Coming off what many deemed to be one of the worst performances in the Mark Hudspeth era, the Cajuns (1-1) go on the road to play what will likely be their toughest opponent of the year in No. 14 Ole Miss (2-0).
The Rebels have gotten off to a solid start, running away from Boise State late before thrashing Vanderbilt in Nashville, Tennessee.
The Cajuns will get the special treatment of being Ole Miss’ home opener this year as well.
The Ragin’ Cajuns laid an egg against Louisiana Tech in a completely unexpected 48-20 shellacking. Play that game nine more times, and the Cajuns probably win seven of them. Unfortunately for the Cajuns, the one they did play is the one that counts in the record books.
The biggest problem? Well, it’s hard to pick just one. The defense giving up big plays (three plays from scrimmage that topped 50 yards, including a 99-yard touchdown) and the offense turning the ball over (two lost fumbles and an interception returned for a touchdown) were recipes for disaster, and that’s exactly what happened Saturday night.
As bad as the Cajuns played, senior running back Alonzo Harris had an excellent night going before the Cajuns were forced to abandon him and the ground game. The senior rolled up 74 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries, and was running with the reckless abandon that had been missing in the previous week, when he averaged just 3.4 yards per carry against Southern.
If the Cajuns want to bounce back from Saturday’s disappointment, it’ll be made a lot easier if Harris runs the way he did against Tech. Harris has some things he can work on after Saturday, though. He lost a fumble and was stuffed on a fourth down play that eventually led to the Bulldogs’ go-ahead score.
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Senior wide receiver Jamal Robinson left Saturday’s loss in the second quarter with an apparent leg injury and did not return. He spent some time jogging up and down the Cajuns sideline, and he looked like he would return for the second half of the contest, but he was ruled out shortly after halftime.
“This was a total team loss, starting with the head coach and filtering all the way down.”
—Cajuns coach Mark Hudspeth
Before Robinson left the game, he had two catches for 29 yards. That moved him into ninth on the school’s all-time receiving list with 1,710 yards. He moved ahead of Quen McCollum’s 1,700 yards and needs just 32 yards to move into eighth all time, a spot currently held by Marcus Wilridge.