Stroud tied a school record with his five touchdowns tosses.
The McNeese State Cowboys (3-0) were trailing 35-31 as the fourth quarter began. Stroud engineered an 82-yard drive, culminating in a 28-yard pass to Jereon McGilvery to put them in front 38-35. The West Alabama Tigers (1-1) marched right back to retake the lead, 42-38, with 3:41 remaining in the game on Gary Johnston's 2-yard run.
Stroud, who totaled 366 yards passing, completed five passes as he led the Cowboys 66 yards for the final score.
West Alabama failed to get past their own 24 yard line as the Cowboys sealed the game.
Kyle Caldwell led the Tigers, throwing for three touchdowns and 300 yards.
A UCLA football player was suspended indefinitely Friday after he was arrested on suspicion of rape.
The tougher tests await down the road for No. 3 Baylor Bears, but coach Art Briles has seen enough of his Bears to know this is his best team.
A decision has been made that Randy Edsall will not be the football coach at Maryland next season, and discussions are taking place about how and when to separate, a source said Thursday night.
Appalachian State's board of trustees has approved a five-year contract for third-year football coach Scott Satterfield, who guided the Mountaineers through the transition from FCS to FBS.
Florida State running back Mario Pender has been released from the hospital but could be given a medical redshirt if he cannot return to the field this season.
The University of Wisconsin agreed to a 10-year deal with Under Armour on Friday worth a total of $96 million in cash and the retail value of products received.