Posted: Oct 8, 2010 9:03 AM
Updated: Oct 8, 2010 11:58 AM
Louisiana's Ragin' Cajuns are set to return to Cajun Field this week as they host No.22 Oklahoma State Tonight in front of a national television audience. The Cajuns and Cowboys kick-off at 8:05 p.m. in a game being broadcast on ESPN2.
Friday night's game is presented in association with the United State Marine Corps. Local recruits will be sworn in as active duty U.S. Marines at halftime. Friday is also "Take a Kid to the Game" with free admission for children under 12 years of age accompanied by an adult.
The Cajuns (2-2) enter Friday's match-up as winners of their last contest, defeating North Texas on the road by a final score of 28-27 on Saturday night. UL's Jermaine Rogers blocked the Mean Green's extra point attempt that would've tied the game with 31 seconds remaining.
For his efforts, Rogers was named Sun Belt Conference Special Teams Player of Week. Fellow Cajun Chris Masson was named the conference's Offensive Player of the Week thanks to career day through the air.
The junior quarterback threw for a career-high 310 yards and tied his career mark with two touchdown passes. Masson launched touchdown passes of 60 and 82 yards while completing 7-of-11 passing attempts for 83 yards on third down.
Masson didn't throw an interception, improving the Cajuns record to 8-1 in games in which he doesn't throw a pick. Also, Masson hasn't thrown an interception in his last 96 passing attempts.
The Cajuns defense was also stellar against the Mean Green as they sacked North Texas quarterback Riley Dodge three times and returned a fumble for a touchdown. The 40-yard return by junior safety Lance Kelley gave the Cajuns their first defensive touchdown of the season.
OSU (4-0) enters Friday's match-up after a last second win over Texas A&M last Thursday night. The Cowboys' Dan Bailey made a 40-yard field goal as time expired to defeat the Aggies by a final score of 38-35.
The Cowboy's come into Cajun Field ranked third in the nation in total offense and second in scoring offense.
Friday night's game will mark the seventh contest between UL and OSU with the Cowboys winning the previous six, including two at Cajun Field.
The Cowboys are the second ranked team that UL has played this season, with the previous contest coming in the opening week against then-No.25 Georgia.
OSU will be just the second ranked team to visit Cajun Field. Many fans remember the first, as Louisiana defeated No.25 Texas A&M, 29-22, back in 1996.
After Friday night's game, the Cajuns will jump back into Sun Belt play as they prepare for an October 16th road trip to Troy.