Tulane brushes past UL for narrow victory
The Ragin’ Cajuns’ football team lost a nail-biter to the Tulane Green Wave 41-39 on Saturday night at Yulman Stadium in New Orleans.
With the score tied at 16 at the end of regulation, the Cajuns put up 23 points during the course of four overtime periods. It was the first overtime game for the Cajuns since a 2009 game against Florida International University.
It was the final two points, or the lack thereof, that cost the Cajuns a hard-fought victory as the Cajuns failed to convert on a 2-point conversion that would have extended the game to a fifth overtime period.
According to NCAA rules, starting with the third overtime period, teams must go for two and are no longer allowed to kick an extra point.
In the end, the Cajuns came up two yards shy of a win, and the mistakes made earlier in the game were too much to overcome.
“As bad as it hurts in defeat, I’m really proud of these kids effort tonight,” said head football coach Mark Hudspeth. “They didn’t have much left — either team; it was a 15-round fight tonight, and it went down to the bell in the 15th round.”
McGuire steps up again
With a career high 38 carries, senior running back Elijah McGuire did everything possible to will the Cajuns to a win. McGuire also scored three touchdowns on the night— two on the ground and one through the air from senior quarterback Anthony Jennings.
“Elijah McGuire, on that last catch, that was it, that was all he had,” Hudspeth said. “He left everything he had out there on the field.”
The three touchdowns bring McGuire’s career total to 47. He also has 288 career points, which is second in school history.
McGuire had 143 total yards in the game, which brought his total career yardage to 5,163. He is now 69 yards away from being the school’s all-time yardage leader.
The defense continues to improve
For the third game in a row, the Cajuns’ defense made strides forward and held the Tulane offense to 236 total yards in regulation and only 16 points.
The defense made big plays time and time again, helping to bail out a Cajuns’ offense that could not move the ball after the first quarter, while also holding Tulane to zero third-down conversions in 16 attempts.
“After the turnovers on the short field, they kept coming up with stops and making plays over and over again,” Hudspeth said.
The Cajuns also continued to put pressure on the quarterback, earning three sacks on the night. The Cajuns lead the Sun Belt Conference in sacks with 13. The Cajuns also blocked their first punt of the year.
A week after missing two extra points and a field goal, sophomore kicker Stevie Artigue set a career high with four made field goals. Artigue made field goals from 20, 22, 39 and 40 yards as well as three extra points.
Artigue’s previous career high was three field goals made in a game, which he accomplished twice — against Georgia State and UL Monroe in 2015.