LAKE CHARLES — McNeese State got two touchdowns each from Darius Carey and Andre Anderson as the Cowboys defeated Sioux Falls 31-17 for their first victory of the season at Cowboy Stadium on Saturday night.
Carey scored the Cowboys’ first touchdown on a 38-yard toss from Cody Stroud and returned a punt 68 yards for McNeese’s second touchdown.
Anderson scored from 4 yards and 2 yards.
The other Cowboy points came on a 38-yard field goal by former Denham Springs standout Josh Lewis in the final two minutes of the game.
Offensively, the Cowboys totaled 413 yards, (283 passing, 130 rushing).
Sioux Falls had 262 yards (116 rushing, 146 passing).
The victory evened the No. 23- ranked Cowboys’ record at 1-1 and left Sioux Falls, which is moving up to Division II this season, at 0-3.
Sioux Falls’ scoring came on a 25-yard field goal by Braden Wieking, a 31-yard pass interception return by Angelo Pree and a 3-yard pass from Taylor Perkins to Jeremiah Oakes.
“I thought that we did some good things on defense,” McNeese coach Matt Viator said in a university release. “Offensively, I didn’t think that we got into a rhythm anytime.”
Carey had 179 all-purpose yards in the game — 92 receiving, 19 on kickoff returns and 68 on punt returns.
Former Central standout Wes Briscoe had 113 yards on four catches.
Marcs Wiltz led the Cowboys 49 yards rushing, while Anderson had 45.
Stroud completed 16 of 25 passes for 226 yards and a TD.
McNeese’s London Durham had a pass interception to turn back a potential Sioux Falls score late in the game, while Malcolm Bronson and Darrell Jenkins led the team in tackles with six each.
Sioux Falls’ Taylor Perkins had 44 yards rushing and a 15-for-32 passing performance for 146 yards.