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The Nicholls State University football team will take on Lamar University for a chance to secure its seventh appearance in the FCS playoffs, hosting the Cardinals for Senior Day on Saturday, November 11. Lamar (4-1 SLC) is looking to not only spoil Senior Day, but a win would create a three-way tie for first place with just a week remaining. Kickoff is scheduled for 3 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on ESPN+ and can be listened to on ESPN Radio New Orleans 100.3 FM.
In arguably its biggest Southland game since the de facto championship bout with Southeastern to close out 2019, Nicholls squared off against No. 8/4 UIW in a battle of the unbeatens and came home with a convincing 45-32 victory. After falling behind 10-0, the Colonels scored 24 straight points and eventually led 45-19 in the fourth quarter before UIW rallied late with two touchdowns. Nicholls relied on a familiar recipe, run the ball and cause turnovers, as the offense racked up 331 yards rushing while the defense came up with three takeaways including one for a touchdown. Nicholls went on to be named FedEx Ground FCS National Team of the Week and Collin Guggenheim and Devonte’ Mathews both garnered SLC and LSWA Players of the Week.
Nicholls will be hosting Lamar, which has been one of the few surprises in the Southland Conference this season. After suffering a 15-game losing skid, which the Cardinals ended last season against the Colonels, Lamar brought in a new head coach Pete Rossomando and he has quickly turned the program around. After being selected second-to-last in the preseason poll and starting the season 0-3, Lamar has won five of its last six with the lone loss coming to nationally-ranked UIW. The Cardinals’ win last year over Nicholls gave them a 7-6 advantage in the all-time series, putting a halt to the Colonels’ five-game winning streak against LU.
Saturday will be the final regular season home game for 12 Colonels as Nicholls celebrates the 2023 Senior Class. The program will recognize right tackle Mark Barthelemy, running back John Carrington III, defensive lineman Perry Ganci, receiver Mike Gray Jr., cornerback Jordan Jackson, linebacker Brandon Lairy, kicker Gavin Lasseigne, lineman Owen Melville, receiver Tyren Montgomery, linebacker Jacob Parker, linebacker/long snapper Elijah Reames, and receiver David Robinson Jr. A handful of Colonels were members of the 2019 championship 2019, including Robinson who is in his sixth year with the program.