Recap: Louisiana vs. Arkansas State
Lafayette, LA (SportsNetwork.com) - Elijah McGuire and Alonzo Harris each rushed for four touchdowns to lead Louisiana to a 55-40 win over Arkansas State on Tuesday.
McGuire led the Ragin' Cajuns (4-3, 3-0 Sun Belt) with a career-high 265 yards rushing, while Harris had a game-high 27 carries for 107 yards in the win.
Fredi Knighten threw for 344 yards with three touchdown passes -- two going to Dijon Paschal -- and also tossed an interception for the Red Wolves (4-3, 2-1), who had their three-game winning streak halted.
Knighten rushed up the middle on a quarterback draw for a 60-yard touchdown to open the scoring in the first. Luke Ferguson missed the extra point so Arkansas State had to settle for a 6-0 advantage early in the first.
The Ragin' Cajuns would answer, however, with Harris capping an 81-yard drive with a 4-yard TD run, and the Red Wolves' special teams unit picked up Ferguson by blocking the ensuing extra point to keep it a 6-6 game.
Ferguson was successful from 44 yards out on Arkansas State's next touch to make it 9-6, then the hosts ran off 28 straight points.
Harris contributed a 22-yard TD run late in the first to make it a 13-9 Ragin' Cajuns lead after a quarter of play. An interception of Knighten coupled with a horse-collar penalty placed the ball at the Red Wolves' 1, and Harris registered his third rushing touchdown of the night to extend the lead early in the second.
Arkansas State, which entered the game allowing 20.5 points per game, couldn't make a stop in the opening half as McGuire got in on the fun with a 74-yard touchdown scamper with over 11 minutes left in the half. The onslaught continued as McGuire added a 13-yard scoring run less than three minutes later to make it 34-9.
Michael Gordon stopped the deluge with a 70-yard TD dash to cut the deficit to 18, then Knighten hit Paschal for an 87-yard touchdown strike with 4:29 to play which made it 34-23 at the half.
The Red Wolves attempted an unsuccessful fake punt from their own 8 midway through the third, and Harris rushed for a 4-yard score to keep the hosts comfotably out in front.
Ferguson added a 29-yard field goal early in the fourth, and Knighten hit Paschal for a 6-yard score on fourth down later in the frame to cut the deficit to 41-32. Knighten threw an incomplete pass on the two-point conversion attempt, then McGuire sealed the win with a 43-yard touchdown run.
Knighten hit Tres Houston for a TD with just over a minute to play and converted the two-point conversion to account for the final margin. The onside kick attempt went out of bounds as the comeback effort fell short.
McGuire capped his career night with a 54-yard scoring run.Game Notes