LAKE CHARLES (KPLC)-McNeese State got two touchdowns each from Darius Carey and Andre Anderson as the Cowboys defeated Sioux Falls 31-17 for their first victory of the season here Saturday night.
During a game that drew 14,342 fans and saw former Cowboy greats Shanie Dugas (baseball), Bob Fuhrer (football), David Kohrs (track), Jim Murphy (sports medicine) and Anthony Pullard (basketball) inducted into the school's Hall of Fame, the Cowboys led throughout, scoring the first two touchdowns of the game.
Carey, who handles a wide receiver 's post and also returns punts and kickoffs, scored the Cowboys' first touchdown on a 38 yard toss from Cody Stroud and about eight minutes later returned a punt 68 yards for a td and McNeese's second touchdown.
Tailback Anderson ran over from four yards and two yards. The other Cowboy points came on a 38 yard field goal by Josh Lewis in the final two minutes of the game.
Offensively the Cowboys totaled 413 yards, 283 in the air and 130 on the ground. Sioux Falls had 262 yards, 116 on the ground and 146 in the air.
The victory evened the No. 23 ranked Cowboys' record at 1-1 and left Sioux Falls, moving up to division II this season, at 0-3.
Sioux Falls' scoring came on a 25 yard field goal by Braden Wieking, on a 31 yard pass interception return by Angelo Pree and on a three yard pass from Taylor Perkins to Jeremiah Oakes.
"I thought that we did some good things on defense," said Cowboy head coach Matt Viator. "Offensively, I didn't think that we got into a rhythm anytime."
Carey had 179 all-purpose yards in the game, 92 receiving, 19 on kickoff returns and 68 on punt returns. Wide receiver mate Wes Briscoe had 113, all of them on four catches.
Marcs Wiltz led the Cowboys in rushing with 49 yards while Anderson had 45 and Stroud completed 16 of 25 passes for 226 yards and a td.
Defensively for the Cowboys, London Durham had a pass interception to turn back a potential Sioux Falls score late in the game while Malcolm Bronson and Darrell Jenkins led the team in tackles with six each.