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McNeese adds versatile Christopher Orlina in early period

  • November 14, 2018
  • By Matthew Bonnette

McNeese Cowboys basketball head coach Heath Schroyer has announced the signing of Christopher Orlina, a versatile 6-foot-6 guard/forward out of South Plains College, on the first day of the NLI early signing period on Wednesday.

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Northwestern State upsets McNeese in 2 OT thriller

  • November 10, 2018
  • By Matthew Bonnette

Jazz Ferguson pulled in a 6-yard touchdown pass by Shelton Eppler in the second overtime to give Northwestern State a 37-34 win over McNeese here Saturday night and snapping a 13-game losing streak to the Cowboys.

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McNeese falls at Arizona State, 80-52

  • November 10, 2018
  • By Matthew Bonnette

A quick start by McNeese was overrun after the first five minutes of the game against Arizona State here Friday night as the Sun Devils rolled off a 19-3 run in a seven-minute span after McNeese stormed out to an 8-3 lead, then coasted to an 80-52 win over the Cowboys.

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No. 11 McNeese falls at SLU, 26-3

  • November 3, 2018
  • By Kemmler Chapple

McNeese’s chances at an outright Southland Conference title took a major blow on Saturday afternoon when Southeastern Louisiana prevailed in a defensive slugfest, ??-?? to hand the 11th-ranked Cowboys their third loss of the season.

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McNeese CB Burton, PK Raborn names SLC players of week as Cowboys jump in FCS polls

  • October 29, 2018
  • By Matthew Bonnette

LAKE CHARLES – McNeese cornerback Colby Burton and place kicker Gunnar Raborn have been selected as this week’s Southland Conference Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week respectively, the league office announced on Monday.

The award is presented by MidSouth Bank.

Burton, a junior from League City, Texas, intercepted two passes in Saturday’s 23-21 win over Central Arkansas, both coming in the first half.

His second pick came in the Cowboys’ end zone, with less than a minute to play in the second quarter. His final interception came after UCA recovered a muffed punt at the McNeese 9-yard line. He is the second Cowboy player this season to pick off two passes in a single game.

Raborn capped the weekend by kicking the game-winning field goal from 24-yards out to give McNeese a 23-21 lead over UCA with 7:27 to play in the fourth quarter.

The senior from Lafayette scored 11 of the Cowboys’ 23 points on the night, going 3-for-3 in field goals and 2-2 in PATs. He also booted field goals of 34 and 33 yards, both coming in the first half.

Lamar quarterback Jordan Hoy was named the league’s offensive player of the week.

For the season, McNeese has received nine player of the week accolades among eight players.

The win over UCA lifted the Cowboys back as the sole leader in the conference standings with a 5-1 mark. McNeese will visit Southeastern Louisiana on Saturday at 2:30 in a game that will be televised on Cox Sports TV.

COWBOYS JUMP IN FCS TOP 25 POLLS

McNeese moved up three spots to No. 11 in this week’s STATS FCS Media poll and to No. 12 in the AFCA Coaches Top 25 rankings after this past Saturday’s 23-21 over then-No. 13 Central Arkansas.

The win improved the Cowboys’ record to 6-2 overall on the season and 5-1 in Southland Conference play. McNeese is alone atop the league standings after Saturday’s victory and a loss by Incarnate Word to Nicholls.

This marks the 17th consecutive week to be ranked in the polls, dating back to last season.

Three other conference schools are ranked – Central Arkansas No. 19 in the STATS and AFCA poll, Nicholls is 20th in both polls, and Sam Houston State is No. 21 in STATS and 22 in the AFCA rankings.

UIW and Lamar each received votes for the STATS poll.

STATS FCS Top 25 Poll – Oct. 15
Rank School Votes Prev.
1 North Dakota State (8-0) 4000 (160) 1
2 Kennesaw State (7-1) 3777 2
3 James Madison (6-2) 3665 3
4 Weber State (6-2) 3416 4
5 Eastern Washington (6-2) 3209 5
6 UC Davis (7-1) 3158 6
7 South Dakota State (5-2) 3084 7
8 Elon (5-2) 2789 8
9 Wofford (6-2) 2688 9
10 Jacksonville State (6-2) 2337 12
11 McNeese (6-2) 2209 14
12 Colgate (7-0) 2046 16
13 Delaware (6-2) 1790 21
14 Illinois State (5-3) 1781 11
15 Towson (6-2) 1774 10
16 Stony Brook (6-3) 1479 15
17 North Carolina A&T (6-2) 1414 18
18 Princeton (7-0) 1345 19
19 Central Arkansas (5-3) 1261 13
20 Nicholls (5-3) 1003 20
21 Sam Houston State (5-3) 661 23
22 East Tennessee State (7-2) 567 25
23 Maine (5-3) 548 24
24 Dartmouth (7-0) 435 NR
25 Southeast Missouri State (6-2) 316 NR

Others: North Dakota (314), UNI (262), Florida A&M (169), Chattanooga (163), Idaho State (160), Rhode Island (87), Western Illinois (32), San Diego (20), Monmouth (20), Alcorn State (12), Montana State (4), Samford (3), Lamar (1), UIW (1).

AFCA FCS Coaches Top 25 Poll – Oct. 29
Rank School Votes Prev.
1 North Dakota State (8-0) 650 (26) 1
2 Kennesaw State (7-1) 623 2
3 James Madison (6-2) 597 3
4 Eastern Washington (6-2) 566 4
5 Weber State (6-2) 545 5
6 Elon (5-2) 497 6
7 South Dakota State (5-2) 481 8
8 Wofford (6-2) 480 7
9 UC Davis (7-1) 408 13
10 Jacksonville State (6-2) 402 12
11 Colgate (7-0) 401 11
12 McNeese (6-2) 333 16
13 Illinois State (5-3) 307 9
14 Princeton (7-0) 304 17
15 Towson (6-2) 277 10
16 Delaware (6-2) 235 21
17 North Carolina A&T (6-2) 230 18
18 Stony Brook (6-3) 229 15
19 Central Arkansas (5-3) 193 14
T20 Nicholls (5-3) 167 22
T20 Dartmouth (7-0) 167 20
22 Sam Houston State (5-3) 115 22
23 East Tennessee State (7-2) 101 25
24 Southeast Missouri State (6-2) 32 NR
25 North Dakota (5-3) 29 24

Others: Maine, 28; Idaho St., 25; Chattanooga, 12; Northern Iowa, 8; Florida A&M, 6; Rhode Island, 1; San Diego, 1.

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UIW hands No. 6 McNeese first SLC loss, 45-17

  • October 20, 2018
  • By Matthew Bonnette

UIW proved on Saturday night that it’s 3-1 Southland Conference record was no fluke as the Cardinals rolled up 274 first half yards, built a 28-3 halftime lead, and coasted to an upset win over No. 6 McNeese 45-17 at Gayle and Tom Benson Stadium.

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MCNeese puts unbeaten Southland record on the line at UIW

  • October 19, 2018
  • By Matthew Bonnette

For the second straight game, McNeese’s top-ranked defense in the Southland Conference will go toe-to-toe with the league’s No. 1 offense when the 6th-ranked Cowboys visit the surprising Incarnate Word Cardinals at 6 p.m. on Saturday.

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