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Northwestern State blanks Langston, 37-0

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Northwestern State got three touchdown passes from Zach Adkins, a 50-yard punt return score by Ed Eagan, and a shutout from the Purple Swarm defense Saturday night in a 37-0 non-conference whipping of Langston at Turpin Stadium.

The Demons (3-2) surrendered only 122 yards while posting 452 themselves against the Lions (0-4), an NAIA program bidding to move into NSU's NCAA Division I FCS level. It was the 19th straight victory over a non-Division I foe, dating back to 1994, by Northwestern, which moved to 32-1 against lower-division opponents since Turpin Stadium opened in 1977.

It was the first homefield shutout for Northwestern since a 63-0 shelling of Oklahoma Panhandle in 2003, and the first time since a 2011 34-0 win at Nicholls State that the Demons held a foe scoreless.

"Getting a shutout, that's a very nice accomplishment. That goose egg looks real nice up there on the scoreboard," said Demons' first-year coach Jay Thomas. "It says the defense did a heck of a job tonight."

Adkins tossed TD passes of 4, 62 and 14 yards while completing 23 of 34, with one interception, for 273 yards. Eight ballcarriers combined for 163 yards. Redshirt freshman De'Mard Llorens scored twice, on a 9 yard run and the 14-yard pass from Adkins, within a four-minute span late in the third quarter.

NSU put 16 points on the board in less than five minutes in the third period to stretch the spread to 37-0. Chris Moore started the spurt with a 22-yard field goal, then Llorens darted 9 yards two snaps after a Fred Thomas interception and 18-yard return to the Lions' 26 for the second Demon scoring in 42 seconds. The 14-yard Adkins-to-Llorens pass capped a 51-yard drive 2:41 before the quarter ended.

The Demons dominated the first half but their 21-0 lead didn't reflect the 251-63 yardage advantage. Those stats didn't include Eagan's 50-yard punt return touchdown, the first punt runback for a score by the Demons since 2004. The margin could have been bigger but Moore missed three field goals (23, 52 and 50 yards).

Adkins had a pair of touchdown strikes, the first on NSU's third series of the game, a 4-yarder to Louis Hollier a couple of snaps after they combined on a pretty 26-yarder to highlight an 11-play, 80-yard drive.

Then late in the half, with Langston bringing everybody on a blitz, Adkins zipped a throw down the middle to true freshman Shakeir Ryan who ran alone to finish a 62-yard score for the 21-0 lead.

The Demons' defensive masterpiece included five sacks, two by redshirt freshman defensive end JeMarcus Marshall. Senior linebacker Pat Black topped the Purple Swarm defense with eight tackles while 26 Demons had at least one tackle – including two seniors who began their college careers as true freshman starters at Langston in 2010, defensive tackle Shane Abdullah and linebacker Jordan Sennett.

The yardage yield was the lowest by the Demons since their 2011 win at Nicholls, who is the Demons' next opponent in two weeks, when both teams open the Southland Conference season in Thibodaux. Northwestern is off next weekend.

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