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Junior Levi Lewis (1) throws the ball on the run as the Ragin' Cajuns take on the Texas State Bobcats on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019.

The Louisiana football team won their fourth straight game in dominant fashion, beating the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers 48-7 on the road Thursday night.

The Ragin’ Cajuns offense set the tone early with an efficient offense that drove down the field with ease against the Chanticleers defense.

Quarterback Levi Lewis started the game by completing each of his first 10 passes. He helped the Louisiana offense find the end zone on their first three drives and led them on a field goal drive at the end of the half.

Coastal Carolina’s offense started off well with two nice drives, but a missed 35-yard field goal and a drive that stalled in Louisiana territory ending in a punt allowed the Ragin’ Cajuns offense to take control of the game.

Answering scoreless drives with touchdowns helped Louisiana jump out to an early 21-0 lead, and the Ragin’ Cajuns defense started gaining confidence as the game went on.

Three consecutive three-and-out drives by the defense allowed the Louisiana offense to keep rolling and extend the lead to 31-0.

As good as the Louisiana offense was in this game, scoring on nearly every drive they had, the Ragin’ Cajuns defense had their second consecutive dominant performance. The Chanticleers had a three-and-out, a turnover on downs, and a fumble in the third quarter following their scoreless first half.

The Ragin’ Cajuns offense took advantage of how stout their defense played, stretching their lead to 48-0 in the fourth quarter.

The Chanticleers would eventually break the shutout with a touchdown late in the fourth quarter, but Louisiana’s fourth consecutive win was never in question after the first quarter.

The dominating 48-7 victory on a short week kept the Ragin’ Cajuns in the lead of the Sun Belt West Division. They are now 7-2 on the season and 4-1 in conference play.

The Louisiana defense held the Chanticleers to 236 yards, and outside of the first two drives, Coastal Carolina only recorded 133 yards. The defensive front for the Ragin’ Cajuns did a good job with two sacks and five tackles for loss.

The Ragin’ Cajuns defense has now given up only 10 points in their last eight quarters of play.

If one word could define the Ragin’ Cajuns offense on Thursday night, it would be efficient. They had 30 first downs and 564 total yards in the game and they did a good job of extending drives, converting nine of their 11 third downs.

Lewis was a big reason for that efficiency. He accounted for a season-high four touchdowns: three passing and one rushing. In his three quarters of play, he also had season highs in completion percentage and passing yards, completing 26 of his 30 attempts for 296 yards.

His favorite target, senior Ja’Marcus Bradley had a season-high seven catches and 71 yards with a touchdown, his fifth of the year. In the game, 14 different Ragin’ Cajuns recorded a catch.

Freshman running back Chris Smith made the most of his playing time late in the game, running for 99 yards on eight carries, including his 52-yard touchdown. Elijah Mitchell was second on the team with 52 yards on 10 carries.

Louisiana has one final road game to play in the 2019 regular season. They travel to play the 1-8 South Alabama Jaguars before coming home for the final two games of the regular season. If they win all three, it will be the first time in program history that the football team has won 10 games.

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