LAFAYETTE — It had been a while, but the Louisiana-Lafayette football team finally remembered what that winning feeling was like after it held on for a 34-31 victory at home Saturday against Georgia State.
Speaking of long waits, it has been nearly 11 months since the Cajuns won a road game, their last win coming last November against Georgia State.
The Cajuns have lost four straight road games dating to last season. They’ll try to end that dry spell Tuesday, Oct. 14, against Texas State, but to do that they’ll have to stop the run and score some points.
Here’s a quick scouting report on Texas State:
Reason to worry
The Bobcats come into the game with one of the more prolific scoring offenses in the country, coming in just outside the top 25 nationally at 38.6 points per game. It might be another shootout next week in Texas.
Reason not to worry
Jamal Robinson’s impact on this offense can’t be emphasized enough, especially after he proved that the surgery to repair a torn meniscus didn’t slow him a step. Against Georgia State, the Cajuns looked a lot like the kind of offensive team that many expected.
You wouldn’t know it based on his struggles last week against Idaho, when he completed just 11 of 20 passes for 76 yards with a pair of interceptions, but sophomore quarterback Tyler Jones has blossomed in Year 2 for the Bobcats. He has thrown for a Sun Belt-leading 12 touchdown passes this year, and his 68.4 completion percentage ranks 12th nationally.
This isn’t the same player the Cajuns limited to 66 yards through the air last season. Jones has matured since his true freshman season, when he threw eight touchdowns in eight games.
He’s also capable of hurting defenses with his legs, and the Bobcats aren’t afraid to let Jones use his ability with designed runs and options. He has rushed for 253 yards and four scores this season and, if his stats were transferred over to the Cajuns, he’d be leading the team in attempts and he’d be second in rushing yards.
Let’s go with the Bobcats’ entire defensive front seven, who racked up nine — nine! — sacks against Idaho last week. The huge effort moved them into a tie with UL-Monroe for the conference lead with 19 sacks. These guys know how to get after the passer.
Senior defensive end Michael Odiari led the charge with 4.5 sacks last week, but that may be an outlier. His sackfest more than doubled his career total.
Senior running back Terrance Franks’ numbers are bloated by last week’s performance, but check out what he did and it becomes clear the Cajuns are going to need to keep tabs on him. Franks ran for 284 yards on just 15 carries against Idaho. That’s almost 19 yards per carry — which is illegal in most states, but Texas likes things bigger.
Almost all of that yardage came on three plays: a pair of 70-yard touchdown runs and a 95-yard TD carry. Franks, who had rushed for 70 yards in a game only twice in his career before last week’s outburst, has seen his role increase while Robert Lowe recovers from injury, and his six rushing touchdowns lead the Bobcats.
Last time they met
Terrance Broadway had one of the best games of his career in last season’s 48-24 win, throwing for 335 yards and four touchdowns. The Cajuns limited the Bobcats to less than 200 yards.
The Bobcats are coached by Dennis Franchione, who previously led TCU, Alabama and Texas A&M. Franchione is in his second stint with Texas State … Texas State is in San Marcos, which is where former Heisman Trophy winner Ty Detmer was born … Country music legend George Strait graduated from Texas State in 1979 and received an honorary doctorate from his alma mater in 2006.