The Final Score Archives

Cajuns’ decision to play quarterback Jordan Davis against Troy not about audition for next season

Advocate Photo by BRAD KEMP -- Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns quarterback Jordan Davis (10) runs with the ball against Appalachian State during their college football game Saturday Nov. 28, 2015 at Kidd Brewer Stadium in Boone N.C.

LAFAYETTE — Saturday’s game against Troy will not serve as an audition for the 2016 season for Louisiana-Lafayette. Yes, redshirt freshman quarterback Jordan Davis is likely to get his most significant playing time of the season in the 2015 finale, but coach Mark Hudspeth said it’s not necessarily because he wants to see how… Continue reading →

Ready to ‘hit the reset button,’ Cajuns coach Mark Hudspeth says change is coming to the offense next season

Advocate Photo by BRAD KEMP -- Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns quarterback Jordan Davis (10) runs into the end zone against Appalachian State during therir college football game Saturday Nov. 28, 2015 at Kidd Brewer Stadium in Boone N.C.

BOONE, N.C. — Seated in a dimly lit and cramped weight room at Kidd Brewer Stadium in an unfamiliar position — three games under .500 heading into the final week of the season — Louisiana-Lafayette coach Mark Hudspeth made something clear: Change is coming. “Offensively, we’ve got to find some answers, and as soon as… Continue reading →

Monday morning rewind: Louisiana-Lafayette

Advocate Photo by BRAD KEMP -- Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns quarterback Jordan Davis (10 is tackled by Appalachian State Mountaineers linebacker Osvaldo Sombo (30) )during their college football game Saturday Nov. 28, 2015 at Kidd Brewer Stadium in Boone N.C.

Coming up The Cajuns will close out a disappointing season at home against Troy this weekend — a team they’ve beaten four consecutive times. Like the Cajuns, the Trojans have been consistently inconsistent under first-year coach Neal Brown. They’ve had a three-week stretch where they averaged 48 points per game, including a 41-point overtime effort against Appalachian State.… Continue reading →

Appalachian State controls Cajuns 28-7, ending UL-Lafayette’s bowl hopes

Advocate photo by BRAD KEMP -- Louisiana-Lafayette running back Elijah McGuire (15) fights for yards while Appalachian State defensive lineman Stephen Burns takes him down during their game Saturday at Kidd Brewer Stadium in Boone, N.C.

BOONE, N.C. — It had been five years and a day since the last time a Louisiana-Lafayette season ended without a bowl game. That streak is over. The Ragin’ Cajuns managed just 246 yards of offense and didn’t score until a final, meaningless drive. Appalachian State was imperfect but inevitable, ending the Cajuns’ slim bowl… Continue reading →

Ragin’ Cajuns backup quarterback Jordan Davis shows some potential in final drive of 28-7 loss at Appalachian State

Advocate photo by BRAD KEMP -- Ragin' Cajuns quarterback Jordan Davis (10) throws a pass against Appalachian State on Saturday in Boone, N.C.

BOONE, N.C. — It was a meaningless drive against a second-team defense that was simply trying to avoid the big play, but redshirt freshman quarterback Jordan Davis showed coach Mark Hudspeth what he needed to. In 12 plays, Davis completed all seven of his passes and accounted for 81 yards on final drive of UL-Lafayette’s 28-7 loss at… Continue reading →

Get to the Next Level for the Ragin’ Cajuns-Appalachian State game: Find out where the Mountaineers will pose problems

Associated Press photo by Richard Shiro -- Appalachian State quarterback Taylor Lamb ‘makes their offense go,’ Cajuns coach Mark Hudspeth said.

The Next Level: Appalachian State will pose problems for Cajuns defense Like most good football teams, Appalachian State has two distinct ways it can hurt a defense. It can rely on stellar sophomore quarterback Taylor Lamb, who has passed for 17 touchdowns against just three interceptions against Sun Belt Conference opponents. “The kid is an… Continue reading →

Cajuns seniors have nothing, everything to lose

Advocate photo by BRAD KEMP -- Louisiana-Lafayette's Otha Peters Taboris Lee (92) sack South Alabama quarterback Cody Clements on Thursday night at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala..

LAFAYETTE — It wasn’t clear whether Louisiana-Lafayette linebacker Otha Peters misspoke or not, but the words held meaning either way. “We have nothing to lose,” Peters said. “We have everything to lose.” He issued both thoughts back-to-back, not a pause between them. Normally, they’re two completely contradicting statements, but in this case they… Continue reading →

UL-Lafayette women’s basketball team to face Arkansas in Puerto Rico

LAFAYETTE — Within the relaxing atmosphere of Puerto Rico, Louisiana-Lafayette women’s basketball coach Garry Brodhead will be looking for persistence from his squad and a bit of patience. The Ragin’ Cajuns (2-1) will take on their second SEC foe of the season when they tangle with Arkansas (2-2) at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Mario Morales Coliseum… Continue reading →

Ragin’ Cajuns coach Mark Husdpeth impressed with Appalachian State’s ‘sound’ defense

Associated Press/Winston-Salem Journal photo by BRUCE CHAPMAN -- Appalachian State defensive back Mondo Williams upends Georgia Southern quarterback Kevin Ellison, left, as Ellison scores a touchdown during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game at Kidd Brewer Stadium in Boone, N.C., on Oct. 22.

LAFAYETTE — When Louisiana-Lafayette coach Mark Hudspeth looks at the Appalachian State defense, he doesn’t necessarily see jaw-dropping stuff to watch out for. Instead, what he sees is actually a little more unsettling: 11 guys all precisely where they should be, doing exactly what they’re supposed to do. “They’re very sound,”… Continue reading →

Jordan Alexander learning her role with Cajuns

LAFAYETTE — Jordan Alexander’s first 10 regular-season days as a freshman basketball player for Louisiana-Lafayette featured some anxiety and a few overwhelming moments, but a focus on fundamentals and seeing the future has kept her on the court at the end of games. Alexander’s 3-pointer from the corner and two later free throws in the closing… Continue reading →

High-scoring Cajuns men’s basketball team turns focus to defense

Photo by BRAD KEMP/ -- ULLafayette players Shawn Long, left, and Jay Wright defend Mississippi College's Tristan Moore during an exhibition game this month. Coach Bob Marlin is looking for better defense from the Cajuns than they've shown in their first three games.

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette men’s basketball team is averaging 92.7 points per game entering the season’s third week and ranks in the national top 15 in both scoring and rebound margin. Over the past two games, 15th-ranked Miami and Alabama have combined to make 27 of 48 3-pointers on the way to… Continue reading →

Bob Marlin says lineup changes coming for Cajuns

Advocate file photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Louisiana-Lafayette coach Bob Marlin reacts to a play against Texas State last season.

LAFAYETTE — Through three games, the Louisiana-Lafayette men’s basketball team has featured the same three starting lineups, but don’t expect that to continue Wednesday night against Loyola. “Look for a change tomorrow, we’re going to mix it up a bit I think,” coach Bob Marlin said at a Tuesday news conference. “I don’t know… Continue reading →

Cajuns notebook: Brooks Haack locked in as starting quarterback

Louisiana-Lafayette quarterback Brooks Haack unsuccessfully tries to convince a referee that he had crossed the goal line after being tackled by Kentucky linebacker Josh Forrest, left, in the second half of an NCAA college football game in Lexington, Ky., Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015. Kentucky won the game, 40-33. (AP Photo/David Stephenson)

LAFAYETTE — Louisiana-Lafayette doesn’t have a win to show for its past two football game, but the performance of junior Brooks Haack has locked him in as the Ragin’ Cajuns’ starting quarterback for the final two regular-season games. Haack, who was in a back-and-forth battle with fellow junior Jalen Nixon for much of the season, has… Continue reading →

Monday morning rewind: UL-Lafayette

Advocate photo by Buddy Delahoussaye-- Ragin Cajuns running back Elijah McGuire (15) with another touchdown on Saturday November 21, 2015.

Coming up Arguably the most difficult game on the Cajuns schedule is coming up at easily the worst possible time. The Cajuns must travel to Boone, North Carolina, to face Appalachian State this week, and they need a win into keep their hopes of playing in a bowl alive. Since moving to the FBS last season, Appalachian State has… Continue reading →

Even in a loss, Ragin’ Cajuns running back Elijah McGuire breaks out of his slump

Advocate photo by BUDDY DELAHOUSSAYE -- Louisiana-Lafayette running back Elijah McGuire celebrates one of his two touchdown runs during the Cajuns' 37-34 loss to New Mexico State on Saturday night.

LAFAYETTE — Despite a heartbreaking 37-34 loss to New Mexico State Saturday, UL-Lafayette running back Elijah McGuire got of a three-game funk. McGuire was explosive on touchdown runs of 64 and 27 yards — his first two of runs of more than 25 yards since Week 2 against Northwestern State. He averaged 8.8 yards per… Continue reading →

Injury forces Cajuns to use different kickers; team debuts gray uniforms

Advocate photo by BUDDY DELAHOUSSAYE -- Louisiana-Lafayette wide receiver Jamal Robinson races toward the end zone Saturday against New Mexico State at Cajun Field.

LAFAYETTE — Louisiana-Lafayette freshman kicker Stevie Artigue had been feeling tight all week, and after he missed a 38-yarder wide to the right Saturday against New Mexico State, coach Mark Hudspeth decided to remove him from the game. Most knew something was up when senior Carlos Alvarez lined up to kick the opening kickoff for the Cajuns.… Continue reading →

Alabama powers past Cajuns men 105-93

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Shannon Hale scored 18 points to help Alabama beat the Louisiana-Lafayette men’s basketball team 105-93 on Friday night. Hale made 6 of 12 field goals, including 5 of 6 from 3-point range. Alabama (2-1) shot 56.3 percent from the field in the first half and 54.2 percent (32-59) overall.… Continue reading →

Will Cajuns get a boost from their matchup with New Mexico State again this year?

Associated Press photo by ANDRES LEIGHTON -- Louisiana-Lafayette coach Mark Hudspeth talks to one of his players during the second half of a Nov. 8, 2014, game against New Mexico State in Las Cruces, N.M.

LAFAYETTE — Over the past two seasons, New Mexico State provided just what Louisiana-Lafayette needed to keep bowl-bound seasons rolling. Two years ago, the Ragin’ Cajuns won a 49-35 shootout at Cajun Field for the sixth victory of what became an eight-game streak. Last season, UL-Lafayette’s 44-16 runaway win in Las Cruces was the fifth of… Continue reading →

Cajuns women blast SUNO

LAFAYETTE — When Louisiana-Lafayette freshman center Breionne Cooper hit a wall near the end of the third period against Southern-New Orleans on Thursday night, she made a layup and caused assistant coach Katherine Katz to yell encouragement. The Ragin’ Cajuns women’s basketball team led Southern-New Orleans 68-19 at the time on the way to an… Continue reading →

Cajuns aim to play faster

Advocate Photo by Brad Kemp -- Louisiana-Lafayette running back Elijah McGuire gets blocks from teammates Octravian Anderson (68) and Donovan Williams (77) on Georgia State defensive end Shawayne Lawrence (85) during their game Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

LAFAYETTE — Louisiana-Lafayette coach Mark Hudspeth is hoping to channel his inner Ricky Bobby to inject some vitality to what has been a moribund offense in the last few weeks. Simply put, he wants the Cajuns to go fast. “We want to pick up our tempo,” Hudspeth said. “The tempo, to me,… Continue reading →

Cajuns try to bounce back, travel to face Alabama

Two teams will be looking to forget their last game and remember what they did right in their season openers when Louisiana-Lafayette plays the back half of a rugged two-game road stretch against Alabama’s Crimson Tide. The Ragin’ Cajuns (1-1) watched Miami put on a shooting exhibition Monday night as the returning NIT finalist Hurricanes roared to… Continue reading →

Ragin’ Cajuns get commitment from East St. John defensive back Dontrell Allen

LAFAYETTE – The Louisiana-Lafayette football program secured a commitment from East St. John defensive back Dontrell Allen just days after Allen de-committed from Mississippi State. Allen, rated by 247Sports as a three-star recruit, originally committed to play for Mississippi State in June, but he tweeted on Sunday that he was about to de-commit. The… Continue reading →

Coach Garry Brodhead wants to see how Cajuns women respond to defensive pressure

LAFAYETTE — Garry Brodhead has seen his veteran guards deal with tough situations for a few years, so a contest against Southern-New Orleans could provide a chance to see how some youngsters answer the challenges posed by a full-court press. The Louisiana-Lafayette women’s basketball squad had the right responses when Ole Miss made a second-half run… Continue reading →

Cajuns’ high-scoring offense not getting many 3-pointers

Advocate staff photo by LESLIE WESTBROOKUniversity of Louisiana at Lafayette guard Hayward Register puts up a jumper during an NCAA basketball game against Louisiana College Friday, November 13, 2015, at the Cajundome in Lafayette, La.

LAFAYETTE — Two games into the season, Louisiana-Lafayette ranks among the highest-scoring schools in the country at 92.5 points per game. What makes that number pop even more is that the Cajuns, through Tuesday’s games, were ranked 329th out of 346 schools in 3-point shooting percentage. “They’re not going in,” coach Bob Marlin said. “It’s a… Continue reading →

New Mexico State quarterback Andrew Allen plans to attend his father’s funeral, then drive to Lafayette for game against Ragin’ Cajuns

Associated Press photo by ANDRES LEIGHTON -- New Mexico State quarterback Andrew Allen, right, sits on the bench next to running back Larry Rose III after injuring his right knee during the second half of a game against Idaho on Oct. 31.

LAFAYETTE — New Mexico State quarterback Andrew Allen is healthy enough to play Saturday — but because of a personal tragedy, he may not take the field. Allen’s father, Marlin (Texas) police chief Darrell Allen, died Nov. 10, a week after he was shot while providing off duty security at a bar on Halloween in… Continue reading →

Cajuns fall to torrid-shooting Miami

MIAMI — The University of Louisiana at Lafayette men’s basketball team fought hard, but couldn’t overcome the torrid shooting by Miami as the Hurricanes rolled to a 93-77 win Monday night. The Hurricanes (2-0) shot 56.4 percent from the field, including a 12-of-23 effort from the 3-point line. Six Miami players finished in double figures,… Continue reading →

Cajuns pick up nine-man baseball class

LAFAYETTE — The Louisiana-Lafayette baseball team announced a nine-man signing class Monday that coach Tony Robichaux is hopeful will be another in a recent run of outstanding recruiting classes. It’s important that it is, Robichaux said, because good signing classes don’t typically stay around for four years. “We think this class, like… Continue reading →

Cajuns begin push to become bowl eligible

Associated Press photo by ANDRES LEIGHTON -- Louisiana-Lafayette running back Elijah McGuire celebrates with teammates after scoring on a 7-yard run during the first half at New Mexico State on Nov. 8, 2014.

LAFAYETTE — The University of Louisiana at Lafayette football team has to win two of its final three games to become bowl eligible for the fifth straight year. The Ragin’ Cajuns are well aware of that, but they also realize that any combination of two wins over New Mexico State at home… Continue reading →