McNeese scored early and late to defeat Florida Tech 42-21 Saturday evening in Cowboy Stadium. It was the 13 straight home opening win for the Cowboys. McNeese lead 21-0 before the Panthers made it close at 21-14 in the 3rd quarter. The Pokes outscored FIT 21-7 the rest of the way for the win. Both teams are now 1-1.

QB James Tabary finished 21 of 29 for 249 yards and 2 touchdowns. The Cowboys spread the ball around in the running game with Justin Pratt picking up 83 yards and 3 TDs, while Ben Jones added 82 yards and 1 TD. David Hamm also found the end zone on the ground for the Cowboys. Kent Shelby led the team in receptions with 6 to run his streak to 26 straight games catching a pass.

FIT QB Mark Cato threw for 333 yards and 2 scores, but was sacked 6 times by the McNeese defense. He was intercepted once by Jermaine Antoine. The Panthers were held to just 33 yards rushing.

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