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Expect big numbers today when McNeese, SFA square off

Last Modified: Friday, November 08, 2013 7:27 PM

By Alex Hickey / American Press

Due to licensing issues, EA Sports will not be making an NCAA football video game next year.

Fortunately for fans distraught by this news, Stephen F. Austin’s Homer Bryce Stadium offers the opportunity to still see video-game football in a real-life setting.

All signs indicate a graphing calculator may be needed to crunch the numbers put up when No. 11 McNeese (7-2, 3-1 Southland) and SFA (3-6, 1-3) are done going at it this afternoon.

The Cowboys have been one of the most explosive offenses in the Football Championship Subdivision all season, scoring more than 50 points on five occasions.

The Lumberjacks gain an FCS-best 596 yards per game while running an average of 91 plays on offense.

“Their offense is just ridiculous with the numbers they’ve put up,” said McNeese head coach Matt Viator.

When the offense is clicking, SFA is hard to stop. No. 4 Montana State found that out in a 52-38 loss to the Lumberjacks.

“When they play clean, they’re very tough to beat,” Viator said.

However, turnovers have been a more common result. SFA is next-to-last in the country with 25 giveaways.

“They’re the type of team where you really don’t know,” said McNeese quarterback Cody Stroud. “They can put up a lot of points. And at other times they look like we did on Saturday.”

For McNeese, today marks a chance to get back on track and erase the bad taste of last week’s 41-7 loss to Southeastern Louisiana.

“We need to regroup and go back to what we do offensively as McNeese football,” said senior wide receiver Ernest Celestie.

After being held to a season-low 191 yards against the Lions, the Cowboys have found the right opponent to snap out of a funk. The 38 points scored by Montana State represent the lowest total allowed by the Lumberjacks against a Division I opponent this season.

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