SAN ANTONIO -- Julien Gums danced his way into the end zone in the final minutes and the Nicholls defense held on to give the Colonels a 27-23 victory over Incarnate Word on Saturday.
Gums carried the ball six times for 68 yards with bursts of 28 and 31 yards, on a 9-play, 74-yard drive to retake the lead with 3:27 remaining.
That left the Cardinals plenty of time to score and they were marching, going 59 yards in 14 plays with a first down on Nicholl's 26 when Sully Laiche blew through the protection to sack Jon Copeland. The Cardinals had time for just one more play after Laiche's 31st career sack. UIW came up short as Copeland completed a pass to Brady Rogers at the 14 as time expired.
Kevin Brown walked into the end zone from the 1 to give the Cardinals a 23-20 advantage with 7:49 left in the game.
Gums finished with 178 yards and two scores for Nicholls (4-4, 3-2 Southland Conference) to keep them in the hunt for the league title, trailing Central Arkansas (7-2, 5-1).
Copeland threw for 357 yards for UIW (5-4, 4-3).
SEC's Greg Sankey expects no issues with Big 12's Bob Bowlsby on CFP committee
SEC commissioner Greg Sankey told ESPN he expects to continue to be able to work with the Big 12's Bob Bowlsby on the CFP's management committee in spite of what has become an obviously fractured relationship.
SEC unanimously votes to extend membership to Texas, Oklahoma
Heather Dinich explains what comes next for Texas and Oklahoma after the SEC voted to extend membership to the two schools.
Will Texas, Oklahoma really move to the SEC? We answer the biggest questions
There's a lot to be determined as Texas and Oklahoma take the first steps toward leaving the Big 12. Our reporters break down what we know and what questions remain.
SEC unanimously votes to invite Texas, Oklahoma; Big 12's Bob Bowlsby 'disappointed'
The SEC voted unanimously to invite Texas and Oklahoma to join the conference, and the two schools could officially accept the offer as soon as Friday.
Texas, Oklahoma and the SEC -- Eight takeaways for a potentially seismic change
What's next for the Big 12? Is the SEC the first new-age superconference? And what about Notre Dame? Bill Connelly analyzes what could come next in college football's latest round of potential realignment.
ESPN responds to Big 12 letter accusing the network of trying to 'destabilize' the league
ESPN says it has "engaged in no wrongful conduct" in response to Big 12 accusation that the network is trying to "destabilize" the league.