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Historic running game against Tide sets table for SBC play

Posted: 9:45 PM, Oct 01, 2018
Updated: 2018-10-01 22:45:45-04

LAFAYETTE (KATC) – Perhaps the highlight of the Cajuns’ first four games this season came in Saturday’s loss. Trey Ragas eclipsed the 100-yard mark against an Alabama defense who doesn’t allow 100-yard rushers.

Ragas became the first player this season to eclipse the century mark on no. 1 Alabama. He’s just the 14th player to do so since Nick Saban took over the Crimson Tide. Even more impressive is the Cajuns 200-yards on the ground also cleared a benchmark. The last time that happened was the 2015 National Championship when Zeke Elliot and Ohio State put up 280 yards.

Despite the success, Louisiana found itself on the wrong side of a 56-14 loss. Billy Napier says the Cajuns will now turn the page, and begin the bulk of their season.

“It’s almost like you played the preseason and now you go and play,” he said Monday during his regular press conference. “But certainly we’ve learned a lot as a team. We’re a new staff and a new team and there is lots we’ve learned. We’ve challenged our team to get the most out of what we have and that’s coaching. That’s where we’re at and our plan going forward.”

Louisiana plays Texas State Saturday.