06:45 Sportscast October 31, 2014

Running back Mark Ingram rushed for 100 yards and two touchdowns as the Saints beat the Carolina Panthers 28-10 last night in Charlotte. Quarterback Drew Brees threw for 297 yards and a touchdown and ran for another score as the Black and Gold improved to 4-4 on the season and took over first place in the NFC South. The win snaps a seven game losing streak on the road for the Saints.

It’s homecoming weekend on the campus of U-L Lafayette. The Ragin Cajuns, who are undefeated in the Sun Belt, will face conference rival South Alabama, who has just one loss in league play. Coach Mark Hudspeth says there’s a lot of great events around campus celebrating homecoming, but his players have to worry about the game…

Cut 16 (20) “ready to play”

The Cajuns enter Saturday’s game winning three in a row.

Louisiana Tech’s homecoming game against Western Kentucky will get underway at two o’ clock Saturday. The Hilltoppers are 1-and-3 in Conference USA play, but they are second in the league in scoring, averaging 46 points a game. Bulldogs defensive coordinator Manny Diaz is looking forward to the challenge

cut 18 (14) “on Saturday”

Last week, the Bulldogs limited Southern Miss to negative 31 yards rushing.

Over in the Southland Conference…Northwestern State hosts McNeese State. The Cowboys are 3-and-1 in league play and with a win they move into a first place tie with Southeastern Louisiana, who is off this weekend. Nicholls State will host Incarnate Word.

In the SWAC, after taking last weekend off, Grambling State will visit Texas Southern. Both teams are 5-and-3 on the season. Southern will host Alabama State. The Jaguars are 4-and-1 in the SWAC, a game behind Grambling in the west division standings.