LAFAYETTE – It was a busy night at Cajun Field for Louisiana, which set two new school records and narrowly missed out on a third in a dominant 77-6 victory over Texas Southern at Cajun Field on Saturday night.
Louisiana’s (2-1) offense was firing on all cylinders, scoring touchdowns on 11 of its 13 possessions en route to setting school records for most points scored in the modern era (77) and largest margin of victory (71), while falling 11-yards shy of the record for total offense with 748.
The six points allowed were the fewest given up by a Ragin’ Cajuns defense since it held ULM to three points on Dec. 3, 2016. Louisiana also kept Texas Southern’s ground game in check, giving up only 72 yards to the Tigers in the victory.
Six different Louisiana running backs scored touchdowns in the game, with Elijah Mitchell and Raymond Calais each punching in two scores. Redshirt sophomore T.J. Wisham led Louisiana’s rushers with 103 yards, the first 100-yard outing of his career.
Quarterback Levi Lewis was extremely efficient with a 244.6 passer rating, finishing the contest 10-for-13 through the air for 181 yards and two touchdowns. Jaiave Magalei also saw significant minutes, going 9-for-13 against the Tigers for 103 yards and his first career touchdown pass.
On the defensive side of the ball, Jourdan Quibodeaux and Andre Jones led the way with five total tackles. Jones also added two TFL and notched his first career sack.
The Ragin’ Cajuns were unstoppable in the first half, taking a commanding 56-3 advantage into the locker room after scoring on all of its possessions in the opening 30 minutes. Despite the final two quarters being shortened to 10 minutes each, Louisiana was able to tack on three more scores to complete the 77-6 victory.
Louisiana will play its first true road game of the 2019 campaign on Saturday, Sept. 21, when it travels north for a date with the Ohio Bobcats. Kickoff is slated for 1 p.m. (CST) and will be broadcast on ESPN+.