Cowboys Celebrate Homecoming vs UIW
McNeese celebrates its 74th homecoming Saturday evening when they play the Incarnate Word Cardinals at Cowboy Stadium. The Pokes come in riding a 5 game winning streak, and are well rested following their bye week. McNeese is 5-1 overall, and 3-1 in the Southland Conference. UIW snapped a 5 game losing streak last week with a 33-24 win over Lamar. The Cardinals are 1-5, 1-3 in the SLC. The Cowboys are 53-19-1 in homecoming games, and have won the last 6. McNeese is 3-0 vs the Cardinals, including a 42-35 win in San Antonio last season.
The Cowboys continue to get it done with defense. McNeese is 3rd in the FCS in total defense (267ypg) and 2nd in rushing defense (50.5). The DWA (Defense With Attitude) has allowed just 3 rushing touchdowns and 12 total all season. In the past 3 games, the opposition has scored 10 total points, none of those in the 2nd half. McNeese gives up just over 17 points per game, while the Cardinals average 46 points.
Justin Pratt leads the conference with 82.5 yards per game rushing. Kent Shelby brings a 30 game pass reception streak into the contest. James Tabary has thrown 15 touchdown passes, ranking him 2nd in the SLC and 13th in the FCS.
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