1. We’re going streaking!
There aren’t two hotter teams in the Sun Belt Conference than the Cajuns and Mountaineers. The Cajuns have won six straight behind a resurgent defense and an offense that has taken care of the ball. Meanwhile, Appalachian State has recovered from a tough beginning of the season, when it lost five of its first six, to rip off four consecutive wins in impressive fashion. So who does the nod go to Saturday? Well, the Cajuns are 18-3 at Cajun Field under coach Mark Hudspeth’s eye, including a 4-1 record this season.
2. Multi-dimensional attack
The key to the Mountaineers’ recent success has been their offense, powered by sophomore running back Marcus Cox. Cox has a pair of 200-yard rushing efforts in his last three games and has rushed for at least 95 yards in five straight games. He gets help from freshman quarterback Taylor Lamb, who has added 422 yards on the ground this season. Lamb has also improved as a passer, throwing just one interception in Appalachian State’s four-game winning streak after throwing six in the season’s first six games.
3. Milestones in line
A couple major milestones could be accomplished by Cajuns players Saturday night. With just 40 rushing yards, Elijah McGuire will become just the fourth player in Cajuns history to top 1,000 rushing yards in a single season. Defensive lineman Christian Ringo needs half a sack to tie Jeff Mitchell and Conrad Lewis’ single-season sack record (11), and one sack to tie Mitchell’s career sack record (21). Quarterback Terrance Broadway needs just 73 yards to break Jake Delhomme’s career total offense mark.
4. Honorees welcome
Saturday will be an eventful day for several people associated with the football program, past and present. The Cajuns will have to arrive on the turf about 15 minutes earlier than usual so they can honor their decorated senior class along with their families. In addition to recognizing their 18-man senior class, the Cajuns will also hold a moment of silence for Orlando Thomas, who passed away nearly two weeks ago, and they will also retire the No. 5 uniform worn by Charles Tillman.