Louisiana-Lafayette’s renewal of its most-played rivalry against Louisiana Tech on Saturday did not go as the Ragin’ Cajuns had hoped, but history suggested that perhaps they should’ve seen a tough game coming.
The Bulldogs won 41-14, picking up their 47th win in the series. It was also their seventh straight against the Cajuns.
Those seven consecutive wins account for the longest win streak in the history of the series. The Cajuns’ last victory over Louisiana Tech was in 1996.
THREE DEFENDERS SIT OUT
Despite an early report that they may play, linebackers Jake Molbert and Chris Hill and defensive end Marquis White did not play Saturday. Molbert has battled an injury, and academic issues have kept Hill out of action thus far. White played last week against Southern but did not practice at all this week while battling an ankle injury.
QUITE A RUN
Runs of 99 yards usually set records, and Louisiana Tech running back Kenneth Dixon’s 99-yard touchdown in the first quarter was no different. The run was the longest in Louisiana Tech history, the longest in Conference USA history and the longest run in Cajun Field history.
Before the game, Louisiana Tech coach Skip Holtz said he planned to get the ball to Dixon often, and Cajuns coach Mark Hudspeth identified Dixon as the main threat against his defense. Dixon got 12 carries and ran 190 yards and scored two touchdowns.
ROBINSON MOVES UP LIST
Before Jamal Robinson exited Saturday’s game with a left leg injury in the second quarter, he nabbed two catches for 29 yards. That moved him into ninth on the school’s all-time receiving list with 1,710 yards. It came only one game after Robinson moved from 10th to ninth last week against Southern. He moved ahead of Quen McCollum’s 1,700 yards and needs just 32 yards to move into eighth all time, a spot held by Marcus Wilridge.
BROADWAY CLIMBS TO SECOND
Terrance Broadway threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to Effrem Reed in the fourth quarter for his 40th career touchdown. The score moved him past Tom Hauser and into a tie for second with Roy Henry.
NO PLAYERS AVAILABLE
Despite numerous requests, Cajuns players were absent from Saturday’s postgame press conference. Hudspeth said he wanted to let the team go right away and that he would take this serving of humble pie alone. Hudspeth also said he would “rather have a root canal” than speak the media Saturday night.
A RARE LOSS
Hudspeth suffered just his second loss to an in-state school during his tenure with the Cajuns. The loss also snapped a six-game home winning streak against out-of-conference opponents dating to 2011.