A week after escaping Abilene Christian with its fifth win in six games, eighth-ranked McNeese heads to San Antonio to face an explosive Incarnate Word team, led by Jerry Rice Award Watch List quarterback Jon Copeland.
Who: McNeese (5-1) at Incarnate Word (3-3)
When: Saturday, Oct. 20, 6 PM CT
Where: Benson Stadium, San Antonio, Texas
Watch: LIVE on FloFootball
Copeland led the Cardinals to 585 yards of total offense—including 515 passing yards—last week, but Incarnate Word would ultimately fall in excruciating fashion.
Tied at 21 with 12 seconds left, UIW kicker Rhett Marshall attempted a 40-yard would-be game-winning field goal, but the kicked was blocked and returned 66 yards for a touchdown as time expired, saddling the Cardinals with their first Southland Conference loss of the season.
Led by James Tabary’s 244 passing yards, McNeese did what it had to do to get by an overmatched Abilene Christian squad on Saturday.
The Cowboys defense held ACU to just one rushing yard and McNeese turned a four-point deficit into a 10-point second half lead that it would not relinquish.
Copeland Continues Rapid Improvement
The Cardinals’ freshman quarterback is looking less and less like a freshman every week.
Since throwing for 152 yards in a loss at North Texas, Copeland has increased his passing yardage total in each of the past four weeks, including 411 yards in a victory over Southeastern Louisiana before totaling 515 yards through the air last week.
He leads the Southland Conference and ranks sixth in the nation with 307.3 passing yards per game. He also leads the league in yards per completion (14.75) and yards per attempt (8.09).
Sutton, Livings Named SLC Players Of The Week
McNeese defensive end Chris Livings and punt returner Cyron Sutton have been named this week's Southland Conference Players of the Week.
It's the fourth time in six weeks that the Cowboys have had a defensive player receive the honor—but this performance was louder than most.
Living recorded five sacks on just 25 snaps after missing the team’s previous two games due to injury. He now has 17.5 sacks in his career, which is good for seventh on the all-time list.
With Parker Orgeron out with an injury, it was Sutton handling the punt return duties, and he made the most of his opportunity.
The sophomore from New Orleans took the final punt he fielded 73 yards to give McNeese a decisive 10-point advantage with less than five minutes to play.
Don’t Sleep On The Ground Game
Ra’Quanne Dickens leads the league and ranks fourth in the nation with 8.04 yards per carry. Go figure, he also leads the league and ranks 13th nationally with 126.33 all-purpose yards per game.
Dickens is the only back in the conference to surpass 200 yards rushing this season—220 yards against Stephen F. Austin—and has already tied the UIW Division I program record for rushing touchdowns in a single season (9).