We don’t know the answer to this one yet — and for a couple days, we probably won’t even know where the Cajuns will go bowling — but it’s a testament to how far this program has come that there is a definite “coming up” section after the regular-season finale. After a miserable 1-3 start, the Cajuns won seven of their final eight games and are going bowling for the fourth straight year. It’s not official yet, but all signs point toward the Cajuns heading to their fourth straight New Orleans Bowl.
Troy had an answer for every one of the Cajuns’ big plays in the first half Saturday, as they took a 23-21 lead at halftime. But the Cajuns made the right adjustments after the break and ran away with the game, scoring 21 unanswered points on the strength of a punishing rushing attack. The Cajuns held the ball for more than 21 minutes in the second half, taking complete control of their 42-23 win.
After being bottled up for two straight weeks, Elijah McGuire finally exploded for a huge game Saturday. He shredded the Trojans on the perimeter and gashed them for a 75-yard run up the gut. The Cajuns’ electric sophomore running back finished with a game-high 169 rushing yards and two scores, as he finally broke the 1,000-yard barrier he’s been flirting with for a couple weeks. It was McGuire’s fifth 100-yard game of the season, and he has scored at least one rushing touchdown in each of the Cajuns’ past nine games.
“You’re at the point where you’re 1-3, you can go one of two ways: You can pull the plug, or you can pull together. This team pulled together.”
— Cajuns coach Mark Hudspeth on the team rebounding from its abysmal start.
“Our word of the week was ‘dominate’, and that’s what we did today.”
— Senior running back Alonzo Harris, who scored half of the Cajuns’ six rushing touchdowns on the day.
Keep an eye on
The coaching staff. Now is the time of year when programs looking for a new leading man start putting feelers out. Could this be the year Hudspeth is finally lured away? This is all pure speculation at this point, as Hudspeth’s name has not been officially linked to anywhere other than his current job, but it’s worth paying attention to.
McGuire joined Tyrell Fenroy, Michael Desormeaux and Brian Mitchell as the only Cajuns players ever to rush for 1,000 yards in a single season ... The Cajuns’ seven wins in conference play are the most in program history.