Texas State made perhaps its last visit to McNeese State's Cowboy Stadium a winning one as the Bobcats posted a 21-14 non-conference football victory here Saturday night.
It was interesting, however, right up until the final seconds. Holding their seven point lead, the Bobcats were forced to punt from deep in their end zone but punter Ben Follis bobbled the snap giving the Cowboys possession on the 13 yard line with 15.6 seconds left.
However, with a one play shot, McNeese quarterback Cody Stroud was rushed and was ruled intentionally grounding the ball with the clock running out.
The victory lifted Texas State's record to 4-2 and left 15th ranked McNeese at 3-2. Both teams had entered the game on a three game winning streak.
The Bobcats, who are playing as an independent this season, have left the Southland Conference and will be moving into the FBS division. They have also applied to the WAC for membership.
The victory was the fourth in a row for the Bobcats and the third straight over a Southland Conference team..
Quarterback Shaun Rutherford led the Bobcats to victory, scoring on a 22 yard run and then hitting Isaiah Battle with an 11 yard touchdown pass late in the fourth quarter. He also connected with David Lewis on a two point PAT conversion.
The other scores for Texas State came on field goals of 39 and 46 yards by Will Johnson.
Marcus Wiltz scored both touchdowns for McNeese, both nine yard runs. He also wound up with 64 yards rushing. Andre Anderson led the Cowboys and the game with 76 yards.
Rutherford led Texas State with 65 yards rushing and 110 yards passing on an eight for 11 attempt. McNeese's Stroud was 13 of 27 for 145 yards and also tossed an interception.
The Bobcats had 249 yards compared to the Cowboys 365.