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.
Clemson defensive backs coach Mike Reed and Florida State receivers coach Lawrence Dawsey have tall tasks this season.
Oklahoma cornerback Jordan Thomas was arrested and could face charges of interference, public intoxication and assault and battery, according to the Cleveland County Sheriff's office.
Things are percolating in the Big 12 as the season hits Week 4, and we think Oklahoma State's visit to Baylor could be the highlight of the weekend.
The Demon Deacons are on the rise, but the Hoosiers should manage to finish off their nonconference slate with a win.
Year 1 under new coach Will Muschamp figures to be a rebuilding season for South Carolina.
Andrew Luck might be the headliner, but Stanford's run of success this century goes much, much deeper than the Cardinal's star quarterback.
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|Stephen F Austin||4-5||4-7|