Appalachian State 28, Ragin’ Cajuns 7: Luke Johnson’s three and out _lowres

Advocate photo by BRAD KEMP -- Louisiana-Lafayette running back Elijah McGuire (15) fights for yards while Appalachian State defensive lineman Stephen Burns takes him down during their game Saturday at Kidd Brewer Stadium in Boone, N.C.

1. WHAT WE LEARNED

The Cajuns, for the first time in coach Mark Hudspeth’s tenure, are officially not going to a bowl. We used this space last week as conjecture, but it’s a fact now. At 4-7, the Cajuns are assured of their first losing season under Hudspeth, and with one game remaining, it’s impossible for them to achieve the necessary six wins for bowl eligibility. The thing is, we didn’t learn much of anything else. This effort (against a very good team) looked very much like the six other losses the Cajuns suffered this season.

2. TRENDING NOW The past few weeks, it was all about the #HaackAttack, as Cajuns quarterback Brooks Haack started finding himself through the air. Saturday, it was all about Appalachian State’s #SackAttack. The Mountaineers’ front harrassed Haack, dropping him six times for a total of 41 yards. Worse, most of those sacks came in crucial situations, and almost all of them were the result of poor protection rather than great coverage in the secondary.

3. FINAL THOUGHTS It’s easy after games like this — beatdowns that signal the ugly end of what has been the greatest stretch in school history — to pile on the team for its failings. It’s also easy to forget that, regardless of what you might feel now, the expectations should’ve never been that high for this team this season. Too inexperienced, too rough around the edges. The Cajuns, officially out of it this season, will be back before you know it. Work starts soon.