Ragin’ Cajuns 34, ULM 27: Three and out _lowres

Photo by BRAD KEMP/RaginCajuns.com -- Louisiana-Lafayette football players celebrate with fans after they defeated UL-Monroe 34-27 at Malone Stadium on Saturday in Monroe.


The Cajuns’ run game is now healthy, and it is deadly. After sitting out last weekend against New Mexico State with a bruised thigh, senior running back Alonzo Harris returned in a big way, rushing for a season-high 133 yards on 13 carries. For the fifth time in six weeks, the Cajuns have rushed for more than 200 yards, including 282 in Saturday night’s 34-27 win against the ULM. With two games remaining, the Cajuns’ run game appears to be hitting its stride in a big way. It made the Warhawks’ run defense, the No. 2 unit in the Sun Belt, look subpar.


On a night when sophomore running back Elijah McGuire struggled to find holes in the Warhawks’ defensive line, senior Alonzo Harris stepped up in a historic way. Harris’ third carry of the night, a 54-yard scamper, made him only the third player in school history to rush for more than 3,000 yards in his career. Harris carried 13 times for a season-high 133 yards, averaging 10.2 yards per carry. McGuire finished with 13 carries for only 50 yards.


Going 6-0 in conference play doesn’t happen by accident. There’s a formula to success in rivalry games: establish a ground game and force turnovers on defense. The Cajuns did both of those things, rushing for two scores and recovering three fumbles. Coach Mark Hudspeath has the pieces needed to finish the season undefeated in Sun Belt play. With only two games remaining, including its final away game against a 3-8 Troy squad, the Cajuns could have a truckload of momentum heading into their bowl game.