POCATELLO, Ida. — Stan Humphries passed for three touchdowns and ran for another as Northeast Louisiana came from behind to defeat Marshall, 43-42, for the NCAA Division I-AA championship Saturday night.
Trailing 42-28, Humphries rallied the Indians, of the Southland Conference, by passing 10 yards to Kenneth Johnson for a touchdown early in the final quarter and following with a two-point conversion pass to Jerry Harris. He then scored on a three-yard touchdown run around right end with 7:19 left, and Teddy Garcia kicked the decisive extra point.
Humphries finished with 26 completions in 43 attempts for 436 yards.
The Indians (13-2) needed Humphries' heroics to counter the performance of Marshall's Tony Petersen, who was 28 of 54 for 474 yards and a championship record-tying four touchdown passes, including two to Keith Baxter. He threw three interceptions.
Petersen equaled the record for touchdown passes set in 1985 by Tracy Ham in Georgia Southern's 44-42 victory over Furman. Both quarterbacks broke Ham's record of 419 passing yards, set in the same game.