 5-4 6-5
Central Arkansas 5-4 6-5
Abilene Christian 5-4 6-5
Southeastern Louisiana 4-5 4-7
Northwestern State 4-5 5-6
Stephen F. Austin 2-7 2-8
Houston Baptist 0-9 1-10
Offense (FCS Rank)
Yards: 3467 (83)
Passing Yards: 2563 (27)
Rushing Yards: 904 (115)
Points per game: 18.1 (109)
Yards per game: 346.7 (89)
Touchdowns: 21 (107)
Field Goals: 9 (58)
Defense (FCS Rank)
Yards: 4253 (89)
Passing Yards: 2283 (86)
Rushing Yards: 1970 (84)
Points per game: 33.3 (91)
Yards per game: 425.3 (86)
Touchdowns: 42 (98)
Field Goals: 9 (71)
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