AKRON, Ohio — Terrance Broadway threw three touchdowns and ran for two more but an onside kick was the biggest play in Louisiana-Lafayette’s 35-30 win over Akron on Saturday night.
After retaking the lead 28-24 in the fourth quarter, Hunter Stover recovered his own onside kick, giving the Ragin’ Cajuns (2-2) the ball, and Broadway capped the drive with a game-winning 14-yard pass to Darryl Surgent.
Akron (1-3) missed two fourth-quarter field-goal attempts, and its final touchdown, a 28-yard pass from Kyle Pohl to Fransohn Bickley, wasn’t enough.
The lead changed hands five times and both teams went to the air. Broadway was 25-of-37 for 305 yards passing, with two scoring strikes to Jamal Robinson and one to Surgent. Pohl was 27-of-43 for 321 yards passing, throwing two touchdowns to Bickley and one, a 77-yarder, to Zach D’Orazio. Akron’s Jawon Chisholm had a touchdown run.
UL-Lafayette fell behind 24-21 just 69 seconds into the fourth quarter when Kyle Pohl completed a short pass to Fransohn Bickley on fourth-and-3, and then Bickley broke loose for a 37-yard touchdown.
“I thought that even though we made a couple of mistakes, we did not let our mistakes beat us,” UL-Lafayette coach Mark Hudspeth said. “We left some points on the field in the first half that gave Akron a chance to get back in the game, but it was a battle in the second half.”
Broadway, who accounted for a season-high 373 yards of total offense, led the Cajuns on a 61-yard drive, scoring his second touchdown of the night on a 13-yard run that put UL-Lafayette ahead for good, 28-24 with 8:07 left.
The touchdown was Broadway’s team-best fourth of the year and his 13th career score.
Hudspeth used a little trickery on the ensuing kickoff as kicker Hunter Stover dribbled an onside kick ahead and recovered it after it went 10 yards to give Louisiana the ball back at its own 46.
“We wanted to call the onside kick earlier in the game but we decided to hold off,” Hudspeth said. “The game had turned into a prize fight with each team throwing punches and looking for the knock out. It was tough to call, but we executed it correctly and it was there.”
Five plays later, Broadway connected with Darryl Surgent on a 14-yard touchdown play to push the Cajuns lead to 35-24 with 6:19 left. Surgent caught a season-high seven passes for 83 yards and a score.
“Terrance came to me at halftime and told me that he had sprained his ankle and that he couldn’t run,” Hudspeth said. “He didn’t want to come out of the game so we changed this up so that he could throw balls to our big targets and make some simple handoffs.”