Cowboys Rally to Beat Southeastern
McNeese jumped out to a 21 point lead in the second quarter thanks to two Southeastern turnovers, only to see the Lions take the lead in the fourth quarter. The Pokes had to come from behind twice in fourth to take a 38-34 win over SLU. The Cowboys improved to 3-3 and 1-2 in the Southland Conference. The Lions dropped to 3-2 and 2-1 in SLC play.
The Cowboys picked up an interception and a fumble and turned them into ten points in the first quarter. SLU picked up a 20-yard field goal to make it 10-3 after one. In the second quarter, McNeese added a pair of touchdowns to make it 24-3 with 5:35 left till halftime. But the Lions scored twice in the last five minutes to cut the lead to 24-17 at the half.
In the third quarter, Southeastern La. added a 21-yard field goal to cut the Poke's lead to four. In the final quarter, the Lions took the lead at 27-24 on a 60-yard pass from Chason Virgil to Lorenzo Nunez. McNeese answered with a one yard Elijah Mack run to regain the lead at 34-31. But the Lions scored on a two-yard pass from Virgil to Bransen Schweble to go back up. McNeese the drove 75 yards for the game's final score, a 33-yard pass from Cody Orgeron to Trevor Begue.
It was the best offensive game of the season for McNeese. Orgeron finished 12-29 for 248 yards, three TDs, and no interceptions. It was another good night for Mack as he racked up 142 yards on 28 carries and two touchdowns. Cyron Sutton caught four balls for 82 yards and one TD. Bailey Raborn added a 21-yard FG. McNeese did not turn the ball over.
McNeese heads to Conway, Arkansas next week to face the Central Arkansas Bears. Kickoff is at 4:00pm.