College Football

McNeese Cowboys (1-2)

McNeese uses strong second half to beat Southern 31-24

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) Mason Pierce returned the opening kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown and Cody Orgeron tossed a 3-yard scoring pass to Josh Matthews early in the fourth quarter to help McNeese rally past Southern 31-24 in nonconference play on Saturday.

The first half was all Ladarius Skelton and Southern after Pierce's TD return for the Cowboys (1-2). Skelton had scoring throws of 42 yards to Travis Tucker and 7 yards to Devon Benn to put the Jaguars (1-2) up 14-7 with 5:50 left in the first quarter. After a Jacob Abel 32-yard field goal pulled McNeese within 14-10, Skelton struck again with a 42-yard scoring strike to Ethan Howard for a 21-10 halftime lead.

The tide turned on Southern's first possession of the second half when Jarrius Wallace intercepted Skelton and returned it 21 yards to the Jaguars' 26-yard line. A penalty on the Jaguars moved the ball the the 13 and Stephon Huderson scored on first down to cut the Cowboys' deficit to four just 2:41 into the third quarter. Abel's second field goal - a 25-yarder - had McNeese within a point heading to the final quarter. Orgeron's TD strike made it 28-21 and Abel booted his third field goal to push the lead to 10 with 7:59 remaining.

Passing Yards: C. Orgeron533
Passing TDs: C. Orgeron4
Rushing Yards: S. Huderson251
Rushing TDs: S. Huderson2
Receiving Yards: J. Matthews126
Receiving TDs: J. Matthews2
Interceptions: None 
Schedule 2021
Date Opponent Result / Time
9/4 vs. West Florida L 36 - 42
9/11 at LSU L 7 - 34
9/18 at Southern University W 31 - 24
9/25 at UIW 9:00 PT10:00 MT11:00 CT12:00 ET4:00 GMT12:00 北京时间9:00 MST10:00 CST11:00 EST
10/2 vs. Southeastern Louisiana 10:00 PT11:00 MT12:00 CT1:00 ET5:00 GMT1:00 北京时间10:00 MST11:00 CST12:00 EST
10/16 at Northwestern State 1:00 PT2:00 MT3:00 CT4:00 ET8:00 GMT4:00 北京时间1:00 MST2:00 CST3:00 EST
10/23 vs. UIW 10:00 PT11:00 MT12:00 CT1:00 ET5:00 GMT1:00 北京时间10:00 MST11:00 CST12:00 EST
10/30 at Southeastern Louisiana 4:00 PT5:00 MT6:00 CT7:00 ET11:00 GMT7:00 北京时间4:00 MST5:00 CST6:00 EST
11/6 vs. Nicholls 10:00 PT11:00 MT12:00 CT1:00 ET5:00 GMT1:00 北京时间10:00 MST11:00 CST12:00 EST
11/13 at Houston Baptist 12:00 PT1:00 MT2:00 CT3:00 ET8:00 GMT4:00 北京时间1:00 MST2:00 CST3:00 EST
11/20 vs. Northwestern State 10:00 PT11:00 MT12:00 CT1:00 ET6:00 GMT2:00 北京时间11:00 MST12:00 CST1:00 EST
  Conference Overall
16 Southeastern Louisiana 0-0 2-1
UIW 0-0 2-1
McNeese State 0-0 1-2
Nicholls State 0-0 0-2
Houston Baptist 0-0 0-3
Northwestern State 0-0 0-3
Offense (FCS Rank)
Yards: 895 (70)
Passing Yards: 565 (55)
Rushing Yards: 330 (67)
Points per game: 24.7 (54)
Yards per game: 298.3 (86)
Touchdowns: 8 (49)
Field Goals: 4 (19)
Defense (FCS Rank)
Yards: 1126 (72)
Passing Yards: 768 (91)
Rushing Yards: 358 (48)
Points per game: 33.3 (74)
Yards per game: 375.3 (60)
Touchdowns: 13 (93)
Field Goals: 3 (76)
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