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Football: Babb, Fenroy pace Cajuns to big win over Monroe

Football: Babb, Fenroy pace Cajuns to big win over Monroe

Football: Babb, Fenroy pace Cajuns to big win over Monroe

The University of Louisiana won’t be going to the New Orleans Bowl, but the Cajuns did cap their first winning season in a decade and won a piece of the Sun Belt title with a 54-21 win over UL Monroe today in a college football matchup at Monroe.

Quarterback Jerry Babb rushed for 100 yards and freshman Tyrell Fenroy became the first Ragin’ Cajun to rush for 1,000 yards in a season today.

UL’s hopes for a place in the New Orleans bowl died when Arkansas State overcame a 17-7 deficit to beat North Texas 31-24. But UL finished at 6-5 and 5-2 in the Sun Belt, good for a tie with Arkansas State and Monroe.

Fenroy scored three touchdowns on runs of 1, 14 and 16 yards. Babb scored on a 4-yard run, and cornerback Kyle Ward intercepted a pass and returned it for a score. Sean Comiskey kicked a 29-yard field goal.

Punting problems for University of Louisiana at Monroe contributed heavily to the UL lead after Monroe dominated the first quarter.

First, with the score 14-14, a bad snap on a University of Louisiana at Monroe punt play led to a safety and a 14-yard Fenroy touchdown.

The snap sailed away from Cecilia product Joel Stelly and into the end zone, where Stelly kicked the ball out of bounds to keep Lafayette from getting a touchdown.

The safety broke a 14-14 and gave Lafayette the ball at its own 41 on the free kick. Four plays later, Fenroy got the call for the scoring run around left end.

Later, a ferocious Cajun punt rush forced Stelly to pull the ball down and try to run, but he was short of the first down at his own 12.

Lafayette didn’t get anything going offensively but extended its lead on a 29-yard field goal by Sean Comiskey.

Monroe quarterback Steven Jyles accounted for two first-quarter scores, a two-yard touchdown run and a nine-yard touchdown pass to Dourzon Quillen.

Early in the third quarter, Monroe cornerback Larry Brown swiped the ball from a Cajun receiver after a completed pass, setting up an 11-yard touchdown by Calvin Dawson.

Originally published November 26, 2005