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Missouri Look Behind the Numbers: McNeese State
It’s still too early in the season to dig too deep behind the numbers leading up to Missouri’s next game, and considering that a Football Championship Subdivision team is coming to town, no reason to go overboard with the analysis. (Although Kansas and Ole Miss will tell you otherwise.) Here are a few numerical nuggets on the Cowboys of McNeese State from Lake Charles, La. … where The Band found Little Bessie … and a town that’s home to part of the Matter side of the family tree.
The Cowboys have posted winning records in 17 of the last 19 seasons and are 103-91 all-time against teams from the Division I-A/FBS ranks. However, they’re 0-7 all-time against teams from automatic-qualifying BCS programs. Their most recent FBS matchup came in 2008 when the Cowboys lost a close one at North Carolina, 35-27. They’ve also lost to FBS South Florida (2006), Kansas State (2003), Nebraska (2002), Texas A&M (2001), Miami, Fla., (2000) and Syracuse (1979 Independence Bowl). The Cowboys actually played in three of the first five Independence Bowls, representing the Southland Conference. McNeese State joined the I-AA ranks (now FCS) in 1982.
In their season-opening 30-27 win over Lamar, the Cowboys ran the ball 44 times to 31 throws, averaging 4.2 yards per carry and 16.2 per completion. McNeese fumbled five times in that game, losing three. The Cowboys also converted 3 of 3 fourth-down attempts. Matt Viator’s team was stout against the run, giving up just 10 rushing yards on 20 Lamar carries. But Lamar did its damage through the air, completing 24 of 42 passes for 426 yards, for an impressive 17.8 yards per completion.
Glancing at the McNeese depth chart, the Cowboys’ offense averages 6-3, 291 pounds from tackle to tackle. Across the line of scrimmage, McNeese averages just 6-2 and just 256 pounds across the defensive line.
By Dave Matter, Columbia Tribune