The Final Score Archives

Luke Johnson: Mark Hudspeth has set a strong foundation for the Ragin’ Cajuns

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- Ragin' Cajuns coach Mark Hudspeth leads his team onto the field to face Appalachian State on Nov. 22 at Cajun Field.

Saturday was supposed to be a coronation of sorts. The stars — and the seniors — were aligned. The Troy game would’ve been the wrap-up of the finest Ragin’ Cajuns season in school history, and it would serve as a launching pad for a bowl game outside the Sun Belt Conference’s orbit.… Continue reading →

Ragin’ Cajuns at Troy: Four downs (How important is getting Elijah McGuire involved in the offense?)

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- University of Louisiana at Lafayette football

Why do we fall, Master Bruce? The Cajuns can’t afford to dwell on the fact that their six-game winning streak came to an end last weekend. While they might physically be a better team than Troy, the Trojans will likely come out with the emotional edge early for coach Larry Blakeney’s last game… Continue reading →

Ragin’ Cajuns visit Troy in search of, with a little help, another share of the Sun Belt title

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK --UL-Lafayette's Alonzo Harris

LAFAYETTE — Not that many seasons ago, Troy football was the gold standard in the Sun Belt Conference. The Trojans joined the league in 2004, and by 2006 they shared their first league title and made their first Division I bowl appearance in the New Orleans Bowl. For the next four years, Troy either won or… Continue reading →

Cajuns defense aiming to cut down on big plays allowed

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- Appalachian State quarterback Taylor Lamb is surrounded by Louisiana Lafayette defenders on Nov. 22, 2014 at Cajun Field.

LAFAYETTE — If there is a common issue to point to in each of Louisiana-Lafayette’s games this season, it’s the defense’s tendency to give up big plays. The Ragin’ Cajuns lead the Sun Belt in giving up plays of more than 30 yards — 39 of them in all. They also lead the conference in giving… Continue reading →

Cajuns’ flow of sacks ran dry against Appalachian St.

Advocate photo by BUDDY DELAHOUSSAYE -- Ragin Cajun wide receiver James Butler (11) blocking for running back Alonzo Harris (46) at Cajun Field in their the Cajuns lose to Appalachian State on Saturday November 22, 2014.

LAFAYETTE — A week after sacking Louisiana-Monroe quarterback Pete Thomas seven times the Cajuns pass rush came up empty handed last weekend against Appalachian State. It was only the third time this season the Cajuns have been held without a sack and it ended a bit of a hot streak that saw the Cajuns… 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 →

Cajuns offer thanks

-- “We’ll get a little more time together. They won’t have class on Thursday and Friday, and we’re busing to Troy instead of flying. We’ll have a two-movie trip — that’s sort of how we judge the length of the trip, how many movies you get to watch. … We’ll have a chance to spend some time together… Continue reading →

Win over La. Tech sign of growth for Cajuns women’s basketball

When Louisiana Tech’s Chrisstasia Walter had her 3-point shot bounce off the rim at the horn Saturday, decades of frustration and nightmares were symbolically wiped away for the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s women’s basketball team. After 39 straight losses, the’ Cajuns had prevailed over one of the storied names in the women’s game, although one… Continue reading →

Ragin’ Cajuns frustrated by recent failures inside red zone

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

LAFAYETTE — The Cajuns struggled to move the ball against Appalachian State last weekend, but that problem was made worse by their failure to cash in the limited scoring opportunities they had in their 35-16 loss. The Cajuns made three trips to the Mountaineers’ red zone and had another drive that started… Continue reading →

Ragin’ Cajuns coach Mark Hudspeth won’t be fazed by early kickoff at Troy

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 game against New Mexico State in Las Cruces, N.M. Hudspeth and the Cajuns will have an early wakeup call for their regular-season finale at Troy, which kicks off at 11:30 a.m. Saturday.

LAFAYETTE — UL-Lafayette coach Mark Hudspeth, master of the colloquialism, had his key phrase ready when he was asked about the Ragin’ Cajuns’ 11:30 a.m. kickoff time Saturday. “By then, the hay is pretty much in the barn,” Hudspeth said. Translated: The team has done all the necessary preparation for the game, and the less time… Continue reading →

Setter Andrea Hole makes her mark quickly at UL-Lafayette

Photo by Brad Kemp/RaginCajuns.comUL-Lafayette volleyball player Andrea Hole, right, sets the ball for Kaylee Nemeth during their match against UL-Monroe on Sunday.

When Andrea Hole arrived in Lafayette, she knew two people in town. Now, the two-year captain of the Louisiana-Lafayette volleyball team has helped guide the Cajuns to their first 20-win season since 1990. The Cajuns (20-12 and 9-11 in Sun Belt play) arrived at the conference tournament in San Marcos, Texas, as the sixth seed.… Continue reading →

Ragin’ Cajuns officials urge fans to start buying tickets — to the New Orleans Bowl

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- The crowd heads to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome from Champion Square before the start of the Tulane-UL-Lafayette New Orleans Bowl in December 2013.

Louisiana-Lafayette is confident enough of a fourth straight invitation to the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl that the Ragin’ Cajuns ticket office began taking orders for bowl tickets Monday, and the New Orleans Bowl was the only one listed on the order form. The New Orleans Bowl gets the first selection from the Sun Belt Conference, and… Continue reading →

Cajuns coach Mark Hudspeth says Senior Day loss won’t linger like last season’s

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK --UL-Lafayette coach Mark Hudspeth

LAFAYETTE — A year ago, Louisiana-Lafayette had a disappointing loss in its Senior Day home finale, and the effects of that defeat left the Ragin’ Cajuns with a two-game losing streak heading into their bowl game. Coach Mark Hudspeth said lingering disappointment won’t be an issue when his Cajuns travel to Troy on Saturday for an 11… Continue reading →

Cajuns cut ties with LB Chris Hill after domestic abuse battery charges are accepted

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- Cajuns linebacker Chris Hill

LAFAYETTE — The Louisiana-Lafayette football team has officially parted ways with junior linebacker Chris Hill, who had been in limbo after his Oct. 2 arrest on domestic abuse battery charges. Hill, 22, was suspended indefinitely after the arrest but was allowed to be around the team while his legal status was determined. But the district attorney’s… Continue reading →

Milwaukee nips Cajuns in MGM Grand Main Event

LAS VEGAS — Steve McWhorter had 18 points and 10 rebounds, and Milwaukee snapped a two-game skid Monday with a 56-52 win over the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in the MGM Grand Main Event men’s basketball tournament. McWhorter assisted Matt Tiby’s layup to give the Panthers (2-3) the lead for good at 52-51 with 43… Continue reading →

Cajuns notebook: Appalachian State found a way to shut down Elijah McGuire

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

LAFAYETTE — On a blustery day in Cajun Field, Appalachian State dared the Ragin’ Cajuns to beat them through the air by clogging the line of scrimmage with defenders. By doing so, the Mountaineers also took away the most dangerous aspect of the Cajuns offense: Elijah McGuire on the perimeter.… Continue reading →

Ragin’ Cajuns’ men take on Milwaukee in Las Vegas

LAFAYETTE — The Louisiana-Lafayette men’s basketball team begins the neutral-site portion of the MGM Grand Main Event at 5 p.m. Monday when it faces Milwaukee for the first time. The Ragin’ Cajuns (1-2) will try to even their record after dropping decisions on the road last week at Tulsa and Auburn. The Cajuns and… Continue reading →

UL-Lafayette Monday Morning Rewind

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- Louisiana-Lafayette's Terrance Broadway throws a pass over the hands of Appalachian State's Devan Stringer on Saturday.

Coming up The Cajuns will look to get back on track as they close out their regular season on the road against an improving Troy squad next weekend. The Trojans lost eight of their first nine games, but they come into the matchup against the Cajuns as winners of two straight, and they also had an extra… Continue reading →

Appalachian State defeats Ragin’ Cajuns 35-16 in home finale at Cajun Field

Advocate photo by BUDDY DELAHOUSSAYE -- Appalachian State defenders drag down UL-Lafayette receiver James Butler on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014.

LAFAYETTE — The Louisiana-Lafayette football team’s opportunistic defense did just enough to come away with a win for most of the day, but it faltered in the fourth quarter of the Ragin’ Cajuns’ 35-16 loss to Appalachian State on Saturday at Cajun Field. With the game still in the balance early in… Continue reading →

Johnson: Appalachian State beats Cajuns at their own game

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- Appalachian State running back Marcus Cox is brought down by the Ragin' Cajuns' Travis Crawford during Saturday's game at Cajun Field.

LAFAYETTE — With the game on the line in the fourth quarter, a quarterback turned around and put the ball in the hands of a star running back and watched him slowly squeeze the life out of the opponent. For six weeks, UL-Lafayette followed that script. and for six weeks, the Ragin’ Cajuns were winners.… Continue reading →

Cajuns quarterback Terrance Broadway sets school passing record, but is disappointed with loss to Appalachian State

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- The Cajuns' Terrance Broadway gets rid of the ball ahead of pressure from Appalachian State defenders Saturday at Cajuns Field.

LAFAYETTE — On a day when he charged to the top of the UL-Lafayette record books, senior quarterback Terrance Broadway left Cajun Field upset. Despite passing former Ragin’ Cajuns star Jake Delhomme in career yardage, Broadway said he wasn’t even thinking about the record. “I really don’t care about (the record) because we lost… Continue reading →

Appalachian State 35, Ragin’ Cajuns 16: Three and out

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- Appalachian State's Terrence Upshaw runs the ball against the Ragin' Cajuns defense Saturday at Cajun Field.

1. WHAT WE LEARNED UL-Lafayette needs to establish a dominant running game to win. The Mountaineers held the Cajuns to less than 100 yards rushing — the first time a team has held them under 100 yards since their loss to Boise State. During their six-game winning streak, the Cajuns averaged 271 yards per game. Especially… Continue reading →

Ragin’ Cajuns get program’s first win over Lady Techsters 58-55

LAFAYETTE — It was a memorable win for the Louisiana-Lafayette women’s basketball team Saturday as the Cajuns scored their first victory over Louisiana Tech in program history with a 58-55 win. What’s more, the team’s 3-0 start is its best since the 2004-05 season. “A lot of our girls are maybe familiar with what… Continue reading →

One big, big day as Cajuns host Appalachian State in their home finale

Photo provided by Brad Kemp/ -- UL-Lafayette coach Mark Hudspeth, right, leads the team onto the field for their game against New Mexico State  at Aggie Memorial Stadium Saturday Nov. 8, 2014 in Los Cruces, N.M.

In a way, Louisiana-Lafayette football coach Mark Hudspeth can thank Appalachian State for going on its four-game winning streak. That surge definitely has helped the Ragin’ Cajuns focus on the Mountaineers for Saturday’s 1 p.m. contest at Cajun Field — and not on the hoopla surrounding the Senior Day home finale and the prospects of a fourth straight… Continue reading →

Cajuns’ Terrance Broadway will leave quite a legacy in Lafayette

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- UL-Lafayette quarterback Terrance Broadway carries the ball downfield during a 48-20 loss to Louisiana Tech on Sept. 6 at Cajun Field.

Four downs: Appalachian State at UL-Lafayette

1. We’re going streaking! There aren’t two hotter teams in the Sun Belt Conference than the Cajuns and Mountaineers. The Cajuns have won six straight behind a resurgent defense and an offense that has taken care of the ball. Meanwhile, Appalachian State has recovered from a tough beginning of the season, when it lost five of… 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 →

Auburn shoots past the Cajuns 105-80

AUBURN, Ala. — KT Harrell scored 24 points, and Cinmeon Bowers had 20 points and 12 rebounds to lead Auburn past Louisiana-Lafayette 105-80 on Friday night. Harrell has scored at least 20 points in each of the Tigers’ three games, while Bowers posted a double-double in each of his three career games. “That’s the… Continue reading →

Ragin’ Cajuns’ Hunter Stover makes mark as ‘missile kicker’

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.

LAFAYETTE — Hunter Stover likes to tackle people. He likes racing down the field after the ball is sent end-over-end on the kickoff and putting a lick on the guy dumb enough to try to run it back. Does it matter that he’s the guy kicking the ball off? Only to those with… Continue reading →

Back in action, Cajuns’ Tre’maine Lightfoot relishes his role

LAFAYETTE — It’s been a long road to the starting lineup for Louisiana-Lafayette linebacker Tre’maine Lightfoot. The sophomore began the season serving what would have been a season-long suspension for an undisclosed violation of team rules. On Oct. 16, the suspension was reduced, and Lightfoot was eligible to play immediately. With his role being reduced to… Continue reading →

Ragin’ Cajuns move up kickoff time to 1 p.m.; Evan Tatford to serve on NCAA committee

Advocate file photo by LEE CELANO -- UL-Lafayette tight end Evan Tatford, left, congratulates Jamal Robinson after a touchdown against Southern on Aug. 30. Tatford was named Thursday to the NCAA Division I Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.

LAFAYETTE — With rough weather expected to hit late Saturday, UL-Lafayette has moved its game with Appalachian State to 1 p.m. The game was originally scheduled to start at 4 p.m. — but with a load of festivities on the menu, including senior day, the schools agreed to the earlier kickoff time. According to the National Weather… Continue reading →

Early season turnovers holding Ragin’ Cajuns back

Bruce Pearl says that teams with size and athleticism have given his Auburn basketball team problems early in the season. Bob Marlin is concerned about his Louisiana-Lafayette squad’s ball security. Both know that their teams can shoot better than they’ve shown in their 1-1 season starts. Which team can rid itself of those early-season struggles… Continue reading →

ULM can help Ragin’ Cajuns with a win over Georgia Southern

Photo by BRAD KEMP/ -- Louisiana-Lafayette football players celebrate with fans after they defeated UL-Monroe 34-27 at Malone Stadium on Saturday in Monroe.

LAFAYETTE — Louisiana-Lafayette and Louisiana-Monroe may be in-state rivals, but as senior linebacker Boris Anyama left the field in Monroe on Saturday night, Warhawks wide receiver Rashon Ceaser approached him with a message that suggested more state pride than rivalry. “Ceaser from ULM was saying, ‘We’re going to beat Georgia Southern for… Continue reading →

Ragin’ Cajuns’ Christian Sager, one of only a few from the Rickey Bustle era, holds steady with team

Advocate Photo by BRAD KEMP -- UL-Lafayette senior linebacker Christian Sager (56) goes through drills with defensive graduate assistant Jordan Frazier during football practice in Lafayette, La., Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014.

LAFAYETTE — Christian Sager knows there are nine in his group, but he needs a little help jogging his memory. He pulls his phone out of his pocket and looks at one of the latest pictures in it. There they are, in all their glory — the Bustle Era, the last remaining players recruited by… Continue reading →

One game at a time suits Ragin’ Cajuns just fine

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 game against New Mexico State in Las Cruces, N.M. Hudspeth and the Cajuns will have an early wakeup call for their regular-season finale at Troy, which kicks off at 11:30 a.m. Saturday.

LAFAYETTE — Every football team in the country has been trying to capture what Louisiana-Lafayette has managed to do lately. They don’t specifically have the Cajuns in mind, but the goal is still the same: Approach each game with intense focus as a one-game season. No looking ahead, not when each game is the… Continue reading →

Cajuns’ goals: limit cold shooting, cut down on turnovers

Associated Press file photo by Eric Gay -- Louisiana-Lafayette basketball coach Bob Marlin: 'I’m really disappointed at the way we handled the basketball.'

LAFAYETTE — The shooting woes lasted for the final seven minutes of each half Monday night. The turnover struggles? They were there from start to finish in Louisiana-Lafayette’s opening road game of the 2014-15 men’s basketball season. Those two areas were foremost on the mind of Ragin’ Cajuns coach Bob Marlin after his team’s… Continue reading →

UL-Lafayette boasts fountain of youth with wide-outs

Photo by Brad Kemp/ -- UL-Lafayette receiver James Butler fights for running room after a catch against New Mexico State on Nov. 8 in Los Cruces, N.M. Butler and the Cajuns' other young receivers have stepped up to fill the void left when senior Jamal Robinson's season ended.

LAFAYETTE — Way back when the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s football team learned it would be without senior wide receiver Jamal Robinson for the remainder of the regular season, coach Mark Hudspeth made a prophetic statement. “There are some guys that have the speed that Jamal had. There are some guys… Continue reading →

Christian Ringo poised to break Cajuns’ sacks records

Louisiana Lafayett edefensive tackle Christian Ringo celebrates his 41 yard fumble recovery for a touchdown against e Texas State during their game at Bobcat Stadium in San Marcos, Texas. Tuesday Oct. 14, 2014. Photo by Brad Kemp/

LAFAYETTE — Senior defensive lineman Christian Ringo is all smiles these days, but that’s really nothing new — even before he was poised to become the most successful pass rusher in Louisiana-Lafayette history, Ringo could usually be spotted with a grin. But even the gregarious Ringo has a nasty side, and that’s the one… Continue reading →

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

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- Terrence Broadway throws the ball while being pursued by South Alabama defenders on Saturday Nov. 2, 2014 at Cajun Field.

The Ragin' Cajuns enter Saturday's game against Appalachian State with a six-game winning streak. Can they make it seven or will the always dangerous Mountaineers strike again? Ask Advocate sportswriter Luke Johnson in this chat on Wednesday at 11 a.m. Click here to join the action.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 →

Cajuns’ Matt Wallerstedt fires back after Texas Tech coaches accuse him of distributing defensive signals

LAFAYETTE — Louisiana-Lafayette outside linebackers coach Matt Wallerstedt was accused of distributing his former team’s defensive signals to its opponents, and it appears he’s not going to let those accusations stand. Wallerstedt, who resigned from his post as Texas Tech’s defensive coordinator after three games this season before making his way to Lafayette, on Monday issued… Continue reading →

Milestone moments pile up as Ragin’ Cajuns’ Daniel Quave bids Cajun Field adieu

Louisiana-Lafayette offensive lineman Daniel Quave (67) blocks UL-Monroe defensive lineman Lorenzo Jackson, allowing quarterback Terrance Broadway to break free during their game at Malone Stadium on Saturday Nov. 15, 2014,in Monroe. (Photo by Brad Kemp/

Editor’s note: The Ragin’ Cajuns’ 18-man senior class is the winningest in school history with 35 wins and counting. Each day this week leading up to Saturday’s game vs. Appalachian State, The Advocate takes a look back at the career of one senior. LAFAYETTE — Perhaps… Continue reading →

UL-Lafayette seniors set to play final game at Cajun Field

Advocate photo by LEE CELANO -- UL-Lafayette linebacker Boris Anyama is among 21 seniors who will play their final game at Cajun Field on Saturday against Appalachian State.

University of Louisiana at Lafayette coach Mark Hudspeth, offensive guard Daniel Quave and linebacker Boris Anyama will have something in common Saturday when the Ragin’ Cajuns host first-time Sun Belt Conference foe Appalachian State. All will be a little misty-eyed during pre-game activities, when the 21 seniors take a bow before their final Cajun Field appearance. For Hudspeth,… Continue reading →