Louisiana football loses badly in No. 19 Florida state

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It’s hard enough to beat a great Florida State football team at home.

But the news, minutes before kickoff, that a starting quarterback will be out for the remainder of the season makes the feat that much more difficult.

Ragin’ Cajuns quarterback Ben Wooldridge was ruled out for the remainder of the season on Saturday morning, a sharp drop after coach Michael Desormeaux said earlier in the week that Wooldridge is likely to practice and be “good for this week” for Louisiana.

The No. 19 Seminoles quickly defeated UL 49-1 at Doak S. Campbell Stadium, clinching a 21-0 lead by the end of the first quarter.

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Louisiana (5-6) needs a win in its season finale at Texas State to qualify for the Bowl after falling to FSU (8-3).

What Chandler Fields looked like in the first action in weeks

It’s been a difficult task for Fields, who had won the starting quarterback job the preseason but hadn’t received many snaps in the weeks following an undisclosed upper-body injury two months ago.

There were a few moments early on when Fields missed open receivers, took a few sacks, but found some rhythm as the game progressed. With the all-important game at Texas State next week, Desormeaux had to ask more of Fields after the Wooldridge injury than he might have liked against FSU.

Fields ended the game 19-for-36 for 159 yards with a late touchdown pass and rushing.

Florida State Crushes Louisiana’s Rush Defense

Seminole quarterback Jordan Travis is a great passer. But when it went against UL’s defense on Saturday, there was little interest in throwing it as there wasn’t much need.

Florida State wasted no time slashing the Cajuns for 165 rushing yards and three TDs in the opening period. FSU finished with 251 yards and five rushing TDs under three rushers.

Travis ran for two early touchdowns in the first quarter and attempted just 14 passes for 112 yards with a TD pass in the second quarter.

Louisiana finds room to compete against Seminoles

Led by freshman Dre’Lyn Washington, the Cajuns put together a fine day running the football against a solid FSU rush defense. Louisiana averaged 3.8 yards per carry.

Desormeaux did a good job mixing in his running backs, as Washington had 10 rushes for 57 yards, Chris Smith had six carries for 24, and Terrence Williams had 10 tries for 40 yards.

Ragin’ Cajuns need to win next weekend to qualify for the bowl

The best news for UL was that it didn’t need a win in Tallahassee to have six wins this season.

But with the loss at Florida State, there’s only room for error for the Ragin’ Cajuns. Louisiana can do that and make Bowl qualifiers next Saturday against sad Texas State (3-7), who lost four games in a row.

Cory Diaz covers the LSU Tigers and Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns for The Daily Advertiser as part of the USA TODAY Network. Follow his coverage of Tigers and Cajuns on Twitter: @ByCoryDiaz. Have questions about LSU/UL Athletics? Send them to Cory Diaz at [email protected].

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