The Final Score Archives

A chance for a fresh start as Sun Belt Conference play gets cranked up

Louisiana-Monroe's Pete Thomas (14) fakes a handoff to Tyler Cain, left, during an NCAA college football game against Wake Forest, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, in Monroe, La. (AP Photo/The News-Star, Dacia Idom)

Louisiana-Lafayette coach Mark Hudspeth is hoping the combination of last week’s open date and the start of the Sun Belt Conference schedule will provide a fresh start for his Ragin’ Cajuns. He’s not alone in the Sun Belt, a league that is a combined 4-23 against the other nine Football Bowl Subdivision conferences… Continue reading →

Johnson: A puzzling start for the Ragin’ Cajuns

Associated Press photo by Rogelio V. SolisLouisiana-Lafayette quarterback Terrance Broadway is tackled by Ole Miss defensive lineman Bryon Bennett, left, and linebacker Deterrian Shackelford earlier this season.

One of Louisiana-Lafayette football coach Mark Hudspeth’s favorite analogies — and if I’ve learned anything covering this team for two months, it’s that Hudspeth loves analogies — is looking at his team as if it were a puzzle. It’s a great way to simplify something that is incredibly complex. As much as armchair quarterbacks are loath to admit,… Continue reading →

Cajuns defense turning up the heat

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWE -- Univesity of Louisiana at Lafayette defensive coordinator James Willis during preseason practice at the Cajuns' practice field.

While the overall defensive performance against Boise State last week still left much to be desired, the Ragin’ Cajuns were at least able to take one positive note away to build on. They were finally making plays behind the opponents’ line of scrimmage. Early in the game, as Boise State was moving the ball at will against his… Continue reading →

Cajuns notebook: Mark Hudspeth eyes more tweaks to the secondary

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Louisiana-Lafayette coach Mark Hudspeth

The Louisiana-Lafayette football coaching staff has been searching for the right mixture of personnel in the secondary all season, and it appears another arrangement will get a chance next week against Georgia State. Coach Mark Hudspeth said he planned to use the extra time afforded by the Cajuns’ open date to consider making some personnel changes or tweaks… Continue reading →

On three-game skid, Cajuns in unfamiliar territory

Louisiana-Lafayette quarterback Terrance Broadway (8) hands off the ball to running back Elijah McGuire (15) during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Boise State in Boise, Idaho, on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. Boise State won 34-9. (AP Photo/Otto Kitsinger) ORG XMIT: IDOK114

The last three games for Louisiana-Lafayette have resulted in the first three-game losing streak under coach Mark Hudspeth. That’s unfamiliar territory for a program that came from the Sun Belt Conference cellar-dweller before Hudspeth’s arrival, to three consecutive bowl wins and unanimous preseason conference favorites in 2014 with giant expectations. Those expectations have largely gone… Continue reading →

Ragin’ Cajuns coaches will spend open weekend recruiting

Advocate photo by LEE CELANO --  UL-Lafayette Mark Hudspeth greets fans as he arrives for the Jaguars' season opener against Southern on Aug. 30. With an open date this weekend, Hudpseth and his assistants will be out and about, catching up with commitments and scouting other potential recruits.

With no game to prepare for this weekend, many members of the UL-Lafayette coaching staff hit the open road Wednesday night. They’re not going on vacation. Ragin’ Cajuns coaches use the open date to hit the recruiting trail, visiting recruits Thursday, Friday and Saturday. “That’s where we’ve made our hay in the last few years,” coach Mark Hudspeth… Continue reading →

Open date will ‘be beneficial’ for Cajuns

The open week effect wasn’t lost on Ragin’ Cajuns senior quarterback Terrance Broadway as he answered questions following a light practice Tuesday evening. “We’d still be out there right now,” Broadway said. Tuesdays are normally the Cajuns’ longest practice of the week, but without a game to prepare for this weekend the players spent… Continue reading →

Ragin’ Cajuns expect wide receiver Jamal Robinson to make quick return

Barring a major setback in the rehab process, Louisiana-Lafayette coach Mark Hudspeth said he expects wide receiver Jamal Robinson will be in the lineup when the Ragin’ Cajuns take on Georgia State next Saturday. Hudspeth called Robinson a fast healer and said the expected return coming before Robinson’s expected four-week absence is… Continue reading →

UL-Lafayette Monday Morning Rewind

Associated Press photo by OTTO KITSINGER -- Louisiana-Lafayette running back Elijah McGuire breaks a tackleattempt by Boise State cornerback Donte Deayon for a touchdown during the second half of Saturday's game. Boise State won 34-9.

Coming up For the Cajuns, the open date couldn’t have come at a better time. The Cajuns are reeling after losing their third straight game in ignominious fashion and could use the extra time to figure some things out on offense and defense. The Cajuns now have a full two weeks to prepare for their… Continue reading →

Mark Hudspeth: Cajuns offense has to ‘get it going’

Associated Press photo by OTTO KITSINGER -- Louisiana-Lafayette running back Elijah McGuire breaks a tackleattempt by Boise State cornerback Donte Deayon for a touchdown during the second half of Saturday's game. Boise State won 34-9.

BOISE, Idaho — There weren’t a lot of positives in Louisiana-Lafayette’s lopsided 34-9 loss at the hands of the Boise State Broncos on Saturday night. But Ragin’ Cajuns coach Mark Hudspeth was positive about this: He’s going to focus on making his offense more productive. “Offensively, we have to… Continue reading →

UL-Lafayette sets sights on Sun Belt play after loss at Boise State

Associated Press photo by Kyle Green -- UL-Lafayette cornerback Sean Thomas, left, tries to corral Boise State wide receiver Shane Williams-Rhodes on Saturday in Boise, Idaho. Hudsepth said the Cajuns defense played better than it has in recent games.

BOISE, Idaho — The University of Louisiana at Lafayette football team has taken its lumps during a brutal nonconference schedule. But as the calendar turns to Sun Belt Conference play, the Ragin’ Cajuns believe the tough competition has sharpened their mettle. “Playing good competition has prepared us for conference play,” Ragin’ Cajuns coach Mark Hudspeth said.… Continue reading →

Cajuns tumble 34-9 at Boise State for third straight loss

Louisiana-Lafayette running back Torrey Pierce is taken down by Boise State's Armand Nance (40) and Blake Renaud (13) during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, in Boise, Idaho. (AP Photo/The Idaho Statesman, Kyle Green)

BOISE, Idaho — September has been a month to forget for the Louisiana-Lafayette football team. The Ragin’ Cajuns’ nonconference struggles continued Saturday night in Idaho as host Boise State rolled to a 34-9 victory at Albertsons Stadium. Boise tailback Jay Ajayi racked up 150 rushing yards and scored three touchdowns… Continue reading →

Boise State 34, UL-Lafayette 9: Three-and-out

Associated Press photo by OTTO KITSINGER -- UL-Lafayette running back Elijah McGuire runs the ball against Boise State safety Darian Thompson during the first half of Saturday's game in Boise, Idaho. The Broncos won 34-9.

1. WHAT WE LEARNED What can you really learn when three of the four performances have followed almost exactly the same script? Without injured wide receiver Jamal Robinson, the Cajuns have almost no explosion offensively. The defense was torn to shreds through the air and on the ground. The offense struggled to move the ball after… Continue reading →

UL-Lafayette running back Elijah McGuire gets touches early, often at Boise State

Associated Press photo by OTTO KITSINGER -- Louisiana-Lafayette running back Elijah McGuire runs the ball against Boise State safety Darian Thompson during the first half of Saturday's game in Boise, Idaho. The Broncos won 34-9.

BOISE, Idaho — UL-Lafayette has been looking for ways to get the ball to sophomore running back Elijah McGuire, and while it didn’t factor much in the outcome of Saturday’s game at Boise State, the Ragin’ Cajuns were finally successful in that venture. McGuire finished with a career-high 10 catches for 106 yards and added a 7-yard… Continue reading →

Louisiana-Lafayette at Boise State: Four downs

Louisiana-Lafayette quarterback Terrance Broadway (8) runs against Mississippi during the second half at an NCAA college football game at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in Oxford, Miss., Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014. No. 14 Mississippi won 56-15. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis) ORG XMIT: MSOTK102

Not much has gone the Cajuns’ way this season, but running the football isn’t on their list of things that have gone wrong. Alonzo Harris and Elijah McGuire have gotten off to solid starts this season, and quarterback Terrance Broadway has shown a knack for finding the first-down markers on the ground. But the… Continue reading →

Cajuns’ Daniel Cadona kicks up his heels

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.

Last year was University of Louisiana at Lafayette punter Daniel Cadona’s first playing organized football, and while he had a decent year, he’s really starting to shine in his second season. Cadona has been masterful. The Australia native is ranked fourth nationally with a 49.3-yard punting average and was recently named the Sun Belt Conference… Continue reading →

Passing game grounded

Associated Press photo by Rogelio V. Solis -- Louisiana-Lafayette quarterback Terrance Broadway's passing has taken hit the past two games after favorite receiver Jamal Robinson was injured,

Since wide receiver Jamal Robinson exited early in the second quarter against Louisiana Tech, the Cajuns passing game has taken a hit, especially the downfield passing game. Some of the statistical difference can be attributed to the difference in competition, as the Cajuns faced Southern in the season opener, where Robinson racked up more than 100 yards… Continue reading →

Ragin’ Cajuns will play at Kentucky in 2015, Athletic Director Scott Farmer says

Associated Press file photo -- Kentucky fans didn't allow a brief shower in the second half dampen their spirits in a NCAA college football game against Ohio in Lexington, Ky., Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014. Kentucky will host Louisiana-Lafayette next season, Ragin' Cajuns Athletic Director Scott Farmer said Tuesday.

UL-Lafayette’s 2015 football schedule became a little clearer Tuesday, as Athletic Director Scott Farmer announced that the Cajuns would travel to face the University of Kentucky next season. Farmer announced the news to KPEL-AM, 1420, telling host Jay Walker that the Wildcats would serve as the Cajuns’ “money game” next season. The Cajuns received $925,000 from Ole… 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 →

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 →

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 →