Cajuns Fall Short to Illinois 20-17

Louisiana's Ragin' Cajuns fall to No. 24 Illinois 20-17 on Saturday afternoon, after scoring two late touchdowns in the fourth quarter.

Ragin' Cajun quarterback Michael Desormeaux brought Louisiana back to life in the last six minutes. The left-handed senior ran for a 34-yard touchdown that made the score 17-10 and, after Eller's field goal, hit tight end Erik Jones for an 11-yard touchdown that set up the onside kick.

Desormeaux finished with a team-best 42 yards rushing on 14 carries and one touchdown. He completed 25 of 35 passes for 200 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions. Illinois quarterback Juice Williams entered Saturday averaging 92 yards rushing and 287 yards passing a game.

The Cajuns defense did a good job of containing Williams, as he completed 13 of 25 passes for 147 yards, one touchdown and an interception. He rushed 11 times for 35 yards.

Williams led the Illini on only one sustained drive - 11 plays and 96 yards - that ended with Dufrene's 10-yard second-quarter touchdown. The junior running back caught a short pass from Williams and dove for the corner of the end zone, tucking the ball just inside the pylon. The Illini took the 17-3 lead into halftime, but didn't score again until Brett Eller's field goal.

Illini linebacker Brit Miller scored the game's first touchdown, stripping the ball from Desormeaux's arms with just over seven minutes left in the first quarter and running 26 yards untouched into the end zone for a 10-0 lead. On his first carry of the game (14th carry of the season), Tyrell Fenroy passed Cajuns legend Brian Mitchell to become the school's all-time leader in rushing yards with 3,346 yards, nine better than Brian Mitchell.

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