McNeese defeats Nicholls State

The following is a press release from McNeese:

McNeese State snapped a four game losing streak with a 26-17 victory over Nicholls State here Saturday in a rare afternoon game for Cowboy Stadium.

In what was only the 10th game ever played in the afternoon in Cowboy Stadium since it was constructed in 1965, the Cowboys got a pair of touchdown runs from tailback Andre Anderson, a td pass from quarterback Cody Stroud to tight end Kegan Myers, a field goal from Josh Lewis and a safety from defensive end Everett Ellefsen as they lifted their record to 4-5 overall and to 3-3 in Southland Conference play.

Nicholls dropped to 1-8 overall, having its losing streak increase to eight games, and remained winless in five SLC outings.

"It's good to get the win," said Cowboy head coach Matt Viator.  "I think that our players really gutted it out."
 McNeese had entered the game with several players on the injured list and had several more go down with injuries during the game.

The Cowboys are  now within a win of evening their season record and within two victories of going over .500.  McNeese closes out the year by hosting UT San Antonio next Saturday and then tackle Lamar in Beaumont the following Saturday in their finale.

Anderson, who had run for 171 yards against Nicholls in last year's victory, was again the Cowboys leading rusher but his total this time was 57 yards on 15 carries.  He scored on runs of four yards (the game's first touchdown) and three yards.
As a team the Cowboys totaled 156 yards on the ground as Darius Carey picked up 42 yards, Champlain Babin ran for 25 and quarterback Stroud for 22.
 Stroud also completed 13 of 23 passes for 127 yards in the game and his td went for four yards to tight end Kegan Myers.

Other scoring for the Cowboys had Lewis booted a 42 yard field goal and Everett Ellefsen catching Nicholls quarterback LaQuintin Caston in the end zone for a safety in the final minutes of the contest.
Nicholls scoring had come on a 39 yard field goal by Andrew Dolan, a one yard run by Caston and on a 10 yard pass from Caston to Demon Bolt.

Caston led the Colonel rushing attack with 94 yards and he completed 14 of 21 passes for 92 yards.

McNeese held leads of 7-3 at the end of the first quarter and then 24-10 at the end of three quarters after putting up 17 points in the third period.

(Score by Quarters)
Nicholls State  3 7 0 7 -- 17
McNeese State  7 0 17 2 -- 26

M (1, 8:57) Andre Anderson 4 run. Josh Lewis kick N (1, 4:43) Andrew Dolan 39 field goal N (2, 10:34) LaQuintin Caston 1 run. Andrew Dolan kick M (3, 11:33) Andre Anderson 3 run. Josh Lewis kick M (3, 9:00) Josh Lewis 42 field goal M (3, 1:25) Kegan Myers 4 pass from Cody Stroud. Josh Lewis kick N (4, 4:21) Demon Bolt 10 pass from LaQuintin Caston. Andrew Dolan kick M (4, 1:45) Everett Ellefsen safety