The McNeese Cowboys overcame a big second half surge by Northwestern State last Saturday and eventually won 35-28.  The win improved the Cowboys football team to 6-2 on the season and 4-1 in Southland conference play and it also moved the Pokes up in the polls!

With the victory, the Cowboys moved from # 10 to #6 in the FCS Coaches Poll and from #11 to #6 in the Sports Network rankings.  Here is the complete polls:

Sports Network Poll
1.  North Dakota State (9-0)
2.  New Hampshire (7-1)
3.  Coastal Carolina (9-0)
4.  Jacksonville State (7-1)
5.  Eastern Washington (8-2)
6.  McNeese (6-2)
7.  Villanova (7-2)
8.  Richmond (7-2)
9.  Fordham (8-1)
10. Youngstown State (7-2)
11. Montana (6-3)
12. Illinois State (7-1)
13. Chattanooga (6-3)
14. Southeastern Louisiana (6-3)
15. Montana State (6-3)
16. Eastern Kentucky (8-1)
17. Indiana State (6-3)
18. Harvard (7-0)
19. Northern Iowa (5-4)
20. Bethune-Cookman (7-2)
21. Cal Poly (6-3)
22. South Dakota State (5-4)
23. Bryant (7-1)
24. William & Mary (5-4)
25. Northern Arizona (6-3)

FCS Coaches Poll
1.  North Dakota State (9-0)
2.  Coastal Carolina (9-0)
3.  New Hampshire (7-1)
4.  Jacksonville State (7-1)
5.  Eastern Washington (8-2)
6.  McNeese (6-2)
7.  Villanova (7-2)
8.  Richmond (7-2)
9.  Fordham (8-1)
10. Montana (6-3)
11. Chattanooga (6-3)
12. Illinois State (7-1)
13. Youngstown State (7-2)
14. Southeastern Louisiana (6-3)
15. Eastern Kentucky (8-1)
16. Montana State (6-3)
17. Harvard (7-0)
18. Bethune-Cookman (7-2)
19. Indiana State (6-3)
20. Northern Iowa (5-4)
21. Bryant (7-1)
22. South Dakota State (5-4)
23. Cal Poly (6-3)
24. Southern Illinois (5-4)
25. William & Mary (5-4)

Source: Matt Bonnette MSU

The Cowboys will return back home this week after their recent two game road trip and take on Stephen F. Austin in Cowboys Stadium.

The Cowboys and Stephen F. Austin game will kickoff will be at 6 p.m. in Lake Charles.