UL wide receiver Ja'Marcus Bradley, pictured here catching a touchdown pass against Troy on Nov. 23, is one of a large group of seniors playing their final game with the Cajuns in Monday's LendingTree Bowl in Mobile, Ala.


A very focused Ragin’ Cajuns team – perhaps spurred by a combination of a disappointing trip to South Alabama last week and the Sun Belt West – couldn’t have played any better against what was a red-hot Troy offense. The Cajuns ran the ball all over Troy’s defense, passed all over it and stifled a Trojans’ offense that was averaging 39 points and 477 total yards a game. Remember, the Cajuns lost to Troy 26-16 last year.


UL senior kicker Stevie Artigue may have been struggling early in the season, or more specially the field goal team was. Artigue made all three field goals last week, but they were all short. If there was any lingering doubt that Artigue and his colleagues were totally back on track, Artigue nailed field goals of 49 and 45 yards in Saturday’s blowout to increase coach Billy Napier’s options for the rest of the season. He later added a 31-yarder to put Artigue 12-of-16 kicking on the season.


Perhaps the South Alabama game shows there’s still a lingering question about UL’s rushing defense after rushing for 352 yards against the Cajuns last Saturday. But really, it would be difficult to point out any glaring weaknesses in UL’s squad entering the final regular season game of the season. Next week, the Cajuns host UL Monroe with a chance to nail down a 10th win for the first time in school history.

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