Ragin’ Cajuns Offense Lets Loose To Top Georgia Southern
The Ragin' Cajuns needed a spark on offense, and they caught fire against Georgia Southern and torched the Eagles.
Offensively, the Cajuns were struggling entering the game in Statesboro. They needed a win to keep their hopes of reaching a bowl game alive, and Head Coach Mark Hudspeth decided to open up the playbook and let loose. It was a sight for sore eyes and a thing of beauty for Cajun fans to observe in the 33-26 victory.
"I'm just excited the way they came and attacked the gameplan," Hudspeth said after the game. "I just really think they opened it up and let it fly."
Four different offensive players found the endzone, including a trick pass from Al Riles to Keenan Barnes that took Georgia Southern completely by surprise. A lot of different players contributed to rack up 482 yards of total offense, and Coach Hud found a spark plug in Dion Ray off the bench.
Ray collected 71 yards on only eight carries, and he provided a speedy element the Eagles weren't expecting from the quarterback position, and Anthony Jennings added 96 yards and a score to the rushing effort too. Coach Hud wanted to give his quarterbacks a chance to open it up, but not too many people expected Ray to step up the way he did.
Aside from a fumble by Jordan Davis inside the redzone, it was a clean, impressive performance from the Cajun offense. They jumped on Georgia Southern early with two TD's, tacked on a huge score before halftime and sealed the deal in the second half with solid execution. Otha Peters even got in on the scoring action by picking off a two-point conversion try and bringing it all the way back, 97 yards, to reach the endzone and steal the points away from the Eagles.
Georgia Southern tried to climb back into the game late, making it a one-score game with a little over four minutes left to play, but the Cajuns held them off for a huge win.
The Eagles were missing a few pieces on offense, but Coach Hudspeth wasn't going to let anybody cheapen his team's victory.
"To hell with that. That's not a good excuse," Hudspeth told Travis Webb after the game. He added, "We haven't had all our horses all year long."
In the Cajuns' first game against Georgia Southern, they came in and wrecked their homecoming. The hope is still alive, Cajun Nation.