The Southland Conference has opted to play college football in the spring, but it did allow wiggle room for its members to play nonconference games this fall.
Josh McGowen ran 158 yards and a score on 22 carries, Xavier Gipson had seven receptions for 98 yards and a touchdown, and Stephen F. Austin beat Northwestern State 32-20 in the season finale for both teams on Thursday night.
Shelton Eppler passed for 306 yards and ran for the winning score as Northwestern State came from 14 points down to upset Sam Houston State 31-28 on Saturday.
Shelton Eppler threw four touchdown passes to lead Northwestern State to a 34-13 victory over Lamar on Saturday night.
Cody Orgeron threw two touchdown passes to Trevor Begue and D'Andre Hicks returned a kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown to propel McNeese State to a 30-20 victory over Northwestern State on Saturday night.
Shelton Eppler tossed a 1-yard touchdown pass to Quan Shorts in overtime and Northwestern State beat Incarnate Word 44-41 on Saturday night for its first win of the season.
Breylin Smith threw for three touchdowns, Lujuan Winningham caught nine passes for 168 yards, and Central Arkansas stopped a two-point conversion to defeat Northwestern State 31-30 on Saturday night.
Chase Fourcade passed for 188 yards and a touchdown and ran for 135 yards and two scores on Saturday, and Nicholls beat Northwestern State 45-35 to keep the Demons winless on the season.
Chason Vigil threw for 344 yards and a touchdown, and Taron Jones scored twice on the ground and Southeastern Louisiana beat Northwestern State 44-27 on Saturday night.
Bailey Zappe threw for 257 yards and four scores as Houston Baptist opened Southland Conference play with its third straight win, a 48-21 victory over Northwestern State on Saturday night.
Joe Burrow completed 21 of 24 passes for 373 yards and two touchdowns, and fourth-ranked LSU pulled away from Northwestern State in the second half for a 64-14 victory Saturday night.
Zach Purcell threw for three touchdowns and ran for a fourth as Division II Midwestern State beat Northwestern State 33-7 on Saturday night.
Payton Logan rushed for 149 yards and two scores and John Bachus III threw for two more touchdowns as UT Martin woke up in the second half to run past Northwestern State 42-20 on Thursday night.
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.
Jazz Ferguson leaped high over a defender to pull down a touchdown pass from Shelton Eppler in the second overtime as Northwestern State upset McNeese 37-34 on Saturday night.
Luke Anthony threw three touchdown passes, and Qua'Shawn Washington's pick-6 late in the fourth quarter helped Abilene Christian hold off Northwestern State 49-47 on Saturday.
Malik Sonnier's interception opened the door for Northwestern State's late drive to beat Houston Baptist 31-28 on Saturday night.