The Final Score Archives

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.

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 →

Southeastern O-line wants to set the tone early

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 — Southeastern Louisiana’s massive right senior offensive tackle Jonathan Braddock lights up at the possibility before tempering his enthusiasm. With No. 14 SLU (6-3, 4-1) returning home to Strawberry Stadium for a 3 p.m. Southland Conference game Saturday with Houston Baptist (2-7, 1-5) it’s obvious Braddock would love nothing more than to atone… Continue reading →

Southeastern Louisiana looks to stay in thick of Southland Conference race

Photo by RANDY BERGERON -- SLU Public Information -- Southeastern wide receiver Devante Scott is upended as he sails into the end zone during a game against Northwestern State at Strawberry Stadium in Hammond.

HAMMOND — A week after losing their grip on sole possession of the Southland Conference lead, Southeastern Louisiana returns from an open date to find its in an advantageous position to repeat as champion. Plenty has transpired since Southeastern had its 15-game conference win streak snapped Oct. 25 in a 27-17 road loss to Stephen F.… Continue reading →

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

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- Hunter Stover follows through on a field goal during a Nov. 2 game between UL-Lafayette and South Alabama at Cajun Field.

The Ragin' Cajuns have turned things around on the football field, but how long can it continue? Ask Advocate sportswriter Luke Johnson in this chat on Wednesday at 11 a.m. Click here to join the action.Continue reading →

Paul Molitor takes over with Twins

MINNEAPOLIS — Hall of Famer Paul Molitor has officially taken over as manager of the Minnesota Twins. And he said “I have no doubt this is where I’m supposed to be.” The Twins introduced Molitor on Tuesday. He becomes just their third manager since 1986. Molitor spent last season as a coach on the fired Ron Gardenhire’s staff. He… Continue reading →

Ragin' Cajuns outside linebackers coach David Saunders resigns

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- David Saunders

LAFAYETTE — Louisiana-Lafayette outside linebackers coach David Saunders, an original member of head coach Mark Hudspeth’s staff, has resigned. The university issued a brief statement to deliver the news Monday morning, citing “personal reasons” for Saunders’ departure. Matt Wallerstedt, who joined the Cajuns staff as a consultant midway through the season, will take over Saunders’… Continue reading →

Stoking ‘that fire’

Advocate photo by BUDDY DELAHOUSSAYE -- Ragin Cajun running back Elijah McGuire (15) holding on to the ball for the first down.

LAFAYETTE — All during that rough 1-3 stretch at the beginning of the season, when seemingly every loose ball found its way to opponents’ hands, Louisiana-Lafayette football coach Mark Hudspeth said that, some day, the ball was going to bounce the Ragin’ Cajuns’ way. Saturday was that day. South Alabama trailed by… Continue reading →

McNeese holds on to defeat Northwestern State

NATCHITOCHES — Dylan Long ran for 88 yards and three touchdowns, Ryan Ross added 93 yards and one score, and McNeese State held on to defeat Northwestern State 35-28. All three of Long’s touchdowns came in the first half, and all came from within two yards out. Tyler Bolfing added 103 yards passing and Jereon… Continue reading →

State Football Capsules

McNeese State (5-2, 3-1 Southland) at Northwestern State (4-4, 2-2 Southland) WHEN: 6 p.m. Saturday WHERE: Turpin Stadium (15,971), Natchitoches TV: None SERIES: McNeese State leads 42-20-1. STAT THAT MATTERS: Eleven of the previous 16 games… Continue reading →

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 →