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Advocate photo by BUDDY DELAHOUSSAYE -- A Ragin' Cajuns cheerleader trying to stay dry on a rainy night for homecoming on Saturday.

1. WHAT WE LEARNED

The Cajuns are actually capable of pulling off a second-half rally. Every other time they’ve fallen into a big hole they’d dug themselves, the Cajuns didn’t have enough left in the tank to pull out the win. This time they did — and it was thanks to a defense (perhaps with an assist from the inclement weather) that held ULM to zero second-half points. The Warhawks had seven second-half drives. Five of them ended with a punt, one ended with a missed field goal, and the final one ended with a fumble that sealed an important Cajuns win.

2. TRENDING NOW

Trending now? How about #FreeHaack. The Cajuns turned to their former starting quarterback and current clipboard holder to spark their stagnant offense in the second half. Haack didn’t turn in huge numbers, but he was responsible for one very big number: 3. As in three touchdowns, or three more touchdowns than the Cajuns were able to generate without him. The last one was a 64-yard strike to Jamal Robinson in horrible weather — the type of throw Cajuns fans have been waiting to see. #HaackFreed, at least for now.

3. FINAL THOUGHTS

You know what this game reminded me of? A much wetter version of last year’s game against Georgia State. A team with a terrible record came to town and fought with a disappointing Cajuns team to the end. A backup quarterback comes in and leads a game-winning drive in the fourth quarter (though this one was finished by the backup, who may not remain the backup). Sure, it was closer than you imagined. But it can also be a springboard, as Georgia State was last year.