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Cajuns Cruise Past Aggies

Louisiana rolled past New Mexico State, allowing the Cajuns to keep pace in the Sun Belt race.

Spruce Derden-USA TODAY Sports

Louisiana ran its way to bowl eligible after a 44-16 victory over New Mexico State. Elijah McGuire led the way on the ground for Louisiana with 135 yards and one touchdown. Terrance Broadway, finished the evening with 158 yards passing and three touchdowns.

Jared Johnson, used his size in the redzone to snag two of Terrance Broadways three touchdown passes. Elijah McGuire, collected Broadway's only other touchdown pass early in the third quarter.

The Cajun defense picked off three Tyler Rogers passes en route to holding the Aggie offense to 307 total yards and 16 total points.

After a lengthy opening drive by the Aggies, the Cajun defense stiffened and held New Mexico Sate to a field goal. It would be all Cajuns from there. Louisiana would answer the Aggie opening drive with its own 15 play 75 yard touchdown drive to take a 7-3 lead, Louisiana would not trail the rest of the evening.

The Cajun offense which has been looking for someone to replace Jamal Robinson, saw Jared Johnson snag two touchdown passes from Terrance Broadway. The 6 foot, 5 inch Johnson used his big frame to haul in two fade passes, once the Cajuns were deep in Aggie territory.

With Alonzo Harris out nursing a hamstring injury, Elijah McGuire carried the load for Louisiana. Efferem Reed pitched in with 10 rushes for 58 yards and a score.

The secondary which had been abused throughout much of the season came up big for Louisiana. New Mexico State entered the game averaging 254 yards per game, but the Cajuns were able to hold the Aggies to only 204 yards through the air.

Louisiana, who entered the evening -7 in the turnover margin, forced four Aggie turnovers, while not giving up the ball themselves.

Louisiana improved to 6-3 and remains unbeaten in the Sun Belt, while New Mexico State falls to 2-8 and 1-5 in conference play. Up next the Cajuns will take on instate rival Louisiana-Monroe at Malone Stadium in Monroe.