The Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns are making their first post-season appearance in 41 years, taking on the San Diego State Aztecs in their own backyard. The Cajuns will be facing of the the nation's lesser known but better running backs in Ronnie Hillman, who is third in the NCAA in rushing yards per game with 138.0 yards per game. "He's a force," Aztecs quarterback Ryan Lindley said. "He does some amazing things when you put the ball in his hands. I think he is just a guy that is plain dangerous." Stopping Hillman will be a point of emphasis for the Cjauns, as when Hillman rushes for over 110 yards, the Aztecs are 12-2.
In order to win their first bowl game in 41-years, Hillman has to be stopped. "They've got one of the most talented backs that we'll face this year," Louisiana-Lafayette coach Mark Hudspeth said. "Our goal is to stop the run first. That to me is what they do the best. ... We'll have to play well up front and be physical because he's a guy that has hurt a lot of teams so far." The Cajuns defense is giving up nearly 30 points per game and nearly 400 yards per game, so slowing down the Aztecs offense will be a big point of emphasis.
Game date, time: 9:00 pm ET, Saturday, December 17
Location: Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana
TV channel: ESPN