Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns at Kansas State Wildcats
Bill Snyder Stadium – Manhattan, Kansas
Saturday, September 7, 2013, 6:30 pm Eastern, TV: Fox Sports 1
Opening Line: Kansas State -7 1/2
Current Line: Kansas State -10 1/2
Opening Total: 60
Current Total: 59
Opening Money Line: Kansas St -375 / ULL +305
Current Money Line: Kansas St -400 / ULL +325
Both Kansas State and Louisiana-Lafayette are desperate fro wins after dropping their season openers last week. The Two schools are meeting for the fifth time ever, with the Wildcats holding a 3-1 series lead. The Ragin’ Cajuns won the last meeting in Lafayette 17-15 in 2009.
ULL, coached by Mark Hudspeth, was a 10.5 point underdog at Arkansas last week and the total was 55. Arkansas would take a 7-0 lead in the first quarter, but ULL would tie it up early in the second. Arkansas would score 13 unanswered points before the end of the second to make it 20-7 at halftime. The Razorbacks added another touchdown midway through the third to go up by 20. ULL would score two minutes later to pull within 27-14, but Arkansas scored 16 seconds later on a 75 yard touchdown run from Jonathan Williams. Neither team would score again and Arkansas took the 34-14 win.
Arkansas had 522 total yards including 292 rushing yards and 24 first downs. The Cajuns had 274 total yards and 19 first downs. ULL had two turnovers and Arkansas had one. ULL was 4/12 on third down conversions.
ULL quarterback Terrance Broadway completed 15 of 28 passes for 171 yards with a touchdown and a pick. He tweaked his knee in the second half, and is listed as probable against Kansas State. Running back Alonzo Harris had 10 carries for 56 yards and a touchdown. Jacob Maxwell had 6 catches, 77 yards and a touchdown.
Kansas State, coached by Bill Snyder, was a 12.5 point favorite at home against two time FCS national champion North Dakota State and the total was 48. The Bison proved they would not be intimidated by playing at the defending Big 12 Champion. NDSU had beaten Kansas, Minnesota and Colorado St, the last 3 seasons.
The Bison scored with 56 seconds left in the first to take a 7-0 lead. Kansas State would score early in the second to tie it up on a 45 yard touchdown catch by Tramaine Thompson by quarterback Jake Waters. Neither team would score again for the rest of the half. The Wildcats scored two touchdowns in a space of 4 minutes early in the third to take a 21-7 lead. The Bison would pull back to within 21-17 by the end of the third. In the fourth, NDSU would get the ball with just under 9 minutes to go. They would not give it back to Kansas State until there was only 28 seconds left. The Bison went on an 80 yard touchdown march to take a 24-21 lead. Waters threw an interception on the first play from scrimmage after the kickoff and North Dakota State pulled off the upset.
Kansas State had only 321 total yards, including just 41 yards rushing. The Wildcats had 17 first downs, and were just 2/10 on third down conversions. NDSU had 380 total yards including 215 rushing yards and 19 first downs. The Wildcats had two turnovers and the Bison had one.
Waters completed 21 of 29 passes for 280 yards with 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. Receiver Tyler Lockett had 7 catches, 113 yards and a touchdown. Thompson had 6 catches, 108 yards and a touchdown. Daniel Sams had a 17 yard touchdown run.
ULL is 5-0 ATS after scoring 20 points or less, 10-1 against teams with losing road records, 6-1 after allowing 200 yards rushing or more, 5-1 after rushing for 100 yards or less, 4-1 in September, 20-6 in road games, 16-5 after failing to cover, 9-3 in non-conference games, 21-8 after a straight up loss, 5-2 overall, and 1-4 on fieldturf.
Kansas State is 5-1 ATS in September, 4-1 after failing to cover, 9-3 after a straight up loss, 18-7-1 overall, 15-6 on fieldturf, 35-16 against teams with losing road records, 31-15 against teams with losing records, 10-23 in non-conference games, 5-15 after allowing 200 rushing yards or more, and 0-4 against Sun Belt teams.
Neither team was very impressive last week, but I can’t see Kansas State losing two straight home games to open up the season. I think and angry K-State team wins handily.
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