Scores

Final

Northwestern St 22

(2-3, 0-1 Southland)

McNeese State 30

(4-1, 1-1 Southland)

Coverage: GamePlan

8:00 PM ET, September 29, 2012

Cowboy Stadium (LA), Lake Charles, LA

1 2 3 4 T
NWST 0 0 14 822
MCNS 7 10 3 1030

Top Performers

Passing: B. Henderson (NWST) - 287 YDS, 3 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: J. Murray (MCNS) - 12 CAR, 60 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: D. Spencer (MCNS) - 4 REC, 74 YDS, 1 TD

McNeese St. 30, Northwestern St. 22

Associated Press

LAKE CHARLES, La. -- Cody Stroud threw two touchdown passes and McNeese State held on for a 30-22 win over Northwestern State Saturday night for the first Southland Conference win of the season for the Cowboys.

Stroud threw for 195 yards for the Cowboys (4-1, 1-1), who built a 17-0 halftime lead and hung on for the win despite a late rally.

Stroud threw touchdown passes of 17 yards to Josh Jordan and 43 yards to Diontae Spencer in the first half, and a 17-yard kick by Josh Lewis gave the Cowboys the 17-point halftime cushion. Trailing 30-14 after a Javaris Murray 18-yard touchdown run, the Demons fought back.

Brad Henderson hit Jovhan Jilbert for a 58-yard score with 5:58 to play to pull within eight points. Northwestern State (2-3, 0-1) then drove deep into Cowboys territory on its next possession, but Henderson was intercepted by McNeese State's Ford Smesny to end the threat.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
NWST
MCNS
1st Downs1822
Total Yards345404
Passing287195
Rushing58209
Penalties5-446-46
3rd Down Conversions3-137-17
4th Down Conversions2-31-1
Turnovers31
Possession25:2734:33

Passing Leaders

Northwestern StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Henderson24/402877.231
McNeese StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Stroud12/251957.820

Rushing Leaders

Northwestern StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Walker5224.4011
Henderson11211.9016
McNeese StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Wiltz21763.6012
Murray12605.0118

Receiving Leaders

Northwestern StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Jilbert15858.0158
Brown45413.5118
McNeese StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Spencer47418.5143
Jordan35117.0125

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERNWSTMCNS
TD06:29Josh Jordan 17 Yd Pass From Cody Stroud (Josh Lewis Kick) 07
SECOND QUARTERNWSTMCNS
TD14:07Diontae Spencer 43 Yd Pass From Cody Stroud (Josh Lewis Kick) 014
FG00:00Josh Lewis 17 Yd 017
THIRD QUARTERNWSTMCNS
TD13:56Clifton Brown 18 Yd Pass From Brad Henderson (John Shaughnessy Kick) 717
FG04:33Josh Lewis 21 Yd 720
TD02:44Phillip Harvey 41 Yd Pass From Brad Henderson (John Shaughnessy Kick) 1420
FOURTH QUARTERNWSTMCNS
FG10:19Josh Lewis 31 Yd 1423
TD09:28Javaris Murray 18 Yd Run (Josh Lewis Kick) 1430
TD05:58Jovhan Jilbert 58 Yd Pass From Brad Henderson (Brad Henderson Pass To Robert Walker For Two-Point Conversion) 2230