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Hot Read: Ragin’ Cajuns Come Up Just Short

By BJ Bennett
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1. It was a strong effort from the Ragin' Cajuns, though Louisiana fell to Southern Miss in the New Orleans Bowl 28-21. After trailing by two touchdowns midway through the first quarter, the Ragin' Cajuns responded to tie the Golden Eagles in the second period and ultimately had an opportunity to equalize, again, on the game's final drive. Louisiana was outgained 481 total yards to 252, but took advantage of some Southern Miss miscues and was in position late.

2. Running back Elijah McGuire ends his career as one of the most dynamic running backs in Sun Belt history. The 2014 league player of the year finishes with 4,301 rushing yards, 130 receptions and 52 total touchdowns. McGuire ran for 99 yards in his final game, adding a 25-yard punt return, averaging almost six yards per carry against the Golden Eagles.

3. Quarterback Anthony Jennings, formerly of LSU, scored two cricital rushing touchdowns on the night, but was unable to find consistency through the air. He was just 8-of-20 passing for 95 yards, with an interception.

4. A big play from linebacker Tre'maine Lightfoot setup one of the Ragin' Cajuns' key scores. Lightfood sacked USM quarterback Nic Mullens, forcing a fumble that was returned to just outside of the redzone. Dion Ray ultimately scored a tying touchdown a few plays later.

5. Louisiana could not contain receiver Allenzae Staggers for the Golden Eagles. He set a New Orleans Bowl record with 11 receptions for 230 yards and a touchdown.

BJ Bennett - B.J. Bennett is SouthernPigskin.com's founder and publisher. He is the co-host of "Three & Out" with Kevin Thomas and Ben Troupe on the "Southern Pigskin Radio Network". Email: bj@espncoastal.com / Twitter: @BJBennettSports