It was a defensive battle out at Cajun Field on Wednesday evening in the Sun Belt but Appalachian State was able to do a little bit more when it mattered the most as they defeat the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns 17-7.

It was a clean game on both sides as neither team committed a turnover or many penalties but it was a late pass interference by defensive back Eric Garror that allowed the Mountaineers to extend a drive on 4th down deep in Cajun territory.

Appalachian State got their first touchdown in the first quarter on a Zac Thomas run, something that he beat the Cajuns with twice tonight. Louisiana had been very good at containing quarterbacks who had the ability to run the football until tonight.

The defense shut down leading rusher Darrynton Evans to the tune of 22 carries for 69 yards.

Along with the defense, punter Rhys Byrns was a big factor in this game as he pinned Appalachian State inside their own five-yard line three times in this game. He really gave the Cajuns the advantage field position-wise but UL just couldn't do anything with it offensively.

After the game head coach Billy Napier said that App made plays at critical times and UL didn't. It really came down to the final drive by the Mountaineers when they continually converted on 3rd and 4th down putting together a debilitating drive that spanned 10 minutes and 11 seconds and 19 plays. That drive resulted in Zac Thomas' second touchdown of the night.

With the loss, the Cajuns fell to 4-2 overall and 1-1 in the Sun Belt.

Next up, Louisiana will travel to Arkansas State to face the Red Wolves on Thursday, October 17th. Arkansas State has been a house of horrors for Louisiana as they've won just twice there in 28 years...

 

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