"I thought our effort was good," said Hal Mumme, McM Head Coach. "This is all my fault. I just totally overmatched these guys. We've got 12 seniors who are trying to bring along 27 freshmen...and the rest are sophomores.
"But they are starting to step up."
One of those bright spots was the emergence of frosh Paxton Grayer. Grayer caught six passes for 60 yards, including a beautiful 50-yard catch-and-run (only to have the drive stall at the McNeese four). Grayer also had a 93 yard kickoff return that set up the War Hawks' first touchdown of the year in the third quarter.
"I thought (Grayer) got stronger as the game went on," recounted Mumme. "He was a little bit 'big-eyed' to start, but played really well in the second half. We thought last week that he was one of the guys who stepped up and played like he wasn't a freshman.
"He's going to be a big play guy."
Any hopes the War Hawks had of repeating last season's pattern of losing big in week one and then pulling an upset in week two, quickly went out the window versus the Cowboys. McNeese put up 21 first-quarter points and then added 24 more in the second period to carry a 45-0 advantage into the locker room.
McNeese scored touchdowns on drives of 61, 62, 22, 46 and 83 yards in the first half. That was sandwiched around an interception return for a touchdown and a field goal to account for the big halftime bulge.
Meanwhile, the McNeese defense stifled the normally potent McMurry offense in the first 30 minutes of play. Quarterback Jake Mullin was held to 85 yards passing, completing 16 of 24 attempts. The ground game was grounded to the tune of a minus-21 yards (thanks largely to 32 yards in losses on three sacks of Mullin).
Mullin finished the night 22 of 36 for 171 yards and three interceptions (two returned for touchdowns). Mullin did add another school record to his cache, setting the McM career passing attempts mark, now at 1,273 (surpassing Braxton Shaver's 1,268).
For the game, McNeese out-gained McMurry by a margin of 484 yards to 246 in total offense.