LAFAYETTE, La. -- Chester Johnson ran for 153 yards and three touchdowns to carry Louisiana-Lafayette to a 31-20 victory over Idaho on Saturday night.
The Ragin Cajuns (2-7, 2-3 Sun Belt) had been struggling to run the ball, averaging just 88 yards rushing as a team through their first eight games. They had 227 rushing yards against Idaho (1-8, 1-3) in winning their second straight game.
Johnson's first touchdown, a 3-yard run, gave the Cajuns an early 14-0 lead. Johnson's second score came on a 1-yard run that put Louisiana-Lafayette up 21-6 with only 35 seconds left in the first half.
But Rod Bryant took the ensuing kickoff back 79 yards for a touchdown, and after a failed two-point conversion the score was 21-12 at halftime.
Johnson's final score came on a 1-yard run with 8:04 left in the game, giving the Cajuns a 28-12 lead.
Harrington later hit Gerstner for a 5-yard touchdown to make the score 28-20 with 2:43 left.
But Sean Comiskey kicked 42-yard field goal in the final minute to seal the victory for the Cajuns.
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