Photos: Louisiana Tech Bulldogs visits Univ. La. Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns _lowres

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- UL-Lafayette wide receiver Al Riles is tackled by Louisiana Tech defensive back Colby Brown on Sept. 6, 2014.


The Cajuns are a flawed team. This game was supposed to be a warmup for the Cajuns before a pair of challenging nonconference games on the road. Instead, they were blown out at home by a team some had them favored to beat by two touchdowns. As coach Mark Hudspeth said after the game, it was an all-around loss. The Cajuns were not able to overcome the loss of senior wide receiver Jamal Robinson (leg) and couldn’t find a way to stop the Bulldogs offense (533 total yards).


Big plays absolutely gutted the Cajuns Saturday night. The Bulldogs scored four touchdowns of 30 yards or longer, including a 99-yard touchdown run by running back Kenneth Dixon and a 78-yard catch and run by Sterling Griffin on the second play of the second half. Not only did the Bulldogs hit on a number of big scoring plays, but they also found a way to convert numerous third-and-long plays. It all added up to a long night for the Cajuns defense.


The 48-20 thumping was completely unexpected and puts the Cajuns in a difficult position moving forward. The plan all along was to breeze through the first two games before the Cajuns tested just how good they could be against the likes of Ole Miss and Boise State. Maybe that thought crept into the players’ minds Saturday. Either way, the possibility of starting the season 1-3 looks all too real now. The good news is the Cajuns can redirect their season with a big win in the coming weeks.