THIBODAUX, La. (AP) Chase Fourcade threw three touchdown passes in the first half as Nicholls jumped out to an early lead and coasted to a 47-14 win over Stephen F. Austin on Saturday.

Nicholls (7-3, 6-2), which has won six of its last seven games, entered the game in a tie atop the Southland Conference with Incarnate Word and McNeese. The Colonels finish out the regular season against Southeastern Louisiana next week.

Fourcade finished the evening with four touchdown tosses and 261 passing yards. He also ran for 67 yards. Fourcade, who had two scoring strikes to Dai'Jean Dixon in the first quarter, tossed one to Gabe Fuselier in the second. He hit Kendall Bussey in stride for a 48-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. Lorran Fonseca kicked his second field goal of the evening with 5:03 remaining in the game to conclude the scoring.

Jake Blumrick threw for 132 yards and a touchdown with one interception for the Lumberjacks (2-7, 2-6).

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