Louisiana-Lafayette beats South Alabama 28-23 in Sun Belt
Elijah McGuire ran for 223 yards, including a 68-yard game-breaker, and Louisiana-Lafayette defeated South Alabama 28-23 on Saturday night.
McGuire broke through a bunched-up defense on a third-and-1 and raced downfield to give the Ragin' Cajuns (2-1, 1-0 Sun Belt) a 28-17 lead with 7:05 left. The Jaguars (1-2, 1-1) scored with 3:17 remaining on Dallas Davis' 11-yard pass to Gerald Everett but didn't get the ball back again.
McGuire went over 5,000 yards total offense, moving to No. 2 on the school's career list.
Anthony Jennings threw third-quarter passes of 71 yards to Al Riles and 38 to Keenan Barnes to extend the Ragin' Cajuns' lead to 22-7. Davis' 18-yarder to Grant Bell and a field goal tightened the score before McGuire's big run.
Jennings finished 18 of 26 for 256 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. Riles finished with 139 yards receiving.