Game 10 Preview: The New Mexico State

LAFAYETTE - The Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns football team returns home for the first time in three weeks as it will face New Mexico State on Saturday, Nov. 21, in a Sun Belt Conference contest at Cajun Field.

Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. and will be televised on ESPN3. Matt Stewart (pxp), John Gregory (color) and Danielle Jenkins (sideline) will be providing the commentary. The game will also be aired statewide on the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns Radio Network with Jay Walker (pxp), Richie Falgout (color) and Travis Webb (sideline) handling the call.

Louisiana (4-5, 3-2 SBC) returns to the friendly confines of Cajun Field after earning a split on a two-game, five-day roadtrip. The Ragin' Cajuns rallied for a 23-21 win at Georgia State on Nov. 7 before falling at South Alabama, 32-25, in a nationally-televised contest on Nov. 12.

Brooks Haack has completed nearly 63 percent of his passes with three TDs in the Ragin' Cajuns last three games, that included comeback wins against ULM and Georgia State. Jamal Robinson has averaged over 18 yards per catch and nearly 105 yards per game in his last three contests while continuing to climb up the Ragin' Cajuns record books.

Al Riles (37 receptions), Robinson (33), Gabe Fuselier (29) and Elijah McGuire (28) are the top targets for the quarterback duo of Haack and Jalen Nixon, who has thrown for a team-high seven TDs on the season.

Defensively, senior Dominique Tovell has solidified his status as one of the top linebackers in the Sun Belt Conference as he leads the league in sacks (7.0) and is fourth in tackles for loss (11.0). Fellow linebacker Otha Peters has averaged over nine tackles per game in his last four contests for the Ragin' Cajuns with Tracy Walker (58 tackles, 1 INT) and Savion Brown (30 tackles, 3 INT) highlighting the secondary.

Game No. 10

November 21, 2015 • 4:04 p.m. CT • Lafayette, La. • Cajun Field (41,426)

LOUISIANA RAGIN' CAJUNS (4-5, 3-2 Sun Belt)

Head Coach: Mark Hudspeth (Delta State, 1992)

Record at Louisiana: 40-21 (5th season), Career Record: 106-42 (12th year)

New Mexico State AGGIES (2-7, 2-3 Sun Belt)

Head Coach: Doug Martin (Kentucky, 1985)

Record at NMSU: 6-27 (3rd season), Career Record: 35-80 (10th season)

Rankings listed at Amway Coaches' Poll/AP Poll

Series History: Louisiana leads all-time series, 6-3 ... Ragin' Cajuns have won last two meetings, including first-ever win in Las Cruces (44-16) in previous meeting ... Cajuns have won two straight at Cajun Field and are 5-1 in games played in Lafayette.

TV/RADIO INFORMATION

ESPN3: Matt Stewart, PxP • John Gregory, Analyst • Danielle Jenkins, Sideline

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

GAMEDAY STORYLINES

• Louisiana is 521-534-34 against all opponents dating back to 1901.

• McGuire is five catches shy of becoming the first Ragin' Cajuns running back with 100 receptions.

Steven Coutts is 29th nationally (third among freshmen) in punting, averaging 43.7 yards per attempt.

• The Ragin' Cajuns are 14th among FBS programs in net punting average (40.6).

• Today's game pits two of the top active FBS players in all-purpose yards per game - NM State's Larry Rose III (3rd, 149.47) and Louisiana's Elijah McGuire (13th, 121.94).

• Louisiana is 21-5 overall, and 6-2 in November home games under head coach Mark Hudspeth.

• Jamal Robinson needs one touchdown reception to tie Donald Richard (1993-96) and become fourth player in school history with 20 TD catches in his Ragin' Cajuns career.

DID YOU KNEAUX?

1 - Senior Dominique Tovell has started 41 games in his career for the Ragin' Cajuns, including 35 straight.

2 - Senior Octravian Anderson has started 35 consecutive games at right tackle.

3 - Louisiana is 31-2 overall when leading at halftime under Mark Hudspeth.

4 - The next win would give Mark Hudspeth 41 with the Ragin' Cajuns, tying him with Ricky Bustle for the fourth-most in school history.

5 - Louisiana's eight sacks allowed in 2015 are the second-fewest allowed in the Sun Belt Conference.


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