Harris, Fuselier spark Lamar to 27-13 victory over Northwestern State

Updated Oct. 7, 2023 7:23 p.m. ET

BEAUMONT, Texas (AP) — Damashja Harris returned a first-half kickoff 95 yards for a score, Kyndon Fuselier recovered a fumble in the end zone for the go-ahead touchdown and Lamar pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat Northwestern State 27-13 on Saturday.

The go-ahead score came after Lamar quarterback Robert Coleman connected with Andre Dennis for a 45-yard gain. Dennis fumbled but the ball was recovered in the end zone by Fuselier to put Lamar (3-3, 2-0 Southland Conference) up 20-13. RJ Carver wrapped up the victory on a 3-yard scoring run with 4:18 left to play after Northwestern State (0-5, 0-1) turned the ball over on downs at its own 15-yard line.

Northwestern State RB Chance Newman ran for a 1-yard TD to knot the score at 7-all in the second quarter, but Harris returned the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown. The point-after kick was blocked and the Cardinals led 13-7 at halftime.

Coleman completed 9 of 21 passes for 143 yards with one touchdown and one interception for Lamar. Khalan Griffin carried 18 times for 93 yards and a first-quarter touchdown.


Quaterius Hawkins totaled 140 yards on 20-of-33 passing with one interception for the Demons.


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