UL-Lafayette returns to Cajun Field on Tuesday for a matchup against an Arkansas State team that throttled Georgia State 52-10 in its last game. The Red Wolves are on their fifth coach in as many years, but they keep finding a way to win ball games. After the Cajuns knocked off Texas State on Tuesday night, the Red Wolves are one of just two Sun Belt teams with a better than .500 overall record. They’ve outscored their opponents 177-123 this season and have the Sun Belt’s top scoring defense.
The Cajuns dismantled Texas State in front of a nationally televised audience Tuesday night in their most complete performance of the season. The offense soared, compiling a season-high 528 yards of offense on the strength of 288 rushing yards, and the defense bottled up the Bobcats’ high-powered ground game. The defensive performance was especially impressive, considering the Cajuns struggles on that side of the ball this season.
Finally, someone fits this bill from the defensive side of the ball. Defensive tackle Christian Ringo played a whale of a game Tuesday, finishing with three tackles for loss, two sacks and a 41-yard scoop and score in the Cajuns 34-10 win. Ringo had enjoyed a solid season up until Tuesday’s breakout game, but his big plays seemed to spark the rest of the defense into turning in its best performance of the season.
“It was important for us to get to 2-0. That was our whole goal. We just want to get to 2-0 in the conference and we’ll worry about everything else later. We had that mindset all week. Don’t look ahead to anything.”
—Cajuns coach Mark Hudspeth on his team’s goals heading into the Texas State game.
Keep an eye on
Jamal Robinson’s health. The senior wide receiver limped off the field early in the first quarter Tuesday with an apparent right foot injury and never returned. The Cajuns were able to manage without Robinson on Tuesday, relying on the running game to simply overpower the Texas State defense, but as has been said in this space before, the Cajuns are a completely different team with Robinson on the field. The Cajuns showed they can win without Robinson, but they don’t want to have to try to make it 2-for-2 next week. Hudspeth declined to comment on Robinson’s status moving forward after the game.
It took six games, but the Cajuns finally finished a game with a positive turnover margin, forcing two turnovers to the one they gave up to Texas State. … Three different Cajuns tight ends caught passes in Tuesday night’s game. … Backup quarterback Brooks Haack continued his remarkably accurate season. He went 2-for-2 Tuesday night, pushing his season total to 20-for-23.