NEW ORLEANS (SunBeltSports.org) - UL-Lafayette continued its winning ways this past Saturday with a win over first-year Sun Belt member Georgia State. The win was the eighth straight win for the Cajuns and they remain unbeaten in Sun Belt play and sit alone in first place in the league standings. The Cajuns will take a week off before hosting UL-Monroe in the final game of the season at Cajun Field.
While the Cajuns 5-0 record is good for first place, they have not clinched the league championship yet because Arkansas State has won three straight and holds a 4-1 record in the league which is good for second place in the league standings.
Arkansas State's win over Texas State not only keeps the Red Wolves in the hunt for the conference championship, but it also made them bowl eligible. In fact, four Sun Belt teams are now bowl eligible (UL-Lafayette, Arkansas State, Texas State and WKU). UL-Monroe and Troy both have five wins each and are on the brink of being bowl eligible. The record for bowl eligible Sun Belt teams in a single season is five – and that number was set just last year.
With teams still looking to get bowl eligible and a tight race atop the league standings the final weeks of the Sun Belt season will make for one of the most interesting stories in college football. Fortunately all three games this upcoming Saturday will be available for a home viewing audience.
* Texas State at Troy - 1 p.m.
* South Alabama at Georgia State - 1 p.m.
* Arkansas State at Western Kentucky - 3 p.m.
* UL-Monroe at UL-Lafayette - 6 p.m. (Sun Belt Network)
* UL-Lafayette at South Alabama - TBA (RCN/ESPN3)
R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl - 8 p.m. (ESPN)
GoDaddy.com Bowl - 8 p.m. (ESPN)
All times Central (CT) and subject to change
* denotes Sun Belt Conference game
Ole Miss 51, Troy 21 - 11a.m. (ESPNU)
* UL-Lafayette 35, Georgia State 21 - 1 p.m. (ESPN3)
Navy 42, South Alabama 14 - 2:30 p.m. (CBS Sports Network)
* Arkansas State 38, Texas State 21- 6:30 p.m. (Sun Belt Network)
Western Kentucky 21, Army 17 - 11 a.m. (CBS College Sports)
* Arkansas State 42, UL-Monroe 14 - 6 p.m. (ESPN3)
* UL-Lafayette 41, Troy 36 - 6:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
* Western Kentucky 44, Georgia State 28 - 12 p.m. (Sun Belt Network)
Texas State 37, Idaho 21 - 4 p.m.
UL-Lafayette 49, New Mexico State 35 - 4 p.m. (RCN/ESPN3)
* Arkansas State 17, South Alabama 16 - 6:30 p.m. (ESPN3)
* UL-Monroe 49, Troy 37 - 6:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
Elijah McGuire (UL-Lafayette, Fr., RB)
Became the first player in school history to rush for and catch passes for more than 100 yards in the same game when he touched the ball 14 times for 232 yards (16.6 avg.) and two touchdowns in a 35-21 win over Georgia State. McGuire, a true-freshman who ranks second in the nation averaging 9.0 yards per carry, rushing 11 times for 107 yards and caught three passes for 125 yards and a pair of scores. He opened the scoring in the game when he took short pass on a jet sweep and out-ran the defense for an 80-yard touchdown. He caught a screen pass in the third quarter and used his speed to turn it into a 36-yard touchdown that broke a 21-21 tie and gave the Cajuns the lead for good. With UL-Lafayette playing ball possession in the fourth quarter, he burst free for a 39-yard run that put him over the 100-yard mark for the second time in his career. McGuire also become the second Louisiana running back, and first since 1950, to catch passes for more than 100 yards in a game.
Defensive Player of the Week
Trae Johnson (UL-Lafayette, Jr., LB)
After making just seven tackles all season, Johnson made an emergency start at linebacker and responded with a career high 12 tackles (10 solo) with two TFL (-4) in UL-Lafayette's 35-21 win over Georgia State. With the Cajuns holding onto a 28-21 lead with 11:33 left in the game, Johnson made the biggest stop of the game when he tackled GSU back Kyler Neal one yard short of the first down on a fourth-and-3 from the Cajun's 16. The Cajuns then drove down the field for the insurance touchdown and the Panthers never seriously challenged.
Special Teams Player of the Week