The Louisiana football team won their final road game of the regular season in a close match against the South Alabama Jaguars.
The win was the Ragin’ Cajuns eighth of the season and stretched their streak to four games, their second four-game winning streak of the 2019 season.
Going into a game against a 1-8 South Alabama team seemed like an easy game for Louisiana, but the Ragin’ Cajuns were given all they could handle from the Jaguars.
The first drive of the game for the Louisiana offense was a slow grind. It took 15 plays and two fourth down conversions to finally put the first points of the game on the board with a 22-yard field goal.
South Alabama’s offense quickly answered and took their first lead of the game with a touchdown on their opening drive.
The two teams traded punts and later touchdowns and the Ragin’ Cajuns had a 17-14 lead late in the first half when the biggest play of the half happened.
The Jaguars set up for a 43-yard field goal with just under three minutes to go before halftime, but Ragin’ Cajuns defensive lineman Bennie Higgins blocked it to preserve the lead. A fumble on the last drive of the half-closed out a tight 17-14 first half.
South Alabama regained the lead on a touchdown on their first drive of the second half, and the Ragin’ Cajuns offense could not convert in the red zone, settling for a field goal and 21-20 deficit.
Another field goal would give them a 23-21 lead by the end of the third quarter. The biggest drive of the game by the Louisiana offense would come at the beginning of the fourth quarter.
The Ragin’ Cajuns offense marched on a 17-play, 85-yard drive ending in a touchdown run by running back Elijah Mitchell that took just over seven minutes off the clock and gave them a 30-21 point lead.
The defense responded to their first two-possession lead of the game by forcing a turnover on downs. The Ragin’ Cajuns offense took advantage of the short field and three runs by running back Trey Ragas; they went for 47 yards and a touchdown to stretch the lead to 37-21 with just over four minutes left and the game out of hand at that point.
South Alabama scored a late touchdown but failed the two-point conversion that would have brought it back to a one-possession game, and the Ragin’ Cajuns escaped with a 37-27 victory.
This game was much closer than the final score indicates. The first three quarters were back and forth, but the fourth quarter was when Louisiana pulled away.
Quarterback Levi Lewis did not have his best day. He completed 16 of his 29 passes for 136 yards but also threw for two touchdowns.
Mitchell rumbled for 117 yards and a touchdown on a team-high 17 carries. Ragas had the other rushing touchdown with 52 yards on 10 carries.
The win over the Jaguars improved Louisiana to 8-2 on the season and was the last road game of the regular season. The Ragin’ Cajuns went 5-0 in true road games this season.
Up next, they host the 5-5 Troy Trojans on Saturday, Nov. 23. The Trojans have won two straight games against Georgia Southern and Texas State but are 2-3 on the road this season and 3-3 in conference play.