(AP)Vince Montgomery threw a 14-yard touchdown to Grant Thorne 12 seconds before halftime, and Nicholls State held on to beat Stephen F. Austin 17-16 Saturday night.
The scoring pass was the second of two touchdowns in the final 1:52 of the first half for Nicholls State (5-1, 2-0 Southland). Broderick Cole scored on a 1-yard run to put Nicholls State ahead 10-9.
Trailing 17-9 at halftime, Stephen F. Austin (0-6, 0-1) pulled within a point on Jeremy Moses ' 13-yard scoring pass to Marcus Taylor in the third quarter. Moses completed 29 of 45 passes for 319 yards and two scores.
Montgomery was 6-of-15 passing for 130 yards -- an average of 21.7 yards per completion. He had 15 carries for 63 yards, and five Nicholls State rushers had at least 25 yards.