Needing a win in the worst of ways, the Sam Houston State Bearkats (2-3, 0-1 SLC) will be looking to snap a three-game losing streak this Saturday when they travel to Lake Charles, LA to face the 6th-ranked McNeese State Cowboys (5-0, 1-0 SLC).
The Bearkats are coming off a frustrating 35-14 loss to Central Arkansas in the Southland Conference opener last weekend at Bowers Stadium. The Bearkats’ defense surrendered 476 yards of total offense to the Bears and allowed quarterback Nathan Brown to complete 28-of-37 passes for 308 yards and two touchdowns. The Bearkats also struggled to convert on offense, turning the ball over three times in Central Arkansas territory.
Unfortunately for the Bearkats, the matchup with McNeese State has historically gone the way of the Cowboys. In 28 meetings, McNeese State has won 20 of the contests. The last time the Bearkats came away with a victory in Lake Charles was in 1999. Last season SHSU lost to McNeese State at Bowers Stadium after falling behind 18-0. Former Bearkat running back D.D. Terry had a monster game for the Bearkats, rushing for 253 yards in the loss.
This season, the Cowboys are riding high after their 41-20 victory at Texas State last weekend in San Marcos. Receivers Quinten Lawernce (5-104 yards, 1 TD) and Carlese Franklin (4-105 yards, 1 TD) tore up the Bobcats’ secondary, even without 2006 SLC “Player of the Year” Steven Whitehead, who suffered an injury in week three. Cowboys’ tailback Jamie Leonard, who was the team’s leading rusher last season, suffered a season-ending injury that same week when he fractured a bone in his lower leg.
In Leonard’s absence, the Cowboys have relied heavily on both the arm and legs of 2006 Southland “Newcomer of the Year” Derrick Fourroux. Last week, the sophomore completed 10-of-14 passes for 241 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 52 yards and a touchdown on six carries.
Saturday’s contest is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. at Cowboy Stadium.