LAKE CHARLES, La. -- Cody Orgeron threw two scores and McNeese held off a late Southern comeback to beat the Jaguars 34-28 on Saturday night in the season opener for both teams.
Elijah Mack's 3-yard touchdown run put McNeese up 34-14 with 5:25 left to play. Southern responded with a 4-play, 75-yard drive to make it 34-21.
McNeese recovered the on-side kick, and the Jaguars defense forced a three-and-out. Bailey Raborn's 37-yard punt went out of bounds at the Southern 1-yard line with 2:36 left.
Undeterred, Southern put together a 10-play, 99-yard scoring drive in just under two minutes that ended when Glendon McDaniel plunged in from a yard out. Southern's pooch-kick attempt went out of bounds and the Cowboys escaped with the win.
Orgeron threw for 147 yards in the win.
McDaniel threw for 135 yards and a touchdown in a relief role and Ladarius Skelton threw for 104 yards and threw two scores.
Southern will be back in action September 7th when they travel to Memphis, Tennessee to take on the Memphis Tigers. Kickoff is set for 11 AM. You can watch the game on ESPN3 and WMC5-Memphis or listen live on KQXL 106.5 in Baton Rouge.