Ragin’ Cajuns 23, Georgia State 21: Luke Johnson’s three and out _lowres

Advocate photo by BRAD KEMP -- UL-Lafayette wide receiver Al Riles breaks away from Georgia State linebacker Alonzo McGee during their game Saturday at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.


Brooks Haack is the man at quarterback. The Cajuns may be operating under the guise that their team is using a two-quarterback system, and it will likely continue using Jalen Nixon in a complementary role as the season goes on because his skills can really be an asset. But this is the outcome — one clear No. 1 quarterback — the Cajuns hoped for earlier this season. It didn’t happen. Haack struggled and lost his starting job because of it. But he’s got a kung-fu death grip on it right now, and it doesn’t look like he will relinquish it.

2 TRENDING NOW How about those special teams? Again? The Cajuns blocked their second punt in as many weeks. This one — seriously — was an all-out block the Cajuns planned all week, using it early in an attempt to reverse the slow-start trend that plagued the Cajuns this season. It worked like a charm. But it doesn’t stop there. Freshman Gary Haynes flipped the field with a 49-yard punt return in the fourth quarter, Stevie Artigue went 3-for-4 on field goals and Steven Coutts pinned three of his five punts inside the 20. That was a dominant effort.

3 FINAL THOUGHTS This isn’t really the type of game that will be remembered by those who watched. There were a couple hundred people in the stands to see two losing teams play a penalty-filled football game that was won by a kicker with seven minutes to go. But for the Cajuns, this one might stick around for a while as proof that they’re not going anywhere. Two-thirds of the way through their season, they’re back to .500 with a lot left to play for. This could get interesting.

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