LAFAYETTE — A week after giving up a season-high six sacks to Appalachian State, the Louisiana-Lafayette football team will hope to avoid a repeat performance against Troy.
But the Trojans might have something to say about that.
“It’s a huge concern,” coach Mark Hudspeth said. “They bring pressure. We’re going to have to do a good job. Hopefully we can do some things to get the ball out of our hands quick. We’re going to have to, because they like to bring it.”
The Trojans enter the game with 25 sacks on the season, 17 of which have come during conference play.
The only time the Trojans were held without a sack in Sun Belt play came against Georgia Southern, which threw all of seven passes.
They’ve had multiple sacks in every other league game this season, including five against South Alabama, four against ULM and three apiece against Georgia State and Appalachian State.
Like Appalachian State last week, Troy does not feature any one dominant pass rusher. Defensive linemen Rashad Dillard and Tyler Roberts each pace the team with six sacks.
“It’s by committee,” Hudspeth said. “They bring pretty good pressures that you’ve got to be able to pick up. They’re hard to sort out, a lot of twists, a lot of pressures. People get rubbed off and come free. It’s going to be a challenge.”
Last week’s game was a bit of an anomaly for the Cajuns when considering their performance over the course of the season. Before Appalachian State’s six-sack performance, the Cajuns had given up 11 sacks.
It’s how you finish
Defensive lineman Taboris Lee has turned in a strong finish to his sophomore season.
Two weeks after racking up a career-high 10 tackles in a loss to South Alabama, Lee made nine stops against Appalachian State. In those two games, he also accounted for a sack and 3.5 tackles for loss.
He’d need to turn in a career day to do so, but freshman punter Steven Coutts is close to turning in the best season ever by a Cajuns punter for average yards per punt.
His Australian countryman Daniel Cadona set the record last year, when he averaged 42.9 yards per kick.
Coutts, playing his first year of American football, is currently averaging 42.3 yards per kick, and if he reached his five punts per game average, he’d need to average 50 yards per punt to break the record.
Fans looking to take in the last game of the season can take advantage of several promotions being offered by the school.
All kids 12 and under wearing a football jersey will be granted free admission for the game with the purchase of an adult ticket. Families can also purchase the McDonald’s Family Plan, which comes with four tickets and four value meals from the chain for $50.
An unused season ticket from this season can also be redeemed for a general admission ticket.
The Cajuns will also honor 19 seniors for Senior Day before the game.
Contact the Cajundome Ticket Office for more information.