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Cajuns’ Trevence Patt slides back to cornerback; T.J. Worthy ascends to starting spot at strong safety

With his team in need of a spark on defense, UL-Lafayette coach Mark Hudspeth is shifting around his starting secondary ahead of Saturday’s matchup with Boise State. Senior Trevence Patt is moving from strong safety to cornerback in place of Dominick Jones. Junior T.J. Worthy ascends to the starting spot at strong safety. The Cajuns allowed nearly 300… Continue reading →

Mark Hudspeth says Cajuns’ offensive line stood out to him in loss at Ole Miss

Associated Press photo by Rogelio V. Solis -- The UL-Lafayette offensive line gives place kicker Hunter Stover (45) plenty of time to kick a field goal past Ole Miss defenders during the second quarter Saturday in Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in Oxford, Miss.

LAFAYETTE — It was lost amid Louisiana-Lafayette’s 56-15 humbling at Ole Miss on Saturday, but coach Mark Hudspeth was high on the performance of his offensive line following the game. After a Sunday film study, he was even more convinced that his offensive front played its best game of the season, despite the lopsided score. “After… Continue reading →

Luke Johnson: Ragin’ Cajuns doomed by major mistakes

Associated Press/Daily Mississippian photo by THOMAS GRANING -- Ole Miss wide receiver Vince Sanders dives for a touchdown past Louisiana-Lafayette cornerback Sean Thomas during the first of Saturday's game in Oxford, Miss.

OXFORD, Miss. — Mark Hudspeth didn’t have to gaze long into his crystal ball to come up with a message to his team before the opening kickoff of UL-Lafayette’s 56-15 loss to the No. 14 Ole Miss Rebels on their home field. “I told our team before the game that the team that wins… Continue reading →

Ole Miss 56, UL-Lafayette 15: Three-and-out

Associated Press photo by ROGELIO V. SOLIS -- Louisiana-Lafayette running back Alonzo Harris, left, runs into Ole Miss defensive back Anthony Alford on his way to an 8-yard touchdown run in the second half of Saturday's game at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in Oxford, Miss. The Rebels won 56-15.

1. WHAT WE LEARNED This is just more reinforcement of what we learned last week: Defensively, the Cajuns are in trouble. Normally, a Southeastern Conference team beats a Sun Belt team by simply imposing its will, but the Cajuns weren’t simply outmanned. Rebels receivers were running free and clear for most of the day (if not… Continue reading →

Cajuns draw tough assignment in No. 14 Ole Miss

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Ragin' Cajuns coach Mark Hudspeth leads the team onto the field for the home opener against Southern on Sept. 6 at Cajun Field.

It’s bad enough that Louisiana-Lafayette has never beaten a Southeastern Conference team in 37 tries, or that the Ragin’ Cajuns are coming off their most disappointing performance in a couple of seasons. It’s not enough to face an Ole Miss team that has averaged 38 points in its first two games, and one whose defense ranks fifth… Continue reading →

Cajuns have plenty of ties to Mississippi

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Cajuns defensive lineman Justin Hamilton, from Natchez, Miss., chases Southern quarterback Deonte Shorts on Aug. 30 at Cajun Field in Lafayette.

Senior center Terry Johnson was too short. Playing about two miles from Ole Miss’ campus at Oxford High School, Johnson was a good prep football player, earning second-team all state honors as a senior. But the Ole Miss staff under then-coach Houston Nutt was more concerned about Johnson’s measurables than his on-field performance. “They… Continue reading →

UL-Lafayette at Ole Miss: Four downs

Associated Press photo by MARK HUMPHREY -- Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace passes against Vanderbilt in the first quarter Sept. 6 in Nashville, Tenn.

Not only are a healthy number of Cajuns players familiar with Ole Miss from growing up in Mississippi, but members of the Cajuns coaching staff are familiar with some of the Rebels’ most talented players from their time on the recruiting trail with rival Mississippi State. Said assistant head coach Reed Stringer,… Continue reading →

Louisiana-Lafayette volleyball’s 7-0 start third best ever

LAFAYETTE — The last time Louisiana-Lafayette’s volleyball team started a season with seven straight wins, they weren’t even a part of the Sun Belt Conference. Now, the Cajuns have a legitimate chance to go into Sun Belt play undefeated, and that hasn’t happened since the program joined the league in 1991. “That’s pretty… Continue reading →

Ragin’ Cajuns vow to move forward, but not forget feeling of Louisiana Tech loss

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- UL-Lafayette wide receiver Al Riles is tackled by Louisiana Tech defensive back Colby Brown during Saturday's game at Cajun Field in Lafayette.

In the immediate aftermath of UL-Lafayette’s 48-20 loss to Louisiana Tech, coach Mark Hudspeth said adversity has a knack for pointing out the true leaders on a football team. It didn’t take long for that to be settled. “When your quarterback is grabbing the bull by the horns, you’re pretty excited about it,” Hudspeth said.… Continue reading →

Ragin’ Cajuns ramp up intensity at Wednesday practice

Advocate file photo by BRAD BOWIE -- Terry Johnson, left, defends Christian Ringo during a UL-Lafayette pracice last month at the team's training facility. The team had its first 'Cajun in the Ring' drill of the season Wednesday.

Looking to rediscover what gave his team an edge in recent seasons, UL-Lafayette coach Mark Hudspeth noticeably ramped up the intensity at Wednesday’s practice. It started immediately after the team finished its stretches. When players gathered at the center of the indoor practice field to kick off practice, Hudspeth re-introduced a staple of prior years with the team’s… Continue reading →

Pass protection failings disturb Ragin’ Cajuns offensive line

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- Ragin' Cajuns' quarterback Terrance Broadway rushes to get a pass off under pressure from Louisiana Tech on Saturday at Cajun Field.

Senior center Terry Johnson was surprised when he didn’t see a big, fat ‘D’ attached to his name after coaches graded out the film from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s 48-20 loss to Louisiana Tech last week. Johnson’s individual performance graded out better than he expected, but he still felt like he failed in Saturday’s game… Continue reading →

Notebook: UL-Lafayette flat without playmakers Elijah McGuire, Jamal Robinson

The Cajuns offense fell noticeably flat in Saturday’s 48-20 loss to Louisiana Tech without explosive playmakers like sophomore running back Elijah McGuire and Jamal Robinson in the game. Robinson exited after a 12-yard catch in the second quarter. McGuire didn’t leave until early in the second half, but coach Mark Hudspeth said he… Continue reading →

Road gets bumpier as Cajuns prepare for trek to Ole Miss

Advocate photo by LEE CELANO  - UL-Lafayette coach Mark Hudspeth

LAFAYETTE — The feeling wasn’t any better Sunday morning than it was Saturday night for the Louisiana-Lafayette football team. “When I woke up Sunday morning, I just wanted to fall back asleep,” senior center said Terry Johnson after UL-Lafayette’s 48-20 humbling at the hands of rival Louisiana Tech. “It was rough,” said sophomore cornerback… Continue reading →

Ragin' Cajuns release 2014-2015 men's basketball schedule

Louisiana Lafayette forward Shawn Long (21) begins the celebration after defeating Georgia State in an NCAA college basketball game for the Sun Belt Conference tournament championship in New Orleans, Sunday, March 16, 2014. Louisiana Lafayette won 82-81. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)

LAFAYETTE, La. – A trip to Las Vegas and 15 home games at the Cajundome highlight the 2014-15 Ragin’ Cajuns Men’s Basketball schedule, released Monday. The Ragin’ Cajuns, whose 13 wins in the Cajundome were the most home wins in 23 years, will open the home schedule on Nov. 14 against Louisiana College following a Nov. 5… Continue reading →

Louisiana Tech continues series dominance over UL-Lafayette

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- UL-Lafayette running back Alonzo Harris breaks free from Louisiana Tech defenders to score his team's first touchdown Saturday at Cajun Field in Lafayette.

Louisiana-Lafayette’s renewal of its most-played rivalry against Louisiana Tech on Saturday did not go as the Ragin’ Cajuns had hoped, but history suggested that perhaps they should’ve seen a tough game coming. The Bulldogs won 41-14, picking up their 47th win in the series. It was also their seventh straight against the Cajuns. Those seven consecutive wins account… Continue reading →

Louisiana Tech pulls away from Cajuns defense

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- Louisiana Tech's Hunter Lee is tackled by the Ragin' Cajuns' Kevin Fouquier on Saturday September 6, 2014 at Cajunfield.

LAFAYETTE — Even though it seemed nothing went right for UL-Lafayette in a 48-20 loss to Louisiana Tech on Saturday, Ragin’ Cajuns coach Mark Hudspeth said he was satisfied with his team’s defensive performance in the first half. UL-Lafayette went to the locker room trailing by 10 points, 17-7. “The defense played well in… Continue reading →

Louisiana Tech defeats Ragin' Cajuns 48-20

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- University of Louisiana at Lafayette quarterback Terrance Broadway carries the ball downfield against Louisiana Tech Saturday, September 6 at Cajun Field in Lafayette.

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — Kenneth Dixon ran for a 99-yard touchdown to open the scoring in the first quarter and Louisiana Tech never trailed in routing Louisiana-Lafayette 48-20 on Saturday night. At 6:23 in the first quarter, Louisiana-Lafayette started a 4-play, 18-yard drive that stalled at Tech's 35. Rather than attempt the long field goal, Daniel Cadona punted to the Tech… Continue reading →

Louisiana Tech, Ragin’ Cajuns renew rivalry

Advocate photo by LEE CELANO -- Ragin' Cajuns coach Mark Hudspeth greets fans as he arrives for the the season opener with Southern at Cajun Field on Aug. 30.

LAFAYETTE — Mark Hudspeth admits that, until recently, he didn’t know much about Louisiana Tech. The Louisiana-Lafayette coach had never faced the Bulldogs in either his playing or coaching career, none of his players have ever lined up across the field from a Tech team and only one member of his Ragin’ Cajuns staff has… Continue reading →

Cajuns recruit, build tall receiving corps

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Ragin' Cajuns receiver Jamal Robinson runs after a catch against Texas State last season.

When the Ragin’ Cajuns offense lines up against Louisiana Tech on Saturday, it’ll have at least one distinct physical advantage — and that’s the way it was planned. The Cajuns will trot out 6-foot-4 Jamal Robinson and 6-foot-3 James Butler as starting wide receivers. Behind them, 6-foot-5 Jared Johnson, 6-foot-4 Scott Austin and 6-foot-1 C.J. Bates will… Continue reading →

Louisiana Tech at Cajuns: Four Downs

Advocate photo by LEE CELANO  -- Ragin' Cajuns quarterback Terrance Broadway passes against Southern at Cajun Field on Aug. 30.

Last week, the Ragin’ Cajuns got by on being the physically superior team. That may still be the case this weekend, but the Cajuns aren’t going to limit themselves to simply pushing the Bulldogs around. Coach Mark Hudspeth promised a more diverse offensive (and defensive) game plan this week, and that should mean more… Continue reading →

Cajuns defense focused on Louisiana Tech running back Kenneth Dixon

Associated Press photo by Gerry BroomeNorth Carolina State's Robert Caldwell (48) and Juston Burris (11) move in for the tackle against Louisiana Tech's Kenneth Dixon last season.

LAFAYETTE — There is no secret as to what Louisiana-Lafayette’s defensive focus will be against Louisiana Tech on Saturday, nor is it a secret what Tech’s offensive focus will be. Both will be junior running back Kenneth Dixon. “If you watch those guys on film, I tell you one thing that stands out: They… Continue reading →

Afer vanilla attack to start season, Cajuns offense won’t hold anything back against Louisiana Tech

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Louisiana-Lafayette running back Alonzo Harris tries to make a move against Southern defensive back Dionte McDuffy on Saturday at Cajun Field in Lafayette.

Ragin’ Cajuns coach Mark Hudspeth’s favorite flavor is the one that wins him football games. The coach and local media were both fond of using the term “vanilla” to describe the Cajuns’ offensive gameplan last week against Southern. Another couple ways to describe it: bland, old-fashioned, simple. That won’t be the case this week… Continue reading →

Lopuisiana-Lafayette coach Mark Hudspeth says his players are aware of Louisiana Tech’s success against Cajuns

United States's Anthony Davis, dunks  during the Group C Basketball World Cup match  as New Zealand's Casey Frank, reacts, in Bilbao northern Spain, Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014. The 2014 Basketball World Cup competition take place in various cities in Spain from  last Aug. 30 through to Sept. 14.  United States won 98-71. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)

Tuesday’s Louisiana-Lafayette football press conference was one day later than normal due to the Labor Day holiday. Perhaps that explains Ragin’ Cajun coach Mark Hudspeth’s anxiousness to turn the page to Louisiana Tech, this week’s second straight in-state opponent. Hudspeth couldn’t wait to focus on a Bulldog team that’s had its way with… Continue reading →

Elijah McGuire provides fire for Ragin’ Cajuns running game

LAFAYETTE — When Elijah McGuire stepped onto the University of Louisiana at Lafayette campus last season as a true freshman, he looked drastically different than the 205-pound sophomore who ran for 129 yards and a touchdown Saturday night against Southern. Ragin’ Cajuns coach Mark Hudspeth said McGuire has added about 30 pounds… Continue reading →

Cajuns dodge raindrops to drop Southern 45-6

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- University of Louisiana at Lafayette running back Elijah McGuire celebrates the first touchdown of the season against Southern Saturday at Cajun Field in Lafayette.

LAFAYETTE — Daylong rain held down the crowd at Cajun Field, but that shouldn’t have dampened the enthusiasm surrounding the Louisiana-Lafayette football program. The Ragin’ Cajuns were hoping a record crowd would show up Saturday to see the preseason pick to win the Sun Belt Conference open the season against defending Southwestern Athletic Conference champion… Continue reading →