For the Cajuns, the open date couldn’t have come at a better time. The Cajuns are reeling after losing their third straight game in ignominious fashion and could use the extra time to figure some things out on offense and defense. The Cajuns now have a full two weeks to prepare for their Sun Belt opener against Georgia State. As disappointing as the nonconference slate was, it could only take one big game to spark the Cajuns and get them back on track.
For the third straight week, the Cajuns weren’t competitive on either side of the ball. They lost 34-9 to the Broncos in Boise, meaning they’ve lost their last three games by a combined score of 138-44. The Broncos did what Louisiana Tech and Ole Miss were able to do against the Cajuns —they had their way with the Cajuns defense early in the game to put the Cajuns in an early hole, forcing their offense to either burn the clock on the ground or be one-dimensional.
Sophomore running back Elijah McGuire played a huge role in Saturday’s loss but it wasn’t big enough for coach Mark Hudspeth, who said afterward that he needed to get the ball in McGuire’s hands more often. It’s easy to see why Hudspeth feels that way: McGuire had 137 of the Cajuns 241 yards, and he scored the Cajuns’ only touchdown
“We’ve got to create some bigger plays, we’ve got create some momentum, and we’ve got to stay on the field. But more importantly, over anything, we’ve got to score points. We’re not scoring points right now. A team that scored 34 a game or 35 a game last year came in here and scored nine.” — Hudspeth, who was not happy with his team’s offensive performance in the loss
Keep an eye on
Keep a close tab on the progress of senior receiver Jamal Robinson, who likely won’t be ready to go for the Georgia State game but shouldn’t be too far away after that. He had knee surgery the Friday before the Ole Miss game, and coaches figured he’d miss four weeks after that. That means it’s reasonable to expect Robinson back around Oct. 10, or a few days before the Cajuns travel to Texas State for their first Tuesday game.
The big play offense may be missing for the Cajuns, but opponents haven’t had much of a problem hitting “chunk plays” against the Cajuns. The Broncos ripped six runs of 10 yards or longer, and six passes of 15 yards or longer.