It’s too early to say the Ragin’ Cajuns season is on the line when they travel to face Boise State, but a win would go a long way toward getting some of the Cajuns’ swagger back. The Cajuns have lost the past two games by a combined 104-35 margin, and are desperately seeking something to go their way after a nightmare start to the season. But in order for the Cajuns to re-discover their winning ways, they’ll have to take care of the ball, which could be quite the task against a Broncos defense that has forced nine turnovers in three games. Boise State receiver Matt Miller is the Broncos’ biggest threat. He is averaging better than 100 receiving yards per game this season, and he also threw a touchdown to Broncos quarterback Grant Hedrick last week.
The Cajuns probably didn’t have fun dissecting game film from Saturday’s 56-15 loss to Ole Miss. They probably don’t have any toes left after shooting themselves in the foot so many times. The Cajuns turned the ball over four times, one of which came inside the Ole Miss 10-yard line, and had zero luck stopping Bo Wallace and the Rebels’ high-speed offensive attack.
Daniel Cadona. Yes, the Cajuns senior punter was their best player Saturday night. He drilled seven punts for 358 yards with a long of 61, knocking three inside the 20-yard line and keeping all seven out of the end zone. There were other Cajuns who had good nights, but it was Cadona who consistently performed every time the Cajuns called his number.
“It’s not clicking on all cylinders. That’s a part of football, it’s a part of life, and as coaches, we’ve got to find a way to get our team clicking. We’ve got a lot of football left, that’s the important part.”
— UL-Lafayette coach Mark Hudspeth
Keep an eye on
The receivers. Hudspeth said after the game senior wide receiver Jamal Robinson could miss four or five weeks, meaning the Cajuns are going to have to find someone who can fill Robinson’s shoes as a playmaker. The early returns have not been good: Senior James Butler led the Cajuns in receiving with 33 yards on five catches against Ole Miss. Whatever the Cajuns have been trying to do without Robinson has not been working.
The Rebels converted seven of their 12 third-down attempts against the Cajuns on Saturday. On the season, the Cajuns are allowing teams to convert at an alarming 43 percent… Linebacker Trae Johnson, who didn’t even win a starting job in camp, has gotten off to a tremendous start to the season. With a game-high 11 tackles against Ole Miss, Johnson has 28 tackles in three games this season … Eli McGuire hasn’t gotten a chance to flash his wheels on punt return yet. His 3-yarder against Ole Miss was just his second return attempt this season.
— Luke Johnson