LAKE CHARLES, La. -- James Tabary threw for 249 yards and two touchdowns as McNeese jumped out to an early lead and then held on to beat Division II Florida Tech on Saturday night.
The Cowboys (1-1) went into the break leading 21-7. Florida Tech closed to within a touchdown when Mark Cato, who threw for 333 yards, hit Romell Guerrier on a 20-yard scoring strike.
McNeese's Justin Pratt, who finished with 85 yards, answered with a touchdown run from the four. The Panthers responded quickly with Antwuan Haynes scoring from 19 yards out to trail 28-21 with 2:09 left in the third.
Main concern for the Florida Tech team is whether they'll be able to return home as Hurricane Irma approaches the Florida coast.
More AP college football: http://collegefootball.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP-Top25
Banned Clemson duo lose appeals, out for '19
The NCAA denied appeals by Clemson TE Braden Galloway and OL Zach Giella after the two tested positive for ostarine in December 2018. They will not be able to play next season.
Georgia QB Mathis has cyst removed from brain
Georgia quarterback D'Wan Mathis is expected to make a full recovery after undergoing surgery Thursday to remove a cyst from his brain.
Revisiting the 2016 class: Recruits who had the biggest impacts
We look back fondly to the Class of 2016. Here are the prospects who rose to the top and had huge impacts for their respective teams.
Hawaii Bowl returns to Christmas Eve for 2019
The Hawaii Bowl will be back on Christmas Eve this year after being played on Dec. 22 last season, only the fourth time in the game's history that it had not been held on Dec. 24.
AD Bjork leaves Ole Miss for Texas A&M job
Ross Bjork, who had served as Ole Miss' athletic director for the past seven years, has been named athletic director at Texas A&M. Bjork replaces Scott Woodward, who left for the same role at LSU in April.
Notre Dame adds running back prospect Tyree
Notre Dame has added a highly regarded running back prospect in Chris Tyree.