After playing at home for the first time in almost a month, the Cajuns will hit the road again for their next contest Oct. 14 against Texas State for the first of two straight Tuesday night games. The Bobcats nearly blew a 21-3 halftime lead against Idaho last week, giving up 27 second-half points, but they held on for a 35-30 win. Led by a pair of running backs averaging better than 80 yards per game, Texas State comes into the contest with the Sun Belt’s second-ranked rushing offense. The Bobcats ran for 390 yards and four touchdowns against Idaho last week.
The Cajuns ended a three-game losing streak in their conference opener by making the big plays when they needed to. They got contributions from the stars, like Jamal Robinson and Elijah McGuire, and also the less heralded players, like Al Riles and Tracy Walker. The team desperately needed a win, and it took a complete team effort to get one.
It’d be easy to tab someone like Robinson or Terrance Broadway in this spot, but the man of the hour was Riles. He may not have had the gaudiest stats, with eight catches for 80 yards, but his acrobatic tip-toe act in the fourth quarter on Brooks Haack’s third-and-4 prayer set up the Cajuns’ game-winning touchdown pass. It was an immense play, and if the Cajuns can continue to count on Riles for the big play, it should help open the offense up.
“Our last plan to win is called ‘find a way,’ and when the game was on the line, offensively and defensively, on the last drive of each, we found a way.”
— Cajuns coach Mark Hudspeth
“The Jamal Robinson factor definitely showed up tonight.”
— Hudspeth on his team’s resurgent offensive performance brought on by the return of Robinson
Keep an eye on
The defensive backfield has been just about the only position that’s seen much change for the Cajuns this season. They’ve started three different players at cornerback opposite Corey Trim, including junior Jevante Watson, who recorded two tackles in his first career start against Georgia State. The starting four looks set for now, but watch the guys who come in for the nickel and dime packages. True freshman Travis Crawford saw his first career action last week, and safety Tracy Walker made a great open-field tackle on fourth down to preserve the win.
The Cajuns won’t play another Saturday game until November … After his eight-catch, 118-yard performance against Georgia State, Robinson has 103 more receiving yards than his next closest teammate despite missing half the season … The Cajuns are now 16-3 at Cajun Field under Hudspeth’s direction.