Keys to the Game: Texas State at Louisiana Lafayette

Texas State travels to Lafayette, Louisiana to play the Ragin Cajuns. The Bobcats need a win like Texas State students needed to tickets to ACL. Here's how it might work.

Meet Andre Nunez

The Ragin Cajuns may have a  quarterback with the emergence of JC transfer Andre Nunez. The Junior from Pacoima, California by way of Iowa Western completed 75% of his passes at the Kibbie Dome last week. He finally gets the nod over Jordan Davis who started the first five games of the year. Nunez spelled Davis in each of the last two games, providing a spark that the Cajuns desperately needed. Head coach Mark Hudspeth likes Nunez' composure and steadying demeanor in the huddle. 

Damian Williams is who he is

In spite of the excitement in landing a grad transfer quarterback from a Power 5 program, Texas State fans may have to face the reality that Damian Williams isn't going to give the Bobcats much more than we've seen through six games. That quarterback is a 54% passer who turns it over as often as he finds the end zone. Under different circumstances, Williams might be more efficient, but with Texas State's offensive line woes, the Bobcats aren't going to get much more. If Williams can avoid turnovers, that's a huge help, and Williams struggles on 3rd down, especially 3rd and longer than four, is another area ripe for improvement. Otherwise, the Everett Withers might want to go ahead and get some of his younger quarterbacks like Willie Jones III more playing time. 

Stay in it Early

On a short week, on the road, is not the recipe for Bobcat success. The Ragin Cajuns complete 15% more passes in the first half than in the second, in part because the Cajuns are more balanced early when they shift away from their running game, they are less efficient. Texas State needs to survive the first ten minutes of the game and avoid their opponent's now patented scoring runs. If Texas State can stay in the game into the second half, they have a better chance at forcing the Cajuns into meaningful mistakes. The Cajuns give up a ton of points, so if Texas State ever has a chance to get on the scoreboard en mass, it's Thursday night. 

Notes and Numbers

Thursday marks the fourth meeting between the Bobcats and Cajuns, Louisiana Lafayette holds a 3-0 advantage. 

Louisiana Lafayette is 98th in the country in turnover margin. 

The Cajuns are 2nd in the Sun Belt in points per game at 37.

Louisiana Lafayette is 129th out of 130 in points allowed per game 46.2.

Texas State's Bryan London ranks 6th in the Sun Belt in tackles. 

Texas State's Frankie Griffin is fourth in the Sun Belt in tackles for loss. 

The Bobcat's seventeen sacks allowed is 116th in the FBS. 

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