Louisiana Tech hands Cajuns 43-14 lopsided loss Saturday _lowres

RaginCajuns.com photo by BRAD KEMP -- Louisiana-Lafayette quarterback Jalen Nixon breaks the tackle of Louisiana Tech defensive end Vontarrius Dora during their game at Joe Aillet Stadium on Saturday Oct. 3, 2015, in Ruston.

1. WHAT WE LEARNED

The Cajuns — at least the current version of them — are not in the same class as Louisiana Tech. Last year’s loss could’ve been blamed partially on the team overlooking the Bulldogs, but this was a thorough whipping. Tech scored on the ground, through the air and on defense, and it also accounted for eight points on special teams. The Cajuns’ losing streak to Tech now stands at eight games, and the margins in the past two seasons have to be looked at as an accurate representation of where the schools are in relation to each other.

2. TRENDING NOW

The Cajuns defied all logic — conventional and otherwise — when they decided to take shots down the field from their own 28-yard line with just seconds remaining in the first half. The result, while improbable, was predictable. Quarterback Jalen Nixon was hit as he threw a ball deep down the sideline. It was underthrown, intercepted and returned for a touchdown, turning what should’ve been a 15-point halftime deficit into a 22-point game.

3. FINAL THOUGHTS

The Cajuns got off to a great start, then abandoned what worked so well as Louisiana Tech built an insurmountable lead. The fact that Elijah McGuire only had five carries in the first half despite a healthy 5.6-yard average is head scratching. The Cajuns went back to a run-oriented offense in the second half and moved the ball well, but it was too little, too late at that point. The Cajuns will learn — but just like last year, they need to learn quickly. A 1-3 start is not a good place to be.