LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) – Trey Ragas ran for the winning score and Louisiana-Lafayette beat Arkansas State 47-43 on Saturday night.
The Ragin’ Cajuns (4-4, 3-1 Sun Belt) trailed 43-40 when Ragas capped an 11-play, 55-yard drive with a 4-yard run to give them a 47-43 edge with 1:18 to play. The defense shut down the Redwolves (4-4, 1-3) after that to preserve the win.
Andre Nunez threw for 295 yards and two touchdowns. Raymond Calais ran for 121 yards and a score.
Nunez threw a 64-yard touchdown to Elijah Mitchell, capping the game’s first drive. Mitchell followed with a 65-yard scoring run and later, Calais exploded from the backfield and ran untouched 72 yards for a 21-14 edge. But Arkansas State kept pace, scoring three times in the half and Louisiana held on for a 31-21 lead at halftime.
The back-and-forth continued in the second half and Arkansas State scored twice in the fourth to take a 43-40 lead with 5:48 to play.
Justice Hansen threw for 270 yards and a touchdown and ran for another score for the Redwolves.