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Tuesday, December 06, 2022

Guggenheim scores 3 TDs, Nichols beat SE Louisiana 45-42

HAMMOND, La. (NWN) — Colin Guggenheim rushed for 266 yards, scored three touchdowns and barreled for a crucial first down in the final three minutes as Nichols beat southeastern Louisiana 45-42 on Thursday night.

A win in a game of intense rivalry dashed southeastern Louisiana’s hopes of a Southland Conference title, reducing their playoff chances, giving Nichols the River Bell Classic trophy and winning the series with 16 wins.

Guggenheim, a freshman, carried 29 times and averaged 9.2 yards per carry. Conan Granier threw for 182 yards and a touchdown.

Walter Peyton Award winner Cole Kelly threw for 385 yards with three touchdowns for the Lions (8-3, 6-2) and scored untouched from the 1-yard line as Southeast Louisiana suffered a 17-point deficit. Rally to pull within 45- 42.

After Kelly’s rushing TD with 3:17 remaining, the Lions piled up the line of the scuffle with nine defenders, but the Guggenheim still resolved for a first-down run of 9 and 11 yards as Nichols clocked the clock. 32 seconds away from everyone drained.

Kelly shot Austin Mitchell down the edge of 31 with a 34-yard pass with 25 seconds to spare, but the Colonels’ defense tightened and the 44-yard field goal effort was widened, leaving Nichols (6-5, 5). 3) Kneeled down. for the final five seconds to secure a fifth-straight winning season.

The teams traded touchdowns for touchdowns early, but the game hinged on a single turnover—a SELA fumble on a kickoff return—that allowed Nichols to score 17 points in the third quarter.

The Lions will now have to wait to see if they earn a big bid in the FCS playoffs.

Kelly has covered the nation’s leading 4,382 yards

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