LAFAYETTE — Spirits were high as fans gathered at Pete's in Lafayette to cheer on the Cajuns in the LendingTree Bowl.
"I gotta support our team," said USL alumnus Larry Aillet. "[I'm] hoping that we can be the first Louisiana team to win a game unlike the Saints."
Among the crowd was longtime fans and new fans.
"My mom used to drop me off in front of Fatima church," said David Horaist. "I'd go see the Cajuns at the Blackham Coliseum back when we had Bo Lamar."
Students say it's important they support the football team no matter the outcome.
"Even though we're not in Mobile, each of the student-athletes that are playing tonight, they still feel us; they still see us," said UL student Jonathan Adams.
Luckily for these fans, the Cajuns secured the win against the RedHawks.
"The coach and staff really did a good job, turning the whole team around this year," said Reese Besse. "I mean, 11 wins is a big deal. Especially being a Sun Belt team, it's a really big honor, and they have the players to prove it."