The fifth-ranked McNeese State Cowboys spoiled the senior night festivities Saturday at Homer Bryce Stadium, as the visitors from Lake Charles, La., defeated SFA, 49-20.
The loss drops SFA to 0-9 on the season and 0-4 in Southland Conference play. The Cowboys took the opening drive and wasted no time in moving the ball down the field on a seven-play, 62-yard drive to take a 7-0 lead with 12:26 remaining in the first quarter. The McNeese State offense seemed to be clicking from the opening kickoff, as it scored a touchdown on six of its first eight possessions.
The Lumberjacks also had success moving the football behind senior quarterback Danny Southall . Southall responded to the Cowboys' opening drive by moving the Lumberjacks deep into McNeese State territory. It appeared the 'Jacks were driving for the tying score when Southall's pass was picked off at the McNeese State one yard line by Kody Knox. The turnovers would haunt SFA all night.
The Lumberjacks turned the ball over six times, including five fumbles, which aided the Cowboys in building a 42-6 advantage heading into the fourth quarter. The 'Jacks cracked the goal line in the fourth quarter when Southall led the team on a nine-play, 64-yard drive that ended in a 17-yard scoring strike to senior Nick Rhodes .
It was Rhodes' second touchdown reception of the season. SFA got the ball back and drove down the field behind the hardnosed running of senior Louie Runnels . The Bellville, Texas, native carried the ball 27 times for 110 yards, marking his second consecutive 100-yard game. SFA got the ball down to the McNeese State three yard line, where Southall punched it in for the team's final score. T
he Lumberjacks return to action Saturday, Nov. 10, when they travel to Conway, Ark., to face Central Arkansas. The game against the Bears is slated to begin at 6 p.m. from Estes Stadium.