Rewind: Louisiana vs. ULM – From the Bird’s Nest
What a miserable day.
A temperature that didn't get over 46 degrees. Wind blowing at 12-15 mph with gusts. Heavy rain most of the day. Just. Miserable.
But a Cajun fan who braved the elements will probably tell you it was worth it. Beating ULM and clinching a bowl berth was probably worth it.
No win is perfect. Here's the good and bad from Saturday.
STEVIE ARTIGUE: The Cajuns' kicker was superb Saturday. With somewhat of a cross wind blowing, Artigue nailed three field goals and three extra points without a miss on Saturday. It's been a long time since a kicker had to excel under those kind of circumstances. The former Mighty Lion stood tall.
SAVION BROWN--Two tackles, a sack, a forced fumble and an interception. Interception led to the Elijah McGuire touchdown and the forced fumble was returned by Trev Miller for a touchdown.
DEE-FENSE--Throttled the ULM running game with exception of their FG drive. Got five takeaways, two for touchdowns. They played like they loved being in the rain.
KEEP IT OFF THE GROUND: It is just amazing how ball secure the Cajuns' running backs have been over the last couple of years. There was one fumble in the game which the Cajuns' recovered. In that kind of weather, that's ridiculously good.
ELIJAH MCGUIRE--Got over 100 yards rushing and nailed down his third 1,000 yard season of his career.
DARIUS HOGGINS--He was solid in the running game as well. I thought it was his best performance as a Cajun and gave a glimpse of what he could be next year.
38:21- The Cajuns' time of possession. That's a big deal in weather like Saturday.
2:38-When was the last time a college football game was completed in this amount of time.
0-Yards passing. And, that's with two completions. The Cajuns didn't need to throw and, for the most part, didn't. But zero isn't a good number.
FOUR MORE--False starts on the Cajuns' offensive line. They didn't have any against Arkansas State, but made up for it on Saturday. I can't imagine many teams in America that have as many of these as the Cajuns.
142-The announced crowd by The Advertiser's Tim Buckley at the start of the game. With good weather, there would have been a lot more Cajun fans. Not sure about ULM.