Game 5 Preview: The Texas State Game

LAFAYETTE - The Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns football team opens its 15th season of Sun Belt Conference football on Saturday when it plays host to Texas State at Cajun Field.

Kickoff is set for 6:05 p.m. and will be televised on ESPN3. The game can also be heard statewide on the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns Radio Network.

Louisiana (1-3, 0-0) is 9-5 in Sun Belt Conference openers and has won seven straight league openers dating back to 2008. The Ragin' Cajuns rallied for a 34-31 win over Georgia State in last year's SBC opener, snapping a three-game losing streak in the process.

The Ragin' Cajuns will look to drop a two-game slide when it opens league play against Texas State (1-3, 0-0) for the second time in three years. Louisiana dropped a 43-14 decision to Conference USA member Louisiana Tech on Saturday in the 87th meeting between the in-state rivals.

Elijah McGuire rushed for 84 yards on 12 carries for the Ragin' Cajuns while grabbing a team-high six passes for 70 yards and a touchdown. Tracy Walker recorded a career-high 13 tackles for Louisiana with Tre'maine Lightfoot adding a career-best eight stops.

Junior quarterback Jalen Nixon, making his first career start for the Ragin' Cajuns, completed 17 of 33 passes for 161 yards with a touchdown while adding 54 yards on the ground with a touchdown in nine carries. Senior Jamal Robinson caught two passes for 27 yards, increasing his career receiving yards total to 2,007 yards and moving past Bill Sampy (1,988 yards, 2002-05) into seventh-place on the school's all-time receiving list.

Louisiana has won both meetings between the schools, beginning with a 48-24 victory two years ago at Cajun Field and a 34-10 win in a nationally-televised game last season in San Marcos.

Among FBS programs, the Ragin' Cajuns are ranked 24th in rushing offense, averaging 217.0 yards per game. Louisiana leads the Sun Belt Conference, and is 36th nationally, in third-down conversion percentage (43.4 percent).

GAME INFORMATION

October 10, 2015 • 6:05 p.m. CDT • Lafayette, La. • Cajun Field (41,426)

LOUISIANA RAGIN' CAJUNS (1-3, 0-0 Sun Belt)

Head Coach: Mark Hudspeth (Delta State, 1992)

Record at Louisiana: 37-19 (5th season), Career Record: 103-40 (12th year)

Texas STATE BOBCATS (1-3, 0-0 Sun Belt)

Head Coach: Dennis Franchione (Pittsburg State, '73)

Record at TXST: 37-37 (7th season), Career Record: 211-129-8 (30th year)

Rankings listed at Amway Coaches' Poll/AP Poll

Series History: Louisiana leads all-time series, 2-0 ... Ragin' Cajuns claimed 48-24 victory in first meeting between schools in 2013 SBC opener before claiming 34-10 win in the 2014 contest in San Marcos.

MEDIA INFORMATION

ESPN3: Brett Dolan, PxP • Forrest Conoly, Analyst

Ragin' Cajuns Radio Network: Jay Walker, PxP • Richie Falgout, Analyst • Travis Webb, Sideline

In Lafayette: KPEL 1420-AM (Flagship); KHXT 107.9-FM

Affiliates: KTUX 98.9-FM (Shreveport); WGSO 990-AM (New Orleans); KJEF 1290-AM

(Jennings); KLCL 1470-AM (Lake Charles); KRJO 1680-AM (Monroe); KTIB 640-AM (Thibodaux)

Live Stats/Audio: RaginCajuns.com

Twitter Updates: @ULRaginCajuns; Facebook: RaginCajunsAthletics;

YouTube: IAm4RaginCajuns; Instagram: ULRaginCajuns


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