Sams leads McNeese St. to 47-27 win over Northwestern State
Both teams thrived on the big plays but Sams, who threw for 242 yards and rushed for 115, led McNeese State (7-0, 6-0 Southland Conference) to the win.
Northwestern State (1-6, 1-4) struck first when Ed Eagan returned the opening kickoff 97 yards for a score.
Leading 14-10, Sams hit Kent Shelby, who finished with 110 yards receiving, on a 73-yard scoring strike to open the second half. Northwestern responded on the next play from scrimmage when Joel Blumenthal broke for a 60-yard scoring run to close to 21-17 with less than one minute gone in the third quarter.