UL running back Chris Smith (21) runs with the ball against Nicholls State during their NCAA game at Cajun Field on Saturday, September 11, 2021 in Lafayette, La..

1. Defense struggles again

For the second straight game, the Cajuns defense had few answers for an athletic quarterback. Nicholls State quarterback Lindsey Scott passed for more than 350 yards and ran for more than 100 in Saturday’s loss. Just like the week before in Texas, the middle of the field was very vulnerable for UL’s defense.

2. Passing game looked better

Levi Lewis looked comfortable from the start, completing 11 of his first 12 attempts. He got many receivers involved. He finished 19-of-33 passing for 304 yards with two touchdowns. Lewis also orchestrated a 99-yard drive that ended with a 46-yard touchdown pass to help keep the pressure on the visiting Colonels.

3. Jury still out on running game

The Cajuns came out trying to pressure Nicholls with the passing game, so the running game was never in a position to lean on. But it settled for a modest total of 83 yards on 31 attempts. Once again, Chris Smith led the way with 46 yards on 11 carries. Levi Lewis only ran it five times for zero yards.

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