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.

1 WHAT WE LEARNED

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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