Louisiana-Lafayette (2-2) has an open date this Saturday after playing three road games during the past four weeks. The Cajuns next meet Sun Belt Conference opponent Texas State (2-1) at Cajun Field Oct. 5 at 6 p.m. Texas State (2-1) lost at Texas Tech on Saturday (33-7). The Bearcats host Wyoming on Saturday.
The Cajuns won their first road game of the season on Saturday defeating Akron (1-3) 35-30. Louisiana-Lafayette’s victory resembled a comeback of sorts, as the Cajuns led 14-0 in the first half, but allowed Akron to retake the lead twice, the last time with 13:51 remaining (24-21). The Cajuns scored twice in the fourth quarter to take a 35-24 advantage with 6:19 left.
The key play came when Cajuns kickoff specialist Hunter Stover recovered his own onside kick at the Cajuns’ 46 following a 15-yard Terrance Broadway touchdown run with 8:07 left in the fourth quarter. Stover’s recovery set up at 54-yard touchdown drive that ended with Broadway throwing a 15-yard touchdown pass to slot receiver Darryl Surgent. Surgent’s TD was the Cajuns final score of the game.
Broadway, a junior from Capitol High, completed 25-of-37 passes for 305 yards and three touchdowns. Broadway also ran for two touchdowns (13 and 15 yards) and had 68 net yards rushing on 15 attempts.
Although the Cajuns’ secondary allowed three touchdowns (77, 37, 28 yards), safeties T.J. Worthy and Rodney Gillis each had an interception of Akron sophomore quarterback Kyle Pohl. The two interceptions give the Cajuns six in four games.
“Give our team a lot of credit, being on the road for the third time in four games. We come in here to play a team that has a lot of confidence and is sky high after almost beating Michigan last week. We made some mistakes, but how you overcome those mistakes are what separates the good teams from the others.”
Mark Hudspeth, UL-Lafayette coach
“If you want to be a bowl team, you’ve got to beat one that goes to bowls.”
Terry Bowden, Akron coach
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ULL hybrid linebacker Dominique Tovell who also played along the line of scrimmage against Akron as a stand up rusher, finished with seven tackles. Tovell, a 246-pound sophomore, has started most of the season at the position. Linebacker Chris Hill, also a sophomore, also had seven tackles against Akron.
Hudspeth said after the game that he wanted to try the onside kick with Stover earlier in the game but several members of the Akron coaching staff were familiar with Hudspeth’s tendencies when they were assistants on his staff at North Alabama. Hudspeth said he waited until late in the game to attempt the onside kick after he noticed that Akron was beginning to back off into regular kickoff reception formation later in the game.