Another Thursday, another Sun Belt Conference matchup in the books. This week featured the Arkansas State Red Wolves and the Ragin’ Cajuns out of the state of Louisiana. While both teams were physically present, only the Red Wolves decided to show up as Arkansas State handled the Cajuns throughout the game. The final score was 47-3 in favor of Arkansas State.
The Ragin’ Cajuns simply could not move the ball on the Arkansas State defense. Andre Nunez was the newly-crowned starter at quarterback coming into this game, but he proved that he may not be the long-term answer. Former starter Jordan Davis found himself some playing time at various times throughout the game, but he was just as ineffective as Nunez. The lack of production for the Cajuns’ offense was on full display from start to finish.
The Cajuns’ offensive woes were less about their own inability, and more about the high level of play by the Red Wolves’ defense. Right off the bat Arkansas State was making plays, returning a fumble for a touchdown on the very first drive of the game. That set the tone and the Red Wolves would never look back. That touchdown alone proved to be enough points to win, as the Ragin’ Cajuns only put up a single field goal.
Ja’Von Rolland-Jones was an absolute force for the Red Wolves on defense. He was disrupting plays throughout the game, and was a key part of Arkansas State’s success tonight. He is currently the career sack leader among active players in the NCAA, and he added 2.5 more tonight. Rolland-Jones is the type of player that can completely alter the course of a game, and he proved that tonight.
On the offensive side of the ball, Justice Hansen had a field day. He posted 275 yards and two touchdowns passing while running for 121 yards and another touchdown. Hansen essentially moved the ball at will all night, and he made it easy for the Red Wolves to cruise to victory.
This is a tough one to swallow for the Ragin’ Cajuns, but it is a great sign moving forward for the Red Wolves. Such a dominant performance in conference play is only going to give Arkansas State momentum as they move deeper into Sun Belt play.
- Arkansas State @ New Mexico State, October 28th
- Ragin’ Cajuns @ South Alabama, November 3rd