The Cowboys have posted a 47-18-1 record at Homecoming and won last year’s game 51-23 over Northwestern State. However, the last time a team beat the Cowboys at Homecoming it was Nicholls, that coming in 2008 by a 38-35 score.
McNeese heads into the game with a 2-1 league record and only one game in back of SLC leading Stephen F. Austin. The Colonels are 1-2 in conference.
Cowboy head coach Matt Viator told members of the media at his weekly press conference on Tuesday that Nicholls presents a new appearance this year. He said that they have gotten away from the triple option.
“Charlie Stubbs is the new coach there and he has changed their offense. They have a very mobile quarterback and most of their big plays have come with him scrambling. Also, Jesse Turner is a good running back.
“On defense, a lot of their players are back from last year. They’ll line up in just about everything known to man and will blitz and do a lot of things. It’s going to be a tough game.”
Viator said that he was pleased with the way his team played in last week’s victory over Southeastern Louisiaan.
“Offensviely we were hit and miss and certainly we have to get better in that area. It was a very physical game, one of the most physical of the season. I thought that we played good defense. We were sound in the kicking game, had zero turnovers and minimum penalties.”
The Cowboys won the contest on a last minute drive that had place kicker Josh Lewis booting a 52 yard game winning field goal as time ran out.
Viator said that he is hopeful that tailback Champlain Babin will be back in action for the Nicholls game. Babin has missed the last two games. Quarterback Jacob Bower got in for two series in last week’s game after having been injured against SFA and having missed the LSU contest.
TOYS FOR TOTS: Toys for Tots will have a representative manning each gate into Cowboy Stadium on Saturday. Fans are encouraged to drop off toys at each location.