The Tarleton Texans travelled to Lake Charles with winning aspirations against FCS opponent McNeese State, but an early 3-0 lead wasn't nearly enough as the Cowboys shut down the Texan offense for most of the contest.
Early in the first quarter the Texan defense forced the Cowboys to back-to-back punts before Tarleton quarterback Garrett Simpson hit receiver Bubba Tandy for a 51-yard gain to put the Texans into the red zone.
After the big gain, the offense didn't manage to punch the ball into the end zone and Tarleton settled for a 20-yard field goal from kicker Sergio Sroka for what ultimately was the Texans' only score of the evening.
From there, the Cowboys offense finally found it's stride.
After tying things up 3-3 early in the second quarter, McNeese took their first and only lead of the evening with a 1-yard rush from running back Dylan Long with a little more than 10 minutes remaining in the half.
The Cowboys managed to score an additional 23 unanswered points over the remainder of the game to seal the Texans fate in their season opening contest.
One eye opening statistic from the game was the comparison of the two team's offenses. McNeese out-gained the Texans 568 total yards to 134 yards. The Texan offense struggled to establish the run game as the finished the evening with -5 rushing yards.
Perhaps the one big question looming over Tarleton's team heading into the first contest was who would start under center. Zed Woerner ultimately was the man who took the team's first series, but Garrett Simpson led the team's only scoring drive and also finished with a somewhat more impressive stat line.
Simpson finished the game 7-18 for 120 yards, while Woerner completed 5 our of 13 pass attempts for 19 yards.
The Texans next game is schedule for September 10 when they host Southwest Baptist in their home opener at 7 p.m.