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Junior Cahuncey Manac (17) makes a diving tackle as the Ragin' Cajuns take on the Texas State Bobcats on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019.

After a slow start for the Louisiana football team on their 2019 homecoming, the Ragin’ Cajuns pulled away to win their sixth game of the season.

The Ragin’ Cajuns have had plenty of success in recent years in homecoming games, winning the last three. Their favorable matchup coming off a long break to play the 2-5 Texas State Bobcats brought expectations to extend that winning streak.

It took the Louisiana offense some time to shake off the rust from their bye week. After three failed drives including a failed fourth-down conversion, the Ragin’ Cajuns had a scoreless first quarter. It was only the second time this season that the offense failed to record points in the opening quarter with the first being the Appalachian State game.

The offense finally broke through midway through the second quarter with a 39-yard touchdown run by running back Elijah Mitchell.

After the defense forced four punts and held the Bobcats to 80 total yards of offense on the first four drives of the game, they finally faltered and gave up a field goal drive right before the end of the first half. Louisiana would answer with a field goal of their own as time expired in the first half and the Ragin’ Cajuns held a 10-3 lead.

The halftime adjustments obviously worked, and Louisiana’s third quarter was about as good as it could have been.

An opening five-play, 62-yard touchdown drive for the offense extended the lead to 14 points. An interception on the first drive for the defense lead to the second touchdown of the third quarter. The defense forced a three-and-out, and the Ragin’ Cajuns capped off a 21-0 third quarter to open up a 31-3 lead.

Louisiana finished the game in the fourth quarter with an interception and turnover on downs by the defense, completing one of their best performances of the season on that side of the ball.

The Ragin’ Cajuns run defense was stout, only allowing 58 rushing yards on 22 attempts, only 2.6 yards per rush. They effectively made the Bobcats offense one dimensional with the passing game, but only allowed 206 passing yards and caught two interceptions.

The 3 points allowed is a season-low and the 264 total yards given up is the second-lowest total in 2019 for the defense.

The 31-3 victory at home gave them their second consecutive victory and sole possession of first place in the Sun Belt West Division at 6-2 and 3-1 in Sun Belt Conference play. It is the fourth straight homecoming victory for the Ragin’ Cajuns.

Mitchell had a big day for the Louisiana offense with 126 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries. Quarterback Levi Lewis completed 13 of his 21 passes for 183 yards, two touchdowns and another efficient day.

After having a long week to prepare for their homecoming game, the Ragin’ Cajuns have a short week when they travel to play the 4-4 Coastal Carolina Chanticleers on Thursday, Nov. 7.

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