Texas State will look to avoid a sixth straight loss when the Bobcats take on Louisiana-Lafayette in front of a national audience Thursday at Cajun Field in Lafayette, La.
Oh, and the Rajin Cajuns (2-3, 1-1 Sun Belt) have never lost to Texas State since the four all-time meetings between the two conference rivals.
Regardless of the Bobcats’ 1-5 record, and recent woes, Louisiana-Lafayette coach Mark Hudspeth isn’t overlooking Texas State.
“I’ve got a lot of respect for (Texas State coach) Everett Withers,” Hudspeth said at his weekly press conference. “You’ve got to look past their record to see that they’ve been very competitive. Don’t let the record fool you. They lost 20-13 to App State and were on the one-yard line with a chance to win the game. They were also tied late in the fourth quarter with Monroe so they’ve been very competitive in this conference.”
One thing in the Texas State’s favor is the Ragin’ Cajuns defense are allowing 46.2 points per game, the most by any team in the Sun Belt Conference. However, the Bobcats’ offense is the lowest scoring team in the conference.
Texas State’s defense is tied with Idaho for the most sacks with 15 while the Ragin’ Cajuns have allowed 16, which is the second most given up by an offence in the conference.
The Bobcats will need to apply plenty of pressure this week to supplement their poor passing defense, which has allowed eight touchdowns and 266.5 yards passing per game while remaining the only Sun Belt team without an interception.
Junior quarterback Andre Nunez has completed 40 of 61 attempts for 500 yards and three touchdowns in the past two games for the Ragin’ Cajuns. He will get the start Thursday. He took the starting job from Jordan Davis, who was benched for poor play.
“I think (Nunez) has earned the right to start this week,” Hudspeth said. “He’s come in and played awfully well. When you go 18 out of 24 for 237 yards and the only interception you threw was a tipped … I thought he played awfully well.
“Jordan (Davis) has still got to prepare like he’s the starter. If Andre isn’t playing well, then we have another good quarterback to put in the game.”
Left tackle D’Aquin Withrow was a surprise scratch for the Ragin’ Cajuns last week, missing the game against Idaho to attend his grandfather’s funeral. Robert Hunt, who normally starts at guard, played tackle last week in a victory over Idaho. Both players will be back at their normal positions this week.
Injury report: Freshman running back Elijah Mitchell, the Ragin’ Cajuns second leading rusher with 257 yards and four touchdowns, has been ruled out with a foot injury. Defensive back Denarius Howard will also miss the game with a hamstring injury.
Texas State at Louisiana-Lafayette, 6:30 p.m., ESPNU, 1300