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Louisiana-Lafayette Runs Past Arkansas State

Louisiana-Lafayette’s Alonzo Harris and Elijah McGuire ran for 372 yards combined to lead the Ragin’ Cajuns past Arkansas State on Tuesday night. McGuire was especially impressive with 265 yards and 4 touchdowns rushing on 19 carries in the 55-40 win.

The fireworks started early with Arkansas State’s Fredi Knighten outrunning the defense to the end zone on a quarterback keeper to make it 6-0. The extra point would be no good, as it hit off the goal post.

The Ragin’ Cajuns came down the field with a touchdown of their own courtesy of Alonzo Harris from 4 yards out to make it 6-6. Hunter Stover had his extra point blocked in an odd beginning for both kickers.

Arkansas State ended up getting a field goal on the next possession to take a 9-6 lead, but they would soon find themselves trailing after another touchdown run from Harris (22 yards) to make it 13-9 in favor of Louisiana-Lafayette.

The Red Wolves had a fantastic chance to at least get a field goal, but J.D. McKissic’s pass for Tres Houston on the trick play was a bit too long. Several plays later, Knighten threw an interception on a screen pass that was brought back to the one yard line. Harris pounded the ball on the next play and it became a 20-9 lead.

The Ragin’ Cajuns extended the lead even further after forcing a punt. On the fourth play of the drive, McGuire burst through the opening in the line and no one was going to catch as he ran for a 74 yard touchdown. McGuire would add his second touchdown on the following drive with a punishing 13 yard run and UL-Lafayette had a commanding 34-9 lead with less than 9 minutes left in the first half.

The Red Wolves began the comeback with Michael Gordon’s 70 yard touchdown run to make it 34-16. The play was very odd looking as Gordon landed on top of his own lineman and then ran into the end zone. The officials ruled he never was not down and replay confirmed the call. After forcing a punt, Arkansas State cut the lead to 34-23 when Knighten found Dijon Paschal behind the defense for an 87 yard touchdown pass.

Despite all the fireworks, there would not be any scoring in the final 4:29 of the second quarter.

The third quarter, and most of the second half, would lack the same amount of offensive firepower that was showcased in the first twenty-five minutes of the game. The only touchdown of the third quarter came as a result of an odd playcall by Blake Anderson of Arkansas State. On fourth and 11 from his own 8 yard line, he called a fake punt that resulted in a two yard loss. Two plays later, Harris ran in for his fourth touchdown from four yards out and the Ragin’ Cajuns extended their lead to 41-23.

After a 17 play drive, the Red Wolves hit a field goal with 10:10 remaining to make it a 41-26 game, but there was still plenty of work left to do. They would, however, force a punt and get the ball back with 7:56 left on the clock. The Red Wolves would get another touchdown with Knighten hitting Pachal for a 6 yard touchdown. However, with the score at 41-32, Anderson decided to go for two and it would go horribly wrong. That left the Red Wolves down by 9 points with 5:37 left.

In the end, the two point try would be a moot point. McGuire once again burned the Red Wolves’ defense with a 43 yard streak to the end zone and a 48-32 lead. The Red Wolves would answer with a touchdown. On fourth and goal from the 12, Knighten hit Houston for the score on the edge of the end zone. They would convert the two point conversion to make it 48-40 in favor of UL-Lafayette, but the running game would put this game beyond doubt.

On third and 10 from the UL-Lafayette 46 yard line, McGuire went off the right side and once again ran away from the defense, just as he had done so many times previously in this game. That would cap the scoring at 55-40 and a big win for Louisiana-Lafayette.

Fredi Knighten went 26 of 37 for 344 yards with 3 touchdown passes and an interception. He also carried the ball 15 times for 72 yards and a touchdown.

Michael Gordon had 134 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries. J.D. McKissic had one carry for 55 yards, but he was electric throughout the night. McKissic also caught 7 passes for 99 yards. The leading receiver was Dijon Paschal with 8 catches for 141 yards and 2 touchdowns. Tres Houston also caught 5 passes for 58 yards and a touchdown.

Terrance Broadway had a quiet night at quarterback, but with the running game he was provided it was expected. Broadway went 9 of 17 for 102 yards with no touchdowns and no turnovers. He also ran 8 times for 38 yards. His top receiver was James Butler with one catch for 34 yards. C.J. Bates caught two passes for 28 yards.

The true story of this game was the Louisiana-Lafayette running game. Elijah McGuire ran for 265 yards and 4 rushing touchdowns on 19 carries. He had an average of 13.9 yards per carry. Alonzo Harris ran 27 times for 107 yards and 4 touchdowns. The entire team ran for 419 yards and 8 touchdowns on 56 carries for an average of 7.5 yards per carry.

Arkansas State (4-3, 2-1) has extra time off to prepare for their next opponent in Idaho. They will travel to face them on November 1.

Louisiana-Lafayette (4-3, 3-0) is now on a three game winning streak. They have their homecoming game on November 1 against South Alabama.

Louisiana-Lafayette Crushes Texas State 34-10

This article originally appeared on VAVEL USA.

Terrance Broadway

Terrance Broadway had 326 yards of total offense against Texas State (Wesley Hitt / Getty Images) 


Terrance Broadway had 326 yards of total offense to lead Louisiana-Lafayette to a 34-10 demolition of Texas State on Tuesday night. ULL outgained Texas State 516 yards to 270.

The game began perfectly for ULL as Broadway hit his running back Elijah McGuire on a wheel route on just the second play of the game. That went for 62 yards and a touchdown to make it 7-0 after 44 seconds elapsed.

On ULL’s third drive, Hunter Stover missed a 46 yard field goal to the left to keep it at 7-0. Texas State had a tough time getting their offense in gear during the first quarter, but was given a gift when Daniel Cadona’s punt traveled only 16 yards and went out of bounds at the ULL 26 yard line. The Bobcats had to settle for a 20 yard field goal from Will Johnson.

ULL extended their lead on a bizarre looking play. Tyler Jones was sacked and fumbled on the play by Trae Johnson before Christian Ringo came away with the ball and ran it back for a touchdown. The bizarre part was that Johnson was celebrating the sack while the ball was still loose on the ground. Nevertheless, ULL led 14-3 and continued their dominating defensive play for the remainder of the game.

ULL made it 21-3 with Alonzo Harris pounding the ball in from a yard out after McGuire ran for 36 yards on the previous play. That would be the score at halftime as Texas State sputtered on offense.

The second half featured more of the same with Texas State struggling on offense and ULL dominating on defense and moving with ease on offense. ULL’s first drive resulted in another touchdown with McGuire running in for a 13 yard score to extend the lead to 28-3.

ULL had a chance to make it 35-3, but Broadway was picked off David Mims at the three yard line to end that specific scoring threat.

The fourth quarter saw 19 and 32 yard field goals from Hunter Stover to make the lead as high as 34-3. Brice Gunter’s 33 yard pass from Tyler Jones was a minor consolation for the Bobcats who had little success in the game.

Terrance Broadway went 14 of 21 for 225 yards with a touchdown and an interception. He also ran for 101 yards on 19 carries. Alonzo Harris had 79 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries while Elijah McGuire had 8 carries for 64 yards and a touchdown as well.

McGuire led ULL in receiving with 4 catches for 85 yards and 1 touchdown. Al Riles caught 3 passes for 81 yards for ULL as the second leading receiver.

Tyler Jones went 14 of 23 for 176 yards with a touchdown and an interception for the Bobcats. Robert Lowe managed only 36 yards on 8 carries while Terrence Franks had 30 yards on 7 carries. The Bobcats had 35 carries for 94 yards as a team (2.7 average).

The leading receiver Brice Gunter with 2 catches for 50 yards and the lone Texas State touchdown. Ben Ijah had 3 catches for 34 yards while Lawrence White caught 2 passes for 31 yards.

Louisiana-Lafayette (3-3, 2-0) have another Tuesday game next week against Arkansas State (4-2, 2-0). Texas State (3-3, 1-1) have 10 days off before traveling to face UL-Monroe on October 25.