Get To Know: Louisiana Lafayette

Let’s learn a little more about the Bobcats upcoming home opponent, the Louisiana Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns.

Louisiana Lafayette comes into this game with a 2-3 overall record, and 1-0 in Sunbelt play after hanging on to hold off Georgia State, 34-31. The Rajin Cajun started the season off with a win over Southern, with a score of 45-6. They then stumbled into perhaps the toughest part of the schedule with consecutive games against Louisiana Tech, Ole Miss, and Boise State. Losing the three games by a combined score of 138-44.

Ragin' Cajun History
The Cajun football program started in 1902, and has been a constant competitor since. They have claimed 14 conference titles, although 6 of those are shared, most recently in 2005 and 2013. ULL has had 26 coaches in the programs history. The Ragin' Cajuns have strung together there most successful 3 year span in school history under Coach Mark Hudspeth. Under his leadership they have a 27-12 record and have posted three straight New Orleans bowl wins. Overall, Coach Huspeth has a career head coaching record of 93-33. Under his watch The Rajin' Cajuns have had 28 All Conference players, and have posted a 14-2 home record.

Location, NFL talent, and tidbits.
The University is located in Lafayette, Louisiana, and plays their home games on Cajun field, where they have done so since 1971. Capacity of Cajun filed is just under 37,000.

On campus, ULL is home to 18,796 students. Up until 1999, ULL was known as the University of Southwestern Louisiana (USL). Back in the 50's it was known as The Southwestern Louisiana Institute of Liberal and Technical learning (SLI). During the time of desegregation, SLI took a monumental step forward in 1954, being the first all white public college in the south to desegregate.

On the field, the Cajuns have seen over 20 players go on to play NFL football, the most notable of those being Jake DelHomme, Brandon Stokley, Ike Taylor, and Charles Tillman.

Biggest Rival
The University of Louisiana Monroe, serves as the Rajin' Cajuns biggest rival. Both schools have met a total of 48 times, with ULL leading the series 25-23. Their annual match-up is known as "The Battle on the Bayou" and the winning team is awarded with the wooden boot trophy.

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