LAFAYETTE (ULL)– Brian Davis kicked five field goals, Arkansas State amassed 526 yards of total offense and the Ragin' Cajuns football team had an uncharacteristic five turnovers as the Red Wolves ended UL's eight-game home win streak with a 50-27 decision Tuesday night in front of 19,873 fans at Cajun Field.
The loss, Louisiana's second straight, dropped the Cajuns to 4-3 on the year and 2-2 in Sun Belt Conference play. Arkansas State improved to 5-3 overall and 3-1 in league action.
ASU also snapped an eight-game losing streak at Cajun Field. It was the Red Wolves' first win at the facility since Nov. 21, 1992 (ASU won 20-7).
The Ragin' Cajuns were forced to play "catch up" the entire night as the Red Wolves rolled out to a 20-0 lead only 15:51 into the contest.
When Terrance Broadway connected with Darryl Surgent on a 25-yard touchdown pass at the 12:16 mark of the third quarter, Louisiana had cut the ASU lead to 26-14.
ASU scored two possessions later to extend the lead to 19 points, then took advantage of Cajuns turnovers on back-to-back possessions to extend the lead to 43-14 and put the contest out of reach.
Broadway completed 28-of-39 passes for 374 and three scores and the receiver combination of Surgent and Jamal Robinson accounted for 213 yards of offense. It would have been enough to keep pace with ASU and quarterback Ryan Aplin (21-of-31, 269 yards passing) had it not been for the five turnovers which led to 27 Red Wolves points.
ASU out-rushed UL 257-76 and controlled the pace of the game with a 36:38-23:22 edge in time of possession.
The 50 points allowed were the most surrendered in a Sun Belt Conference game in the Mark Hudspeth era and the most in an SBC contest since Western Kentucky posted a 54-21 in the 2010 homecoming game.
Surgent's 107 yards receiving marked the third-highest output for him and most since piling up 109 yards receiving against North Texas on Oct. 15, 2011 at Cajun Field.
Broadway's 374 yards passing were the most for a UL quarterback this season and most since Blaine Gautier tossed for 470 in the 2011 New Orleans Bowl win over San Diego State.
Louisiana has a little extra time to prepare for the next outing. The Cajuns have 10 days off before returning to the field on Saturday, Nov. 3 in Monroe against in-state rival UL-Monroe. Kickoff against the Warhawks is set for 3 p.m. at Malone Stadium in Monroe.
Brian Davis accounted for all six ASU points in the first quarter, connecting on field goals from 47 (10:29) and 22 yards (4:38).
Frankie Jackson found the end zone from 10 yards out on the first play of the second quarter to extend the ASU lead to 13-0.
Two plays after Tausean Holmes intercepted a Terrance Broadway pass and returned it to the Louisiana 35. Ryan Applin found J.D. McKissic open on a 45-yard post pattern to extend the lead to 20-0 with 14:09 left.
The Cajuns jumped on the scoreboard with 7:01 left in the half when Surgent caught a 38-yard touchdown pass from Broadway. The play capped a quick 80-yard scoring drive that featured a 35-yard Broadway completion to Javone Lawson.
Davis finished the first-half scoring, connecting on field goals from 45 (4:18) and 21 yards (0:22) to give the Red Wolves a 26-7 lead at the half. The kicks were the fourth and fifth of the game for Davis.
The Cajuns opened the second half on a positive note, taking the second half kickoff and driving 81 yards in seven plays to cut the deficit to 26-14 at the 12:16 mark on a 25-yard touchdown catch by Surgent, his second of the game.
Arkansas State answered back, putting a pair of touchdowns on the board to build a 40-14 advantage after three quarters. Frankie Jackson scored first on a five-yard run. Following a Broadway interception, Rocky Hayes took a handoff on an end around and scampered 57 yards for a touchdown.
Davis completed his night by making a 29-yard field goal with 8:58 left to make it a 43-14 game.
The Ragin' Cajuns added two late touchdowns – a five-yard touchdown run from Torrey Pierce and four-yard touchdown reception from James Butler – in the final 6:58.