The Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns 2023 season certainly got off to a good start.  Running Back Dre’lyn Washington scored on their second play of the season, a 62-yard touchdown run and a 7-0 lead just 3:05 into the game.  

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From there it was an uneven game, marred by turnovers, but the Cajuns did come away with the win 38-13 over the Northwestern State Demons.

Louisiana quarterback Ben Wooldridge, back in 9 months following knee surgery, passed for 3 touchdowns and ran one in.  Wooldridge finished 14-32, 223 yards and 3 TD.

Wooldridge also played a little defense, sort of.  

Cajuns running back Zylan Perry fumbled inside the Northwestern State 10 yard line, but Wooldridge prevented a touchdown, running down Cadillac Rhone after a 77 yard return. Louisiana’s defense held and forced the Demons to kick a short field goal.

The Cajuns scored their second touchdown of the game when Wooldridge ran to his right for 24 yards and a 14-3 lead.

On their next drive, Louisiana made it 21-3 when Wooldridge connected with Robert Williams for a 32 yard touchdown pass.  It was Williams first career touchdown catch for the Cajuns.

Louisiana did have issues hanging on to the football.  In addition to Perry’s fumble, Jake Bernard fumbled a punt and Wooldridge threw an interception.

Defensively, the Cajuns were extremely stingy allowing only 100 yards in the 1st Half and 187 overall. In fact, Northwestern State tied a school record with 11 punts.

Wooldridge's 2nd TD pass of the night was a 50 yard strike to streaking wide receiver Peter Leblanc.

Wide receiver Peter LeBlanc #29 of the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns
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Louisiana starts the season 1-0 and travels to Norfolk, Virginia for an early Sun Belt Conference game against Old Dominion next weekend.  The Monarchs (0-1) lost to Virginia Tech 36-17.

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