After rallying from another early deficit, Cajuns fall to Jaguars _lowres

Advocate Photo by BRAD KEMP Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns quarterback Brooks Haack (9) gets a pass off against South Alabama Jaguars linebacker Kalen Jackson (6) during their NCAA football game at Ladd-Peebles Stadium Thursday Nov. 12, 2015 in Mobile, Ala..

1. WHAT WE LEARNED

The Cajuns’ slight chances at a conference title are as good as shot, and now they’ve got some serious work to do to reach a bowl. They now trail Sun Belt leader Arkansas State by two games with three to go, and they must win two of those three games to reach the six wins required to be bowl-eligible. The Cajuns will likely have to wait until the regular season is over to find out if they’ll make a bowl. They’ve got a long week to prepare for a bad New Mexico State team next week, then follow that up with a long road trip to face a very good Appalachian State team.

2. TRENDING NOW

It came in a losing effort, but it was a good sign to see quarterback Brooks Haack and wide receiver Jamal Robinson tear up a solid pass defense. It proved that the Cajuns are capable of airing it out, something we’ve been waiting for all season. Most of the passes came deep down the sideline against single coverage, with Robinson often winning the one-on-one battles. The thing that will ultimately be remembered is Haack’s costly interception that provided the go-ahead score for South Alabama, but to see the passing game going is an undeniably good thing.

3. FINAL THOUGHTS

The result and some of the themes aren’t necessarily surprising. The Cajuns once again did the things we’ve seen them do all season: They played poorly in the first half, they played poorly on third down defensively, they struggled to tackle in the open field, they struggled to run the ball (which is just weird to say, considering the personnel) and they made costly mistakes. The difference between this week and the other weeks is it looked like the Cajuns had control of the ballgame in the fourth quarter. They’re running out of time to fix these mistakes.