The Final Score Archives

Cajuns linebacker Boris Anayama turns it loose on field

Advocate photo by LEE CELANO  --  University of Louisiana at Lafayette linebacker Boris Anyama runs through drills during practice Tuesday.

LAFAYETTE — Sometimes after he finishes the violent act of being himself on the football field, Boris Anyama’s mind starts wondering. What’s it like to be hit by me? He can’t fully answer the question he sometimes poses to himself, because he’s usually on the giving end of big hits.… Continue reading →

Caden Cunningham a leader on Acadiana’s offensive line

SCOTT — When playing for a program like Acadiana, known for running the football, the offensive line may get a little more credit than a run-of-the-mill offensive line. The Wreckin’ Rams’ vaunted rushing attack relies on dependable run blockers, and this year’s edition of their veer offense has no more dependable lineman to hitch the attack… Continue reading →

Ragin Cajuns chat with Advocate sportswriter Luke Johnson, Wednesday at 10 a.m.

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Louisiana-Lafayette running back Elijah McGuire sprints away from Arkansas State defenders for a touchdown in the Cajuns' 48-40 win Tuesday at Cajun Field.

Get the latest news and share your views on the Ragin' Cajuns in this chat with Advocate sportswriter Luke Johnson in this chat on Wednesday at 10 a.m. Click here to join the action.Continue reading →

Tulane running back Sherman Badie practices, ready to return for Cincinnati game

Advocate file photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- Tulane running back Sherman Badie runs during preseason camp at Tad Gormley Stadium in New Orleans on Aug. 21.

Tulane running back Sherman Badie pronounced himself 100-percent ready to play Friday night against Cincinnati after participating fully in practice Tuesday morning. Badie, a redshirt freshman from John Curtis, injured a foot during the fourth quarter of the Green Wave’s 20-13 loss to UCF on Oct. 18 and did not return. He was limited in practice in… Continue reading →

Xavier men open season at No. 13 in NAIA

It’s a new basketball season, but the Xavier men are starting in a familiar position — nationally ranked. The Gold Rush is No. 13 in the NAIA Division I poll. It’s Xavier’s 38th straight time to be ranked, the longest streak in the nation. However, the Rush, which opens its season at home Wednesday against Belhaven, isn’t… Continue reading →

Tulane-Cincinnati game on ESPN2

Friday’s Tulane-Cincinnati football game will be broadcast on ESPN2 with kickoff at 7 p.m. from Yulman Stadium. Tulane (2-5, 1-2 American Athletic Conference) and Cincinnati (4-3, 2-1) will meet for the 15th time. The Green Wave leads the series 11-3 including a 7-1 mark in New Orleans. The teams last met when both were… Continue reading →

Louisiana Tech tops Southern Miss

Associated Press photo by Rogelio V. SolisLouisiana Tech quarterback Cody Sokol passes against Southern Mississippi on Saturday.

HATTIESBURG, Miss. — Kenneth Dixon caught a pair of touchdowns and ran for a third, all in the second half, as Louisiana Tech rallied past Southern Mississippi 31-20 on Saturday. Dixon’s career-long 84-yard, catch-and-run on the second snap of the second half gave the Bulldogs (5-3, 4-0 Conference USA) their first lead. His 5-yard reception… Continue reading →

Stephen F. Austin stuns Southeastern

Photo by Randy Bergeron/SLU Public InformationStephen F. Austin defensive back Keavon Madison hangs onto Southeastern quarterback Bryan Bennett as he dives into the end zone for a touchdown in the second half of Saturday's game.

NACOGDOCHES, Texas — Stephen F. Austin built a 17-0 halftime lead to spark a 27-17 win over the No. 8 Lions in Southland Conference action Saturday at Homer Bryce Stadium. Southeastern quarterback Bryan Bennett, a Walter Payton Award candidate, was nursing a sore shoulder and sat out the first half as the Lions (6-3,… Continue reading →

SLU defense savors big challenge vs. potent SFA

Southeastern linebacker Isiah Corbett takes an interception in for a touchdown in the third quarter against Northwestern University at Strawberry Stadium in Hammond Saturday. (Photo by Randy Bergeron/SLU Public Info)

HAMMOND — The way Southeastern Louisiana senior linebacker Isiah Corbett sees it, stopping the run is a prerequisite toward the Lions’ ultimate goal of becoming the Southland Conference’s top defense. Heading into the eighth week of the season, the Lions are well on their way to achieving such distinction. Standing in the way, though,… Continue reading →

State capsules

Louisiana Tech quarterback Cody Sokol (19) warms up before an NCAA college football game against Auburn, Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, in Auburn, Ala.(AP Photo/Brynn Anderson) ORG XMIT: ALBA107

Louisiana Tech (4-3, 3-0 Conference USA) at Southern Miss (3-4, 1-2) WHEN: 2:30 p.m. Saturday WHERE: M.M. Roberts Stadium (36,000), Hattiesburg, Mississippi TV: American Sports Network. SERIES: Southern Miss leads 31-14 STAT THAT MATTERS: Louisiana Tech has surrendered 400.8 yards per game on the road, which is 115 yards more than it allows at home. NOTES: So far,… Continue reading →

Hard-hitting former LSU defensive back Micah Eugene finds a soft landing spot at Southeastern

Photo by RANDY BERGERON/Southeastern Public Information -- Southeastern defenders Micah Eugene, right, and Kaleb Muse tackle Incarnate Word running back Junior Sessions in the first quarter of a Sept. 27 game at Benson Stadium in San Antonio.

HAMMOND — Southeastern Louisiana safety Micah Eugene picked himself up off the Strawberry Stadium turf in utter disbelief. After delivering what he believed to be a legal hit against Central Arkansas running back Desmond Smith, Eugene went into panic mode at the sight of a flag following what would have been a forced fumble and recovery… Continue reading →

Tulane quarterback Tanner Lee prepares to return to action

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ -- Tulane quarterback Tanner Lee scrambles for a first down against Southeastern Louisiana last month at Yulman Stadium. Lee, who suffered a shoulder injury Sept. 27 at Rutgers, could return Oct. 31 when the Green Wave hosts Cincinnati.

Tanner Lee hated having to stand on the sideline, watching Nick Montana start at quarterback for Tulane against Connecticut and Central Florida. He did not let that time go to waste, though.… Continue reading →

Elijah McGuire’s 200-yard game carries Cajuns past Arkansas State

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Louisiana-Lafayette running back Elijah McGuire sprints away from Arkansas State defenders for a touchdown in the Cajuns' 48-40 win Tuesday at Cajun Field.

LAFAYETTE — There were 1,116 yards and 95 points accounted for in the nearly four-hour extreme pinball match between the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and Arkansas State. The game featured an ejection, two missed extra points, a couple of de-cleaters from a missile kicker, a failed fake punt from inside the kicking team’s own… Continue reading →

Southeastern Louisiana relishes spot atop Southland Conference standings

Photo by Randy Bergeron/SLU Public Info -- Southeastern wide receiver Devante Scott picks up 48 yards on Southeastern's first offensive play against Central Arkansas Saturday at Strawberry Stadium in Hammond.

HAMMOND — Thanks to another strong finishing kick, Southeastern Louisiana put away another Southland Conference opponent and gained a measure of distinction after eight weeks of play.… Continue reading →

Southeastern surges past Central Arkansas

Photo by Randy Bergeron/SLU Public InformationSoutheastern defenders Dereck Robinson, Isiah Corbett,Tupou Aleamotua and Drew Misita swarm Central Arkansas wide receiver Jatavious Wilson in the first half Saturday at Strawberry Stadium in Hammond.

HAMMOND — In front of one of the largest crowds in school history, the Southeastern Louisiana football team put on a show in its homecoming game against Central Arkansas. The Bears kept it close for the majority of the game, including closing the deficit to three points with only a few minutes to play, but… Continue reading →

Tulane offense falls short in 20-13 loss at Central Florida

UCF linebacker Troy Gray (57) stops Tulane quarterback Nick Montana (11) during the second quarter at Bright House Networks Stadium in Orlando, Fla., on Saturday, October 18, 2014. (Joshua C. Cruey\Orlando Sentinel)

ORLANDO, Fla. — Nick Montana avoided what looked like a sure sack, stepped up in the pocket and heaved a deep desperation pass to receiver Leondre James. Defended tightly, James had two chances to make a spectacular, drive-sustaining catch, but he could not come up with the ball before it hit the turf. It… Continue reading →

Tulane quarterback Nick Montana ends drive on fourth-down spike

Tulane quarterback Nick Montana (11) drops back to pass during first quarter action of an NCAA football game against UCF at Bright house Networks Stadium in Orlando, Fla. on Saturday, October 18, 2014. (Joshua C. Cruey\Orlando Sentinel)

ORLANDO, Fla. — Nothing was more frustrating for Tulane in its 20-13 loss to UCF on Saturday than a failed drive at the end of the first half that ended on a fourth-down spike to stop the clock. Quarterback Nick Montana said he thought the Wave had picked up a first down… Continue reading →

Tulane defense does its part at Central Florida, forces four turnovers in 20-13 loss

Orlando Sentinel photo by JOSHUA C. CRUEY -- UCF quarterback Justin Holman is sacked by Tulane defensive end Tyler Gilbert during Saturday's game at Bright House Networks Stadium in Orlando, Fla.

ORLANDO, Fla. — For the Tulane defense, much of Saturday’s loss to Central Florida resembled the second half of last season. The Green Wave made several big stops, caused a bunch of turnovers and still had to explain why it came up short. After dropping two November games by a… Continue reading →

Central Florida 20, Tulane 13: Three and out

UCF running back William Stanback (28) is knocked out of bounds by Tulane's Parry Nickerson (17) as he runs for yardage  during second quarter action of an NCAA football game against Tulane at Bright house Networks Stadium in Orlando, Fla. on Saturday, October 18, 2014. (Joshua C. Cruey\Orlando Sentinel)

1. WHAT WE LEARNED Tulane needs Tanner Lee back as starting quarterback. Nick Montana was a good game manager against UConn in a 12-3 win at Yulman Stadium last week, but he could not make enough throws downfield to beat UCF. He completed 10 passes in the first half for an average of 4.6 yards and… Continue reading →

Northwestern State stuns Sam Houston

NATCHITOCHES — Zach Adkins threw a pass into the left corner of the end zone and De’Mard Llorens ran under it to give Northwestern State its first lead with 5:48 remaining as the Demons went on to defeat Sam Houston State 31-27 on Saturday. On the ensuing drive the Bearkats, trailing by one, had a… Continue reading →

Tulane’s offense explodes in 20-3 exhibition victory

In its final fall baseball exhibition against outside competition, Tulane turned on the afterburners against UNO on Saturday as the offense exploded for 20 runs on 22 hits, while the pitching staff held UNO to eight hits over 14 innings in the Green Wave’s 20-3 win at Greer Field at Turchin Stadium. Tulane collected nine extra-base… Continue reading →

Lions seek fast start in SLC showdown

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Northwestern State's Garrett Atzenweiler (31) carries the ball against Southern, Saturday, Sept. 13, at A.W. Mumford Stadium in Baton Rouge.

HAMMOND — It may have sounded a bit harsh to take the brunt of the criticism. When asked about the offense’s propensity for slow starts in four of the team’s past five games, Southeastern Louisiana quarterback Bryan Bennett stepped forward with his hand raised high. “That’s my fault,” Bennett said. “Those guys are… Continue reading →

Saturday’s state football capsules

Sam Houston State (3-3, 2-0 SLC) at Northwestern State (3-3, 1-1) WHEN: 3 p.m. Saturday WHERE: Harry Turpin Stadium (15,971), Natchitoches TV: SLC Network (Baton Rouge: WBTR, New Orleans: WUPL, Lafayette: KLFY) SERIES: Northwestern State leads 19-17 STAT THAT MATTERS: The Demons gained 6.6 yards per rush and 7 yards per play against Incarnate Word last Saturday. NOTES: Being… Continue reading →

Safety Tyler Stoddard brings passion — and plenty of tackles — to the Southeastern secondary

Southeastern Louisiana safety Tyler Stoddard drops Tulane quarterback Tanner Lee in the first quarter Sept. 13, 2014, at Yulman Stadium in New Orleans. (Photo by Randy Bergeron/SLU Public Info)

HAMMOND — Four games into his college career, Southeastern Louisiana’s Tyler Stoddard became a starter at free safety. By year’s end, he was the team leader with 90 tackles, earning first-team all-freshman honors from College Sports Journal. A year later, Stoddard’s production tapered off to 63 tackles — third on the team — not because… Continue reading →

Elijah McGuire sparks Cajuns win over Texas State

Louisiana Lafayette running back Elijah McGuire (15) heads to the end zone on a 62 yard touchdown pass against  Texas State during their game at Bobcat Stadium in San Marcos, Tx. Tuesday Oct. 14, 2014. Photo by Brad Kemp/

LAFAYETTE — Louisiana-Lafayette turned to their spark plug to ignite an offense that was becoming stagnate. And when Elijah McGuire didn’t fire on the first attempt, the Cajuns kept going back to him. Early in the second quarter of the Cajuns’ 34-10 win against Texas State, it looked as if the Bobcats were starting to figure out how to… Continue reading →

UL-Lafayette: Thursday morning rewind

Louisiana Lafayette running back Elijah McGuire (15) heads to the end zone on a 62 yard touchdown pass against  Texas State during their game at Bobcat Stadium in San Marcos, Tx. Tuesday Oct. 14, 2014. Photo by Brad Kemp/

UL-Lafayette returns to Cajun Field on Tuesday for a matchup against an Arkansas State team that throttled Georgia State 52-10 in its last game. The Red Wolves are on their fifth coach in as many years, but they keep finding a way to win ball games. After the Cajuns knocked off Texas State on Tuesday night,… Continue reading →

Tulane running game now a strength

Advocate staff photo by A.J. SISCO  --  Tulane running back Sherman Badie celebrates a touchdown during the second quarter against Southeastern Louisiana on Saturday at Yulman Stadium.

In a month shrouded by uncertainty at quarterback, Tulane has found some comfort by turning to its running game. The Green Wave (2-4, 1-1 American) is averaging 170.3 yards per game, the third-best mark in the American Athletic Conference, turning a longtime weakness into a growing strength thanks to an effective two-back system featuring sophomore Lazedrick Thompson… Continue reading →

UL-Lafayette makes big, bold moves in 34-10 Sun Belt win over Texas State

Photo by Brad Kemp/ -- Louisiana Lafayette quarterback Terrence Broadway runs against  Texas State during the Cajuns' 34-10 win Tuesday night at Bobcat Stadium in San Marcos, Texas.

SAN MARCOS, Texas — To heck with the status quo. The University of Louisiana at Lafayette won the toss, and the Cajuns wanted the ball. They could’ve deferred their decision to the second half, like most teams do when they win the toss. That would’ve been the rational and logical decision. But ration and… Continue reading →

UL-Lafayette defensive tackle Christian Ringo scores on fumble recovery, sparks Ragin’ Cajuns’ win at Texas State photo by BRAD KEMP -- Louisiana-Lafayette defensive tackle Christian Ringo celebrates his 41-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown against Texas State during their game at Bobcat Stadium in San Marcos on Oct. 14, 2014.

SAN MARCOS, Texas — Louisiana-Lafayette senior Christian Ringo is a big believer in how you practice determines how you will play during a game. But even Ringo was in shock that a scoop and score during practice this week would lead to the first touchdown of his football career. The defensive lineman returned a… Continue reading →

Southeastern Louisiana rides strong run attack into Central Arkansas game

Photo by Randy Bergeron/SLU Public Information -- Southeastern wide receiver Marquis Hayes runs past Lamar University defenders in the first quarter Saturday at Provost Umphrey Stadium in Beaumont, Texas.

HAMMOND — For all the prolific numbers Southeastern Louisiana’s fast-paced offense can accumulate, the Lions’ latest method of victory seemed to really appeal to their coach. Just when it appeared Lamar may catch Southeastern late in the third quarter of last week’s Southland Conference game, the Lions unleashed a torrid rushing attack to beat the Cardinals across the… Continue reading →

Tulane quarterback Nick Montana takes most reps; starter for UCF game uncertain

Advocate file photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- Tulane quarterback Nick Montana warms up during a preseason scrimmage at Tad Gormley Stadium on Aug. 9.

Tulane coach Curtis Johnson stated emphatically Tuesday that redshirt freshman Tanner Lee remained his No. 1 quarterback, not senior Nick Montana. He was much less certain, though, about who would start Saturday at Central Florida. Montana, who played all the way in the Green Wave’s 12-3 win against Connecticut, took most of the snaps with the… Continue reading →

Tulane kicker Andrew DiRocco gains upper leg in race; Trevor Simms could still get a shot

It’s not exactly a kicker-by-committee, but Tulane coach Curtis Johnson said he understands the options at his disposal. Just days after freshman Andrew DiRocco connected on the biggest kick of his career — a 38-yard, fourth-quarter field goal in Tulane’s 12-3 win over Connecticut — Johnson said there’s still some intrigue at the position. It’s just a lot… Continue reading →

Southeastern rushes past Lamar

Lamar University defenders Xavier Bethany and Ronnie Jones Jr. try unsuccessfully to keep Southeastern quarterback Bryan Bennett out of the end zone on a quarterback keeper from the one-yard line in the second quarter Saturday at Provost Umphrey Stadium in Beaumont, Texas. (Photo by Randy Bergeron/SLU Public Info)

BEAUMONT, Texas — The No. 9 Southeastern Louisiana rushed for a single-game school record 484 yards on the way to a 61-34 victory over Lamar in Southland Conference action Saturday night at Provost Umphrey Stadium. Southeastern (5-2, 3-0) scored 27 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to pull away from the Cardinals (4-3,… Continue reading →

Sam Houston knocks off McNeese State

HUNTSVILLE, Texas — Jared Johnson ran for two touchdowns and threw for two more to lead Sam Houston State to a 38-22 upset victory over McNeese State on Saturday. Sam Houston (3-3, 2-0 Southland Conference) jumped out to an early 14-0 lead and held on to knock off the Cowboys (3-2, 1-1) who were ranked… Continue reading →