In a game of two nationally-ranked teams tied for first place in the Southland Conference standings, the McNeese State Cowboys used a field goal in the final two minutes to edge the Texas State Bobcats 30-27 Saturday night at Bobcat Stadium.
McNeese State kicker Josh Lewis kicked a 28-yard field with 1:30 left to play in the game in what proved to be the deciding points and give the Cowboys their eighth win of the season. The kick by Lewis capped a 15-play, 74-yard drive consuming 7:19 in the fourth quarter.
Texas State quarterback Bradley George, who engineered a late rally touchdown drive last week at Central Arkansas drove the Bobcats to the McNeese 39 yard line with less than 30 seconds left in the game. However, McNeese defensive back Malcol Bronson ended Texas State’s late rally when he intercepted George’s pass at the McNeese 10 yard line. That ended a streak of 209 straight passes thrown by George without an interception.
Texas State’s largest lead was 20-7 when running back Alvin Canady scored on a 12-yard scamper. It was Canady’s second touchdown run of the game. McNeese took its first lead of the game in the third quarter when running back Todd Pendland, the game’s lead rusher who finished the contest with a 187 yards on 31 carries scored from 5 yards out.
George completed 23 or 40 passes for 285 yards and a touchdown before throwing the interception. Canady gained 60 yards and scored three touchdowns on the ground for the Bobcats.
The Cowboys’ quarterback Derrick Fourroux connected on 17 of 23 passes for 222 yards. Todd Pendland also ran for 187 yards and three touchdowns on 31 carries for the Cowboys.
The win improved the Cowboys to 8-2 overall and 5-1 in the conference. The loss left Texas State at 6-4, 4-2 respectively.
The Bobcats will close out the regular season against Sam Houston State at Bobcat Stadium next Saturday, Nov. 21.
— FROM TEXAS STATE SPORTS INFORMATION/RICK POULTEREmail | Print