Cajuns Crush Colonels, 70-7
Freshman Elijah McGuire rushed for 137 yards and three touchdowns to lead a 620 yard offensive night, and Louisiana’s Ragin’ Cajuns defense forced five turnovers as the Cajuns buried Nicholls State 70-7 in a record setting night at Cajun Field.
The home opener drew 28, 871 fans, the tenth largest crowd in Cajun Field history.
And, the crowd had plenty to cheer about.
McGuire, who played high school football at Vandebilt Catholic in Houma just a few miles from the Colonels’ home in Thibodaux, got his yardage on only nine carries. His scores came on runs of four, 11 and 42 yards.
Of the ten touchdowns scored, eight of them came on the ground with Torrey Pierce scoring twice, and Montrell Carter, Terrance Broadway and Alonzo Harris tallying one score each.
Louisiana scored just three plays into the game when Harris raced 65 yards for a score to give the Cajuns an early 7-0 lead.just 1:19 into the game. The Cajuns had an impressive 96 yard drive on ten plays capped by Broadway’s 24 yard run to make the score 14-0 with 7:50 to go and Pierce’s first touchdown, from seven yards out, made it 21-0.
The Cajuns weren’t finished in the quarter, however, when Justin Anderson intercepted a Beaux Hebert pass and raced 58 yards for a score to give the Cajuns a commanding lead, 28-0 at the end of the first quarter.
Pierce’s second touchdown, a two yard run and McGuire’s first two touchdowns of the night gave the Cajuns a 49-0 lead before Nicholls tallied on a 36 yard pass from Lafayette native Tuskani Figaro to make the score 49-7 at the half.
Broadway played just one series in the third quarter and threw a 25 yard touchdown pass to Jamal Robertson and the Cajuns ground game did the rest, with McGuire scoring on a 42 yard run last in the third quarter, and Carter’s one yard run to ice the scoring.
The Cajuns’ defense allowed Nicholls to reach the end zone just once and gave up 305 total yards in the game.
The 70 points set a Cajun Field record, breaking the 56 scored against UAB in 1995. The Cajuns also scored the most points since back in the days of World War II.
The win was the 500th in Cajuns’ football history and ran the Cajuns’ home record under Coach Mark Hudspeth to 11-1.
Louisiana (1-2) travels to Akron next Saturday.