McNeese St. 27, Middle Tennessee 21

Cody Stroud recorded two touchdowns and McNeese State racked up

298 rushing yards as the Cowboys defeated Middle Tennessee 27-21 on

the road Thursday night.

Marcus Wiltz led the ground attack with 105 yards on 20 carries

for McNeese State (1-0), which recorded its first win against an

FBS school since 2001.

Middle Tennessee (0-1) opened up a 6-0 lead behind field goals

from Carlos Lopez.

However, Tyler Bolfing, who entered the game after Stroud was

sidelined briefly following a quarterback sneak, connected with

Josh Jordan from 2-yards out to tie the game at 6-6.

Stroud returned late in the second quarter to lead McNeese State

on an 87-yard scoring drive before halftime and his 1-yard rushing

touchdown gave the Cowboys a 23-6 lead late in the third

quarter.

Logan Kilgore’s two second half touchdown’s help cut the deficit

to 27-21 but the Blue Raiders could not complete the rally.