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Ragin' Cajuns Power Past Flames, 35-14

September 7, 2019  Lafayette, La.  RSS
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The Ragin' Cajuns distanced themselves from the Flames during the midpoint of the game, scoring four unanswered touchdowns en route to a 35-14 victory in their home opener, Saturday evening, at Cajun Field.

For the second game in a row, Liberty Head Coach Hugh Freeze coached during the game from the press box. After undergoing back surgery in mid-August, Freeze's team activities have been limited due to his recovery process.

Freeze, who has never coached a college game from the press box in his career prior to 2019, led the Flames from a hospital bed against Syracuse last weekend. Today, Freeze worked from a medical chair in the coach's booth at Cajun Field.

The game saw the Ragin' Cajuns nearly reach the 600 total offensive yard mark. The Ragin' Cajuns finished the game with 593 total offensive yards on 71 plays, averaging 8.4 yard per offensive play.

Louisiana did a majority of its work on the ground, rushing 46 times for 407 yards (8.8 yards per game), while Liberty rushed 28 times for 142 yards.

Frankie Hickson gained a majority of the yards on the ground for the Flames, allowing the redshirt senior to move over the 2,000 yard rushing mark for his career (2,019 yards).

Box Score Highlights:
Final Score: 35-14
Liberty (0-2)
Louisiana (1-1, 0-0 Sun Belt)
Location: Cajun Field (Lafayette, La.)
Attendance: 16,231

Turning Point:

A back-and-forth scoring battle turned into a one-side offensive push for the home team during the midpoint of the game.

Louisiana scored on the last drive of the second quarter and the first two drives of the third quarter to turn a 14-14 game into a 35-14 lead.

Play-By-Play Breakdown:

First Quarter
• After being shut out last week against No. 22 Syracuse, the Flames scored their first points of 2019 on the game's opening drive. The eight-play, 75-yard drive ended on a 12-yard shovel pass from Stephen Calvert to DJ Stubbs at 10:54.
• The Ragin' Cajuns had a chance to add points to the scoreboard twice early during the opening quarter; however, Stevie Artigue missed a pair of field goals (42 and 44 yards).
• Louisiana tied the game during the last minute of the quarter, when quarterback Levi Lewis called his own number on a third-and-11 play, scoring on a 19-yard touchdown run with 36 left to play in the quarter.

Second Quarter
• The score remained the same until Frankie Hickson burst up the middle for a 66-yard touchdown run at the 9:18 mark. The run accounted for a new career long rush for the redshirt senior to put the Flames up 14-7.
• The lead was short lived for Liberty, as Trey Ragas scampered 75 yards down the field for a touchdown run two plays later to knot the score at 14-14 26 seconds later.
• The Ragin' Cajuns took their first lead of the day during the waning seconds of the half when Ja'Marcus Bradley scored from two yards out with 21 second left. The run capped off an eight-play, 84-yard drive to give the home team a 21-14 lead at the break.

Third Quarter

• The Ragin' Cajuns doubled their lead less than three minutes into the third quarter when Bradley got free for a 58-yard touchdown run on the sixth play of the quarter. The lengthy run pushed Louisiana's lead to 28-14 at the 12:37 mark.
• Louisiana scored its fourth unanswered touchdown of the game when Elija Mitchell finished off a 12-play, 68-yard scoring drive with a one-yard touchdown run at the 4:50 mark of the quarter.

Fourth Quarter

• Neither team found the end zone during the final 15 minutes of play. The Ragin' Cajuns came the closest to scoring, but the Flames stopped the drive on a fourth-and-goal play from the one-yard line with 1:42 left to play.

What's Next:
After playing their first road game on 2019, the Flames will begin a three-game homestand to wrap up the month of September at Williams Stadium. The three-game stretch begins when Buffalo visits the "Hill City" next weekend.

Date: Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019
Location: Lynchburg, Va. (Williams Stadium)
TV: ESPN+ (LFSN TV Prodcution)
Radio: LFSN Radio (Flagship Station: The Journey 88.3 FM Lynchburg)
Kickoff: 6:06 p.m. (EST)