NATCHITOCHES, La. (AP) — Chase Fourcade threw for 118 yards and Dontrell Taylor rushed for 103 yards to help Nicholls hold off Northwestern State 28-10 in Southland Conference action on Saturday night.

Nicholls (4-2, 3-1) won its third straight after dropping the conference opener to McNeese 20-10. McNeese (4-0) remains atop the SLC standings after just getting past Abilene Christian 24-21 on Saturday.

Fourcade was 8-of-17 passing with one touchdown and ran for 30 yards and another score.

Northwestern State (2-3, 1-2) led 10-7 before Fourcade crashed in from the 3 with 5:01 remaining in the first half.

Joel Dullary opened the second half with a 40-yard kickoff return and Taylor followed with a carry for 36 yards to Northwestern State's 11. Three plays later Kendall Bussey bulled in from the 1 for a 21-10 lead.

Shelton Eppler passed for 218 yards with two interceptions for Northwestern State.