Cajuns turn focus to critical road test vs. Arkansas State

LAFAYETTE, LA (The Advertiser) - Its goal of UL's first undefeated season at home since 1987 accomplished thanks to a comeback win over UL Monroe not soon to be forgotten by those who stayed until the end Saturday night at Cajun Field, coach Mark Hudspeth's club now has turned attention to its next task.

It's no small one.

Not since 2005, in fact, has UL won what it wants to now — and even then it was only a share of what it's really after.

"For the past few years, we've definitely always talked about getting a Sun Belt Conference championship," junior quarterback Blaine Gautier said after UL's 36-35 win over the Warhawks, one realized only after the Cajuns erased an 11-point deficit in the game's final two minutes and five seconds. "But that's never happened."

Not for anyone on the current Cajun roster. Perhaps that is because those on it never truly believed it could win one.

But now they have a shot — with at least a co- or tri-championship coming if they win Saturday, and perhaps an outright title if the Cajuns get some help when Arkansas State and Western Kentucky closes out their remaining conference games.

"This year," Gautier said after UL improved to 8-2 overall and 6-1 in the Sun Belt, "we definitely have a totally different mindset."

Different, indeed.

"It's amazing (what) that mindset and that mentality of winning — that we're gonna win, we're gonna be winners in everything we do — can do to a team," senior H-back Brad McGuire said at Monday's weekly media gathering.