UL-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns Nearly Pull Off Upset Against 6th-Ranked Florida Gators
In what could have arguably been the biggest upset in Ragin’ Cajuns history, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette nearly stunned the 6th-ranked Florida Gators on their own home field at The Swamp in Gainesville, FL.
In a game where UL dominated the line of scrimmage, the Cajuns played great defense holding the Florida Gators to only 3 points until just before halftime. With a late second quarter touchdown, the Gators only led 10-3 at the halfway mark.
In the second half, the Cajuns came alive on offense against a Florida defense that has been fairly stout all season long adding seven to the scoreboard in the third quarter to shorten the Florida lead 10-13.
Then came the spark.
Late in the third quarter, the Cajuns blocked a Florida punt and returned it for a touchdown to take the lead 17-13. At that point, The Swamp was silent. To make matters worse for Florida, their starting quarterback Jeff Driskel went down with an injury that would keep him sidelined for the rest of the game.
The Cajuns would have another impressive drive stalled at the five-yard line in Florida territory. Brett Baer would kick the field goal that would make him the most accurate kicker in NCAA history to bring the score to 20-13 with the Cajuns in the lead.
A fourth quarter score by Florida would tie the game 20-20, giving the Cajuns a little under two minutes to pull off the upset before the end of regulation. The Cajuns weren’t successful in their last minute drive, and lined up to punt to the Gators. At that point, it seemed that we would be seeing this crazy game head into overtime.
And then it happened.
The Florida Gators took a page from the Cajuns book and blocked the punt, returning it for a touchdown in the final seconds to barely escape an upset in the most dramatic fashion imaginable. As time finally expired, the final score read Florida 27, Cajuns 20.
What a hard fought game by the Cajuns, against the #6 ranked team in the nation. They held the rope, and in the end, it just wasn’t enough. But damn, did they ever give us a game!