McNeese makes its first appearance at Cowboy Stadium on Saturday evening when they host the Nicholls State Colonels. Kickoff for the Southland Conference battle is set for 6:07. The Pokes are 2-0 with wins at Northern Colorado and Houston Baptist. The Colonels are 1-1. NSU opened the season with a win at FBS Kansas 26-23 in OT, but fell 42-17 at Tulane last week. This will be the 43rd meeting between the 2 schools with McNeese holding a 30-12 edge. The Colonels won last year's meeting in Thibodaux 37-35 on a field goal as time expired. That loss kept the Cowboys out of the FCS playoffs. Nicholls has not won in Lake Charles in 20 years. The Cowboys will carry a 9 game home winning streak into the contest.

QB James Tabery continues to lead the McNeese offense. He is 40-55 for 561 yards in 2 games He has thrown for 4 touchdowns and has 1 interception. Justin Pratt leads the team in rushing with 123 yards on 27 carries. Kylon Highshaw has 7 catches to lead the receivers. On defense, B J Blunt has 11 tackles and the Pokes have 10 sacks in 2 games, second in the SLC.

The Colonels are lead by QB Chase Fourcade and RB Kendall Bussey. Fourcade has completed 29 of 55 passes for 381 yards and 1 touchdown. He has thrown 2 interceptions. Bussey has carried the ball 40 times for 174 yards. The Colonels have averaged 162 rushing in their 2 games.

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