UL-Lafayette (1-2) travels to the University of Akron (1-2) Saturday for a 5 p.m. game. The Cajuns scored the most points in a game since 1943 when they defeated Nicholls State 70-7 at Cajun Field on Saturday night. Akron fell at No. 12 Michigan 28-24 after failing to score on fourth-and-goal in the waning seconds of the game Saturday.
UL-Lafayette coach Mark Hudspeth said the Cajuns were energized to play a home game against Nicholls (1-2), following season-opening losses at Arkansas and Kansas State. ULL rushed for 456 yards and averaged 8.6 yards per carry.
Senior middle linebacker Justin Anderson had six tackles against the Colonels despite playing just two-thirds of the game. Anderson also returned an interception 58 yards for a touchdown. Anderson was counseled by Hudspeth on the sideline after Anderson threw the ball into the crowd after the TD and ULL received an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.
“We were itching for a win, and we came into the game with a chip on our shoulders.”
Torrey Pierce, ULL running back
“Nice shot in the arm after two tough games on the road.”
The Cajuns defensive line continues to improve after having difficulty in the season opener against Arkansas.
The coaching relationships in the Akron game are intriguing.
Both Hudspeth and Akron head coach Terry Bowden were head coaches at Division II North Alabama. Hudspeth coached North Alabama from 2002-08 when his teams were 66-21. Bowden’s North Alabama teams (2009-11) were 29-9. The North Alabama influence is heavy at Akron. Three Bowden assistants — including his brother Jeff — were on Terry Bowden’s staff at North Alabama.
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