Louisiana-Monroe 45, Louisiana-Lafayette 42

Updated: October 11, 2003, 9:51 PM ET

LAFAYETTE, La. -- Tyler Kuecker's 31-yard field goal with 1:46 remaining lifted Louisiana-Monroe to its fist victory of the season Saturday night -- a 45-42 triumph over still winless Louisiana-Lafayette.

Kevin Payne ran for 143 yards, including touchdowns of 15 and 2 yards for Louisiana-Monroe (1-6, 1-2 Sun Belt), which led 28-14 at halftime before the Ragin' Cajuns (0-7, 0-3) rallied to tie the game at 42.

Payne also threw a halfback pass to Vincent Mack for a 35-yard touchdown in the second quarter that put the Indians ahead 14-7.

Later in the quarter, Mack, who finished with 166 yards receiving, hauled in a 9-yard pass from Steven Jyles to give Louisiana Monroe a 21-7 lead.

Jyles was 16-for-25 for 161 yards and also ran for a 64-yard touchdown.

Lafayette managed only 50 yards rushing as a team, but Eric Rekieta completed 33-of-54 passes for 474 yards and four TDs while running in a fifth touchdown from a yard out.

Rekieta hit Fred Stamps for scores of 28 and 64 yards. In the final quarter, Rekieta engineered touchdown drives of 66 and 57 yards -- each taking barely two minutes -- to tie the game. Rekieta ended the first drive with a 3-yard pass to Josh Joerg. He finished off the second drive with a 21-yard pass to Bill Sample.

Getting the ball back with a little more than five minutes to go in the fourth quarter, Louisiana-Monroe drove 60 yards in 3:37 to set up the winning field goal.


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