The Louisiana football team won their Sun Belt Conference season opener on the road against the Georgia Southern Eagles and came home from their two-week road trip with a four-game winning streak.
The Ragin’ Cajuns offense started off quickly with a five-play touchdown drive, highlighted by a 51-yard completion from quarterback Levi Lewis to wide receiver Bam Jackson. Louisiana took a 7-0 lead within the first two minutes, a lead they did not give up throughout the rest of the game.
The game was still close in the first half because of a couple of mistakes by the Louisiana special teams unit. The big issue for the Ragin’ Cajuns was two turnovers on Georgia Southern punts in the first half. Both of them gave the Eagles the field position, which they took advantage of for 10 points.
However, the Ragin’ Cajuns offense stayed hot in the first half, scoring on a three-yard touchdown run by running back Trey Ragas and a 25-yard field goal as time expired to go into halftime with a 17-13 lead.
The second half featured the two teams trading scores.
A five-minute touchdown drive for Louisiana ending in a Lewis touchdown connection with wide receiver Ja’Marcus Bradley was answered by a 14-play, nearly eight-minute touchdown drive by the Eagles to make the score 24-21 with a successful two-point conversion.
Louisiana’s offense answered with another touchdown drive to stretch the lead to 10 points, and after the defense held the Eagles to a long drive and a field goal, the Ragin’ Cajuns put the game away in the fourth quarter with Ragas’ second rushing touchdown of the night.
The Ragin’ Cajuns won their second straight game by dominating the fourth quarter, and came home from their first conference game on the road with a 37-24 victory.
Louisiana dominated most of the stats sheet — excluding their two first half fumbles on punts and the time of possession, which was controlled for most of the game by the Georgia Southern triple option rushing attack.
The defense did a good job in the first half of holding the Eagles when they needed to, but the 205 yards by the Ragin’ Cajuns offense on three touchdown drives in the second half sealed the game for Louisiana.
Lewis finished another efficient game, completing 11 of his 18 passing attempts for 188 yards, a touchdown, and no interceptions. He also ran for 27 yards on four rushing attempts.
Ragas led the team with 131 rushing yards on 16 carries, and Mitchell had 81 yards on 14 rushes. Both of the running backs had two rushing touchdowns in the game.
Louisiana’s next game will be a big test on Wednesday, Oct. 9, when they will host the Appalachian State Mountaineers in a rematch of last year's Sun Belt Championship Game.