Last Modified: Sunday, October 20, 2013 1:29 PM
Leading up to McNeese’s homecoming game, all of the attention was placed on Sam Houston State senior running back Timothy Flanders, and deservedly so as he went into the game with 842 yards and nine touchdowns through six games.
It wasn’t Flanders’ star that was shining on Saturday, though. It was his counterpart Marcus Wiltz who led the game in rushing.
The senior out of Cecilia went into the game fresh off a career-high 181-yard outing against Central Arkansas, and wanted to make sure that his final homecoming as a Cowboy was just as sweet.
By halftime Wiltz had racked up 85 yards on nine carries, including a crucial 24-yard run to extend the Cowboys’ second touchdown drive. He finished with 125 yards on 21 carries.
Flanders, on the other hand, finished with 11 rushes for 24 yards. He was also outrushed by McNeese running backs Dylan Long and Kelvin Bennett, who notched 62 and 33 yards, respectively.
Wiltz picked up more than the 47 yards that he needed to surpass 2,000 rushing yards in his collegiate career. He was the 13th player in McNeese history to reach the milestone.
High rankings: Ranked No. 2, the Bearkats were the highest-ranked opponent to play in Cowboy Stadium since Sept. 13, 2003, when the No. 2 Cowboys defeated No. 1 Georgia Southern 34-15. The last Southland Conference team to visit Lake Charles ranked No. 1 were the Troy Trojans, whom the Cowboys defeated 24-7 in 1999.
Steady starters: Quarterback Cody Stroud and offensive guard Arinze Agada each started their 29th consecutive game for McNeese.
Strong start: The Cowboys entered the game 5-1, their best first-half record since their 11-0 regular season in 2007.
Oh captain, my captain: The McNeese captains were defensive backs Ryan Bronson, Terrence Cahee and Guy Morgan and injured wide receiver Wes Briscoe.
RECORD CHASING: With his first-quarter touchdown pass, Stroud has thrown a TD in 12 consecutive games. He needs one more to tie Kerry Joseph’s school record of 13.
Bad luck in the boot: The Bearkats have struggled in their travels to Louisiana, amassing an all-time record of 28-54-3.
Second quarter magic:
The Cowboys managed one touchdown in the second quarter. They have averaged 18 points in the quarter.