Game Grades – SHSU vs McNeese

Offense: A

The Bearkats’ offense exploded against No. 4 McNeese State on Saturday. Sophomore quarterback Jared Johnson rushed for 180 total yards and scored two touchdowns earning Southland Conference and FCS honors. Johnson tacked on two passing touchdowns to his name. Reshirt freshman receiver Yedidah Lewis and junior wide receiver LaDarius Brown both had receiving touchdowns.

Defense: B+

Sam Houston State’s defense stepped up big against a dominating McNeese offense. The Kats hit the Cowboys really hard and forced them to drop passes and have short runs. The coverage was way better than before with senior safety Michael Wade leading the way with another great performance. Freshman defensive end P.J. Hall had a top notch game on the line.

Special Teams: B

The special teams did a great job limiting the big returns for McNeese while providing good returns on the other side of the ball. Kicker Luc Swimberghe was named SLC’s special team’s player of the week after a 44-yard field goal, although his first two kickoffs went out of bounds for penalties.

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