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Cajuns survive thanks to a ULM Missed field goal to reach a program record 10 Wins

Louisiana has hit 10 wins for the first time in school history.

Photo by Scott Clause/USA Today Network

Lafayette, LA - The Louisiana Ragin Cajuns defeated UL Monroe 31-30 Saturday night after a missed field goal by Jared Porter with five seconds remaining to record their 10th win, setting a new school record. Louisiana (10-2) will now set their sights on their Sun Belt Conference title matchup with #25 App State (11-1).

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTER

Cajuns TD 10:02 Jamal Bell 36 Yd pass from Levi Lewis (Stevie Artigue Kick)

4 plays, 40 yards, 1:19

7-0 Louisiana

ULM TD 3:03 Caleb Evans 19 Yd Run (Jared Porter Kick)

7 plays, 62 yards, 3:17

7-7

SECOND QUARTER

Cajuns TD 10:41 Ja’Marcus Bradley 42 Yd pass from Levi Lewis (Stevie Artigue Kick)

7 plays, 99 yards, 4:03

14-7 Louisiana

ULM TD 2:24 Josh Pederson 47 Yd pass from Caleb Evans (Jared Porter Kick)

4 plays, 80 yards, 1:34

14-14

Cajuns TD 0:28 Raymond Calais 83 Yd Run (Stevie Artigue Kick)

1 play, 83 yards, 0:11

21-14 Louisiana

THIRD QUARTER

ULM TD 8:17 Jonathan Hodoh 40 Yd pass from Caleb Evans (Jared Porter Kick)

5 plays, 54 yards, 1:38

21-21

Cajuns TD 5:34 Peter Leblanc 2 Yd pass from Levi Lewis (Stevie Artigue Kick)

5 plays, 75 yards, 2:43

28-21 Louisiana

ULM FG 0:05 Jared Porter 23 Yd Field Goal

12 plays, 80 yards, 5:29

28-24 Louisiana

FOURTH QUARTER

ULM TD 7:56 Austin Vaughn 11 Yd Run (Jared Porter PAT failed)

8 plays, 99 yards, 3:21

30-28 UL Monroe

Cajuns FG 1:21 Stevie Artigue 27 Yd Field Goal

15 plays, 62 yards, 6:35

31-30 Louisiana


Recap

Levi Lewis went 15-23 for 270 yards and three touchdowns in the contest, hitting six different receivers. Lewis completed 65.2% of his passes and had a QBR of 206.9. The senior quarterback from Baton Rouge was instrumental in the final drive of the game leading to the go-ahead field goal by Stevie Artigue. He made key plays, especially his 4th down run to convert. For UL Monroe, Caleb Evans went 22-37 for 330 yards with two touchdowns and a interception; he also had 77 yards and a touchdown on the ground.

Raymond Calais was the leading rusher for Louisiana, with 107 yards on eight carries and a touchdown. Elijah Mitchell, the Cajuns’ leading rusher on the year, had 102 yards on 19 carries. Leading rusher for the Warhawks was Josh Johnson, who racked up 109 yards on 13 carries, pushing his season yards total over 1,300.

Senior Ja’Marcus Bradley was the top receiver for Louisiana tonight, pulling in four grabs for 127 yards and a touchdown. Other factors in the passing game were senior Jarrod “Bam” Jackson and freshman Peter Leblanc. Jackson had four catches for 66 yards and Leblanc had three grabs for 30 yards and a score. For ULM, Josh Pederson, son of Philadelphia Eagles head coach and former ULM QB Doug Pederson, had six catches for 92 yards and a touchdown. Jonathan Hodoh had five catches for 69 yards and a touchdown.

Leaders defensively for the Cajuns were senior Jacques Boudreaux and Lorenzo McCaskill. Boudreaux racked up 12 tackles and split a sack with McCaskill, who added 10 tackles. Chase Day had 14 tackles for ULM, followed by Cortez Sisco Jr. with 12.

Up Next

ULM’s season ends at 5-7 on the year. Louisiana (10-2) will be representing the West Division in the Sun Belt Conference Championship game from Kidd-Brewer Stadium in Boone, NC. Kickoff is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. CT and will be televised on ESPN following College Gameday.