Cody Orgeron had two touchdown tosses in the first half and McNeese held off a fourth-quarter Alcorn State rally to hold on for a 17-14 victory on Saturday night.
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Niko Duffey ran for two touchdowns and caught a pass for a third as Alcorn State cruised past Division II Mississippi College, 45-7, in the Braves home opener Saturday night.
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Eleven Alcorn State football players have been arrested and charged with misdemeanors that range from malicious mischief to simple assault after a fight broke out in the school's cafeteria.
The NCAA has placed Alcorn State on probation through 2018 for violations in 11 sports over a four-year period.