Elijah McGuire’s 200-yard game carries Cajuns past Arkansas State _lowres

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- From left, UL-Lafayette linebacker Chris Hill, wide receiver Jerrell Richardson and defensive back Montrel Carter sing the school's fight song after the Ragin' Cajuns' 55-40 victory over Arkansas State on Tuesday at Cajun Field.

Coming up

Finally, this Tuesday nonsense is over. The Cajuns have a 10-day break before they take on South Alabama in their second-to-last home game. The Jaguars have won three straight, but all three of those wins came against Sun Belt Conference bottom feeders Idaho, Appalachian State and Georgia State. It won’t necessarily serve as an advantage — after all, Arkansas State was able to watch the Cajuns play last Tuesday — but the Cajuns will be able to sit back and watch South Alabama against Troy this weekend on ESPNU.

Looking back

The Cajuns won their third consecutive game and did it in convincing fashion, rolling up 521 yards of offense in a 55-40 win against rival Arkansas State. This may sound absurd, considering it gave up 40 points and nearly 600 yards, but the Cajuns defense continued to show improvement against Arkansas State. They need to cut down on the big plays, a majority of which can be credited to bad tackling and worse angles to the ball, but the Cajuns got after the quarterback (five sacks) and played their best third-down defense (4-for-17) of the season.

Tuesday’s star

How can you pick anybody but Elijah McGuire? The Cajuns’ budding superstar ran for a career-high 265 rushing yards on just 17 carries Tuesday night, and three of his four touchdowns were 40 yards or longer. The Red Wolves were powerless to stop McGuire, whose one-cut-and-go ability tore the Arkansas State defense to shreds. McGuire came through when the Cajuns needed him most, with a pair of long touchdown runs in the fourth quarter.

Worth repeating

“Terrance Broadway is a winner. … Just to see him manage the game out there the way he managed the game, he took care of the football and led our team to our third conference win, and he’s doing a great job of keeping this team grounded and focused.”

— Cajuns coach Mark Hudspeth

Keep an eye on

The SBC office. The Cajuns submitted tape to the league office of what they thought to be an intentionally low hit on left tackle Mykhael Quave by Arkansas State defensive back Frankie Jackson on an extra point attempt late in the game. Quave had to be helped off the field after getting his right knee checked out, and was on crutches after the game. It was the last straw in what was a contentious game, and the teams had to be pulled apart after the final whistle.


McGuire’s career day was good enough for the third best single-game rushing total in Cajuns history … McGuire and Alonzo Harris ran for four touchdowns, marking the first time in Cajuns history two players ran for four scores in a single game … The Cajuns went winless in September (0-3) and undefeated in October (3-0).