It didn't take very long into the second quarter for the Cajuns to add another sack by Christian Ringo and 21 more points. This time with Elijah McGuire getting in on the action.
Since throwing a pick early in the quarter, Fredi Knighten and the Arkansas State offense struggled early. This was especially problematic because the Red Wolves still hadn't found a solution for the Cajuns running back tandem of Alonzo Harris and Elijah McGuire. The pair has combined for five rushing touchdowns so far on the night.
Going into the game we expected Arkansas State's conference leading defense to give the Cajuns fits, especially in the passing game. It looks like the Cajuns have found a way to move the ball without worrying about those defensive backs though. McGuire was expected to be a standout on offense, but Harris seems to be the one punishing the Red Wolf defense the most.
Arkansas State did manage to score on one of the strangest touchdown runs in recent memory. Even by Sun Belt standards. Running back Michael Gordon seemed to be tackled on a short gain, when in fact he was laying on one of his linemen. Because the officials swallowed the whistle, the play wasn't dead, unbeknownst to the Cajun defenders. Gordon quickly got up and scooted 70 yards with no Cajuns (other than a lumbering Jacoby Brisco) giving chase.
That weirdness stopped the bleeding, and may have put the Red Wolves back in the game. The Cajuns were forced to punt on the next drive, and Arkansas State took immediate advantage, scoring on the first play with an 87-yard touchdown strike from Knighten to Paschal.
The half came to a close with both teams trading punches, punts, and an A-State fake kneel down. At one point the Cajuns were up by 25, but the Red Wolves would not go quietly into the night.
This game is ripe for a wild finish.