Nicholls defense nearly scores upset to earn ASN FCS #GameChanger nomination

As quarterback for Ole Miss from 1978-81, John Fourcade broke Archie Manning's school record for career total yards. But he never beat Georgia.

His nephew nearly did in his first start, thanks in part to Kenny Dotson and the Nicholls' defense.

Freshman Chase Fourcade passed for two touchdowns and nearly led Nicholls to one of the biggest upsets in college football history. Behind Fourcade and an inspired defensive effort led by B.T. Sanders, the Colonels — more than 50-point underdogs — lost 26-24 at Georgia.

Fourcade, the son of former Ole Miss linebacker Keith Fourcade, completed only 9 of 19 passes for 99 yards with two interceptions. But he passed for two touchdowns, including a 20-yarder to Jarrell Rogers midway through the third quarter to give the Colonels a 14-13 lead.

After Georgia stormed ahead 26-14, Fourcade rallied Nicholls to 10 points in the fourth quarter. His 6-yard touchdown pass to C.J. Bates pulled Nicholls to within 26-24 with 3:42 remaining.

Georgia held on despite being held to 373 yards by an FCS team — "a sobering reality check," according to the Associated Press.

Dotson, a sophomore defensive lineman, helped the Colonels put the clamps on Nick Chubb. The Colonels held the All-American running back to 80 yards rushing on 20 carries.

Dotson also forced fumble in the second quarter led to the Colonels’ first touchdown. He finished the game with five tackles and a sack to earn Southland Conference Defensive Player of the Week honors.

He's also one of four candidates for ASN's FCS #GameChanger. The other Player of the Week nominees in alphabetical order:

» By the numbers: The redshirt freshman passed for a career-high 427 yards and five touchdowns and ran for a career-high 83 yards and a touchdown in a 44-14 victory against Gardner-Webb. He led the Catamounts to 690 yards of total offense in their first victory this season. He also moved up to No. 7 in FCS passing yards and earned STATS FCS Freshman of the Week honors.

» Defining moment: Adams set a school record with 510 yards of total offense, surpassing the 495 by David Rivers against Wofford in 2000. He's also the fourth quarterback in school history to throw for five TDs in a game.

» Final word: “I feel really good," said Adams. "I’ve got a lot of playmakers around me. I’m just making the throws, it’s my receivers that are getting open. Sometimes when people go to praise the quarterback, they forget about the offensive line; they forget about the receivers. So, shoutout to my offensive line for giving me time to sit back there; and to my receivers for being able to get open, to make the catch, and to make something happen.”

» By the numbers: The senior rushed for a career-high 199 yards and two touchdowns on a career-high 24 carries as the Wildcats opened their new stadium with a 39-28 victory against Holy Cross. He scored UNH's first touchdown in Wildcat Stadium. He's tied for ninth in FCS rushing yards.

» Defining moment: It was the highest total since Nico Steriti's 201 yards against Old Dominion on Sept. 22, 2012. Crossan's 53-yard touchdown in the second quarter cut the Holy Cross lead to 21-13.

» Final word: "Unbelievable," Crossan said. "My hat goes off to the fans, students, everybody. It was an unbelievable atmosphere. Third downs were really loud. It was just fun to be in, to play in."

» By the numbers: The junior threw two touchdown passes in the final four minutes to rally Eastern Illinois to a 21-17 victory over Miami (Ohio), including the game-winner to Devin Church with 56 seconds remaining in the game. He completed 19 of 32 passes for 150 yards and three touchdowns, rushed for a team-high 49 yards and also caught a pass for 23 yards.

» Defining moment: The transfer from Syracuse, who missed last season with an injury, led EIU to its sixth win in 39 games against an FBS opponent — and fifth against a MAC opponent. Kimble earned Ohio Valley Conference Offensive Player and Newcomer of the Week honors.

» Final word:

We can not express how proud of the guys, we r!! They battled their butts off tonight!!
#EIU #Proud #Warriors #BleedBlue #LegionOfBlue

— EIU Football (@EIUPantherFB) September 11, 2016

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Those are the nominees. Now you decide the ASN FCS Player of the Week. Voting concludes Thursday at 5 p.m. ET.

The winner will be announced Saturday at noon ET on and during game broadcasts on American Sports Network.

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PHOTO CREDITS: Above courtesy Nicholls Football via Twitter; Tyrie Adams courtesy WCU Public Relations; Dalton Crossan courtesy UNH Football via Twitter; Mitch Kimble courtesy EIU Athletics

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