Northwestern St. 34, Nicholls 0

With a stout defensive performance and the passing of Brad

Henderson, Northwestern State reached a football milestone

Saturday: the school’s 500th victory. A 34-0 shutout at Nicholls

State was the Southland Conference opener for both schools, and no

contest at all.

Henderson threw three first-quarter touchdown passes of 9, 2 and

48 yards. He completed 13 of 19 attempts for 187 yards and rushed

for 44 more. But this game was also about defense and history.

After bad losses to LSU and SMU, the Demons took it out on Nicholls

State.

This was the first shutout in 53 games for the Demons (2-2), who

preserved the shutout with a goal line stand late in the first half

at their 3-yard line. Linebacker Derek Rose made that fourth-down

tackle as Northwestern State held the Colonels (1-3) to just 104

total yards.

In 102 seasons of football, Northwestern State is now

500-418-22.