Scores

Final

Texas State 21

(4-2, 2-2 away)

McNeese State 14

(3-2, 2-1 home)

8:00 PM ET, October 8, 2011

Cowboy Stadium (LA), Lake Charles, LA

1 2 3 4 T
TXST 7 3 3 821
MCNS 7 0 7 014

Top Performers

Passing: S. Rutherford (TXST) - 110 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: M. Wiltz (MCNS) - 9 CAR, 64 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: D. Bolden (TXST) - 3 REC, 48 YDS

Texas St. 21, McNeese St. 14

Associated Press

LAKE CHARLES, La. -- Shaun Rutherford's 11-yard touchdown pass to Isaiah Battle gave Texas State a fourth-quarter lead and the Bobcats barely hung on to defeat McNeese State 21-14 on Saturday night.

With time running out, the Bobcats (4-2) prepared to punt from their 33-yard line, but punter Ben Follis bobbled the snap and the Cowboys (3-2) took over at the Texas State 13 with 15.6 seconds left.

McNeese State's last chance ended when Cody Stroud, under heavy pressure, was called for intentional grounding with the clock running out.

Rutherford, who opened the scoring with a 22-yard run, completed 8 of 11 for 110 yards, and his scoring pass to Battle capped a 14-play, 79-yard drive that consumed 7:45.

Both teams came in with three-game winning streaks. Texas State, a former Southland Conference member like McNeese State, is an independent this season and in the process of moving up to the Football Bowl Subdivision.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
TXST
MCNS
1st Downs1616
Total Yards249365
Passing110145
Rushing139220
Penalties1-52-27
3rd Down Conversions2-115-13
4th Down Conversions0-11-3
Turnovers01
Possession32:2727:33

Passing Leaders

Texas StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Rutherford8/1111010.010
McNeese StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Stroud13/271455.401

Rushing Leaders

Texas StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Rutherford19653.4123
Franks13644.9013
McNeese StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Anderson9768.4025
Wiltz9647.1223

Receiving Leaders

Texas StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Bolden34816.0029
Erickson22713.5021
McNeese StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Jordan15454.0054
Carey34214.0032

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERTXSTMCNS
TD03:53Shaun Rutherford 22 Yd Run (Will Johnson Kick) 70
TD01:22Marcus Wiltz 9 Yd Run (Josh Lewis Kick) 77
SECOND QUARTERTXSTMCNS
FG05:49Will Johnson 39 Yd 107
THIRD QUARTERTXSTMCNS
FG12:22Will Johnson 46 Yd 137
TD08:14Marcus Wiltz 9 Yd Run (Josh Lewis Kick) 1314
FOURTH QUARTERTXSTMCNS
TD09:44Isaiah Battle 11 Yd Pass From Shaun Rutherford (Shaun Rutherford Pass To David Lewis For Two-Point Conversion) 2114