1 What we learned

The Ragin’ Cajuns might as well play their home games in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. They’re now 4-for-4 in New Orleans Bowl games, and they always seem to play their best football when the lights are the brightest. That trend continued Saturday as the Cajuns played one of their best overall games of the season, getting key contributions from offense, defense and special teams in their 16-3 win against Nevada. This team sure as heck isn’t disappointed by playing in the same venue year after year.

2 TRENDING NOW There were a couple of interesting stories from the game that could go here — Terrance Broadway completing his first 14 passes, Christian Ringo breaking the single-season sack record on the second-to-last play of the season — but wow, what a defensive performance from the Ragin’ Cajuns. They held the potent Wolf Pack to their lowest scoring output since Notre Dame shut them out in the 2009 season opener. This group was maligned for much of the season, but it went out and won the bowl game for the Cajuns.

3 FINAL THOUGHTS That’s now four consecutive 9-4 seasons and four consecutive New Orleans Bowl wins. Consistency has a tendency to foster a fear of complacency in people, but never lose sight of just how difficult it is to do what the Cajuns have done. Mark Hudspeth deserves all the credit he gets for bringing the program to life, and people should be thankful for each day he continues to spend with the Cajuns program. Sooner or later, someone’s going to pluck him away from Cajunland, and they’re going to get a great coach.

Luke Johnson