Cowboys Open 2016 Season With 33-3 Win Over Tarleton State
The Lance Guidry era began with a total dominance of the Tarleton State Texans, 33-3 Saturday evening in Cowboy Stadium. The Texans took a 3-0 lead in the first quarter, but it was all McNeese from that point on. The Pokes led 20-3 at the half and 33-3 after 3 quarters. Following the 1st quarter field goal, the Texans never threatened.
The game stats show how the Cowboys controlled the game on both sides of the ball. McNeese had 568 yards on 94 plays to the Texans 134/42. McNeese ran the football for 210 yards to the Texans -5. The Pokes used all 4 quarterbacks on the depth chart and 5 running backs during the game. The Cowboys led in time of possession 43:24 to 16:36. On defense, the Cowboys did not allow a 3rd down conversion, 0-12.
Individually, the numbers weren't great for any player because so many played! Starting QB James Tabary completed 19 of 29 passes for 254 yards and 2 TDs. Grant Ashcroft completed 7 0f 12 for 86.RB Ryan Ross had 77 yards rushing on 19 carries. RB Dylan Long returned to score 2 touchdowns. Dariou Crawley caught a pair of touchdown passes. Kicker Trent Manuel added 2 field goals.
Next week the Cowboys travel to Lafayette to play the Ragin' Cajuns. UL-Lafayette lost their season opener at Cajun Field to Boise State 45-10. Kickoff is at 6 and can be heard on 929 The Lake.