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Lamar hopes to close season on a hot streak

November 17, 2018

A six-game win streak and a slim chance at the FCS playoffs will be at stake when the Lamar Cardinals take the field against McNeese State on Saturday afternoon at Cowboy Stadium in Lake Charles.

The regular-season finale for both teams will be streamed on ESPN3 and broadcast locally on KLVI-AM 560.

Here’s a quick look at what you need to know heading into gameday.

Lamar storyline

Lamar (6-4, 5-3) enters Saturday looking to put the finishing touches on a surprising season. After winning just one conference contest a year ago, the Cardinals can win their sixth Southland game in a row in Lake Charles. Lamar hasn’t lost since late September, when it fell 50-27 to Nicholls, which secured the conference’s automatic playoff bid with a win on Thursday night.

Lamar’s offense has scored 38 points in consecutive weeks and owns the second-best scoring attack in the Southland at nearly 34 points per game.

Opponent breakdown

While Lamar has relied mostly on its offense to win games, McNeese (6-4, 5-3) uses a stout defense to slow opponents down. The Cowboys rank second in scoring and total defense conference-wide, but have shown slight weaknesses at points throughout the season.

Losers of their last two games, the Cowboys gave up 37 points last week in an overtime loss to Northwestern State. They allowed 45 points in a loss to UIW earlier this year.

Player to watch

Lamar coach Mike Schultz said both Darrel Colbert Jr. and Jordan Hoy will play at quarterback, but expect Hoy to see most of the snaps. The junior was much more effective than his senior teammate during last week’s dominating win over HBU.

Before that win, Hoy was named Southland Offensive Player of the Week in each of his first two starts. Believe Schultz when he says both quarterbacks will play, but don’t be surprised to see Hoy taking the snaps when it matters most.

Recent history

Lamar has beaten McNeese once this decade — a 27-24 win over the Cowboys during the 2014 season. McNeese owns the all-time series, 26-9-1. The Cowboys beat Lamar last year in Beaumont, 13-3.

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