McNeese Cowboys Shooting for Perfect Regular Season Against Lamar
The 2015 edition of the McNeese Cowboys will be gunning for their fifth perfect season on Saturday night when they renew the "Battle of the Border" with the Lamar Cardinals in Beaumont.
The Cowboys have wrapped up the number one spot in the Southland Conference, which includes the automatic bid to the FCS playoffs. McNeese is 9-0 and will be trying to join four other teams who finished the regular season undefeated. The previous four undefeated Cowboys seasons were 1963, 1979, 1995, and 2007.
The Cowboys lead the series 23-10-1 over Lamar. The Cardinals won the last meeting in Lake Charles 27-24. The Pokes won a wild one in Beaumont in 2013, 42-38. Lamar enters the game with a 5-5 record.
The Cowboy defense will be facing the best running back in the NCAA -- at any level -- this season. Kade Harrington has rushed for 2,022 yards and scored 23 touchdowns. He is only the seventh player in NCAA D-1 football to run for more than 2,000 yards in a single season. And he is only a junior! He will go against the McNeese defense which, is ranked second in the FCS in rushing.
With a win, Cowboy head coach Matt Viator will tie Bobby Keasler as the all-time winningest coach in McNeese history. Coach Keasler finished his McNeese career with 78 victories. Plus, a win could get the Pokes home-field advantage through the semifinals. The team will likely have a bye in the first round, no matter the outcome.
Airtime is 5 p.m. with kickoff at 6 p.m. on 92.9 The Lake, and 929thelake.com.