Photos: Cajuns beat Northwestern State 44-17 _lowres

Advocate staff photo by LESLIE WESTBROOK -- UL-Lafayette linebacker Tre'maine Lightfoot brings down Northwestern State quarterback Joel Blumenthal during Saturday's game at Cajun Field.

1. WHAT WE LEARNED

The Cajuns are capable of doing what they’re supposed to do. They decided to rest a number of key players — including a potential starting quarterback — rather than risk a chance of worsening injury, and it paid off. The Cajuns dominated Northwestern State at the point of attack all night, allowing them to rack up 369 rushing yards — even though the Demons knew it was coming. The score would’ve been much more lopsided if the Cajuns had opened up their entire offense.

2. TRENDING NOW

How can this be anybody other than Elijah McGuire? The star running back accounted for all of the Cajuns’ offense in the first half, scoring four touchdowns. He finished with a school-record-tying five on the night, and none was prettier than his 88-yard streak, during which he blew past the second level of the Demons’ defense. Here’s one topic that could trend on the weird side: The Cajuns’ rash of shoulder injuries. Make it six players in two weeks to leave games with shoulder problems.

3. FINAL THOUGHTS

The Cajuns still have some things to fix — particularly on defense, where blown coverage assignments reared their ugly heads again on a few plays. If that happened against a better team than Northwestern State, it could’ve cost the Cajuns more than it did Saturday night. But outside of some nitpicking, this game went about as well as it could’ve for the Cajuns as they enter their open week.