LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - The McNeese State Cowboys opened their 2010 season against the Lamar Cardinals not knowing what to expect from a team that hasn't played in 21 years, they quickly found out they were no slouch.
Lamar jumped to 10-3 lead early in the second quarter, but McNeese would battle back to take a 16-10 lead into the half.
The second half was just as close as the first, but the Pokes were able to hang on for close 30-27 victory.
Jacob Bower threw for 288 yards and 2 touchdowns in his debut as the McNeese starter, while running back Marcus Wiltz added 186 yards on the ground.
Lamar's quarterback Andre Bevil threw for 426 yards and 3 touchdowns against McNeese's secondary.
The Pokes now stand at 1-0 on the season, and will travel to Columbia, Missouri next week to take on the Missouri Tigers out of the Big 12.