MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) - 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.
|MTSU||Carlos Lopez 20 yd FG|
|MTSU||Carlos Lopez 28 yd FG|
|MCN||Josh Jordan 2 yd pass from Tyler Bolfing (Josh Lewis kick)|
|MCN||Champlain Babin 8 yd pass from Cody Stroud (Josh Lewis kick)|
|MCN||Josh Lewis 46 yd FG|
|MCN||Cody Stroud 1 yd run (Josh Lewis kick)|
|MTSU||Anthony Amos 6 yd pass from Logan Kilgore (Jordan Parker 2pt pass from Logan Kilgore)|
|MCN||Josh Lewis 33 yd FG|
|MTSU||Kyle Griswould 15 yd pass from Logan Kilgore (Carlos Lopez kick)|
|Third Down Efficiency||3-11||6-14|
|Fourth Down Efficiency||0-0||2-2|
|Kick Return Yds||86||241|
|Punt Return Yds||42||26|
|Time of Poss.||36:5||23:55|
|MCN: Marcus Wiltz 20-105, Champlain Babin 11-64, Javaris Murray 7-50, Ernest Celestie 3-42, Darius Carey 4-31, Cody Stroud 5-5, Diontae Spencer 1-1|
|MTSU: Jordan Parker 9-39, Benny Cunningham 9-34, Drayton Calhoun 8-27, Jeremiah Bryson 1-3|
|MCN: Cody Stroud 10-17-139-0, Tyler Bolfing 2-2-13-0|
|MTSU: Logan Kilgore 27-41-240-1|
|MCN: Champlain Babin 4-32, Diontae Spencer 2-35, Javaris Murray 2-20, Ernest Celestie 1-30, Darius Carey 1-24, Marcus Wiltz 1-9, Josh Jordan 1-2|
|MTSU: Anthony Amos 8-70, Kyle Griswould 5-63, Tavarres Jefferson 4-24, Christian Collis 3-41, Marcus Henry 2-24, Harold Turner 2-22, Reggie Whatley 1-4, Drayton Calhoun 1-3, Jordan Parker 1--2, Logan Kilgore 0--9|