LAKE CHARLES — McNeese State ran its record to .500 Saturday night with a 24-21 nonconference victory over Texas-an Antonio.
The Cowboys (5-5) got touchdown runs of five yards from Champlain Babin and 21 yards from Andre Anderson, a 29 yard pass from Darius Carey to Josh Jordan and a 30-yard field goal from Josh Lewis.
UTSA scored on a 1-yard run by Evans Okotcha and on passes of 7 yards to David Morgan and 26 yards to Jake Wanamaker, both from Eric Soza.
The victory was the second in a row for McNeese State, which will conclude its season Saturday against Lamar in Beaumont, Texas.
McNeese ran for 251 yards, the second most in a game this season, with Anderson netting 158 yards on 26 carries. It was his highest total this season and the third highest of his career.
Cowboys quarterback Cody Stroud completed nine of 22 passes for 95 yards and had one intercepted.
Defensively for the Cowboys, Desmund Lighten led the team with seven tackles, one of them for a loss, and he also had two quarterback hurries.
UTSA (3-6) collected most of its yardage through the air, with Soza completing 19 of 36 passes for 254 yards.
McNeese produced the first three scores in the game and held a 17-0 lead 28 minutes into the game. Lewis got his team on the scoreback with his 10 field goal of the season with only a second left in the first half and then Babin got the game’s first td with 6:23 left in the second period.
Anderson scored from 21 yards with 2:32 left in the half and UTSA got on the board with 39 seconds left on Okotcha’s one yard run.
The only score in the third quarter came on Morgan’s seven yard catch of a Sosa pass.
Both teams scored in the final period, the Cowboys on Carey’s 29 yard pass to Jordan with 4:35 left. UTSA came right back on Wanamaker’s reception from Soza with 3:50 left.