HOUSTON -- James Tabary picked apart the Houston Baptist secondary as McNeese State opened Southland Conference play with a 51-34 victory on Saturday night.
Tabary, who threw for 162 yards and two touchdowns in the first half, finished with 355 yards and four TDs on 25-of-32 passing. Houston Baptist's Bailey Zappe tried to stay with him, passing for 348 yards and three scores, but he was also intercepted twice.
Tabary threw to 12 different receivers with Kylon Highshaw gathering in five for 45 yards.
It was just the second meeting between the schools. The Cowboys won 27-12 last year. It was the first time McNeese (2-0, 1-0) opened league play with a win since 2015.
Dreshawn Minnieweather rushed for 146 yards and two scores for the Huskies (1-1, 0-1).
Former Alabama assistant coach Billy Napier will be coming back to Bryant-Denny Stadium on Saturday.
Duke dodged trouble in the short term when its starting quarterback went down.
The No. 18 Texas Longhorns travel to Kansas State Saturday with one thing on their minds: change. That idea sounds pretty good to Kansas State right now as well.
The schedule forces Michigan State to take a step back this week. If the Spartans want to remain in the rankings, they can't afford to take an even bigger step back.
South Carolina will be the next team to see if it can stop or at least slow Kentucky running back Benny Snell when the Gamecocks and Wildcats clash Saturday in Lexington, Ky.
Florida coach Dan Mullen understands he may get less than a welcoming reception when the Gators visit No. 23 Mississippi State on Saturday.
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