UL-Lafayette beats Arkansas State 37-20

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Louisiana-Lafayette running back Raymond Calais (4) runs for an 80-yard touchdown while teammates and coaches celebrate during the second quarter against Arkansas State in an NCAA college football game Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019, in Jonesboro, Ark. (Quentin Winstine/The Sun via AP)

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) — Raymond Calais and Elijah Mitchell each ran for a pair of touchdowns to help Louisiana-Lafayette beat Arkansas State 37-20 on Thursday night.

Calais and Mitchell each scored in the fourth quarter to help the Ragin’ Cajuns (5-2, 2-1 Sun Belt Conference) pull away. Mitchell scored from 1 yard for a 30-20 lead with 6:19 left and Calais added a 38-yard TD run with 3:18 left.

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Calais ran eight times for 144 yards and Mitchell ran 23 times for 109 yards.

The Red Wolves (3-4, 1-2) trailed 24-10 at halftime. Blake Grupe kicked a 46-yard field goal in the third quarter and Layne Hatcher threw a 25-yard TD pass to Kirk Merritt to cut the deficit to 24-20 early in the fourth.

Hatcher passed for 303 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. Marcel Murray ran for 164 yards on 35 carries and Omar Bayless caught nine passes for 150 yards.