The Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns football team will return to action on Tuesday, Oct. 21, when it plays host to Arkansas State in a nationally-televised contest at Cajun Field.
Kickoff is scheduled for 7:04 p.m. and can be seen nationally on ESPN2. Mike Couzens (pxp), Ray Bentley (color) and Laura Rutledge (sideline) will be the broadcast team. The game will also be aired on the Louisiana Radio Network with Jay Walker (pxp), Gerald Broussard (color) and Steve Peloquin (sideline) calling the action.
Louisiana (3-3, 2-0 SBC) evened its record and remained unbeaten in Sun Belt Conference play after a dominating 34-10 win at Texas State before a nationally-televised audience on Tuesday. The Ragin' Cajuns scored 27 unanswered points in the game to pull away from a 7-3 lead early in the second quarter.
Elijah McGuire caught a 62-yard scoring pass from Terrance Broadway on the second play from scrimmage and added a 13-yard run to open the second half in leading the Cajuns to the win. Broadway completed 14 of 21 passes for 225 yards and a touchdown while recording 113 yards rushing for his first 100-yard performance since a 108-yard game against East Carolina in the 2012 New Orleans Bowl.
Alonzo Harris added 79 yards and a touchdown for Louisiana, which posted season-highs in total offense (528) and rushing (288) while controlling the football for nearly 39 minutes (38:22)
The Louisiana defense held a high-octane Texas State attack to 270 yards of total offense and forced a pair of turnovers after recording one takeaway through the first five games. Christian Ringo bolstered the defensive effort for Louisiana with a 41-yard fumble return for a touchdown and a pair of sacks. Corey Trim added an interception which led to a Hunter Stover field goal in the fourth quarter.
Arkansas State (4-2, 2-0 SBC) returns to action after a dominating 52-10 win at Georgia State on Oct. 11. The Red Wolves are off to a 2-0 league start for the second straight year and third time in the past four seasons and are 22-3 in league games since 2011.
Junior running back Michael Gordon has recorded back-to-back 100-yard rushing games for A-State, including a career-high 188 yards at Georgia State. Quarterback Fredi Knighten has recorded over 300 yards of total offense in the last two games and three times in 2014.
The Red Wolves possess the league's top-ranked defense, allowing 360.2 yards per game and are first in the league in rushing defense (114.7) and scoring defense (20.2).
GAME NO. 7
-/- LOUISIANA RAGIN' CAJUNS (3-3, 2-0 Sun Belt)
Head Coach: Mark Hudspeth (Delta State, 1992)
Record at Louisiana: 30-15 (4th season), Career Record: 96-36 (11th year)
-/- ARKANSAS STATE RED WOLVES (4-2, 2-0 Sun Belt)
Head Coach: Blake Anderson (Sam Houston State, '92)
Record at Arkansas State: 4-2 (1st season), Career Record: Same
* - Rankings listed at Amway Coaches' Poll/AP Poll
October 21, 2014 • 7:04 p.m. CDT • Lafayette, La. • Cajun Field (36,900)
Series History: Louisiana leads, 22-19-1 ... Ragin' Cajuns lead 7-5 in Sun Belt Conference games ... Louisiana leads 13-8 in games played in Lafayette ... Louisiana won last season's game (23-7 at Jonesboro) and have won four of last six in series.
ESPN2: Mike Couzens, PxP • Ray Bentley, Color • Laura Rutledge, Sideline
Ragin' Cajuns Radio Network: Jay Walker, PxP • Gerald Broussard, Color • Steve Peloquin, Sideline
In Lafayette: KPEL 1420-AM (Flagship); KHXT 107.9-FM. Affiliates: KTUX 98.9-FM (Shreveport); WGSO 990-AM (New Orleans); KJEF 1290-AM (Jennings); KLCL 1470-AM (Lake Charles); KRJO 1680-AM (Monroe); KTIB 640-AM (Thibodaux)
Live Stats: RaginCajuns.com
Twitter Updates: @ULRaginCajuns; Facebook: RaginCajunsAthletics;
YouTube: IAm4RaginCajuns; Instagram: ULRaginCajuns
• Louisiana is 511-528-34 against all opponents dating back to 1901.
• The Cajuns are 9-4 in Sun Belt Conference road games under head coach Mark Hudspeth.
• Louisiana is 16-3 in home games since 2011 under head coach Mark Hudspeth.
• Louisiana is coming off three consecutive 9-4 seasons.
• A win by the Cajuns would move head coach Mark Hudspeth into sixth place past Augie Tammariello (1974-79) on the school's all-time win list (31).
• Louisiana's 30 wins in the past three-plus seasons (2011-13) is the best mark in school history, surpassing 22 victories (1970-72).
FIVE QUICK HITTERS
1 - Terrance Broadway is 67 yards shy of becoming the third player in school history to record 8,000 yards of total offense. Jake Delhomme (8,876) and Brian Mitchell (8,782) are first and second respectively.
2 - Louisiana is 24-2 when leading at halftime under head coach Mark Hudspeth.
3 - Punter Daniel Cadona is ranked No. 18 nationally in punting averaging 44.7 yards per attempt.
4 - The Cajuns have won three straight Tuesday games on ESPN2 dating back to 2013.
5 - Senior right guard Daniel Quave has started in 45 consecutive games.
Series Record: Louisiana leads 22-19-1
Series in Lafayette: Louisiana leads 13-8
Series in Jonesboro: Arkansas State leads 10-9-1
Neutral Site: Arkansas State leads 1-0
Current Streak: Louisiana, 1
Hudspeth vs. Arkansas State: 1-2
Anderson vs. UL: 0-0
Last Meeting: Louisiana 23, Arkansas State 7 (10/22/13 at Jonesboro)
WE ARE LOUISIANA
• There is confusion among the national sports organizations as how to refer to the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns.
• Our official name is the University of Louisiana ... at Lafayette, but much like our opponents around the country, we simply go by Louisiana when referring to our athletic programs.
• Although we proudly refer to our University with its full title for academic purposes, we ask that Louisiana, Ragin' Cajuns or Cajuns be used to refer to us athletically.