The Final Score Archives

Lewis: Archie Manning on the College Football Playoff, Katy Perry and rumors of his untimely demise

Advocate staff photo by DERICK HINGLE -- Former Saints quarterback Archie Manning observes from a golf cart at the Manning Passing Academy at Guidry Stadium on Friday July. 12, 2013, in Thibodaux.

Archie Manning would like the world to know that the reason he left the College Football Playoff selection committee just before it was to begin its weekly deliberations was NOT because: A. He was pushing Ole Miss so much the other committee members got tired of it and kicked him out. B. He refused to… Continue reading →

State college scores schedule

Men Monday’s games Xavier 72, Faulkner 63 Oregon State 71, Grambling 43 East Central Mississippi CC at Delgado, n Tuesday’s games Arkansas-Monticello at Nicholls State, 6:30 p.m. Champion Baptist at Southern, 7 p.m. Savannah State at Tulane, 7 p.m. ESPN3 Dillard at LSU-Shreveport, 7 p.m. LSU-Alexandria at McNeese State, 7 p.m. Central Baptist at ULM, 7 p.m.… Continue reading →

Lewis: In its first shot, the College Football Playoff committee nailed it

Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones holds the championship trophy following the Big Ten Conference championship NCAA college football game against Wisconsin after midnight Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014, in Indianapolis. Ohio State won 59-0. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

In the end, after all the gnashing of teeth over the impact of early-season losses, after worrying that just winning wasn’t enough, after wondering whether there’s such a thing as having too many uniform combinations and after speculating that the entire field might come from the SEC West, they got it right. Four clear-cut champions from… Continue reading →

Louisiana Tech’s Sloan, LSU’s Baucom get top honors

Louisiana Tech’s forward Kathryn Sloan was named the Louisiana Sports Writers Association women’s soccer collegiate player of the year on the all-Louisiana team Sloan and LSU’s Jorian Baucom, who was named the state’s freshman of the year, claimed the state’s top individual honors. Louisiana Tech’s Kevin Sherry was named coach of the year.… Continue reading →

Ragin’ Cajuns’ Anna Katherine Devitt, Tulane’s Moses Aloiloi claim LSWA cross country honors

Louisiana-Lafayette’s Anna Katherine Devitt was named the 2014 Louisiana Sports Writers Association’s female cross country runner of the year. UL-Lafayette’s Lon Badeaux and LSU’s Khadevis Robinson were named co-coaches of the year. Also garnering top honors were McNeese State’s Gemma Bridge (newcomer of the year) and Southeastern’s Celia Zaeringer (freshman of the year).… Continue reading →

Tradition overflows as Alabama and Ohio State will clash in Sugar Bowl

FILE - In this Dec. 5, 2009, file photo, Florida coach Urban Meyer, left, congratulates Alabama coach Nick Saban following the Crimson Tide's 32-13 win in the NCAA college football SEC championship game at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. Saban's top-seeded Alabama Crimson Tide (12-1) faces Meyer's fourth-seeded Ohio State Buckeyes (12-1) on New Year's Day, a semifinal matchup between two of the most storied programs in the games history. Theres history between the two, most notably at two classic SEC championship games. (AP Photo/Dave Martin, File)

The reformatted college football postseason turned out to be pretty sweet for the Sugar Bowl. Surging Ohio State burst into the No. 4 spot of the College Football Playoff rankings Sunday, putting the Buckeyes (12-1) in the Sugar Bowl opposite No. 1 Alabama in a national semifinal on New Year’s Day. Ohio State, which has won 11 straight, made… Continue reading →

Louisiana Tech to face Illinois in Heart of Dallas Bowl

Louisiana Tech will face Illinois in the Heart of Dallas Bowl on Dec. 26. Louisiana Tech (8-5) lost at Marshall 26-23 on Saturday in the Conference USA title game. The Bulldogs had won seven of their previous eight games. It’s the first bowl trip for the Illini since 2011. Illinois beat Penn State and Northwestern to… Continue reading →

Louisiana Tech falls short against Marshall in C-USA title game

Associated Press photo by CHRIS TILLEY -- Marshall's Tommy Shuler  looks for running room as Louisiana Tech's Adairius Barnes closes in during the Conference USA championship game Saturday in Huntington, W.Va.,

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Rakeem Cato passed 5 yards to Deon-Tay McManus with 1:50 remaining to lift Marshall over Louisiana Tech 26-23 on Saturday for the Thundering Herd’s first Conference USA championship. Cato rolled out to his right and hit McManus in the back corner of the end zone to give Marshall its first lead of… Continue reading →

State college basketball report

State men Scores, schedule Saturday Tulane 59, Mississippi State 54 College of Central Florida 74, BRCC 57 Nicholls State 89, Loyola 60 Southeast Missouri St. 63, Southeastern 59… Continue reading →

Miscues doom Southeastern as Sam Houston State prevails 21-17 in FCS playoff opener

Southeastern linebacker Isiah Corbett tackles Sam Houston State quarterback Jared Johnson in the first round of FCS playoffs Saturday in Bowers Stadium in Huntsville, Texas. (Photo by Randy Bergeron/SLU Public Info)

HUNTSVILLE, Texas — Holding on to a three-point lead with less than 10 minutes left against Sam Houston State on Saturday, Southeastern’s offense jumped offside on fourth-and-1 from the Bearkats’ 24-yard line. It was the sixth false start penalty of the day for the Lions, and it proved to be the most costly. Southeastern took its… Continue reading →

Sam Houston makes life tough on Southeastern’s Bryan Bennett

HUNTSVILLE, Texas — Southland Conference Offensive Player of the Year Bryan Bennett has beaten teams with both his arm and legs during his two years at Southeastern. On Saturday, in the first round of the FCS playoffs against Sam Houston State, the senior quarterback had more yards punting than he did passing and running through… Continue reading →

Louisiana Tech routs Rice

RUSTON — Cody Sokol threw four touchdown passes, Kenneth Dixon rushed for 137 yards with three scores and Louisiana Tech clinched the Conference USA West Division title with a 76-31 victory over Rice on Saturday. Louisiana Tech (8-4, 7-1) turned a tight contest into a rout in the second half, reeling off 41 straight points.… Continue reading →

Game of champions: Southeastern Louisiana, Sam Houston State meet in first round of FCS playoffs

Associated Press file photo by JONATHAN BACHMAN -- Southeastern Louisiana football

It’s been a little more than a week since Southeastern coach Ron Roberts was lifted onto the shoulders of his players as they celebrated clinching at least a share of the Southland Conference title in the final regular season game of the year at Nicholls State. A few days later, Sam Houston State defeated Central Arkansas 38-31… Continue reading →

Tulane, Southeastern look to keep streaks going

The Tulane and Southeastern Louisiana men’s basketball teams look to keep their momentum heading into Friday’s game between the schools on Friday at Devlin Fieldhouse. Tulane is trying to keep its three-game winning streak intact, while Southeastern will look to build on the first win of the Jay Ladner era when the teams meet at 7 p.m.… Continue reading →

Ragin' Cajuns assistant Marquase Lee and Louisiana Tech defensive coordinator Manny Diaz are nominees for the 2014 Broyles Award

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- Louisiana-Lafayette's Elijah McGuire tries to beat Appalachian State's Devan Stringer on Nov. 22, 2014 at Cajun Field.

Ragin' Cajuns running backs coach Marquase Lovings and Louisiana Tech defensive coordinator Manny Diaz are the assistant coaches headling the list of nominees for the 2014 Broyles Award, which will be present on December 9th. The Broyles Award honors the top assistant college football coach in America and was established in 1996 to honor legendary Arkansas Head Coach Frank Broyles, who… Continue reading →

Cajuns’ Jeremy Sparks finds tough decision is the right one

Advocate file photo by BRAD KEMP --UL-Lafayette's Jeremy Sparks, left, is learning to stay in the game, even though he's no longer able to play football.

LAFAYETTE — In his mind’s eye, former Louisiana-Lafayette offensive guard Jeremy Sparks can see an older version of himself zipping passes to his kids, and he knows then he made the right decision to end his promising career as it was starting to take flight. Sparks’ future self slings spirals with a right arm that… Continue reading →

Grambling defensive coach back in Bayou Classic

Photo provided by GoGrambling.com -- Grambling State University linebacker coach Terrence Graves addresses the media during the week 7 press conference.

On Thanksgiving Day in 2010, Terrence Graves sat like many others, surrounded by his family and with food covering the table. “It was different,” Graves said Sunday. “First time in almost 16 years I had been able to go home.” Coaching is Graves’ calling. An intense competitor who refuses to let much hinder preparation for… Continue reading →

Southeastern travels to face Sam Houston in playoffs

Photo by Randy Bergeron/SLU Public InformationSoutheastern football coach Ron Roberts holds up the Southland Conference trophy after Thursday's win over Nicholls State at Guidry Stadium in Thibodaux. Southeastern finished with a 7-1 conference record.

If a shared Southland Conference title left anyone with questions about whom the best team was, they’ll get an answer Saturday when co-champions Southeastern and Sam Houston State face off in the first round of the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs. The announcement came Sunday morning as the Lions watched the selection show on the big screen in Strawberry… Continue reading →

Louisiana-Monroe tops New Mexico State

Associated Press photo by Andres LeightonLouisiana-Monroe running back Centarius Donald scores past New Mexico State defensive backs Jaden Wright and Jacob Nwangwa during the first half of Saturday's game.

LAS CRUCES, N.M., — Pete Thomas threw for 350 yards and one touchdown as Louisiana-Monroe beat New Mexico State 30-17 on Saturday. New Mexico State’s Larry Rose III ran for 64 of his 229 yards to score a touchdown with 2:47 left in the second quarter, tying the score at 17. Justin Manton kicked a… Continue reading →

Tim Rebowe introduced as Nicholls State coach

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- University of Louisiana at Lafayette Secondary Coach Tim Rebowe calls plays Friday during practice in Lafayette.

LAFAYETTE — Tim Rebowe was introduced as Nicholls State’s football coach on Friday, ending more than a decade-long tenure as a defensive assistant at Louisiana-Lafayette. Rebowe, 51, is taking over a Colonels program that won just six games over the past four seasons and ended an 0-12 regular season with a 62-3 loss… Continue reading →

State capsules

Louisiana Tech (7-3, 6-0 C-USA) at Old Dominion (4-6, 2-4) WHEN: 11 a.m. Saturday WHERE: Foreman Field (20,118), Norfolk, Va. TV: Fox College Sports SERIES: First meeting STAT THAT MATTERS: Louisiana Tech’s defense has allowed only 4.7 yards per play in 2014. NOTES: The… Continue reading →

Southeastern rips Nicholls State 62-3 to claim at least share of Southland Conference championship

Southeastern wide receiver Devante Scott makes a 77-yard touchdown reception against Nicholls in the first half Thursday at Guidry Stadium in Thibodaux. (Photo by Randy Bergeron/SLU Public Info)

THIBODAUX — For the second consecutive season, Southeastern Louisiana players hoisted the Southland Conference championship trophy over their heads. This time around, though, coach Ron Roberts went skyward with the hardware, as his players put him on their shoulders in celebration. Roberts immediately demanded to get down, but it didn’t matter. For the… Continue reading →

Ragin' Cajuns defensive assistant coach Tim Rebowe named as football coach at Nicholls State

LAFAYETTE — Tim Rebowe was formally introduced as the next head coach at Nicholls State Friday, ending more than a decade-long tenure as a defensive assistant with the Ragin Cajuns. Rebowe is taking over a Colonels program that has won just six games over the last four seasons and closed off an 0-12 regular season by losing at home by Southeastern… Continue reading →

Southeastern Louisiana looks to keep River Bell Trophy vs. Nicholls State

Advocate staff photo by CATHERINE THRELKELD -- Southeastern Louisiana players celebrate with the River Bell Trophy after a 52-27 victory over Nicholls State in November.

HAMMOND — Among the keepsakes around the Southeastern Louisiana players’ lounge has been the River Bell Classic trophy, which has resided there for the past three years. Adorning those same walls are pictures of the senior classes that have come before to claim the 23-year-old symbol of the winner of the Southeastern-Nicholls State game — a… Continue reading →

Lions’ leader Bryan Bennett shows toughness through injuries

Photo by Randy Bergeron/SLU Public InformationSoutheastern Louisiana quarterback Bryan Bennett picks up some of the 41 rushing yards he had against McNeese on Saturday at Strawberry Stadium in Hammond.

HAMMOND — Senior quarterback Bryan Bennett has worked his way toward the top of Southeastern Louisiana’s record books in a variety of categories with his right arm and legs. Third-year SLU coach Ron Roberts has an appreciation of Bennett that outweighs his vast talent. “To me, I’ve said it’s not about his athletic ability, it’s not… Continue reading →

Reports: Cajuns’ Tim Rebowe to take over at Nicholls State

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Louisiana-Lafayette secondary coach Tim Rebowe

LAFAYETTE — After more than a decade spent roaming the Louisiana-Lafayette sidelines, defensive backs coach Tim Rebowe reportedly has earned his shot to run a program. Rebowe — who has coached various positions with the Cajuns since joining the staff in 2004 — will accept an offer to become the new head coach at… Continue reading →

Robinson’s message to youth: Focus on an education, baseball’s a bonus

Hall of Famer Frank Robinson is seen during the Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Sunday, July 28, 2013, in Cooperstown, N.Y. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

Frank Robinson knows baseball as he’s been a major league player, manager and now works as Major League Baseball’s Executive Vice President of Baseball Development. The Hall of Famer was at the Building Baseball: Through our Youth Gala Saturday at Lakefront Arena. The fundraising event benefitted New Orleans’s Urban Youth Academy at Barrow Stadium and the… Continue reading →

SLU topples McNeese State

Photo by Randy Bergeron/SLU Public InformationSoutheastern Louisiana quarterback Bryan Bennett picks up some of the 41 rushing yards he had against McNeese on Saturday at Strawberry Stadium in Hammond.

Southeastern quarterback Bryan Bennett couldn’t let his final regular-season home game as a Lion pass without at least a little drama. After a 34-minute scoring drought for Southeastern in which Bennett went 5-for-11 for 71 yards, Bennett went off for a pair of touchdowns and 73 yards in the final 11 minutes of the… Continue reading →

Alabama State snaps Grambling’s win streak

GRAMBLING — Malcolm Cyrus ran for 180 yards and a touchdown, and Alabama State snapped Grambling seven-game winning streak with a 37-23 victory. Alabama State (6-5, 5-4 Southwest Athletic Conference) went up 34-23 with 14:27 left on Daniel Duhart’s third touchdown pass, a 40-yarder to Ephraim Henderson. Preston Clark’s 44-yard field goal capped the scoring… Continue reading →

State basketball: Tulane women handle MVSU

Advocate staff photo by LIBBY ISENHOWER -- Tulane coach Lisa Stockton

The Tulane women got 16 points from Kolby Morgan, 12 from Jamie Kaplan and 11 from Danielle Blagg to cruise to an 87-47 victory against Mississippi Valley State on Friday night in Devlin Fieldhouse in the season opener. A’Shanti Weathers had 10 points to lead Valley, which trailed 38-24 at halftime. WEST ALABAMA 66, UNO 54:… Continue reading →

Southeastern, McNeese collide with both quarterbacks questionable

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ--  Southeastern Louisiana Lions quarterback Bryan Bennett (3) passes under pressure from Tulane Green Wave defensive end Royce LaFrance (48) in the third quarter as Tulane plays Southeastern University at Yulman Stadium  in New Orleans, La. Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014.

HAMMOND — The status of the both star quarterbacks may be in limbo, but that won’t temper emotions when No. 10 Southeastern Louisiana hosts No. 11 McNeese State at 3 p.m. Saturday at Strawberry Stadium. “Every in-state game’s pretty big, but historically the McNeese game has been a big rivalry,” SLU senior linebacker Justin Church… Continue reading →

Home finale marks end for Lions seniors

Southeastern running back Eugene Bethea finds a hole in the Houston Baptist defense Saturday at Strawberry Stadium in Hammond. (Photo by Randy Bergeron/SLU Public Info)

HAMMOND Southeastern Louisiana may have been the school closest to his Mandeville home that was recruiting him but senior linebacker Justin Church said proximity wasn’t the overriding factor in his decision. It was more of a premonition; a hunch that convinced Church to join the Lions program on the heels of tumultuous… Continue reading →

Southeastern basketball teams trek to Big 12, Big Ten foes for their openers

HAMMOND — There are no early nonconference layups for either of Southeastern Louisiana’s basketball teams. The men are headed to Big 12 country to open the season Friday at Oklahoma State, while the women Friday trek to Minnesota of the Big Ten. “I’ve seen where (media outlets) have said we have the toughest nonconference… Continue reading →

UNO adds three men’s basketball signees

The UNO men’s basketball team announced the signing of three guards on Wednesday, the first day of the early signing period. Devon Colley, Cameron Reed and Coleman Edwards made good on their early commitments with the Privateers and should bolster a group that has been in flux over the past few seasons. Colley, a 6-foot-1… Continue reading →

Southeastern Louisiana prepping for key game against McNeese State

Photo by RANDY BERGERON/SLU Public InformationCentral Arkansas linebacker Chris Chambers tries to bring down Southeastern running back Rasheed Harrell on Oct. 18 in Hammond.

HAMMOND — A week after handing Southeastern Louisiana its first Southland Conference defeat in three seasons, Stephen F. Austin did the Lions a favor and brought greater clarity to the league race. With the Lions crushing Houston Baptist 76-7 on Saturday, the Lumberjacks defeated McNeese State 31-16, knocking the Cowboys out of a three-way for the SLC lead… Continue reading →

Ragin' Cajuns chat with Advocate sportswriter Luke Johnson, Wednesday at 11 a.m.

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- UL-Lafayette coach Mark Hudspeth

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 11 a.m. Click here to join the action. Continue reading →

Video: SLU coach Ron Roberts says quarterback Bryan Bennett should be fine for McNeese State game

Photo provided by SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANARon Roberts, who guided Delta State to four Gulf South Conference championships and four appearances in the NCAA Division II playoffs, enters his first season at Southeastern Louisiana.

Southeastern Louisiana coach Ron Roberts previews Saturday's game against McNeese State and talks about the health of the players on his team. Click here to see the video. Continue reading →

Southeastern dominates Houston Baptist

Southeastern running back Kody Sutton finds the path to the end zone against Houston Baptist Saturday at Strawberry Stadium in Hammond. (Photo by Randy Bergeron/SLU Public Info)

Southeastern Louisiana backup quarterback Jordan Barnett has been waiting his turn for five years. First, he was redshirted. Then, a torn ACL required three separate surgeries before he began serving as the backup to Bryan Bennett, who’s spent the past two seasons rewriting the Lion record books. But in Saturday’s 76-7 win against Houston… Continue reading →

Stephen F. Austin trips up McNeese

LAKE CHARLES — Zach Conque totaled four touchdowns as Stephen F. Austin upset McNeese State 31-16 on Saturday night. McNeese State, ranked 6th in the FCS and sharing the lead in the Southland Conference before the game, could not stay with the Lumberjacks as SFA (7-3, 4-2 SLC) stretched a 5-point halftime lead to a… Continue reading →

Southeastern putting entire focus on Houston Baptist

HAMMOND — Under different circumstances, Southeastern Louisiana football coach Ron Roberts said he may have had reason to raise an eyebrow. The Lions not only dropped their last game two weeks ago — a 27-17 defeat at Stephen F. Austin — but lost their grip on the Southland Conference lead, falling into a three-way tie… Continue reading →

State capsules

Louisiana Tech running back Kenneth Dixon runs into the end zone for a touchdown against Southern Mississippi during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Hattiesburg, Miss., Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

La. Tech (6-3, 5-0 C-USA) at UAB (5-4, 3-2) WHEN: 11 a.m. Saturday WHERE: Legion Field (72,000), Birmingham, Ala. TV: ASN. SERIES: La. Tech leads 4-0 STAT THAT MATTERS: Louisiana Tech’s defense ranks second in the Conference-USA, allowing only 344.8 yards per game NOTES: After entering last Saturday’s contest with three consecutive victories, the Bulldogs dominate league opponent Western… Continue reading →