Photos: Ragin Cajuns unable to hold off New Mexico State Saturday _lowres

Advocate photo by BUDDY DELAHOUSSAYE -- UL-Lafayette and New Mexico State players try to recover a fumble during Saturday's game at Cajun Field in Lafayette

1.WHAT WE LEARNED

The Cajuns are likely not going to a bowl game. It would be preposterous to expect that. The loss to New Mexico State means the Cajuns would have to win both of their final two games to even be eligible, and next week’s game at Appalachian State is probably the most difficult game on their entire schedule. It’s a long trip, it’ll likely be freezing cold and Appalachian State is really good. It was understood that the Cajuns would probably need to beat New Mexico State and Troy to get to a bowl, and they already lost one half of that equation.

2.TRENDING NOW Fourth-quarter interceptions. Brooks Haack was, for the most part, phenomenal this week. He ignited a 14-point fourth-quarter rally by completing his first seven passes of the final period for 94 yards and a go-ahead touchdown. But his final four passes were off the mark — including his last pass of the night, which was intercepted. It was the second game in a row Haack threw a crucial pick in the final minutes, and four of his six interceptions this season have come in the fourth quarter.

3.FINAL THOUGHTS Mark Hudspeth’s first words after Saturday’s game were that his team can’t seem to put a complete effort together, and he’s right. When the offense is on, as it was Saturday, the defense is off. When the defense is on, the offense can’t buy a point. Cajuns fans have seen too many games in which the team is lifeless in one half and looks like world-beaters the next. One day, this team might put it all together and just throttle someone. Then again, there isn’t much time left for “one day.”