Louisiana’s defense held a high-powered Appalachian State offense to a season-low 17 points, but their valiant effort was not enough as the Ragin’ Cajuns fell to the Mountaineers, 17-7, at Cajun Field on Wednesday night.
Leading the charge for Louisiana (4-2, 1-1 SBC) was senior linebacker Jacques Boudreaux, who paced the Ragin’ Cajuns with 10 tackles on the night, the first time he has recorded back-to-back games with double-digit stops in his career.
Sophomore Percy Butler matched a career-high with nine tackles, while Chauncey Manac and Zi’Yon Hill were each credited with seven stops on the night.
Quarterback Levi Lewis was responsible for 131 yards and a touchdown through the air after completing 13 of his 24 attempts. Five of those passes were hauled in by Jarrod Jackson, who finished the evening with 68 yards, while Nick Ralston’s lone reception of 14 yards produced Louisiana’s only score.
Appalachian State (5-0, 2-0 SBC) opened the scoring in the first quarter, stringing together a seven-play, 95-yard drive that was capped off with a seven-yard touchdown scamper by Zac Thomas to put the Mountaineers ahead, 7-0.
With time winding down in the first half, the Ragin’ Cajuns put together a 94-yard drive that resulted in a 14-yard touchdown pass from Lewis to Ralston to send the game into halftime with the score knotted up at seven points apiece.
The visitors scored the only points in the second half, connecting on a 40-yard field goal in the third quarter and a seven-yard rush from Zac Thomas in the final quarter to secure a 17-7 victory.
Louisiana returns to action on Thursday, Oct. 17, when it treks to Jonesboro, Ark., for a midweek clash with Arkansas State. Kickoff from Centennial Bank Stadium is slated for 6:30 p.m. (CST) and will be broadcast nationally on ESPNU.