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 LAFAYETTE–  After picking up its first win of the season earlier today, the McNeese volleyball team fell 3-0 (25-17, 25-16, 25-12) to UL-Lafayette at the Bon Temps Invitational here Friday night.  The loss drops the Cowgirls to 1-4 on the year and they will conclude tournament play against Houston Baptist tomorrow at 2 p.m.

    

The Cowgirls struggled throughout the match, committing 18 hitting errors and ended the match with a .094 hitting percent while the Cajuns ended the match with a .363 hitting percent and 13 blocks on the night.

    
Courtni Bauer and Megan Carlton led the Cowgirls with six kills apiece while setter Kelly Graham led McNeese with 20 assists.  Malina Sanchez and Kimberlyn Patterson both led the Cowgirls with eight digs apiece.

 


 





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LAKE CHARLES–  Sophomore Haley Lyons recorded her first career hat trick to lead McNeese State in a 5-0 shutout win over Prairie View here Friday night.  The win is the first home victory for the Cowgirls this season as they improve to 2-2. 

 

“I thought it was a well played game for us tonight.  Once we settled into


a rhythm, we started attacking their back line with the ball and play started opening up for us,” said head coach Scooter Savoie.

 

After Krista Steinbeiser gave McNeese a 1-0 lead in the eighth minute of the game, Lyons, a native of Frisco, Texas scored the next three consecutive goals for the Cowgirls,  her first coming in the 12th minute of play to give McNeese a 2-0 lead.  The Cowgirls would hold a 2-0 lead at the half before Lyons struck again for her second goal of the game in the 47th minute for a 3-0 lead.  Lyons’ goal that gave her the hat trick came in the 50th minute.  The hat trick is the 15th in school history and the first for McNeese since 2009 when Rebekah DeJohghe scored three goals against Alcorn State.

 

“I knew I had two goals but I didn’t think I was going to get the third one. On the third goal, I was getting very excited when the ball was coming to me and I had the shot,” said Lyons.  “Our keeper punted the ball and it went over everyone’s head, it bounced once and I ran as fast as I could and kicked it right into the right side of the net.”

 




Haley Lyons





Sophomore Sarah LaLanne was credited with the assist on the first goal by Steinbeiser and second Lyons goal.  LaLanne also got in on the scoring with the Cowgirls’ fifth goal of the game that came in the 81st minute.

 

McNeese dominated the game by outshooting Prairie View 19-4, collecting 10 shots in the second half.

 

“It was a really good team effort and we were able to get everyone into the game which was important.  Everyone played with alot of enthusiasm.  Haley getting a hat trick was big time for her.  Sarah had a goal and two assists.  Katie, our goalie got an assist tonight which you don’t see every day.  Good attacking play comes from good defending and I thought across the midfield and into the back line we did a really good job of keeping them locked in.”

 

McNeese will travel to Baylor Sunday for a 1 p.m. game.





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LAFAYETTE–  McNeese State’s volleyball team came back from a two set deficit here Friday afternoon at the UL-Lafayette Bon Temps Invitational to defeat Southern Miss in five sets (15-25, 18-25, 25-23, 25-19, 15-13) for its first victory of the season.  The Cowgirls improve to 1-3 on the year. 

 

Three Cowgirls recorded double figure kills with freshman Amber Fryer leading the way with a season high 14.  Fryer also led all players with seven blocks.  Megan Carlton was credited with 12 kills, also a season high for her while Malina Sanchez and Courtni Bauer added 11 and 10, respectively.

 
Kelly Graham also recorded a season high with 51 assists and Kimberlyn Patterson picked up a season high 22 digs.  Rachel Cagnina was credited with 12 digs and Sanchez ended the match with 11.

 

McNeese dropped the first two sets 15-25 and 18-25 before winning the third set 25-23 to avoid a straight set loss.  The Cowgirls evened the match at two sets apiece with a 25-19 fourth set victory, sending the match into a fifth and deciding set. 

 

The fifth set went back and fourth for the first couple of points before the Cowgirls took a 10-6 lead.  The Golden Eagles closed the gap by winning four of the next five point to cut the Cowgirl lead to 11-10.  McNeese went on to outscore the Golden Eagles 4-3 to win the set and the match.  The Cowgirls got their final four points on a kill by Sanchez, two Southern Miss errors and won the match on a kill by Cagnina.

 

McNeese will face UL-Lafayette at 7 p.m. tonight.  All the tournament action can be followed by logging onto www.mcneesesports.com and going to the volleyball schedule page.  Live video and livestats links are available.





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LAKE CHARLES – A win over a Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) opponent on the road.  Consistent play from both sides of the ball.  Significant production from several freshmen and backups.  High energy.  Never quit attitude.

 

That and a lot more added up to McNeese head coach Matt Viator giving his team a grade of an A-minus after he viewed film of Thursday night’s 27-21 win over Middle Tennessee State.

 

“I really like the way we competed,” said Viator.  “I thought our kids played extremely hard and competed really well.”

 

McNeese fell behind early 6-0 but rolled off 24 unanswered points in large part to a running game that racked up 298 yards rushing.  MTSU mounted a fourth quarter rally to cut the gap to 27-21 but the Cowboys were able to run off nearly the final five minutes of the game then held off some trickery to seal the win.

 

“As a staff, one thing we really liked after we watched the film this morning (Friday), we were extremely physical,” said Viator.  “We played really hard and were really physical.  And that’s encouraging.”

 

That physical play was obvious by the way the offensive line manhandled the Blue Raiders defensive front; the breaking of tackles by running backs Marcus Wiltz, Champlain Babin and Javaris Murray; the constant quarterback pressure applied by McNeese’s defensive front four; and the multiple hard hits managed by the backfield, particularly Malcolm Bronson and Ford Smesny.

 

“We were pretty balanced with our offense in the first half,” said Viator.  “We mixed it up pretty good with throwing it and running the ball.  In the second half, once we got the lead, I was excited that we could just line up and run it.  But that’s not something I expected was to be able to go on the road and run for 300 yards.”

 

Wiltz finished the night with 105 yards rushing and 114 all-purpose yards.  Murray added 50 yards rushing and 110 all-purpose.  In addition to those two, Darius Carey recorded 97 all-purpose yards and Babin 96.

 

But that was just a piece of the puzzle that enabled the Cowboys to pull off the upset.

 

Three Cowboys playing in their first career game all came up with big plays that helped lead the Pokes to the win.

 

True freshman punter Jean Breaux was under fire most of his five punts by a fierce MTSU rush but still managed to average 38.2 yards per punt while having two downed inside the 5-yard line.  His last was halted at the 2-yard line with six seconds remaining in the game.

 

Another true freshman, linebacker Bo Brown, provided a big play on special teams when he recovered a muffed punt return at the MTSU 49-yard line late in the third quarter.  Five plays later the quarterback Cody Stroud plunged in from 1-yard out to lift the Cowboys to a 24-6 lead.

 

Redshirt freshman backup quarterback Tyler Bolfing probably had the most memorable night of the three.

 

Trialing 6-0 and Stroud out of the game after being poked in the eye at the end of a quarterback sneak to gain a first down at the 1-yard line, Bolfing ran a second down, play action bootleg pass and found tight end Josh Jordan wide open in the endzone to give McNeese a 7-6 lead.

 

It was Bolfing’s first pass, completion and touchdown rolled all into one.

 

“I was really excited for Tyler,” said Viator.  “That’s a tough situation to come into.  We call a play action pass on the second play and he executed it well.  He’s a great kid.  We think he’s ready but you never know because he hasn’t played in college before.  But it’s very encouraging to know that he can come in and get the job done.

 

“Jean had a good night and we need him to do well because he is our punter and our kickoff guy,” said Viator.  “We felt like Bo could help us out right away.  He’s fast and smart and comes from a great program.  Another guy we thought played really well was Cameron Smith (true freshman DE).  He gave us some good reps.  He never got any sacks but he did get some good pressures and hurries. 

 

Viator did note that there is room for improvement.

 

“Obviously after the first game there’s always room for improvement.  Our kick coverage and things like that.  We weren’t as sound as we wanted to be.”

 

“If I had to grade it out, I’d give us an A-minus,” said Viator.  “Heck, we beat an FBS team on the road.  There’s still room for improvement so in that sense, that’s as good as it gets.”

 

The Cowboys return to action next Saturday when they open their home slate against McMurry who is coached by former Kentucky and Southeastern Louisiana head coach Hal Mumme.





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Aug 312012
 

LAKE CHARLES – A win over a Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) opponent on the road.  Consistent play from both sides of the ball.  Significant production from several freshmen and backups.  High energy.  Never quit attitude.

 

That and a lot more added up to McNeese head coach Matt Viator giving his team a grade of an A-minus after he viewed film of Thursday night’s 27-21 win over Middle Tennessee State.

 

“I really like the way we competed,” said Viator.  “I thought our kids played extremely hard and competed really well.”

 

McNeese fell behind early 6-0 but rolled off 24 unanswered points in large part to a running game that racked up 298 yards rushing.  MTSU mounted a fourth quarter rally to cut the gap to 27-21 but the Cowboys were able to run off nearly the final five minutes of the game then held off some trickery to seal the win.

 

“As a staff, one thing we really liked after we watched the film this morning (Friday), we were extremely physical,” said Viator.  “We played really hard and were really physical.  And that’s encouraging.”

 

That physical play was obvious by the way the offensive line manhandled the Blue Raiders defensive front; the breaking of tackles by running backs Marcus Wiltz, Champlain Babin and Javaris Murray; the constant quarterback pressure applied by McNeese’s defensive front four; and the multiple hard hits managed by the backfield, particularly Malcolm Bronson and Ford Smesny.

 

“We were pretty balanced with our offense in the first half,” said Viator.  “We mixed it up pretty good with throwing it and running the ball.  In the second half, once we got the lead, I was excited that we could just line up and run it.  But that’s not something I expected was to be able to go on the road and run for 300 yards.”

 

Wiltz finished the night with 105 yards rushing and 114 all-purpose yards.  Murray added 50 yards rushing and 110 all-purpose.  In addition to those two, Darius Carey recorded 97 all-purpose yards and Babin 96.

 

But that was just a piece of the puzzle that enabled the Cowboys to pull off the upset.

 

Three Cowboys playing in their first career game all came up with big plays that helped lead the Pokes to the win.

 

True freshman punter Jean Breaux was under fire most of his five punts by a fierce MTSU rush but still managed to average 38.2 yards per punt while having two downed inside the 5-yard line.  His last was halted at the 2-yard line with six seconds remaining in the game.

 

Another true freshman, linebacker Bo Brown, provided a big play on special teams when he recovered a muffed punt return at the MTSU 49-yard line late in the third quarter.  Five plays later the quarterback Cody Stroud plunged in from 1-yard out to lift the Cowboys to a 24-6 lead.

 

Redshirt freshman backup quarterback Tyler Bolfing probably had the most memorable night of the three.

 

Trialing 6-0 and Stroud out of the game after being poked in the eye at the end of a quarterback sneak to gain a first down at the 1-yard line, Bolfing ran a second down, play action bootleg pass and found tight end Josh Jordan wide open in the endzone to give McNeese a 7-6 lead.

 

It was Bolfing’s first pass, completion and touchdown rolled all into one.

 

“I was really excited for Tyler,” said Viator.  “That’s a tough situation to come into.  We call a play action pass on the second play and he executed it well.  He’s a great kid.  We think he’s ready but you never know because he hasn’t played in college before.  But it’s very encouraging to know that he can come in and get the job done.

 

“Jean had a good night and we need him to do well because he is our punter and our kickoff guy,” said Viator.  “We felt like Bo could help us out right away.  He’s fast and smart and comes from a great program.  Another guy we thought played really well was Cameron Smith (true freshman DE).  He gave us some good reps.  He never got any sacks but he did get some good pressures and hurries. 

 

Viator did note that there is room for improvement.

 

“Obviously after the first game there’s always room for improvement.  Our kick coverage and things like that.  We weren’t as sound as we wanted to be.”

 

“If I had to grade it out, I’d give us an A-minus,” said Viator.  “Heck, we beat an FBS team on the road.  There’s still room for improvement so in that sense, that’s as good as it gets.”

 

The Cowboys return to action next Saturday when they open their home slate against McMurry who is coached by former Kentucky and Southeastern Louisiana head coach Hal Mumme.





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Aug 312012
 

LAKE CHARLES – A win over a Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) opponent on the road.  Consistent play from both sides of the ball.  Significant production from several freshmen and backups.  High energy.  Never quit attitude.

 

That and a lot more added up to McNeese head coach Matt Viator giving his team a grade of an A-minus after he viewed film of Thursday night’s 27-21 win over Middle Tennessee State.

 

“I really like the way we competed,” said Viator.  “I thought our kids played extremely hard and competed really well.”

 

McNeese fell behind early 6-0 but rolled off 24 unanswered points in large part to a running game that racked up 298 yards rushing.  MTSU mounted a fourth quarter rally to cut the gap to 27-21 but the Cowboys were able to run off nearly the final five minutes of the game then held off some trickery to seal the win.

 

“As a staff, one thing we really liked after we watched the film this morning (Friday), we were extremely physical,” said Viator.  “We played really hard and were really physical.  And that’s encouraging.”

 

That physical play was obvious by the way the offensive line manhandled the Blue Raiders defensive front; the breaking of tackles by running backs Marcus Wiltz, Champlain Babin and Javaris Murray; the constant quarterback pressure applied by McNeese’s defensive front four; and the multiple hard hits managed by the backfield, particularly Malcolm Bronson and Ford Smesny.

 

“We were pretty balanced with our offense in the first half,” said Viator.  “We mixed it up pretty good with throwing it and running the ball.  In the second half, once we got the lead, I was excited that we could just line up and run it.  But that’s not something I expected was to be able to go on the road and run for 300 yards.”

 

Wiltz finished the night with 105 yards rushing and 114 all-purpose yards.  Murray added 50 yards rushing and 110 all-purpose.  In addition to those two, Darius Carey recorded 97 all-purpose yards and Babin 96.

 

But that was just a piece of the puzzle that enabled the Cowboys to pull off the upset.

 

Three Cowboys playing in their first career game all came up with big plays that helped lead the Pokes to the win.

 

True freshman punter Jean Breaux was under fire most of his five punts by a fierce MTSU rush but still managed to average 38.2 yards per punt while having two downed inside the 5-yard line.  His last was halted at the 2-yard line with six seconds remaining in the game.

 

Another true freshman, linebacker Bo Brown, provided a big play on special teams when he recovered a muffed punt return at the MTSU 49-yard line late in the third quarter.  Five plays later the quarterback Cody Stroud plunged in from 1-yard out to lift the Cowboys to a 24-6 lead.

 

Redshirt freshman backup quarterback Tyler Bolfing probably had the most memorable night of the three.

 

Trialing 6-0 and Stroud out of the game after being poked in the eye at the end of a quarterback sneak to gain a first down at the 1-yard line, Bolfing ran a second down, play action bootleg pass and found tight end Josh Jordan wide open in the endzone to give McNeese a 7-6 lead.

 

It was Bolfing’s first pass, completion and touchdown rolled all into one.

 

“I was really excited for Tyler,” said Viator.  “That’s a tough situation to come into.  We call a play action pass on the second play and he executed it well.  He’s a great kid.  We think he’s ready but you never know because he hasn’t played in college before.  But it’s very encouraging to know that he can come in and get the job done.

 

“Jean had a good night and we need him to do well because he is our punter and our kickoff guy,” said Viator.  “We felt like Bo could help us out right away.  He’s fast and smart and comes from a great program.  Another guy we thought played really well was Cameron Smith (true freshman DE).  He gave us some good reps.  He never got any sacks but he did get some good pressures and hurries. 

 

Viator did note that there is room for improvement.

 

“Obviously after the first game there’s always room for improvement.  Our kick coverage and things like that.  We weren’t as sound as we wanted to be.”

 

“If I had to grade it out, I’d give us an A-minus,” said Viator.  “Heck, we beat an FBS team on the road.  There’s still room for improvement so in that sense, that’s as good as it gets.”

 

The Cowboys return to action next Saturday when they open their home slate against McMurry who is coached by former Kentucky and Southeastern Louisiana head coach Hal Mumme.





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Aug 312012
 

LAKE CHARLES – A win over a Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) opponent on the road.  Consistent play from both sides of the ball.  Significant production from several freshmen and backups.  High energy.  Never quit attitude.

 

That and a lot more added up to McNeese head coach Matt Viator giving his team a grade of an A-minus after he viewed film of Thursday night’s 27-21 win over Middle Tennessee State.

 

“I really like the way we competed,” said Viator.  “I thought our kids played extremely hard and competed really well.”

 

McNeese fell behind early 6-0 but rolled off 24 unanswered points in large part to a running game that racked up 298 yards rushing.  MTSU mounted a fourth quarter rally to cut the gap to 27-21 but the Cowboys were able to run off nearly the final five minutes of the game then held off some trickery to seal the win.

 

“As a staff, one thing we really liked after we watched the film this morning (Friday), we were extremely physical,” said Viator.  “We played really hard and were really physical.  And that’s encouraging.”

 

That physical play was obvious by the way the offensive line manhandled the Blue Raiders defensive front; the breaking of tackles by running backs Marcus Wiltz, Champlain Babin and Javaris Murray; the constant quarterback pressure applied by McNeese’s defensive front four; and the multiple hard hits managed by the backfield, particularly Malcolm Bronson and Ford Smesny.

 

“We were pretty balanced with our offense in the first half,” said Viator.  “We mixed it up pretty good with throwing it and running the ball.  In the second half, once we got the lead, I was excited that we could just line up and run it.  But that’s not something I expected was to be able to go on the road and run for 300 yards.”

 

Wiltz finished the night with 105 yards rushing and 114 all-purpose yards.  Murray added 50 yards rushing and 110 all-purpose.  In addition to those two, Darius Carey recorded 97 all-purpose yards and Babin 96.

 

But that was just a piece of the puzzle that enabled the Cowboys to pull off the upset.

 

Three Cowboys playing in their first career game all came up with big plays that helped lead the Pokes to the win.

 

True freshman punter Jean Breaux was under fire most of his five punts by a fierce MTSU rush but still managed to average 38.2 yards per punt while having two downed inside the 5-yard line.  His last was halted at the 2-yard line with six seconds remaining in the game.

 

Another true freshman, linebacker Bo Brown, provided a big play on special teams when he recovered a muffed punt return at the MTSU 49-yard line late in the third quarter.  Five plays later the quarterback Cody Stroud plunged in from 1-yard out to lift the Cowboys to a 24-6 lead.

 

Redshirt freshman backup quarterback Tyler Bolfing probably had the most memorable night of the three.

 

Trialing 6-0 and Stroud out of the game after being poked in the eye at the end of a quarterback sneak to gain a first down at the 1-yard line, Bolfing ran a second down, play action bootleg pass and found tight end Josh Jordan wide open in the endzone to give McNeese a 7-6 lead.

 

It was Bolfing’s first pass, completion and touchdown rolled all into one.

 

“I was really excited for Tyler,” said Viator.  “That’s a tough situation to come into.  We call a play action pass on the second play and he executed it well.  He’s a great kid.  We think he’s ready but you never know because he hasn’t played in college before.  But it’s very encouraging to know that he can come in and get the job done.

 

“Jean had a good night and we need him to do well because he is our punter and our kickoff guy,” said Viator.  “We felt like Bo could help us out right away.  He’s fast and smart and comes from a great program.  Another guy we thought played really well was Cameron Smith (true freshman DE).  He gave us some good reps.  He never got any sacks but he did get some good pressures and hurries. 

 

Viator did note that there is room for improvement.

 

“Obviously after the first game there’s always room for improvement.  Our kick coverage and things like that.  We weren’t as sound as we wanted to be.”

 

“If I had to grade it out, I’d give us an A-minus,” said Viator.  “Heck, we beat an FBS team on the road.  There’s still room for improvement so in that sense, that’s as good as it gets.”

 

The Cowboys return to action next Saturday when they open their home slate against McMurry who is coached by former Kentucky and Southeastern Louisiana head coach Hal Mumme.





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Aug 312012
 

LAKE CHARLES – A win over a Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) opponent on the road.  Consistent play from both sides of the ball.  Significant production from several freshmen and backups.  High energy.  Never quit attitude.

 

That and a lot more added up to McNeese head coach Matt Viator giving his team a grade of an A-minus after he viewed film of Thursday night’s 27-21 win over Middle Tennessee State.

 

“I really like the way we competed,” said Viator.  “I thought our kids played extremely hard and competed really well.”

 

McNeese fell behind early 6-0 but rolled off 24 unanswered points in large part to a running game that racked up 298 yards rushing.  MTSU mounted a fourth quarter rally to cut the gap to 27-21 but the Cowboys were able to run off nearly the final five minutes of the game then held off some trickery to seal the win.

 

“As a staff, one thing we really liked after we watched the film this morning (Friday), we were extremely physical,” said Viator.  “We played really hard and were really physical.  And that’s encouraging.”

 

That physical play was obvious by the way the offensive line manhandled the Blue Raiders defensive front; the breaking of tackles by running backs Marcus Wiltz, Champlain Babin and Javaris Murray; the constant quarterback pressure applied by McNeese’s defensive front four; and the multiple hard hits managed by the backfield, particularly Malcolm Bronson and Ford Smesny.

 

“We were pretty balanced with our offense in the first half,” said Viator.  “We mixed it up pretty good with throwing it and running the ball.  In the second half, once we got the lead, I was excited that we could just line up and run it.  But that’s not something I expected was to be able to go on the road and run for 300 yards.”

 

Wiltz finished the night with 105 yards rushing and 114 all-purpose yards.  Murray added 50 yards rushing and 110 all-purpose.  In addition to those two, Darius Carey recorded 97 all-purpose yards and Babin 96.

 

But that was just a piece of the puzzle that enabled the Cowboys to pull off the upset.

 

Three Cowboys playing in their first career game all came up with big plays that helped lead the Pokes to the win.

 

True freshman punter Jean Breaux was under fire most of his five punts by a fierce MTSU rush but still managed to average 38.2 yards per punt while having two downed inside the 5-yard line.  His last was halted at the 2-yard line with six seconds remaining in the game.

 

Another true freshman, linebacker Bo Brown, provided a big play on special teams when he recovered a muffed punt return at the MTSU 49-yard line late in the third quarter.  Five plays later the quarterback Cody Stroud plunged in from 1-yard out to lift the Cowboys to a 24-6 lead.

 

Redshirt freshman backup quarterback Tyler Bolfing probably had the most memorable night of the three.

 

Trialing 6-0 and Stroud out of the game after being poked in the eye at the end of a quarterback sneak to gain a first down at the 1-yard line, Bolfing ran a second down, play action bootleg pass and found tight end Josh Jordan wide open in the endzone to give McNeese a 7-6 lead.

 

It was Bolfing’s first pass, completion and touchdown rolled all into one.

 

“I was really excited for Tyler,” said Viator.  “That’s a tough situation to come into.  We call a play action pass on the second play and he executed it well.  He’s a great kid.  We think he’s ready but you never know because he hasn’t played in college before.  But it’s very encouraging to know that he can come in and get the job done.

 

“Jean had a good night and we need him to do well because he is our punter and our kickoff guy,” said Viator.  “We felt like Bo could help us out right away.  He’s fast and smart and comes from a great program.  Another guy we thought played really well was Cameron Smith (true freshman DE).  He gave us some good reps.  He never got any sacks but he did get some good pressures and hurries. 

 

Viator did note that there is room for improvement.

 

“Obviously after the first game there’s always room for improvement.  Our kick coverage and things like that.  We weren’t as sound as we wanted to be.”

 

“If I had to grade it out, I’d give us an A-minus,” said Viator.  “Heck, we beat an FBS team on the road.  There’s still room for improvement so in that sense, that’s as good as it gets.”

 

The Cowboys return to action next Saturday when they open their home slate against McMurry who is coached by former Kentucky and Southeastern Louisiana head coach Hal Mumme.





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Aug 312012
 

LAKE CHARLES – A win over a Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) opponent on the road.  Consistent play from both sides of the ball.  Significant production from several freshmen and backups.  High energy.  Never quit attitude.

 

That and a lot more added up to McNeese head coach Matt Viator giving his team a grade of an A-minus after he viewed film of Thursday night’s 27-21 win over Middle Tennessee State.

 

“I really like the way we competed,” said Viator.  “I thought our kids played extremely hard and competed really well.”

 

McNeese fell behind early 6-0 but rolled off 24 unanswered points in large part to a running game that racked up 298 yards rushing.  MTSU mounted a fourth quarter rally to cut the gap to 27-21 but the Cowboys were able to run off nearly the final five minutes of the game then held off some trickery to seal the win.

 

“As a staff, one thing we really liked after we watched the film this morning (Friday), we were extremely physical,” said Viator.  “We played really hard and were really physical.  And that’s encouraging.”

 

That physical play was obvious by the way the offensive line manhandled the Blue Raiders defensive front; the breaking of tackles by running backs Marcus Wiltz, Champlain Babin and Javaris Murray; the constant quarterback pressure applied by McNeese’s defensive front four; and the multiple hard hits managed by the backfield, particularly Malcolm Bronson and Ford Smesny.

 

“We were pretty balanced with our offense in the first half,” said Viator.  “We mixed it up pretty good with throwing it and running the ball.  In the second half, once we got the lead, I was excited that we could just line up and run it.  But that’s not something I expected was to be able to go on the road and run for 300 yards.”

 

Wiltz finished the night with 105 yards rushing and 114 all-purpose yards.  Murray added 50 yards rushing and 110 all-purpose.  In addition to those two, Darius Carey recorded 97 all-purpose yards and Babin 96.

 

But that was just a piece of the puzzle that enabled the Cowboys to pull off the upset.

 

Three Cowboys playing in their first career game all came up with big plays that helped lead the Pokes to the win.

 

True freshman punter Jean Breaux was under fire most of his five punts by a fierce MTSU rush but still managed to average 38.2 yards per punt while having two downed inside the 5-yard line.  His last was halted at the 2-yard line with six seconds remaining in the game.

 

Another true freshman, linebacker Bo Brown, provided a big play on special teams when he recovered a muffed punt return at the MTSU 49-yard line late in the third quarter.  Five plays later the quarterback Cody Stroud plunged in from 1-yard out to lift the Cowboys to a 24-6 lead.

 

Redshirt freshman backup quarterback Tyler Bolfing probably had the most memorable night of the three.

 

Trialing 6-0 and Stroud out of the game after being poked in the eye at the end of a quarterback sneak to gain a first down at the 1-yard line, Bolfing ran a second down, play action bootleg pass and found tight end Josh Jordan wide open in the endzone to give McNeese a 7-6 lead.

 

It was Bolfing’s first pass, completion and touchdown rolled all into one.

 

“I was really excited for Tyler,” said Viator.  “That’s a tough situation to come into.  We call a play action pass on the second play and he executed it well.  He’s a great kid.  We think he’s ready but you never know because he hasn’t played in college before.  But it’s very encouraging to know that he can come in and get the job done.

 

“Jean had a good night and we need him to do well because he is our punter and our kickoff guy,” said Viator.  “We felt like Bo could help us out right away.  He’s fast and smart and comes from a great program.  Another guy we thought played really well was Cameron Smith (true freshman DE).  He gave us some good reps.  He never got any sacks but he did get some good pressures and hurries. 

 

Viator did note that there is room for improvement.

 

“Obviously after the first game there’s always room for improvement.  Our kick coverage and things like that.  We weren’t as sound as we wanted to be.”

 

“If I had to grade it out, I’d give us an A-minus,” said Viator.  “Heck, we beat an FBS team on the road.  There’s still room for improvement so in that sense, that’s as good as it gets.”

 

The Cowboys return to action next Saturday when they open their home slate against McMurry who is coached by former Kentucky and Southeastern Louisiana head coach Hal Mumme.





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Aug 312012
 

LAKE CHARLES – A win over a Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) opponent on the road.  Consistent play from both sides of the ball.  Significant production from several freshmen and backups.  High energy.  Never quit attitude.

 

That and a lot more added up to McNeese head coach Matt Viator giving his team a grade of an A-minus after he viewed film of Thursday night’s 27-21 win over Middle Tennessee State.

 

“I really like the way we competed,” said Viator.  “I thought our kids played extremely hard and competed really well.”

 

McNeese fell behind early 6-0 but rolled off 24 unanswered points in large part to a running game that racked up 298 yards rushing.  MTSU mounted a fourth quarter rally to cut the gap to 27-21 but the Cowboys were able to run off nearly the final five minutes of the game then held off some trickery to seal the win.

 

“As a staff, one thing we really liked after we watched the film this morning (Friday), we were extremely physical,” said Viator.  “We played really hard and were really physical.  And that’s encouraging.”

 

That physical play was obvious by the way the offensive line manhandled the Blue Raiders defensive front; the breaking of tackles by running backs Marcus Wiltz, Champlain Babin and Javaris Murray; the constant quarterback pressure applied by McNeese’s defensive front four; and the multiple hard hits managed by the backfield, particularly Malcolm Bronson and Ford Smesny.

 

“We were pretty balanced with our offense in the first half,” said Viator.  “We mixed it up pretty good with throwing it and running the ball.  In the second half, once we got the lead, I was excited that we could just line up and run it.  But that’s not something I expected was to be able to go on the road and run for 300 yards.”

 

Wiltz finished the night with 105 yards rushing and 114 all-purpose yards.  Murray added 50 yards rushing and 110 all-purpose.  In addition to those two, Darius Carey recorded 97 all-purpose yards and Babin 96.

 

But that was just a piece of the puzzle that enabled the Cowboys to pull off the upset.

 

Three Cowboys playing in their first career game all came up with big plays that helped lead the Pokes to the win.

 

True freshman punter Jean Breaux was under fire most of his five punts by a fierce MTSU rush but still managed to average 38.2 yards per punt while having two downed inside the 5-yard line.  His last was halted at the 2-yard line with six seconds remaining in the game.

 

Another true freshman, linebacker Bo Brown, provided a big play on special teams when he recovered a muffed punt return at the MTSU 49-yard line late in the third quarter.  Five plays later the quarterback Cody Stroud plunged in from 1-yard out to lift the Cowboys to a 24-6 lead.

 

Redshirt freshman backup quarterback Tyler Bolfing probably had the most memorable night of the three.

 

Trialing 6-0 and Stroud out of the game after being poked in the eye at the end of a quarterback sneak to gain a first down at the 1-yard line, Bolfing ran a second down, play action bootleg pass and found tight end Josh Jordan wide open in the endzone to give McNeese a 7-6 lead.

 

It was Bolfing’s first pass, completion and touchdown rolled all into one.

 

“I was really excited for Tyler,” said Viator.  “That’s a tough situation to come into.  We call a play action pass on the second play and he executed it well.  He’s a great kid.  We think he’s ready but you never know because he hasn’t played in college before.  But it’s very encouraging to know that he can come in and get the job done.

 

“Jean had a good night and we need him to do well because he is our punter and our kickoff guy,” said Viator.  “We felt like Bo could help us out right away.  He’s fast and smart and comes from a great program.  Another guy we thought played really well was Cameron Smith (true freshman DE).  He gave us some good reps.  He never got any sacks but he did get some good pressures and hurries. 

 

Viator did note that there is room for improvement.

 

“Obviously after the first game there’s always room for improvement.  Our kick coverage and things like that.  We weren’t as sound as we wanted to be.”

 

“If I had to grade it out, I’d give us an A-minus,” said Viator.  “Heck, we beat an FBS team on the road.  There’s still room for improvement so in that sense, that’s as good as it gets.”

 

The Cowboys return to action next Saturday when they open their home slate against McMurry who is coached by former Kentucky and Southeastern Louisiana head coach Hal Mumme.





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