Saturday, October 25, 2003
Louisiana-Lafayette 31, Idaho 20
LAFAYETTE, La. -- Chester Johnson ran for 153 yards and
three touchdowns to carry Louisiana-Lafayette to a 31-20 victory
over Idaho on Saturday night.
The Ragin Cajuns (2-7, 2-3 Sun Belt) had been struggling to run
the ball, averaging just 88 yards rushing as a team through their
first eight games. They had 227 rushing yards against Idaho (1-8,
1-3) in winning their second straight game.
Jerry Babb completed 14 of 20 passes for 144 yards and one
touchdown, a 6-yard pass to Kemmie Lewis that gave
Louisiana-Lafayette a 7-0 lead in the first quarter.
Zach Gerstner had 177 yards rushing, 59 yards receiving and two
touchdowns for Idaho. Michael Harrington completed 17 of 28 passes
for 190 yards and a touchdown, but was intercepted once.
Johnson's first touchdown, a 3-yard run, gave the Cajuns an
early 14-0 lead. Johnson's second score came on a 1-yard run that
put Louisiana-Lafayette up 21-6 with only 35 seconds left in the
But Rod Bryant took the ensuing kickoff back 79 yards for a
touchdown, and after a failed two-point conversion the score was
21-12 at halftime.
Johnson's final score came on a 1-yard run with 8:04 left in the
game, giving the Cajuns a 28-12 lead.
Harrington later hit Gerstner for a 5-yard touchdown to make the
score 28-20 with 2:43 left.
But Sean Comiskey kicked 42-yard field goal in the final minute
to seal the victory for the Cajuns.