Talk about a truly special victory for the University of Louisiana's Ragin' Cajuns.
With only a few fans in the stands at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames, Iowa, the Cajuns collected the program's first road upset of a Top 25 team in its history Saturday with a win over No. 23 Iowa State.
Coach Billy Napier’s team used big play after big play to finish with a 31-14 victory.
The special teams’ impact began when Chris Smith returned a kickoff 94 yards with 4:14 left in the second quarter to tie the game at 7-7.
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The offense got into the act late in the third quarter when Levi Lewis hooked up with Peter LeBlanc on a 78-yard touchdown pass to give UL the lead for good at 17-14.
Then Eric Garror pushed that lead to 24-14 with an electrifying 84-yard punt return for a touchdown with 13:59 left to play.
The tacked on another score in the final minute.
It was the Cajuns’ first punt return for a score since 2015.
The Cajuns entered the game 1-28 all-time against ranked opponent with the only win coming over Texas A&M in 1996. UL had never beaten a Big 12 team on the road before.
Napier, who turned 41 in July, played football at 1-AA Furman and last year led the Cajuns to their first 11-win season in school history.