In an ugly defensive game despite mild temperatures and nice weather, the Appalachian State Mountaineers controlled the game and stifled Louisiana's offense en route to a 28-7 victory.
With the loss, Louisiana's four-year bowl streak ends as the Cajuns move to 4-7 on the season. App State goes to 9-2.
The story of the day was defense, with App State sacking Brooks Haack six times on the day. The Cajuns' lone touchdown came with just under a minute left in the game.
The App State scoring was evenly spread out among all four quarters. Marcux Cox score both first-half touchdowns from nine and one yards, respectively. The second scoring drive came at the end of a 15-play, 80-yard drive.
Louisiana was never in the game and was fortunate that App State had two giveaways in the second quarter in Cajuns' territory. The best chance to get some momentum came right before halftime, but the 36-yard field goal attempt was blocked.
After punting the ball back and forth in the third quarter, Jalin Moore found a gap and sprinted 54 yards for a touchdown, going up 21-0.
Louisiana' next drive looked promising, but an oversnap took the Cajuns out of field goal range and led to a punt. Then deep in the fourth quarter, App State took advantage of a tired Louisiana defense and the dagger came with 6:34 left as Taylor Lamb found walk-on senior tight end Michael Moll for his first-ever touchdown to make it 28-0.
With third-string quarterback Jordan Davis in, the Cajuns got a drive together and finished with a 20-yard touchdown run with 57 seconds left.
Lamb went 14 of 21 for 172 yards and a touchdown. Haack was 13 of 22 for 128 yards and Davis went 7 off 7, all on the final Cajuns' drive, for 60 yards.
Freshman Jalin Moore led all rushers with 104 yards on 13 carries and a touchdown. Cox had 81 yards on 22 carries and two touchdowns. For Louisiana, Elijan McGuire was held to 43 yards on 16 carries. Jamal Robinson led all receivers with 66 yards on 7 catches.
Defensively, Eric Boggs picked up three of the six sacks on Haack.
Next week brings the final week of the Sun Belt regular season. The Cajuns return home for their final game of the season versus Troy. Appalachian State looks to cement their bowl resume as they'll face another bowl-hopeful in South Alabama in Mobile.