Levi Lewis passed for three touchdowns and ran for two more in less than three quarters, en Nee. 23 Louisiana-Lafayette routed winless Louisiana-Monroe 70-20 op Saterdag.
Running backs Trey Regas and Elijah Mitchell each rushed for more than 90 yards and scored one touchdown apiece for Louisiana-Lafayette (8-1, 6-1 Sun Belt). Bralen Trahan returned an interception 53 yards for a score during a second quarter in which ULL scored four straight touchdowns to blow the game open.
The Ragin’ Cajuns have won five straight since their lone loss to 16th-ranked and unbeaten Coastal Carolina, which is scheduled to host ULL in the Sun Belt title game on Dec. 19.
Jeremy Hunt had one touchdown passing and one rushing for Louisiana-Monroe (0-9, 0-6), which was playing for the first time in three weeks because of a COVID-19 outbreak that led to the cancellation of a game against Louisiana Tech last weekend after ULM had the previous weekend off.
The Ragin’ Cajuns also had an outbreak that led to the cancellation of their Nov. 14 game against Central Arkansas. Cajuns coach Billy Napier was among those who contracted COVID-19 and traveled to Monroe separately from his team on Saturday after isolating and not attending any practices during the past week.
ULL took the lead for good on Regas’ 11-yard scoring run less than four minutes into the game. Lewis’ 11-yard touchdown run made it 14-0 before ULM responded with Hunt’s 1-yard TD pass to Camero Darling.
Mitchell’s 44-yard run through the middle made it 21-7 and the Warhawks responded once more, briefly pulling within a touchdown again on Hunt’s 7-yard run.
But ULL then scored 35 straight points, starting with Lewis’ 1-yard pass to Neal Johnson early in the second quarter. The Cajuns’ fourth TD of the second quarter came when Lewis hit Kyren Lacy from 22 yards out with 17 seconds left in the half.
Lewis led one more touchdown drive in the third quarter before he and several other starters were substituted out for good.
Lewis finished 18-of-25 passing for 147 yards without an interception. He also rushed for 55 erwe.
Trey Amos made ULL’s 13th interception this season when he snagged ULM backup Garret Kahmann’s deep pass and returned it 51 yards to the Warhawks 16.
Louisiana-Lafayette: The Ragin’ Cajuns overcame the absence of Napier at practice this week while he was in isolation. They also were not distracted by reports of South Carolina’s interest in Napier for the Gamecocks vacancy and cannot be accused of overlooking reeling ULM after racing to a 49-14 first-half lead.
Louisiana-Monroe: The Warhawks gave the Cajuns tough games each of the previous two seasons, but this year’s game was as much of a mismatch on the field as it was on paper. ULM did its best to stay competitive early with a pair of first-quarter touchdowns but faced a virtually insurmountable deficit by halftime.
Louisiana-Lafayette: Concludes its regular-season schedule at Appalachian State on Friday.
Louisiana-Monroe: Visits Arkansas State on Saturday for the first of two scheduled road games to close out the season.