The Cajuns are hoping the beginning of Sun Belt Conference play can provide the same relief it did last season. Just like last year, the Cajuns are 1-3 as they enter the conference portion of their schedule. Last year, they rode a 7-1 conference record to their fourth straight 9-4 season, which ended with a bowl win. It’ll start with a Saturday game against Texas State, which has also struggled to a 1-3 start. The Bobcats have looked hopeless on defense, giving up 56 or more points in all three of their losses.
Vengeance was on their mind, but the Cajuns sputtered after taking an early 7-0 lead. Louisiana Tech ripped off 36 unanswered points to make it a laugher by the first possession after halftime as the Cajuns could never get their offense in gear. Coach Mark Hudspeth took the blame after the game for making some crucial mistakes — one of which was to be aggressive with 10 seconds remaining at the end of the first half from his own 28. Jalen Nixon’s pass was intercepted and returned for a score, and it was the lasting memory from a game the Cajuns lost 43-14.
A week after Akron quarterback Thomas Woodson carved the Cajuns defense into ribbons, Louisiana Tech’s Jeff Driskel took his turn. Driskel threw for 290 yards and a pair of scores while adding 56 yards and a touchdown on the ground. He also had a 47-yard touchdown run called back by a questionable holding penalty. Driskel took full advantage of the Cajuns selling out to stop running back Kenneth Dixon.
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Could we see a new-look Cajuns offense? Hudspeth did not sound pleased with the way his offense looked after the game, both from a play-calling and execution standpoint. The Cajuns have gotten away from their running game, which is what they do best. Even with Nixon in the game, the read option was not used frequently — even though it was effective when it was used. Watch for it to possibly play a bigger role in next week’s game.
“We are going to stick together, regardless. Win or lose, we’re going to stick together. We’re going to continue to get better, that’s the only … place we can go. We’re going to prepare this week, watch our film, learn from the mistakes we made and continue to grow as a team.”
sophomore safety Tracy Walker on trying to find the good in the bad