1. WHAT WE LEARNED

UL-Lafayette needs to establish a dominant running game to win. The Mountaineers held the Cajuns to less than 100 yards rushing — the first time a team has held them under 100 yards since their loss to Boise State. During their six-game winning streak, the Cajuns averaged 271 yards per game. Especially in a game in which the wind was a major factor, the lack of a successful running game doomed the Cajuns.

2. TRENDING NOW

The Cajuns defense did stop the Mountaineers on most of their offensive snaps, but they were constantly beat by big plays throughout the game. The Cajuns gave up plays of 40, 43, and 33 yards in the passing game while giving up gains of 28, 36 and 27 on the ground. Those six plays accounted for nearly half of Appalachian State’s total yards on a windy afternoon.

3. FINAL THOUGHTS

On Saturday, the Cajuns got beat in the trenches — an area they’ve been able to control during their six-game winning streak. With the weather being a major factor, the wind made it difficult to get a consistent passing game going. That placed a premium on pass protection and an effective ground game. Because the Cajuns faltered up front, they were beaten on the scoreboard.