Lafayette, LA- Levi Lewis, Trey Ragas, and Ja’Marcus Bradley led the Louisiana offense this evening on their way to 598 total yards of offense and a 53-3 victory over the Troy Trojans in front of a crowd of 14,262 at Cajun Field.
Cajuns TD 11:41- L. Lewis pass,to J. Bradley for 12 yds for a TD, (S. Artigue KICK)
10 plays, 69 yards, 3:19 (7-0)
Troy FG 3:37- T. Sumpter 30 yd FG GOOD
9 plays, 45 yards, 3:33 (7-3)
Cajuns TD 0:55- R. Calais run for 27 yds for a TD, (S. Artigue KICK)
6 plays, 61 yards, 2:42 (14-3)
Cajuns TD 11:44- T. Ragas run for 1 yd for a TD, (S. Artigue KICK)
6 plays, 72 yards, 2:24 (21-3)
Cajuns TD 8:18- E. Mitchell run for 11 yds for a TD, (S. Artigue KICK)
6 plays, 67 yards, 2:48 (28-3)
Cajuns FG 0:17- S. Artigue 49 yd FG GOOD
11 plays, 48 yards, 1:59 (31-3)
Cajuns FG 11:34- S. Artigue 45 yd FG GOOD
5 plays, 18 yards, 1:58 (34-3)
Cajuns Safety 11:16- K. Barker sacked by J. Quibodeaux for -8 yds for a SAFETY
1 play, -8 yards, 0:18 (36-3)
Cajuns TD 8:26- T. Ragas run for 8 yds for a TD, (S. Artigue KICK)
7 plays, 59 yards, 2:50 (43-3)
Cajuns TD 5:36- C. Smith run for 80 yds for a TD, (S. Artigue KICK)
1 play, 80 yards, 0:16 (50-3)
Cajuns FG 9:50- S. Artigue 31 yd FG GOOD
13 plays, 83 yards, 7:39 (53-3)
Louisiana dominated this game from start to finish. Levi Lewis went 21-33 for 273 yards and a touchdown, another efficient performance for the junior from Baton Rouge. Lewis struggled early on in the season to find his footing, but he has become a better passer and leader each and every week: “With Levi’s maturation, this team has gone from a ground and pound offense to a balanced, well oiled machine” says Chris Lanaux, Ragin Cajuns color commentator for ESPN1420 radio broadcasts. Chris Smith Jr led the Cajuns in rushing with 87 yards, with all but 7 coming on his 80-yard touchdown run in the 3rd quarter. Trey Ragas was the star of the rushing game, getting 79 yards on 11 carries and two touchdowns. Ja’Marcus Bradley put on a show, as the senior racked up 96 yards on five grabs and a score. Defensively, Jacques Boudreaux stole the show for Louisiana with 11 tackles (five solo) and a forced fumble in the contest. Louisiana had four sacks and forced three turnovers tonight for the Cajuns.
Troy (5-6) struggled all night long. Kaleb Barker, who came into tonight’s game with over 3,000 yards passing, went 15-32 for 178 and was picked off twice. DK Billingsley was their leading rusher with 68 yards on 10 carries and Kaylon Geiger, Barker’s favorite target this season, hauled in six catches for 44 yards. Troy’s lone points came at the 3;37 mark of the first quarter on a 30-yard field goal from Tyler Sumpter.
Louisiana (9-2, 6-1 SBC) will stay in the friendly confines of Cajun Field as they host Louisiana-Monroe for Senior day. Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. on ESPNU.
Troy (5-6, 3-4 SBC) will return home to host Sun Belt East champion and #24 App State (10-1, 6-1 SBC) on Friday at 5:00 p.m. with kickoff on ESPN+.