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Louisiana upsets #23 Iowa State 31-14

The Ragin’ Cajuns knock off a ranked team on the road for the first time.

Running back Chris Smith of the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns runs back a kick for a touchdown as his teammate wide receiver Jalen Williams of the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns signals touchdown while place kicker Eddie Ogamba of the Iowa State Cyclones defends in the first half of the play at Jack Trice Stadium on September 12, 2020 in Ames, Iowa. Photo by David K Purdy/Getty Images

In the first Top 25 upset of 2020, the Louisiana Ragin Cajuns knocked off #23 Iowa State 31-14 at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames, Iowa on Saturday. It’s the first road win ever for ULL over a ranked opponent.

The 12-point underdog Cajuns used a pair of kick returns to pull the upset: A 95-yard kickoff return in the second quarter by Chris Smith, and a 63-yard punt to the paint by Eric Garror early in the fourth quarter, which ended up being the last score of the game.

Quarterback Levi Lewis was 13/21 for 154 yards and a touchdown for ULL, but even more impressive is what they did defensively: Heisman Trophy candidate Brock Purdy was held to 16/35 for 145 yards and an interception.

The Cajuns are picked to win their division in the Sun Belt, and they might be cracking the Top 25 themselves a bit sooner than expected during this unusual 2020 college football season.

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