Louisiana football loses big at No. 19 Florida State – Daily Advertiser

Beating a streaking Florida State football team at home is hard enough.
But news surfacing minutes prior to kickoff that a starting quarterback will be out for the remainder of the season makes the feat that much more difficult.
Ragin’ Cajuns quarterback Ben Wooldridge was ruled out for the remainder of the season Saturday morning, a stark downturn after coach Michael Desormeaux said earlier in the week that Wooldridge was expected to practice and be “good for this week” for Louisiana.
The No. 19 Seminoles quickly dispatched UL 49-1 at Doak S. Campbell Stadium, taking a 21-0 by the end of the first quarter.
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Louisiana (5-6) needs a win in its season finale at Texas State to attain bowl eligibility, after falling to FSU (8-3).
It was a tough ask of Fields, who won the starting quarterback job during preseason but hadn’t received many snaps in the weeks after suffering an undisclosed upper body injury two months ago.
There were a couple of moments early when Fields missed open receivers, took some sacks but found some rhythm as the game progressed. With the an all-important game at Texas State next week, Desormeaux had to ask more out of Fields than perhaps he would’ve like against FSU on the heels of the Wooldridge injury.
Fields finished the game 19-for-36 for 159 yards with a late touchdown pass and rushing.
Seminoles quarterback Jordan Travis is a terrific passer. But going up against UL’s defense Saturday, there was little interest is throwing it as there wasn’t much of a need.
Florida State wasted no time gashing the Cajuns for 165 rushing yards and three TDs in the opening period. FSU finished with 251 yards and five rushing TDs among three rushers.
Travis ran for two early touchdowns in the first quarter and only attempted 14 passes for 112 yards with a second-quarter TD pass.
Led by freshman Dre’Lyn Washington, the Cajuns pieced together a nice day running the football against a solid FSU rush defense. Louisiana averaged 3.8 yards per carry.
Desormeaux did a nice job of mixing in his running backs, as Washington had 10 rushes for 57 yards, Chris Smith had six carries for 24 and Terrence Williams had 10 attempts for 40 yards.
The best news for UL was it didn’t need a win in Tallahassee to get to six wins on the season.
But with the Florida State loss, there’s only any room for error for the Ragin’ Cajuns. Louisiana can accomplish that and achieve bowl eligibility next Saturday against woeful Texas State (3-7), who has lost four straight games.
Cory Diaz covers the LSU Tigers and Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns for The Daily Advertiser as part of the USA TODAY Network. Follow his Tigers and Cajuns coverage on Twitter: @ByCoryDiaz. Got questions regarding LSU/UL athletics? Send them to Cory Diaz at [email protected].

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