The Cajuns have undoubtedly had this game on their mind since last September, when Louisiana Tech embarrassed them at Cajun Field in a 48-20 shellacking that started a 1-3 tailspin. But the Cajuns probably didn’t envision themselves rolling into this game at 1-2 and coming off a similarly embarrassing defeat at home to Akron. Making matters worse for the Cajuns, Tech looks like the real deal this season with former Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel doing a fine job running the Bulldogs offense.
Somehow, the Cajuns had a fighting chance to enter the locker room at halftime in a tie against Akron despite being outplayed during the first 30 minutes of their 35-14 loss. But Elijah McGuire was stuffed on fourth-and-goal from the 1, and the Cajuns never had another chance to make a game of it. Akron walked in and dragged the Cajuns around Cajun Field for the vast majority of Saturday’s game on offense and defense. Coach Mark Hudspeth takes pride in how physical his team is, but it was manhandled against Akron.
Akron quarterback Thomas Woodson, making his first start of the 2015 season, made the Cajuns look like his personal plaything in the Zips’ win at Cajun Field. Woodson nearly topped the century mark on just eight carries, including runs of 24, 14 and 38 on crucial third down conversions. He also passed for 238 yards and a pair of scores, one of which was a 72-yard strike on a skinny post against an all-out blitz. He certainly didn’t look like someone who started the season as the third-string quarterback.
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Once again, the Cajuns are back where they started at quarterback. Hudspeth said in his postgame news conference that he will re-open the quarterback competition after Brooks Haack and Jalen Nixon had their share of struggles against Akron. Square One is exactly where Hudspeth and the Cajuns coaching staff didn’t want to be three games into the season, but neither of the two juniors has distinguished themselves. Could we see Nixon as the starter against Tech?
“We’ve got to find some answers on offense. We’re going to do that this week, but 285 yards of total offense and 14 points — you got a late cheap touchdown (so), seven points. We wouldn’t have beat Northwestern (State) tonight.”
— Hudspeth after his team put together an uninspiring offensive effort against Akron’s stout defense.