Louisiana-Lafayette Monday Morning Rewind _lowres

Associated Press photo by Andres Leighton Louisiana-Lafayette running back Elijah McGuire, left, avoids being sacked by New Mexico State defensive back Jaden Wright and defensive end Kalei Auelua during the first half of Saturday's game.

Coming up

The Cajuns hit the road again next week, but this trip won’t be so long. They will travel to Monroe to face in-state rival ULM, and they might have a little bit of payback on their minds as well. The Warhawks upended the Cajuns in an ugly game last year and effectively ended the Cajuns’ pursuit of their first 10-win season in program history when they knocked quarterback Terrance Broadway out for the remainder of the regular season with a broken arm. The Cajuns entered the game last year on an eight-game winning streak, but ULM toppled them at Cajun Field 31-28.

Looking back

The Cajuns’ fifth straight win was arguably their most complete performance of the season, in a 44-16 dismantling of New Mexico State on the road. They saw contributions from an offense that scored six touchdowns and rolled up 402 yards from scrimmage and from a defense that forced a season-high four turnovers. The Cajuns are firing on all cylinders right now and have outscored their opponents 186-106 during their five-game win streak.

Saturday’s star

How about showing some love to Louisiana-Lafayette’s redshirt freshman strong safety? Tracy Walker played the best game of his young career Saturday, intercepting a pair of passes to go along with three tackles. The first interception was a thing of beauty. Walker didn’t bite on Aggies’ quarterback Tyler Rogers attempt to look him off a seam route, and he almost looked like he baited the throw before using his athleticism to slide back in and make the catch.

Worth repeating

“They have done a great job building a program, recruiting and developing players. This is the first team, other than LSU, where there was a difference in the talent level.”

— New Mexico State coach Doug Martin on the difference between his Aggies and the Cajuns on Saturday.

Keep an eye on

Senior running back Alonzo Harris dressed out and went through pre-game warmups with the team, but coaches decided that he wasn’t quite ready to play. Harris has been slowed by what coach Mark Hudspeth describes as “soreness,” but the Cajuns also probably did not feel the need to risk banging him up any more against a team that came into the game allowing more than 300 yards per game on the ground. The Cajuns will need a healthy Harris next week against a Warhawks defense that has, at times, been stout against the run.


Saturday’s win made the Cajuns bowl eligible for the fourth time in four seasons under Hudspeth … Keep an eye out for the next Hudspeth — Mark Hudspeth’s wife, Tyla, is expecting the couple’s fourth child any day now … Senior defensive tackle Christian Ringo’s streak of recording a sack ended at five games.

Luke Johnson