Louisiana slammed 23 Iowa State for 17 first-round victories since 1996 with a 17-point upset

It did not bother to be in the 2020 college football season. It is a Louisiana surprise that occurred on the first semi-full weekend with Louisiana surprise No. 23 Iowa State 31-14 on the road to their second big win of 23rd.

Not only is this the first underdog win against a Top 25 team this year, it marks one of the biggest wins in Louisiana history as Ragin ‘Cajun not only defeated an opponent, but also 17.5 to 28.5 points. Done with the difference of Against the finale, the -11.5 spread in favor of Iowa State according to the William Hill Sportsbook.

The last time the program won against a top 25 team was in 1996 against No. 25 Texas A&M, 29-22. The team, then called the University of Southwestern Louisiana, was led by quarterbacks Jake Delhomme and Brandon Stockley. Ragin ‘Cajun’ other win against a Big 12 school came in 2009 against Kansas State in 17-15.

The win was technically unsettling from the bookies’ perspective, although it was not at all surprising as Ragin was a trendy pick to cover the Cajun spread. Also note, that Louisiana won 11 games a year ago and gave Mississippi State a scare. This year’s team made a lot of starts on both sides of the ball, including quarterback Levi Lewis and running backs Eliza Mitchell and Trey Ragas.

However, on Saturday, none of those players required mass games. Instead, special teams and explosive plays played the biggest roles. Here are three takeaways of Louisiana’s big win.

Big special teams fueled in Louisiana

Special teams were an important part of Saturday’s game. First, the bad: Louisiana. Kicker Nate Snyder missed two field goals. Not ideal, but poor kicking and special teams were plagued by too many teams on Saturday. It may just be a lack of practice / continuity that shows up for the first few weeks. However, special teams came to Louisiana not once, but twice, to big teams in the form of a 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Chris Smith and an 83-yard touchdown on a punt return by Eric Garre. .

TD of 78 yards was the biggest offensive game

Again, explosive plays made it important to upset Louisiana. It is therefore not surprising that a 78-yard touchdown pass from Lewis to Peter Leblanc was the biggest offensive game. On a day when both offenses struggle with drops, timing, sustained drives and turnovers, some of the big plays that succeeded were more important. Apart from that one touchdown pass, no offensive game from either side lasted more than 19 yards. The game was a complete mill and Louisiana’s big game on offense was a real difference maker.

Iowa State has questions to answer.

There is no denying that the cyclone lost to a good opponent. Yes, Louisiana is in the Sun Belt, but a good team is a good team. Still, this is not where Iowa State thought it would be after a week. It was, after all, a team with more trendy dark horse love for a Big 12 championship game run.

But after the loss, Iowa State has some questions to answer. The defense played well despite what the scoreboard said overall. Ragin Cajun had only 272 yards of offense and averaged less than five yards a game. Neither Lewis nor the offense’s outstanding running backs were major factors.

The Cyclones offense is another story, though: two turnovers, 4.2 yards per play and a lot of negative plays. The safety of the pass had cut its work for it and not all the bowlers took advantage of it. Quarterback Brock Purpley also took some unnecessary sacks. Overall, it was a disappointing effort without top tight end Charlie Kolar. Iowa State will certainly be out of the top 25 and will have plenty of chemistry / timing things to work on before their next scheduled game at TCU on Sept 26.