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Louisiana-Lafayette 31, Iowa State 14

AMES, Iowa Louisiana-Lafayette got kick and punt returns for touchdowns to help secure one of its biggest wins in program history, 31-14 win over No. 23 Iowa State on Saturday.

On a day when both offenses seemed overmatched, the Ragin' Cajuns were ignited by Chris Smith's 95-yard kickoff return in the second quarter and Eric Garror's 83-yard punt return in the third.

Levi Lewis also threw a 78-yard scoring pass to Peter LeBlanc to give Louisiana-Lafayette a 17-14 lead late in the third quarter.

Louisiana-Lafayette beat a Top 25 opponent for the first time, having gone 0-26 against ranked foes away from home. The Ragin' Cajuns' only other win over a Top 25 team was in 1996 at home against Texas A&M.

The Ragin' Cajuns limited Cyclones quarterback Brock Purdy to 16-of-35 passing for 145 yards, with no touchdowns and an interception. It was ISU's fewest passing yards in two years.

Iowa State's Breece Hall rushed for 103 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries.

The Cyclone offense sputtered early with a series of dropped passes before putting together consecutive touchdown drives of 49 and 69 yards.

Smith put Louisiana-Lafayette on the board immediately after Iowa State's first score. The Ragin' Cajuns drove 61 yards in the final 70 seconds of the first half, pulling within 14-10 on Nate Snyder's 30-yard field goal.

THE TAKEAWAY

Iowa State: The Cyclone offense was hampered by the absence of tight end Charlie Kolar, who caught 51 passes and scored seven touchdowns last season. He was out with a lower body injury. Right guard Robert Hudson also missed the game.

Louisiana-Layette: The Ragin' Cajuns were able to knock off the Cyclones despite two missed field goals by transfer kicker Nate Snyder and a struggling ground game. Louisiana-Lafayette averaged 6.3 yards per rush last season while totaling 3,604 yards. Iowa State limited the Ragin' Cajuns to 2.7 yards on 22 attempts through the first three quarters.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Iowa State began the season ranked for a second straight year, but will likely drop out of the poll this week. The Cyclones were 3-0 all time against Sun Belt Conference opponents and listed as a double-digit favorite going into Saturday's game.

UP NEXT

Iowa State visits TCU on Sept. 26.

Louisiana-Lafayette visits Georgia State on Sept. 19.


  Louisiana Iowa State
First downs 14 19
  Rushing 8 11
  Passing 6 7
  Penalty 0 1
3rd Down Efficiency 6-14, 43% 7-16, 44%
4th down efficiency 1-1, 100% 1-3, 33%
Rushes-Yards 35-118 36-158
Passing Yards 154 145
Return Yards 226 82
Completions-Attempts-Int 13-21-0 16-35-1
Sacks-Yards Lost 3-15 1-6
Punts 5 5
Fumbles Lost 0-0 2-1
Penalties - Yards 2-20 3-24
Louisiana Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
L. Lewis 13 21 154 1 0
Iowa State Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
B. Purdy 16 35 145 0 1
Louisiana Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
T. Ragas 14 49 3.5 1
E. Mitchell 8 46 5.8 0
C. Smith 8 25 3.1 0
L. Lewis 5 -2 -0.4 0
Iowa State Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
B. Hall 20 103 5.2 1
B. Purdy 7 35 5.0 0
K. Nwangwu 7 21 3.0 1
J. Lang Jr. 2 -1 -0.5 0
Louisiana Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
P. LeBlanc 5 82 16.4 1
E. Mitchell 2 22 11.0 0
J. Williams 2 22 11.0 0
D. Pauley 1 16 16.0 0
K. Lacy 1 14 14.0 0
G. Eke 1 5 5.0 0
D. Fleming 1 -7 -7.0 0
Iowa State Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
X. Hutchinson 4 43 10.8 0
S. Shaw Jr. 3 34 11.3 0
C. Allen 2 31 15.5 0
T. Milton 3 18 6.0 0
B. Hall 3 15 5.0 0
K. Nwangwu 1 4 4.0 0
Louisiana Interceptions
Player Int Yards
A. Washington 1 0
Iowa State Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Louisiana Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
R. Byrns 5 210 42.0
Iowa State Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
J. Rivera 5 216 43.2
Louisiana Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
E. Garror 3 89 29.7
Iowa State Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
T. Milton 2 5 2.5
D. Miller Jr. 2 0 0
Louisiana Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
C. Smith 3 137 45.7
Iowa State Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
K. Nwangwu 2 56 28.0
R. Walling 1 8 8.0
T. Milton 1 13 13.0
Louisiana Missed FG
Player Length
N. Snyder 27
N. Snyder 30
Iowa State Missed FG
Player Length


4th Quarter
1st&10 at IaSt 40 (0:03) Kene Nwangwu rush middle for 9 yards to the IaSt49.
Kick Return (0:10) Louisiana kicks off. Rory Walling returns 8 yards to the IaSt40.
Point AfterUL-Laf 31-14 (0:10) Kenneth Almendares PAT - GOOD.
4th&1 at IaSt 2UL-Laf 30-14 (0:15) Trey Ragas rush for 2 yards for a TOUCHDOWN.
Offensive Time Out (0:15) Louisiana time out.
3rd&2 at IaSt 3 (1:01) Chris Smith rush left for 1 yard to the IaSt2.
2nd&11 at IaSt 12 (1:48) Chris Smith rush for 9 yards to the IaSt3.
1st&10 at IaSt 11 (2:29) Trey Ragas rush middle for -1 yard to the IaSt12.
2nd&4 at IaSt 17 (3:07) Trey Ragas rush right for 6 yards to the IaSt11.
1st&10 at IaSt 23 (3:50) Trey Ragas rush middle for 6 yards to the IaSt17.
2nd&4 at IaSt 28 (4:30) Trey Ragas rush right for 5 yards to the IaSt23.
1st&10 at IaSt 34 (5:08) Elijah Mitchell rush right for 6 yards to the IaSt28.
3rd&7 at UL-Laf 47 (5:49) Elijah Mitchell rush middle for 19 yards to the IaSt34.
2nd&13 at UL-Laf 41 (6:31) Levi Lewis rush left for 6 yards to the UL-Laf47.
1st&10 at UL-Laf 44 (7:11) Elijah Mitchell rush for -3 yards to the UL-Laf41.
4th&5 at UL-Laf 44 (7:16) Brock Purdy incomplete pass to the middle.
3rd&5 at UL-Laf 44 (7:22) Brock Purdy incomplete pass to the middle.
2nd&10 at UL-Laf 49 (7:50) Brock Purdy pass completion to the right to Breece Hall for 5 yards to the UL-Laf44.
1st&10 at UL-Laf 49 (7:57) Brock Purdy incomplete pass to the left.
2nd&4 at IaSt 46 (8:14) Brock Purdy rush for 5 yards to the UL-Laf49.
1st&10 at IaSt 40 (8:47) Brock Purdy rush for 6 yards to the IaSt46.
4th&6 at UL-Laf 16 (9:00) Rhys Byrns punts. Tarique Milton returns 3 yards to the IaSt40.
3rd&8 at UL-Laf 14 (9:42) Levi Lewis pass completion to the middle to Peter LeBlanc for 2 yards to the UL-Laf16.
2nd&8 at UL-Laf 14 (10:24) Trey Ragas rush left for 0 yards.
1st&10 at UL-Laf 12 (11:06) Trey Ragas rush right for 2 yards to the UL-Laf14.
4th&10 at IaSt 40 (11:18) Joe Rivera punts. Eric Garror returns 7 yards to the UL-Laf12.
3rd&10 at IaSt 40 (11:25) Brock Purdy incomplete pass to the left.
Offensive Time Out (11:25) Iowa State time out.
2nd&10 at IaSt 40 (11:33) Brock Purdy incomplete pass to the right.
1st&10 at IaSt 40 (11:41) Brock Purdy incomplete pass to the right.
2nd&3 at IaSt 36 (12:15) Breece Hall rush left for 4 yards to the IaSt40.
1st&10 at IaSt 29 (12:56) Brock Purdy pass completion to the middle to Breece Hall for 7 yards to the IaSt36.
2nd&3 at IaSt 20 (13:14) Brock Purdy pass completion to the right to Xavier Hutchinson for 9 yards to the IaSt29.
1st&10 at IaSt 13 (13:51) Brock Purdy rush for 7 yards to the IaSt20.
Kick Return (13:58) Louisiana kicks off. Tarique Milton returns 13 yards to the IaSt13.
Point AfterUL-Laf 24-14 (13:58) Kenneth Almendares PAT - GOOD.
4th&5 at IaSt 41UL-Laf 23-14 (14:16) Joe Rivera punts. Eric Garror returns 83 yards for a TOUCHDOWN.
3rd&5 at IaSt 41 (14:23) Brock Purdy incomplete pass to the left.
2nd&10 at IaSt 36 (14:54) Brock Purdy pass completion to the middle to Xavier Hutchinson for 5 yards to the IaSt41.
1st&10 at IaSt 36 (15:00) Brock Purdy incomplete pass to the left.
3rd Quarter
3rd&1 at IaSt 34 (0:28) Breece Hall rush left for 2 yards to the IaSt36.
2nd&1 at IaSt 34 (1:16) Breece Hall rush right for 0 yards.
1st&10 at IaSt 25 (2:02) Brock Purdy pass completion to the middle to Sean Shaw Jr. for 9 yards to the IaSt34.
Kick Return (2:02) Louisiana kicks off. Touchback. Ball on IaSt25.
Point AfterUL-Laf 17-14 (2:02) Kenneth Almendares PAT - GOOD.
1st&10 at UL-Laf 22UL-Laf 16-14 (2:14) Levi Lewis pass completion to the right to Peter LeBlanc for 78 yards for a TOUCHDOWN.
4th&9 at IaSt 21 (2:27) Joe Rivera punts. Eric Garror returns -1 yard to the UL-Laf22.
3rd&3 at IaSt 27 (3:11) Brock Purdy sacked by Ferrod Gardner for -6 yards to the IaSt21.
2nd&5 at IaSt 25 (3:49) Breece Hall rush right for 2 yards to the IaSt27.
1st&10 at IaSt 20 (3:59) Breece Hall rush right for 5 yards to the IaSt25.
4th&8 at IaSt 12 (4:05) 30 yard field goal attempt by Nate Snyder is NO GOOD.
3rd&8 at IaSt 12 (4:49) Levi Lewis pass completion to the left to Peter LeBlanc for 0 yards.
2nd&8 at IaSt 12 (4:54) Levi Lewis incomplete pass to the right.
1st&10 at IaSt 14 (5:39) Chris Smith rush right for 2 yards to the IaSt12.
3rd&16 at IaSt 4 (5:47) Brock Purdy pass to the right intercepted by Asjlin Washington. No return.
2nd&13 at IaSt 7 (6:30) Brock Purdy pass completion to the right to Tarique Milton for -3 yards to the IaSt4.
1st&10 at IaSt 10 (7:11) Breece Hall rush left for -3 yards to the IaSt7.
4th&19 at UL-Laf 37 (7:21) Rhys Byrns punts. D.J. Miller Jr. returns 0 yards. D.J. Miller Jr. fumbles, Kym-Mani King of Iowa State recovers and returns 0 yards. Iowa State penalized -9 yards.
3rd&12 at UL-Laf 44 (8:03) Levi Lewis sacked by Will McDonald IV for -7 yards to the UL-Laf37.
2nd&12 at UL-Laf 44 (8:10) Levi Lewis incomplete pass to the middle.
1st&10 at UL-Laf 46 (8:50) Trey Ragas rush right for -2 yards to the UL-Laf44.
3rd&1 at UL-Laf 44 (9:17) Trey Ragas rush left for 2 yards to the UL-Laf46.
2nd&5 at UL-Laf 40 (9:37) Trey Ragas rush left for 4 yards to the UL-Laf44.
1st&10 at UL-Laf 35 (10:14) Levi Lewis pass completion to the left to Golden Eke for 5 yards to the UL-Laf40.
4th&5 at UL-Laf 35 (10:18) Brock Purdy incomplete pass to the left.
3rd&5 at UL-Laf 35 (10:26) Brock Purdy incomplete pass to the right.
2nd&18 at UL-Laf 48 (11:12) Brock Purdy pass completion to the left to Xavier Hutchinson for 13 yards to the UL-Laf35.
2nd&13 at UL-Laf 43 (11:36) Iowa State penalized -5 yards.
1st&10 at UL-Laf 40 (12:21) Johnnie Lang Jr. rush right for -3 yards to the UL-Laf43.
2nd&1 at UL-Laf 42 (12:50) Johnnie Lang Jr. rush right for 2 yards to the UL-Laf40.
1st&10 at IaSt 49 (13:26) Breece Hall rush for 9 yards to the UL-Laf42.
3rd&10 at IaSt 34 (14:09) Brock Purdy rush for 15 yards to the IaSt49.
2nd&10 at IaSt 34 (14:15) Brock Purdy incomplete pass to the right.
1st&10 at IaSt 34 (14:54) Breece Hall rush for 0 yards.
Kick Return (15:00) Louisiana kicks off. Kene Nwangwu returns 34 yards to the IaSt34.
2nd Quarter
2nd&11 at IaSt 11IaSt 14-10 (0:03) Nate Snyder 30 yard FIELD GOAL.
Offensive Time Out (0:03) Louisiana time out.
1st&6 at IaSt 6 (0:06) Louisiana penalized -5 yards.
2nd&3 at IaSt 18 (0:13) Elijah Mitchell rush left for 12 yards to the IaSt6.
Offensive Time Out (0:13) Louisiana time out.
1st&10 at IaSt 25 (0:20) Levi Lewis rush left for 7 yards to the IaSt18.
2nd&5 at IaSt 37 (0:35) Levi Lewis pass completion to the middle to Jalen Williams for 12 yards to the IaSt25.
Offensive Time Out (0:35) Louisiana time out.
1st&10 at IaSt 42 (0:43) Levi Lewis pass completion to the right to Elijah Mitchell for 5 yards to the IaSt37.
2nd&10 at UL-Laf 44 (0:54) Levi Lewis pass completion to the middle to Kyren Lacy for 14 yards to the IaSt42.
1st&10 at UL-Laf 44 (0:59) Levi Lewis incomplete pass to the middle.
2nd&10 at UL-Laf 28 (1:05) Levi Lewis pass completion to the right to Devon Pauley for 16 yards to the UL-Laf44.
1st&10 at UL-Laf 28 (1:10) Levi Lewis incomplete pass to the right.
Kick Return (1:17) Iowa State kicks off. Chris Smith returns 23 yards to the UL-Laf28.
Point AfterIaSt 14-7 (1:17) Connor Assalley PAT - GOOD.
1st&10 at UL-Laf 11IaSt 13-7 (1:23) Breece Hall rush for 11 yards for a TOUCHDOWN.
3rd&4 at UL-Laf 27 (1:39) Brock Purdy pass completion to the middle to Chase Allen for 16 yards to the UL-Laf11.
2nd&19 at UL-Laf 42 (2:07) Brock Purdy pass completion to the left to Sean Shaw Jr. for 15 yards to the UL-Laf27.
2nd&9 at UL-Laf 32 (2:15) Iowa State penalized -10 yards.
1st&10 at UL-Laf 33 (2:50) Kene Nwangwu rush for 1 yard to the UL-Laf32.
3rd&4 at UL-Laf 48 (2:56) Louisiana penalized 15 yards.
2nd&4 at UL-Laf 48 (3:03) Brock Purdy incomplete pass to the right.
1st&10 at IaSt 46 (3:37) Breece Hall rush for 6 yards to the UL-Laf48.
1st&10 at IaSt 31 (4:07) Brock Purdy pass completion to the middle to Chase Allen for 15 yards to the IaSt46.
Kick Return (4:14) Louisiana kicks off. Kene Nwangwu returns 22 yards to the IaSt31.
Point AfterTied 7-7 (4:14) Nate Snyder PAT - GOOD.
Kick ReturnIaSt 7-6 (4:28) Iowa State kicks off. Chris Smith returns 95 yards for a TOUCHDOWN.
Point AfterIaSt 7-0 (4:28) Connor Assalley PAT - GOOD.
1st&1 at UL-Laf 1IaSt 6-0 (4:33) Kene Nwangwu rush right for 1 yard for a TOUCHDOWN.
1st&10 at UL-Laf 11 (5:12) Breece Hall rush right for 10 yards to the UL-Laf1.
3rd&6 at UL-Laf 23 (5:28) Brock Purdy pass completion to the right to Tarique Milton for 12 yards to the UL-Laf11.
2nd&10 at UL-Laf 27 (6:07) Breece Hall rush middle for 4 yards to the UL-Laf23.
1st&10 at UL-Laf 27 (6:47) Breece Hall rush for 0 yards.
3rd&7 at UL-Laf 46 (7:10) Breece Hall rush right for 19 yards to the UL-Laf27.
2nd&7 at UL-Laf 46 (7:16) Brock Purdy incomplete pass to the left.
1st&10 at UL-Laf 49 (7:52) Brock Purdy pass completion to the left to Breece Hall for 3 yards to the UL-Laf46.
4th&8 at UL-Laf 14 (8:01) Rhys Byrns punts. Tarique Milton returns 2 yards to the UL-Laf49.
3rd&8 at UL-Laf 14 (8:07) Levi Lewis incomplete pass to the right.
2nd&10 at UL-Laf 12 (8:46) Chris Smith rush for 2 yards to the UL-Laf14.
1st&10 at UL-Laf 12 (9:19) Chris Smith rush left for 0 yards.
4th&4 at UL-Laf 46 (9:26) Joe Rivera punts. No return. Ball on UL-Laf12.
3rd&4 at UL-Laf 46 (9:30) Brock Purdy incomplete pass to the left.
2nd&4 at UL-Laf 46 (9:35) Brock Purdy incomplete pass to the right.
Offensive Time Out (9:35) Iowa State time out.
1st&10 at IaSt 48 (10:10) Brock Purdy rush for 6 yards to the UL-Laf46.
4th&1 at IaSt 46 (10:40) Brock Purdy rush middle for 2 yards to the IaSt48.
3rd&2 at IaSt 45 (11:25) Kene Nwangwu rush middle for 1 yard to the IaSt46.
2nd&6 at IaSt 41 (12:10) Kene Nwangwu rush for 4 yards to the IaSt45.
1st&10 at IaSt 37 (12:51) Kene Nwangwu rush left for 4 yards to the IaSt41.
3rd&9 at IaSt 21 (13:32) Brock Purdy pass completion to the middle to Xavier Hutchinson for 16 yards to the IaSt37.
2nd&9 at IaSt 21 (13:38) Brock Purdy incomplete pass to the middle.
1st&10 at IaSt 20 (14:18) Kene Nwangwu rush middle for 1 yard to the IaSt21.
4th&10 at IaSt 10 (14:23) 27 yard field goal attempt by Nate Snyder is NO GOOD.
3rd&14 at IaSt 14 (15:00) Elijah Mitchell rush middle for 4 yards to the IaSt10.
1st Quarter
2nd&7 at IaSt 7 (0:39) Levi Lewis pass completion to the middle to Dontae Fleming for -7 yards to the IaSt14.
1st&8 at IaSt 8 (1:20) Trey Ragas rush left for 1 yard to the IaSt7.
3rd&1 at IaSt 23 (1:35) Trey Ragas rush right for 15 yards to the IaSt8.
2nd&8 at IaSt 30 (1:57) Trey Ragas rush right for 7 yards to the IaSt23.
1st&10 at IaSt 32 (2:41) Chris Smith rush right for 2 yards to the IaSt30.
3rd&7 at IaSt 40 (3:16) Chris Smith rush left for 8 yards to the IaSt32.
2nd&8 at IaSt 41 (3:45) Chris Smith rush middle for 1 yard to the IaSt40.
1st&10 at IaSt 43 (4:21) Levi Lewis pass completion to the middle to Peter LeBlanc for 2 yards to the IaSt41.
3rd&12 at UL-Laf 40 (4:39) Levi Lewis pass completion to the left to Elijah Mitchell for 17 yards to the IaSt43.
2nd&8 at UL-Laf 44 (5:20) Levi Lewis sacked by Latrell Bankston for -4 yards to the UL-Laf40.
1st&10 at UL-Laf 42 (5:55) Elijah Mitchell rush right for 2 yards to the UL-Laf44.
1st&10 at IaSt 43 (6:02) Breece Hall rush middle for 15 yards to the UL-Laf42. Breece Hall fumbles, Percy Butler of Louisiana recovers and returns 0 yards.
4th&8 at UL-Laf 15 (6:10) Rhys Byrns punts. No return. Ball on IaSt43.
3rd&8 at UL-Laf 15 (6:16) Levi Lewis incomplete pass to the middle.
2nd&8 at UL-Laf 15 (6:55) Levi Lewis pass completion to the middle to Peter LeBlanc for 0 yards.
1st&10 at UL-Laf 13 (7:25) Trey Ragas rush middle for 2 yards to the UL-Laf15.
4th&6 at UL-Laf 42 (7:36) Joe Rivera punts. No return. Ball on UL-Laf13.
3rd&6 at UL-Laf 42 (7:41) Brock Purdy incomplete pass to the right.
2nd&10 at UL-Laf 46 (8:30) Brock Purdy pass completion to the middle to Kene Nwangwu for 4 yards to the UL-Laf42.
1st&10 at UL-Laf 46 (8:37) Brock Purdy incomplete pass to the middle.
3rd&1 at UL-Laf 48 (9:08) Breece Hall rush left for 2 yards to the UL-Laf46.
2nd&2 at UL-Laf 49 (9:50) Breece Hall rush middle for 1 yard to the UL-Laf48.
1st&10 at IaSt 43 (10:30) Breece Hall rush for 8 yards to the UL-Laf49.
2nd&7 at IaSt 34 (10:46) Brock Purdy pass completion to the right to Tarique Milton for 9 yards to the IaSt43.
1st&10 at IaSt 31 (11:28) Breece Hall rush left for 3 yards to the IaSt34.
2nd&5 at IaSt 21 (12:00) Brock Purdy pass completion to the right to Sean Shaw Jr. for 10 yards to the IaSt31.
1st&10 at IaSt 16 (12:32) Breece Hall rush middle for 5 yards to the IaSt21.
4th&11 at UL-Laf 36 (12:45) Rhys Byrns punts. D.J. Miller Jr. returns 0 yards.
3rd&7 at UL-Laf 40 (13:21) Levi Lewis sacked by Will McDonald IV for -4 yards to the UL-Laf36.
2nd&7 at UL-Laf 40 (13:26) Levi Lewis incomplete pass to the right.
1st&10 at UL-Laf 37 (13:54) Elijah Mitchell rush left for 3 yards to the UL-Laf40.
3rd&7 at UL-Laf 27 (14:20) Levi Lewis pass completion to the middle to Jalen Williams for 10 yards to the UL-Laf37.
2nd&7 at UL-Laf 27 (14:26) Levi Lewis incomplete pass to the left.
1st&10 at UL-Laf 24 (14:55) Elijah Mitchell rush middle for 3 yards to the UL-Laf27.
Kick Return (15:00) Iowa State kicks off. Chris Smith returns 19 yards to the UL-Laf24.

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September 12, 2020


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