Cajuns versus Blue Raiders Game Day

For the second consecutive week, Louisiana's Ragin'Cajuns faces the monumental task of playing on the road against a heavily favored opponent.

The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders seeks to extend their current three-game winning streak, and increase the chances of playing in a bowl game. The 6-3 (4-1 SBC) Blue Raiders are coming off a convincing 48-21 victory over Florida International at home last weekend.

Offensively, Middle Tennessee is ranked 27th in the country in total offense, averaging 421 yards per game. Quarterback Dwight Dasher was named the SBC Player of the Week for the second time this season on Monday. He ran for 178 yards and three touchdowns in the 48-21 win over FIU last week, and threw for 182 yards and two more scores. The 5-10" junior has passes for over 2029 yards and 13 TD. Dasher is also a threat on the ground, rushing for 703 yards and 9 TD on the year.

Sophomore speedster D. D. Kyles also rushed for 110 yards against FIU, giving the Blue Raiders two 100-yard rushers for the second consecutive game. Kyles replaced injured starter Phillip Tanner whom is out for the season after being injured.

Dasher has a talented receiving core that consists of Chris McClover, Patrick Honeycutt, Garrett Andrews and Sancho McDonald. McClover leads MTU in receiving yards with 27 rec. for 469 yards, followed by Honeycutt with 27 rec. for 307 yards on the season.

One of the best battles on the field will be between Middle Tennessee's defense and Louisiana's offensive line. The Blue Raiders lead the conference in sacks with 25 in nine games, while UL has given up only four sacks in their nine games, which ranks as the lowest in the nation. Seniors Chris McCoy and Brandon Perry will lead the charge to get to Ragin' Cajun QB Chris Masson before he can get rid of the ball. The Cajun offense staff counted 137 blitzes from the Blue Raider defense over the past four games.

Middle Tennessee also leads the Sun Belt in turnover margin, with +8. Individual leaders are senior cornerback Marcus Udell, who ranks third in the nation with six interceptions, and senior linebacker Danny Carmichael, who has forced a school record six fumbles so far in 2009 to lead the nation. The Blue Raiders are ranked 9th in the country in takeaways, with 24 on the year.

Keys to the Game for the Cajuns

1)Win the turnover battle- The Cajuns cannot allow the high powered Middle Tennessee offense extra possessions in this game.

2)The offensive line must be able to pick up the numerous Blue Raider defense blitzes consistently

3)The Cajun passing short passing game must execute like it did last week against Arkansas State and the line must establish the running game against a smaller defensive front.

4)The Cajun defense must contain Dwight Dasher and limit the number of big plays in the game. If Dasher is allowed to break containment often, it will be a long day for the Cajuns.

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