NATCHITOCHES, La. -- Zach Adkins threw three touchdown passes and ran for a fourth as Northwestern State hung on to beat Central Arkansas 31-28 Saturday night.
Two rushing touchdowns by Willie Matthews gave the Bears (5-4, 2-2) the lead in the third quarter.
Adkins would respond quickly, hitting Daniel Taylor for a 38-yard score. He ran one in from six yards out midway through the fourth quarter to increase the Demons lead 31-20.
Central Arkansas eyed a late rally with Ryan Howard throwing a two-yard touchdown to Courtney Whitehead. The Bears converted the two-point conversion to pull within 3, but the ensuing onside kick was recovered by Northwestern State.
Adkins finished 18-of-26 for 226 yards and added 48 on the ground.
Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said Tuesday he has informed competing quarterbacks Jake Rudock and Shane Morris of his decision on a starter for the Wolverines' opener Thursday night at Utah.
Michigan State quarterback and Heisman Trophy hopeful Connor Cook said he was disappointed his teammates didn't vote him among the team's three captains this season.
No. 5 Michigan State will start redshirt freshman Vayante Copeland at one of its two cornerback spots Friday night at Western Michigan.
Less than four months removed from his transfer to Florida State, Everett Golson has been named the Seminoles' starting quarterback.
After hinting at it for more than a week, LSU coach Les Miles confirmed Monday that Brandon Harris will start at quarterback in Saturday's opener against McNeese State.
USC AD Pat Haden said he had "thoughtful conversations" with medical professionals and that "a lot of careful thought was given" before deciding on a course of action for coach Steve Sarkisian.