Ragin’ Cajuns 44, New Mexico State 16: Three and out _lowres

Photo provided by Brad Kemp/RaginCajuns.com -- UL-Lafayette running back Elijah McGuire (15) slaps hands with teammate Marcus Jackson(28) after McGuire scoured a touchdown against New Mexico State at Aggie Memorial Stadium Saturday Nov. 8, 2014 in Los Cruces, N.M.


The Cajuns are learning how to use their depth. We wrote last week about how they were using their defensive substitutions to their advantage, and they looked like they had refined that skill in Saturday’s demolition of New Mexico State. The fresh Cajuns defense showed up continually when it needed to make a stop on third-and-short. But it wasn’t just the offensive guys. The Cajuns also got contributions from little-used offensive players, including sophomore Jared Johnson, who hauled in a pair of touchdown passes.


He’s been in this spot all season, but how can you not keep looking Elijah McGuire’s way? After all, the Cajuns have been smart enough to just keep handing him the ball. McGuire finished with a career-high 26 carries Saturday, which resulted in 136 yards. The Cajuns are short-handed at running back — but with McGuire back there, it’s hard to imagine they’ll ever be short on productivity. McGuire also had a 4-yard touchdown catch.


The Cajuns may have taken this team lightly a year ago, but they certainly don’t look like anybody’s going to catch them napping anytime soon. They did exactly what a team with an unblemished conference record is supposed to do against a team that had lost seven straight. The Cajuns pummeled New Mexico State, and they did it by dominating just about every facet of the game. Winners of five straight, it’s safe to say the Cajuns are who we thought they were.