Game 6 Preview: The Arkansas State Game

LAFAYETTE - The Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns football team looks to build off a win in its Sun Belt Conference opener when it travels to Jonesboro, Ark., to face Arkansas State in a 7:05 p.m. nationally-televised contest on Tuesday at Centennial Bank Stadium.

The game will be televised on ESPN2 with Mike Corey (pxp) and Rocky Boiman (color) providing the commentary. The game can also be heard statewide on the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns Radio Network with Jay Walker (pxp), Richie Falgout (color) and Travis Webb (sideline) on the call.

Louisiana (2-3, 1-0 Sun Belt) used a 28-point third quarter to break free from a halftime tie and claim a 49-27 victory over Texas State in front of 21,377 on Oct. 10 at Cajun Field.

The Ragin' Cajuns won their Sun Belt opener for the eighth straight season while amassing a season-high 49 points and recording 526 yards of offense.

Junior running back Elijah McGuire piled up a season-high 170 yards on a career-high 28 carries. As a team, the Cajuns rushed for 288 yards surpassing 200-plus for the third time in five outings.

Junior quarterback Jalen Nixon had a career night finishing 22-of-29 for 238 yards and four touchdowns, including three through the air.

Louisiana faces an Arkansas State team (3-3, 2-0 Sun Belt) that rallied at South Alabama last Tuesday with a 29-point fourth-quarter eruption to post a 49-31 victory. The Red Wolves erased a 31-20 deficit with 13:12 remaining in the game by scoring four TDs - including two defensive scores - in a 5:17 span.

The Red Wolves forced five turnovers and registered six sacks as the league's third-ranked defense held South Alabama to 302 yards of total offense, including 103 in the second half.

Louisiana leads the all-time series against A-State that dates back to 1953, 23-19-1. The Ragin' Cajuns have won the last two meetings (both on Tuesday night), including a 55-40 shootout in last year's contest at Cajun Field.


October 20, 2015 • 7:06 p.m. CDT • Jonesboro, Ark. • Centennial Bank Stadium (30,406)


Head Coach: Mark Hudspeth (Delta State, 1992)

Record at Louisiana: 38-19 (5th season), Career Record: 104-40 (12th year)

Arkansas STATE RED WOLVES (3-3, 2-0 Sun Belt)

Head Coach: Blake Anderson (Sam Houston State, '92)

Record at A-State: 10-9 (2nd season), Career Record: Same

* Rankings listed at Amway Coaches' Poll/AP Poll

Series History: Louisiana leads all-time series, 23-19-1 ... A-State leads in games played in Jonesboro, 10-9-1 ... Ragin' Cajuns have won last two meetings in series, including 23-7 victory in Jonesboro in 2013.


ESPN2: Mike Corey, PxP • Rocky Boiman, 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)

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GAMEDAY STORYLINES • Louisiana is 519-532-34 against all opponents dating back to 1901. • Current A-State head coach Blake Anderson was offensive coordinator at UL in 2007. • The Ragin' Cajuns are 4-0 in Tuesday night games since 2013, including a 3-0 mark on the road. • Junior Elijah McGuire is 132 yards shy of passing Michael Desormeaux (2,843 yards) for fourth-place on the school's all-time rushing list and one yard in receiving to reach the 1,000-yard mark. • Louisiana looks to win its first two Sun Belt Conference games for the fifth straight season. DID YOU KNEAUX? 1 - Senior Dominique Tovell has started 37 games in his career for the Ragin' Cajuns, including 31 straight. 2 - Louisiana is 12-4 overall in games in the month of October since the arrival of head coach Mark Hudspeth. 3 - Louisiana's 38 wins since 2011 is tied with BYU and Arkansas State for the eighth-best total among schools in the Group of 5. 4 - Jamal Robinson is three yards shy of passing Wayde Butler (2,076) for sixth-place on the school's all-time list in receiving yards. 5 - Louisiana is 25-7 in Sun Belt Conference games since 2011. NEXT UP • Louisiana returns to action on Saturday, Oct. 31, when it plays host to ULM in the 70th annual Homecoming Game at Cajun Field. Kickoff is set for 4 p.m.

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