The Cajuns will look to get back on track as they close out their regular season on the road against an improving Troy squad next weekend. The Trojans lost eight of their first nine games, but they come into the matchup against the Cajuns as winners of two straight, and they also had an extra week to prepare with an open date this Saturday. Troy hasn’t done much particularly well this season, but its offense has roared to life in wins over Sun Belt Conference bottom feeders Georgia State and Idaho. The Trojans have put up more than 290 yards both on the ground and through the air in each of their past two games, resulting in 1,203 yards of offense and nearly 40 points per game.
The Cajuns’ six-game winning streak was snapped against an equally hot Appalachian State team on senior day. It looked like the fourth quarter was shaping up to favor the Cajuns. They trailed by five points, but they had a stiff wind at their back and the fourth quarter had been where they took control of games during the win streak. But the Mountaineers beat the Cajuns at their own game. A 13-play, 76-yard touchdown drive put the Cajuns down by two scores with five minutes remaining in the game, effectively ending the Cajuns’ chances.
Nobody on the Cajuns really stood out as having a phenomenal individual day, maybe with the exception of senior kicker Hunter Stover, who nailed all three of his field goal attempts in windy conditions. The real star of the game was Appalachian State’s Marcus Cox, who burned the Cajuns for 151 yards and a pair of touchdowns. The Cajuns aren’t the only team whose run defense has been gashed by Cox lately — the Mountaineers’ stud sophomore has 847 yards and 11 touchdowns during Appalachian State’s five-game winning streak.
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The Mountaineers managed to take the Cajuns most dangerous offensive weapon out of the game Saturday. Elijah McGuire only had nine carries in Saturday’s game for 36 yards, and while his five catches led the team, McGuire only gained 35 yards on those grabs. Look for the Cajuns to get their sparkplug going early next week.
“We were expecting a really physical game, and that’s what we got.” — Cajuns junior linebacker Dominique Tovell on the Mountaineers’ offense, which picked up 232 yards on 47 rushing attempts. Tovell finished with seven tackles.