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Cajuns “Hold the Pen” on their 2018 Story

Posted at 7:10 PM, Nov 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-05 20:10:48-05

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• Louisiana and Georgia State meet for the first time since 2015, and it is the first time since 2014 that
Georgia State will visit Cajun Field.
• The Ragin’ Cajuns and the Panthers did not start playing football against each other until 2013, playing
three-straight seasons, before taking a two-year hiatus.

•Get Louisiana back on the winning track and once again move its overall and conference record back to
•Extend Louisiana’s winning streak at home to three-straight games. That would be the best in-season
winning streak at home since 2009 when Louisiana beat Southern (9/5), Kansas State (9/12) and North
Texas (10/10).

• Sophomore running back Trey Ragas, who is 160 rushing yards away from 1,000 on the season, had his
fifth 100-yard rushing game when he ran for 106 yards on 18 attempts, scoring two touchdowns, in
Louisiana’s Nov. 3 game at Troy.
• The effort at Troy put Ragas one 100-yard game away from tying the school record for 100-yard games in
a season, which is six, accomplished twice by Tyrell Fenroy in both 2006 and 2007.

• Ragas leads the Ragin’ Cajuns in rushing so far this season with 840 yards, and he is tied for the team-lead
in rushing touchdowns with eight.
• In the country, Ragas has had 24 rushing plays over 10-plus yards and that ranks him 24th in the country
for plays over 10 yards. Ragas has also had seven rushing plays over 20-plus yards and that puts him 46th in
the country for plays over 20 yards.
• Where Ragas has been clutch is on short third down situations, when it is third down with three or less
yards to go, Ragas has racked up 100 yards so far this season and that ranks him eighth in the country.
Ragas has also scored seven red zone touchdowns on the ground, which ties him for 25th in the nation.
• Ragas, who has been averaging 93.3 yards per game, ranks second in the conference in total rushing
yards and average yards per game. In the FBS, Ragas’ 840 yards ranks him 25th in the country, and his 93.3
yards per game ranks him 31st in the nation.

• When Louisiana gets in the red zone, the offense has been finishing drives effectively, and they sit in the
top-5 in the nation in red zone conversion percentage when factoring only touchdown’s scored (24-for-30 at
80.0 percent).
• On third downs, Louisiana is converting at a clip of 50.4 percent (60-for-119) which is the fourth-best
percentage in the FBS.

•Louisiana has had nine kickoffs returned for at least 30-plus yards through the season. That is the third
most in the FBS.
• Junior running back Raymond Calais, who has 569 combined kick return yards, is leading the way for
Louisiana and his 569 yards ranks Calais eighth in the FBS.

• Over the nine games that Louisiana has played this season, the Ragin’ Cajuns have had the same starting
five offensive linemen.
• From left to right, juniors Rico Robinson (tackle), Ken Marks (guard), Cole Prudhomme (Center), Kevin
Dotson (guard) and Robert Hunt (tackle) have all anchored the Louisiana offense.
• It is the first time since 2014 that Louisiana has had the same starting five offensive linemen through the
first nine weeks of the season.
•Louisiana is one of two teams in the conference that has had the same five starters in the same five
positions on the offensive line this season, the other being ULM.

•Through the season, the Ragin’ Cajuns have had 10 rushing plays that have gone for 40-plus yards. That ties
them for third in the FBS for rushing plays at 40-plus yards.
• When factoring in rushing plays that have gone over 60-plus yards, Louisiana has had four plays break the
60-yard barrier, and that ties them to seventh in the country.

– Louisiana
– Calais: 108 yards/5 attempts/1 TD; Ragas: 103 yards/15 attempts/1 TD (vs. CCU on Sept. 22)
– Mitchell: 191 yards/20 attempts/3 TDs; Ragas: 100 yards/21 attempts/1 TD (at TXST on Oct. 6)
– Troy
– Jabir Daughtry-Frye: 140 yards/5 attempts/1 TD; BJ Smith: 103 yards/10 attempts/2 TDs (vs. CCU [9/22])
– BJ Smith: 140 yards/17 attempts/2 TDs; Kaleb Barker: 111 yards/5 attempts (vs. GSU [10/4])
– Mississippi State
– Kylin Hill: 211 yards/17 attempts/2 TDs; Nick Fitzgerald: 159 yards/19 attempts (at KSU [9/8])
– Nick Fitzgerald: 107 yards/15 attempts/4 TDs; Aeris Williams: 101 yards/11 attempts/1 TD (vs. LA [9/15])
– Nick Fitzgerald: 195 yards/28 attempts/2 TDs; Kylin Hill: 126 yards/23 attempts (vs. #8 AU [10/6])
– Oregon
– Tony Brooks-James: 107 yards/21 attempts/2 TDs; CJ Verdell: 106 yards/11 attempts/1 TD (vs. PSU [9/8])
– Travis Dye: 115 yards/20 attempts/1 TD; CJ Verdell: 106 yards/9 attempts (at Cal [9/29])
– Maryland
– Ty Johnson: 124 yards/12 attempts/1 TD; Tayon Fleet-Davis: 102 yards/15 attempts/2 TDs (vs. PSU [9/8])
– Ty Johnson: 123 yards/11 attempts/1 TD; Anthony McFarland: 112 yards/6 attempts/2 TDs (vs. MINN [9/22])
– Kentucky
– Benny Snell Jr.: 125 yards/20 attempts/2 TDs; A.J. Rose 104 yards/8 attempts/2 TDs (vs. CMU on Sept. 1)
– Benny Snell Jr.: 175 yards/27 attempts; Terry Wilson 105 yards/10 attempts/1 TD (at UF on Sept. 8)
– Boston College
– AJ Dillon – 161 yards/28 attempts/2 TDs; Ben Glines – 120 yards/23 attempts/1 TD (vs. TEM on Sept. 29)
– David Bailey – 112 yards/28 attempts/1 TD; Ben Glines – 107 yards/17 attempts/1 TD (vs. LOU on Oct. 13)
– UConn
– Kevin Mensah – 144 yards/25 attempts/2 TDs; David Pindell – 137 yards/26 attempts/2 TDs (vs. URI on Sept. 29)
– David Pindell – 197 yards/28 attempts/2 TDs; Kevin Mensah – 120 yards/19 attempts/2 TDs (vs. USF on Oct. 20)
– Arizona
– J.J. Taylor – 284 yards/27 attempts/2 TDs; Garry Brightwell – 113 yards/13 attempts/1 TD (at OSU on Sept. 22)
– J.J. Taylor – 154 yards/19 attempts/1 TD; Garry Brightwell – 121 yards/15 attempts (at UCLA on Oct. 20)
– Pittsburgh
– Qadree Ollison – 192 yards/24 attempts/1 TD; Darrin Hall – 107 yards/17 attempts/2 TDs (vs. SU on Oct. 6)
– Qadree Ollison – 149 yards/18 attempts/1 TD; V’Lique Carter – 137 yards/7 attempts/2 TDs (vs. DU on Oct. 27)
– Wyoming
– Nico Evans – 133 yards/25 attempts/1 TD; Sean Chambers – 100 yards/19 attempts (vs. USU on Oct. 20)
– Nico Evans – 176 yards/28 attempts/1 TD; Sean Chambers – 101 yards/22 attempts/1 TD (vs. CSU on Oct. 27)
– Illinois
– Reggie Corbin – 137 yards/11 attempts/1 TD; A.J. Bush Jr. – 116 yards/18 attempts/2 TDs (at RU on Oct. 6)
– Reggie Corbin – 213 yards/13 attempts/2 TDs; A.J. Bush Jr. – 127 yards/14 attempts/2 TDs (vs. MINN on Nov. 4)
– Clemson
– Travis Etienne – 167 yards/10 attempts/3 TDs; Lyn-J Dixon – 163 yards/10 attempts/2 TDs;
Adam Choice – 128 yards/10 attempts/1 TD (at WF on Oct. 6)
– Travis Etienne – 153 yards/8 attempts/1 TD; Lyn-J Dixon – 116 yards/4 attempts/1 TD;
Tavien Feaster – 101 yards/6 attempts/2 TDs (vs. UL on Nov. 3)
– Appalachian State
– D’Andre Hicks – 150 yards/11 attempts/1 TD; Jalin Moore – 119 yards/8 attempts/2 TDs (vs. GWU on Sept. 22)
– Darrynton Evans – 159 yards/27 attempts/1 TD; Marcus Williams Jr. – 103 yards/19 attempts/1 TD (at CCU on Nov. 3)