LAFAYETTE — The Louisiana-Lafayette football squad won’t be feeling sorry for itself this week despite its 0-2 start, coach Mark Hudspeth said.
His Ragin’ Cajuns also won’t assume anything for their Saturday home opener, especially since Nicholls State will come into Cajun Field with more wins than his squad.
“We don’t have time to mope,” Hudspeth said Monday. “We are by no means going to allow anyone to sit around and mope and question one another. We’ve played two very tough opponents, maybe two of the toughest openers of anybody in the country.
The Cajuns did open with likely one of the Southeastern Conference’s most improved teams (a 34-14 loss at Arkansas) and the defending Big 12 Conference champions (Saturday’s 48-27 loss at Kansas State). But after falling behind 20-3 at halftime and 34-3 five minutes into the second half thanks to two special teams lapses, Hudspeth said he was proud of his team battling back to a two-touchdown difference (41-27) with 11 minutes left.
“It was definitely a tale of two halves,” he said. “I thought we made tremendous strides from week one. The secondary did a much better job of keeping everybody in front of them and making (Kansas State) drive the length of the field. We’ve got to tackle better, but without the mistakes we made they get 27 points, and when you hold that team to 27 points, you have to score enough to win the game.