1. WHAT WE LEARNED

The Cajuns are a different team with Jamal Robinson on the field. That much cannot be debated. The first time the Cajuns needed a big play, they looked Robinson’s way, converting a third-and-six with a 14-yard reception. With Robinson in the fold, the Cajuns were able to threaten the opposing defense both on the ground and through the air. They racked up 461 yards, with Robinson accounting for 119 and a pair of scores.

2. TRENDING NOW

Did someone forget to do a little laundry? Because there was an awful lot of it on the field. This was not a good game for the Sun Belt officiating crew, which tossed a combined 23 flags that cost the teams 194 total yards. There were also two separate occasions where the chain gang displayed the wrong down. At least the officials can go home knowing they united more than 24,000 people in a lusty chorus of boos. It’s not that easy to get so many people united, you know.

3. FINAL THOUGHTS

This might’ve been exactly the shot in the arm the Cajuns needed to turn their season around. Making big plays with the game on the line is chicken noodle soup for the football soul, and a down-to-the-wire finish may have been better for the team’s damaged psyche than a blowout win. With a 1-0 record in their new season, the Cajuns have a new lease on life heading into the rest of conference play — especially on a night when the defense did enough and the offensive stars shined the way they were supposed to.