Photos: After slow start Cajuns make strong late push for 49-27 win over Texas State _lowres

Advocate staff photo by LESLIE WESTBROOK UL-Lafayette wide receiver Jamal Robinson makes a catch against Texas State on Oct. 11 at Cajun Field in Lafayette. Robinson had four catches for 67 yards and two touchdowns in the Cajuns' 49-27 win.

1. WHAT WE LEARNED

We may have wondered a bit if Jamal Robinson would ever look like the receiver that he was last season before a pair of injuries ended what would’ve been his senior season. But he was vintage Robinson on Saturday night, hauling in a pair of touchdown catches. It wasn’t only the catches; it was the way he grabbed them — an acrobatic leap in the back of the end zone and on a streak deep down the sideline — that allowed us to say, yes, we learned Jamal Robinson still has that big-play ability in him.

2. TRENDING NOW

Was it a vintage Robinson? Or was it Elijah McGuire, who turned in a season-high 170 rushing yards on a career-high 28 carries? Or how about Jalen Nixon, who put the quarterback questions to bed with a phenomenal 22-of-29, three- touchdown effort through the air to go along with 45 yards and another score on the ground? Or maybe it was a defense that, after a slow start, held the Bobcats to a grand total of 13 yards in the second and third quarters, allowing the Cajuns to run away with the game? What’s trending? A complete ballgame.

3. FINAL THOUGHTS

It wasn’t perfect by any stretch, but this was as close as the Cajuns have gotten to it this season. They were outstanding on offense and defense, and they had outstanding moments on special teams. This was as good of a response as anyone could have asked for out of a 1-3 team that had just lost back-to-back games in embarrassing fashion. The Cajuns started their new season 1-0 by thoroughly dominating a solid Texas State club that will surely bounce back from its own poor start.