Game Recap: ULL

The Ragin' Cajun came into this game and gave the Bobcats all they could handle and more. We have the recap from Tuesday night's action.

In what was to be a hyped match-up between one established Sun Belt team, and the other fighting for a bit of respect and identity, ended up being a one sided affair for the experienced team. Louisiana dominated both sides of the ball, starting with a dominant showing in the trenches.

"I don't think we blocked very well. I don't think we got off blocks very well. I don't think we caught the ball very well. We made too many mistakes to beat a team like that. Too many self inflicted wounds, the turnover for the touchdown hurts, but I'm not sure that makes separation and makes it difficult in the end," said Head Coach Dennis Franchione.

The game started sour when the second play from scrimmage resulted in a 62 yard connection from ULL quarterback Terrance Broadway to RB Elijah McGuire. Louisiana jumped out in front quickly and didn't look back.

"We never really got much momentum and sustained it. You know, we didn't make enough plays to get ourselves into the ball game very well," said Coach Franchione.

Texas State would manage a 26 yard field goal after an uncharacteristic bad punt by ULL, would give the Bobcats the best field position of the game. The offense would then stall and Will Johnson would connect, making it 7-3, Louisiana.

The first half as a whole could be characterized by the dominance of the Ragin' Cajun D-line and O-line. Defensive tackle Christian Ringo was a constant pest in the backfield, making several tackles and even returning a Tyler Jones fumble for a touchdown to put Louisiana up 21-3. Ringo would finish the game with 4 tackles, 3 TFL, 2 sacks, and the 41 yard fumble return for the touchdown. The fumble return was a huge turning point for the Bobcats as the offense was driving, but the turnover ended up in an 11 point deficit.

Seemingly nothing positive happened the rest of the game until the closing minute when Tyler Jones found Brice Gunter after a double move down the Texas State sideline for a 33 yard score, resulting in the final tally, 34-10.

QB Terrance Broadway ran a muck with the zone read option, racking up a total of 128 yards on the ground, to go along with 225 yards passing, going 14 of 21 and a score. McGuire finished with 149 all purpose yards and a receiving touchdown as his speed really gave the Bobcats defense a lot of trouble over the course of the night. ULL would dominate the Bobcats in total yardage, 528 to 270. The Bobcats gave up 288 yards on the ground, leading to time of possession dominance, 38:38 to 21:22.

Texas State QB Tyler Jones would finish 14-23 for 176 yards with one touchdown and one interception, and was sacked 4 times. He endured constant pressure all night from the Louisiana front seven. His touchdown to Gunter was the lone bright spot for the offense. Gunter finished with 2 catches for 50 yards and his score.

LB David Mayo logged 11 tackles, and a forced fumble. DE Michael Odiari registered 11 tackles of his own including a sack and safety Germod Williams finished with 9 tackles of his own.

After tonight's loss, the Bobcats fall to 3-3 on the season and 1-1 in Sun Belt play. The Bobcats will now travel to Louisiana Monroe, two Saturdays from now, for another conference match up. Kickoff time is set for 6 p.m. from Malone Stadium in Monroe.

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