2008 Louisiana–Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns football team

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2008 Louisiana–Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns football
UL Lafayette Wordmark.jpg
Conference Sun Belt Conference
2008 record 6–6 (5–2 Sun Belt)
Head coach Rickey Bustle
Home stadium Cajun Field
(Capacity: 31,000)
Seasons
« 2007 2009 »
2008 Sun Belt football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Troy   6 1         8 5  
Louisiana–Lafayette   5 2         6 6  
Florida Atlantic   4 3         7 6  
Arkansas State   4 3         6 6  
FIU   3 4         5 7  
Middle Tennessee   3 4         5 7  
Louisiana–Monroe   3 4         4 8  
North Texas   0 7         1 11  
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2008 Louisiana–Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns football team represented the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) college football during the 2008 season. Louisiana competed as a member of the Sun Belt Conference, and played their home games at Cajun Field. The Ragin' Cajuns were led by seventh-year head coach Rickey Bustle. UL-Lafayette finished the season with a 6–6 record (Sun Belt: 5–2).[1]

UL-Lafayette came close to an upset against 24th-ranked Illinois at home but ultimately lost, 20–17. The Ragin' Cajuns were also competitive against Kansas State, trailing by 42–37 late in that game, but Louisiana-Lafayette was hindered by ten penalties, twice as many as called against their opponent. Louisiana-Lafayette beat Arkansas State with a touchdown in the last 0:42 to play and won, 28–23. They defeated Florida International decisively, 49–20, before losing to UTEP in Lafayette. lost to Florida Atlantic after trailing, 40–7, in the final quarter. The following week, they were routed by eventual Sun Belt champions Troy, 48–3. UL-Lafayette won their finale against Middle Tennessee, 42–28, which gave the Cajuns their sixth win, and with it, bowl eligibility. The Ragin' Cajuns also finished second in the Sun Belt Conference with a 5–2 mark in league play. It was the third season in four years that the Cajuns became bowl eligible, but the Cajuns did not receive a bowl bid.[2]

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent Site TV Result Attendance
August 30 6:00 PM at Southern Miss* M. M. Roberts StadiumHattiesburg, MS L 21–51   32,792[3]
September 13 11:00 AM at #24 Illinois* Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL BTN L 17–20   58,632[3]
September 20 6:00 PM Kent State* Cajun FieldLafayette, LA W 44–27   18,241[3]
September 27 2:35 PM at Kansas State* Bill Snyder Family Football StadiumManhattan, KS L 37–45   45,558[3]
October 4 6:00 PM at Louisiana–Monroe Malone StadiumMonroe, LA (Battle on the Bayou) W 44–35   21,929[3]
October 11 6:00 PM at North Texas Fouts FieldDenton, TX W 59–30   17,106[3]
October 18 6:00 PM Arkansas State Cajun Field • Lafayette, LA W 28–23   23,684[3]
November 1 4:05 PM Florida Internationaldagger Cajun Field • Lafayette, LA ESPN+ W 49–20   29,031[3]
November 8 6:00 PM UTEP* Cajun Field • Lafayette, LA ESPN360 L 24–37   21,065[3]
November 15 3:00 PM at Florida Atlantic Lockhart StadiumFort Lauderdale, FL L 29–40   14,338[3]
November 22 6:00 PM at Troy Movie Gallery StadiumTroy, AL L 3–48   19,443[3]
December 3 6:00 PM Middle Tennessee Cajun Field • Lafayette, LA ESPN+ W 42–28   15,321[3]
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Louisiana–Lafayette 2008, College Football Data Warehouse, retrieved June 28, 2009.
  2. ^ Phil Steele's 2009 College Football Preview, vol. 15, p. 289, 2009.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Combined Team Statistics". University of Louisiana-Lafayette. 
  4. ^ "Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns Schedule - 2008". ESPN.com. Retrieved August 25, 2012.