McNeese scored early and often, beating Houston Baptist 51-34 Saturday evening in Houston. The Pokes are now 2-0 to start the season and 1-0 in Southland Conference play.

The Cowboys wasted very little time getting on the scoreboard scoring on their first possession. McNeese would lead 37-14 at the half. The Huskies outscored McNeese 20-14 in the second half, but HBU never got within 17.

McNeese picked up 517 yards in total offense led by QB James Tabery who finished the night 25 of 32 for 355 yards. Tabery threw for 4 touchdowns and no interceptions. He set a school record for 329 yards passing in the first half. Tabery completed passes to 12 different receivers. Kylon Highshaw caught 5 balls for 45 yards and 3 touchdowns to lead all receivers Justin Pratt picked up 60 yards on the ground.

The Cowboys were led on defense by Darion Dunn with 2 interceptions and 5 tackles. Tyrique Gibson recovered 2 fumbles and record 1 sack in the first start of his college career.

McNeese will play their home opener next Saturday against the Nicholls State Colonels.