The Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns football team will look to build off a successful October when it returns to action on Saturday (Nov. 1) when it plays host to South Alabama in the annual Homecoming Game at Cajun Field.
Kickoff is scheduled for 4:05 p.m. and can be seen on ESPN3. Matt Stewart (pxp), Rocky Boiman (color) and Brooke Williamson (sideline) will call the action. The game will also be broadcast statewide on the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns Radio Network with Jay Walker (pxp), Gerald Broussard (color) and Steve Peloquin (sideline) reporting.
Louisiana (4-3, 3-0 Sun Belt) finished off a perfect October with a 55-40 victory over Arkansas State on Tuesday behind the running of Elijah McGuire (career-high 265 yards, 4 TDs) and Alonzo Harris (107 yards, 4 TDs). The Ragin' Cajuns gained 521 yards, including 419 on the ground, against the Sun Belt's top defensive unit in earning their third consecutive victory after a September schedule that featured Conference USA co-leader Louisiana Tech (5-3), Mountain West co-leader Boise State (6-2) and third-ranked Ole Miss (7-1).
The Ragin' Cajuns defense registered five sacks, two by Christian Ringo, and forced a turnover as they built a 34-9 lead in the second quarter. Corey Trim picked off a pass for the second consecutive week and Daniel Cadona kept a potent A-State offense pinned deep in its own territory placing four of his six punts inside the 10-yard line.
Since opening Sun Belt play, Louisiana is second in scoring offense (41.0), second in rushing defense (161.7), third in total offense (503.3) and third in rushing offense (300.7). The Cajuns lead the league in passing efficiency in SBC play (152.1) and are fifth in total defense (430.0).
South Alabama (5-2, 4-1 SBC), which finished 6-6 last season, won its fourth consecutive game last Friday with a 27-13 victory over in-state rival Troy. The Jaguars opened their streak with a win at Idaho (34-10) before earning wins against Appalachian State (47-21), Georgia State (30-27) and Troy.
-/- LOUISIANA RAGIN' CAJUNS (4-3, 3-0 Sun Belt)
Head Coach: Mark Hudspeth (Delta State, 1992)
Record at Louisiana: 31-15 (4th season), Career Record: 97-36 (11th year)
-/- SOUTH ALABAMA JAGUARS (4-2, 3-1 Sun Belt)
Head Coach: Joey Jones (Alabama, 1989)
Record at South Alabama: 35-23 (6th season), Career Record: 38-30 (7th season)
* - Rankings listed at Amway Coaches' Poll/AP Poll
November 1, 2014 • 4:05 p.m. CDT • Lafayette, La. • Cajun Field (36,900)
Series History: Series is tied, 1-1 ... Louisiana won previous meeting in Lafayette (52-30) on Nov. 24, 2012.
ESPN3: Matt Stewart, PxP • Rocky Boiman, Color • Brooke Williamson, 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 512-528-34 against all opponents dating back to 1901.
• Louisiana is 17-3 in home games since 2011 under head coach Mark Hudspeth.
• Louisiana is 39-26-2 in Homecoming games and have won its last three.
• The Ragin' Cajuns have averaged 41 points and 300.7 rushing yards per game during its three-game win streak.
• Elijah McGuire is one of five running backs nationally with three TDs of 50 yards or more on the season (Matt Breida, Georgia Southern; Terrance Franks, Texas State; Devon Johnson, Marshall; Tevin Coleman, Indiana)
FIVE QUICK HITTERS
1 - Louisiana is 25-2 when leading at halftime under head coach Mark Hudspeth.
2 - Senior right guard Daniel Quave has started in 45 consecutive games.
3 - Alonzo Harris is 42 yards shy of becoming the third player in school history to rush for 3,000 yards.
4 - Harris is five points shy of passing Brett Baer (256, 2010-12) for third-place in school history.
5 - Elijah McGuire leads all FBS rushers in yards per carry (9.43).
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.