McNeese State beats Steven F. Austin 69-38
NACOGDOCHES, Texas (AP) — Diontae Spencer scored five touchdowns, including two receiving, one punt and two kickoff returns, to lead McNeese State to a 69-38 victory over Stephen F. Austin on Saturday night.
Spencer caught seven balls for 152 yards and had receiving TDs of 10 and 9 yards. Spencer returned two kickoffs in the first quarter — the first for 93 yards and the second for 87. He capped his scoring with a 35-yard punt return in the fourth.
Spencer set a single game school record for totaling 365 all-purpose yards and another for his two kickoff returns in one game. He tied an FCS record for the most return TDs in one game.
"The coaches did a great job getting us ready for this game especially after the way we played last week," said Spencer. "Everyone did a great job with their blocking assignments on the returns and Cody (Stroud) was great with the passes."
Stephen F. Austin led 24-14, but McNeese State (8-2, 4-1 Southland) rattled off 27 unanswered points and led 48-24 with 7:54 remaining in the third quarter. Cody Stroud tossed three second-quarter touchdowns during that run — of 71, 4 and 10 yards. Stroud finished with 333 yards and four touchdowns for McNeese State. Stroud set a school record for passing for 300 or more yards for the fourth time in his career.
The 69 points in one game were the second most in McNeese State history.
Brady Attaway threw for 255 yards for SF Austin (3-7, 1-4) and tossed two TDs to Tyler Boyd.