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Football team basking in victory

Football team basking in victory

Football team basking in victory

Dan McDonald

All of the ice chests had been emptied on the Ragin’ Cajun sideline, and still a couple of members of the University of Louisiana coaching staff hadn’t been doused by their deliriously happy players.
"Do we have any more water?" senior kicker Sean Comiskey yelled.

At one point in the final few minutes, Cajun players were refilling the containers from a nearby hose, not wanting the celebration to end. It didn’t matter that everything on the sideline already was soaked, both from the ice barrage to the heavy fourth-quarter rains.

The Cajuns can be excused for their antics. After all, in a three-hour Saturday stretch, they embarrassed a state rival that had beaten them three years running, won their fifth straight game and their third straight road contest, earned a share of their first conference title since 1994 and got a decade-long monkey off their white-jerseyed backs.
It all came in a head-turning 54-21 win over UL Monroe, one that cost the hosts an outright Sun Belt Conference title and a berth in the New Orleans Bowl.

"We’ve finally gotten ourselves to believing we can win on the road," said Cajun coach Rickey Bustle. "We did it at North Texas and Middle (Tennessee) and now here, and hopefully this will carry over into next year."

"It’s awesome to end the year like this," said junior quarterback Jerry Babb. "It’s something we can really build on."

Originally published November 28, 2005