LAFAYETTE — Accuracy and efficiency enabled Terrance Broadway to pass his way into the University of Louisiana at Lafayette record books at Cajun Field Saturday night.
Broadway executed his sixth game of throwing for more than 300 yards as the Cajuns opened Sun Belt Conference play with a 48-24 win over Texas State, breaking the previous records of five each set by Jake Delhomme and Michael Desormeaux.
The former Capitol High standout didn’t play an entire three quarters, but he still threw for 335 yards and four touchdowns as the Cajuns won their third straight game.
Texas State, playing its first SBC game after joining the Football Bowl Subdivision last season, dropped to 3-2. The Bobcats played previously in the Southland Conference before joining the Sun Belt.
Cajuns coach Mark Hudspeth said the Cajuns wanted to start the game quickly.
“It was important for us to get off to a good start,” Hudspeth said. “It was our first conference game, and we were playing at home. It was something that we practiced and emphasized all week, and we were able to execute it like we practiced. ”
UL-Lafayette improved to 12-1 at Cajun Field under Hudspeth, who became the head coach in 2011.
Overall, the Cajuns used three quarterbacks and threw for 360 yards and finished with 572 offensive yards.
Cajuns’ running back Alonzo Harris rushed for 78 yards on 16 carries. Junior Jamal Robinson caught four passes for 114.
The Bobcats were limited to 196 offensive yards.
“I thought we did our best job of the year tackling and we really played well on offense,” Hudspeth said.
“Terrance was on fire tonight,” he continued. “He was very sharp and threw the ball well. He also managed the game well. It was his best game of the year.”
Broadway said the Cajuns were well-prepared for the Texas State defense, which entered the game ranked No. 3 against the rush.
“I knew that we were going to get some good matchups that we wanted and we took advantage of that. (Texas State) moved eight into the box, but we were still able to pass off that,” Broadway said.
Broadway said he told Robinson it was time to make some big plays offensively.
“I told him if he wanted to be the guy then you need to start playing like the guy. I think now (Robinson) is playing that way and he seems to have that confidence,” Broadway said.
Broadway completed 16 of 18 first half passes for 288 yards as the Cajuns took a 28-3 halftime lead.
The Cajuns scored on four of six possessions as Broadway threw for three touchdowns.
Harris ended a 70-yard drive with 7:04 in the first half on a 4-yard run. The Cajuns reached the Bobcats’ 7-yard line on Broadway’s 53-yard completion to Robinson.
The Cajuns moved 94 yards on their next series and scored on Broadway’s 44-yard completion to slot receiver Darryl Surgent. Surgent ran a post route and got behind the Texas State safety as Broadway delivered the throw (4:06).
UL-Lafayette led 14-0 at the end of the first period after dominating the quarter’s offensive statistics. The Cajuns outgained Texas State 238-32.
In the third quarter, the Cajuns scored on their first series, moving 51 yards in four plays. Broadway threw a 34-yard TD completion to Robinson, who was moving down the sidelines and then into the end zone.
The Bobcats cut into the Cajuns’ lead with a 64-yard, 15-play drive that ended with a 33-yard Jason Dann field goal.
TSU kept the drive viable when quarterback Tyler Jones threw an eight-yard completion to tight end Ryan Carden, who was tackled at the Cajuns 22.
The Cajuns responded to the field goal with the last first half touchdown. UL-Lafayette moved the 75 yards in 11 plays with Broadway completing all seven throws. His last pass went to Robinson for 6 yards.
In the second half, the Cajuns also started with some quickness.
Texas State fumbled the opening kickoff, which was recovered by Al Riles after he stripped return man Andy Erickson of the ball at the Bobcats’ 19.
Two plays later, Broadway had the Cajuns in the end zone again with a 20-yard pass to wide receiver James Butler.
Another Texas State fumble at the 16 on the Bobcats’ first offensive series allowed the Cajuns to pull further in front with a 32-yard field goal attempt by Stephen Brachle. That gave the Cajuns a 38-3 lead.
The Cajns’ final drive under Broadway ended with 3:56 left in the third. Broadway drove UL-Lafayette 99 yards in nine plays.
The big play was a 27-yard pass to wide receiver Jared Johnson.
“I think that (drive) took a lot out of the (Texas State) defense at that point,” Broadway. “I think they became really tired at that point.”
Freshman tailback Elijah McGuire ran the final 4 yards of the drive to put ULL ahead 45-3.
Texas State scored two touchdowns after that on a pair of long kickoff returns by Brandon Smith.
Smith returned a kickoff 92 yards with 3:39 remaining. Smith came back later in the fourth quarter with a 100-yard kickoff return, setting a Cajun Field record.
Hudspeth said the returns were probably his fault, since he was trying to play as many people as possible.
“I’ll take that one as my fault. We had too many subs in the game. We were mass subbing a bunch of guys and I will try not to let that happen again,” Hudspeth said.