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McNeese Defeats Northwestern State on Senior Night 43-17

By McNeese SID Matthew Bonnette


LAKE CHARLES – Marcus Wiltz and Kelvin Bennett combined to rush for 250 yards and a touchdown as McNeese State's offense racked up 480 offensive yards against the Southland Conference's number one defense in Northwestern State in a 43-17 win Saturday night on Senior Night in Cowboy Stadium.


The win moved No. 9 McNeese to 9-2 on the season and 5-1 in conference play.  NSU fell to 5-6 overall and 2-4 in league play and saw its two-game winning streak ended.


The Demons jumped out to a 10-7 lead through the middle of the second quarter but then the Cowboys rolled off 40 unanswered points to secure the blowout win.


Quarterback Cody Stroud inched closer to becoming the school's single-season touchdowns thrown leader with two on Saturday to give him 25 for the season, two short of the record set by Kerry Joseph in 1995.  He finished the game completing 19 of 30 passes for 195 yards and two scores. 


Stroud's 2-yard touchdown pass to Nic Jacobs in the second quarter extended his school record streak to 16 consecutive games with a td pass.


NSU got on the board first when quarterback Zach Adkins found Louis Hollier wide open in the slot that turned into a 34-yard score to make it 7-0 just four minutes into the game.


McNeese, who has been getting some great special teams help as of late in the return game, got some help in the punt block game on Saturday when Jereon McGilvery scored from 20 yards out after scooping up a Demon punt that was blocked by Deltoine Scott and tied the score at 7-7 with 13:21 to play in the second quarter.


Chris Moore connected on a 19-yard field goal to put the Demons up 10-7 with 8:27 to play in the quarter but not before McNeese's defense held the Demons to the three points after they took advantage of a bad snap on a punt attempt to begin their drive at the McNeese 8-yard line.


McNeese dominated from then on.


The Cowboys outscored the Demons 35-7 the remainder of the game and held a 380-192 offensive yards advantage from the 8:27 mark of the second quarter.


Stroud's pass to Jacobs gave the Cowboys the lead for good.  That was followed with a 4-yard toe-tap catch from David Bush with five seconds to play in the half to put McNeese up 21-10 at the half.


One of the more impressive drives of the season for the Cowboys opened the third quarter when a 1-yard plunge by Dylan Long capped off a 16-play, 83-yard drive that took 8:28 off the clock and opened up a 28-10 lead. 


McNeese got another score when Wiltz ran in from 33 yards out to complete a 7-play, 58-yard drive that took 3:38 off the clock to make it 35-10.  McNeese held the ball for 12:06 in the third quarter.


Javaris Murray capped off the Cowboys' scoring with a 1-yard run with 7:00 to play in the game and after a botched hold on the extra-point attempt, William Ryckman ran it in for the two-point conversion to make it 43-10.


NSU got the final score of the game when Adkins found Ed Eagan from 25 yards out with 4:35 to go.


Wiltz finished the game with 135 yards on 20 carries with a score while Bennett added 115 yards on 10 carries.  The Cowboys rolled up 285 yards on the ground, the most allowed by Demons against a FCS school for the season.


Diontae Spencer led the team with seven catches for 66 yards and returned two kickoffs for 32 yards.


NSU was led in rushing by Daniel Taylor who had 22 yards on three carries as the Demons ran the ball only 18 times for 70 yards.  Adkins completed 19 of 33 passes for 242 yards and two scores.


The Cowboys will close out the regular season next Saturday when they visit Lamar for a 6 p.m. kickoff.


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