HOUSTON (AP) Deonta McMahon totaled 197 yards on the ground, Marcus McElroy Jr. ran for a career-high 136 yards and two scores and McNeese turned back Houston Christian 21-10 on Saturday.

McElroy's 16-yard touchdown run put McNeese (3-7, 1-4 Southland Conference) up 7-0 in the second quarter. The lead lasted two plays and 45 seconds after freshman Scott Pfeiffer fired a 74-yard scoring strike to Ismael Fuller to knot the score at halftime.

Houston Baptist (2-8, 1-5) grabbed a 10-7 lead in the third quarter on Nery Enriquez's 30-yard field goal, but McElroy scored on an 11-yard run with 48 seconds left in the period to give the Cowboys a 14-10 lead. Ryan Roberts capped the scoring with a 5-yard touchdown run in the final quarter.

Roberts completed just 7 of 19 passes for 53 yards with three interceptions for McNeese. The Cowboys piled up 346 yards on 56 rushes.

Pfeiffer and freshman backup AJ Wilson combined to complete 14 of 26 passes for 142 yards. The Huskies totaled 250 yards of offense.

McMahon rushed for 211 yards in McNeese's 29-15 win over Eastern Illinois last time out.


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