The Final Score Archives

Record crowd expected when Southern returns to Cajun Field

Advocate staff photo by Bryan Tuck --  UL-Lafayette's Undrea Sails, center, runs for a touchdown past Southern's Allan Baugh, left, and Timothy Berry in September 2009.

LAFAYETTE — Even with all of the buildup and the record crowd that turned out for Louisiana-Lafayette’s 2009 season opener, the first meeting with Southern’s Jaguars had simple roots. In fact, it started with a “cold call” from then-Ragin’ Cajuns Athletic Director David Walker to Jaguar AD (and Lafayette native) Greg LaFleur. “We talked… Continue reading →

Cajuns set to sport new Adidas apparel

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- Wide reciever for the Ragin' Cajuns, Elijah McGuire walks the sideline while taking a break during practice on Thursday morning.

Get ready for a new-look Ragin’ Cajuns athletic program this year — literally. This fall marks the beginning of a new apparel contract with Adidas, which replaced Russell Athletics as the Cajuns’ uniform provider this season. The changes go across the board, as each of the school’s sports teams will be outfitted in new Adidas… Continue reading →

Cajuns kicker Stephen Brauchle plans to transfer

LAFAYETTE — University of Louisiana at Lafayette kicker Stephen Brauchle unexpectedly announced Tuesday he would be transferring from the football program, leaving a void in the spot he filled all spring and summer. Ragin’ Cajuns coach Mark Hudspeth said Hunter Stover, who battled with Brauchle for the starting spot, will handle… Continue reading →

Mark Hudspeth concerned about starters’ lack of reps

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- UL-Lafayette linebacker Kevin Fouquier defends against tight end Matthew Barnes during practice earlier this month. Fourquier is one of two sophomores who will start for the Cajuns this fall.

LAFAYETTE — Mark Hudspeth is concerned about his football team’s season-opening opponent, but the University of Louisiana at Lafayette coach sounded just as concerned about his own team Monday afternoon. “The question is, ‘Have our starters had enough live reps,’” Hudspeth said as the Cajuns continued preparations for Saturday’s 6 p.m. game… Continue reading →

Cajuns softball team adds three transfers

LAFAYETTE — University of Louisiana at Lafayette softball coach Michael Lotief announced Monday that transfers Kirsten Schwirtlich, Katie Repole and Taylor Terrio will join the program for the 2015 season. “All three of them have Division I experience,” Lotief said. “Kirsten was her conference’s (Southland) best shortstop. Taylor was the freshman of the year (in… Continue reading →

Thousands of Ragin’ Cajuns turn out for Fan Day

Advocate photo by LEE CELANO  -  UL-Lafayette quarterback Terrance Broadway takes a photo with fan Melissa Rosa during the Ragin' Cajuns Fall Fan Day at the Cajundome in Lafayette August 24, 2014.

With last year’s fantastic all-around athletic season in the books, the Ragin’ Cajuns took the time to thank their fans for the support Sunday night in the Cajundome during University of Louisiana at Lafayette fan day. The first hour of the event was a gradual buildup of energy and momentum until… Continue reading →

Cajuns’ Terry Johnson getting more comfortable at center

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIELouisiana-Lafayette center Terry Johnson jokes with treammates during practice on Aug. 5 at the Ragin' Cajun training facility in Lafayette.

LAFAYETTE — Maybe Louisiana-Lafayette’s football coaches knew something when they uprooted Terry Johnson from a comfortable position at left guard, both in spring drills and again this fall. The Ragin’ Cajuns needed a center, and it didn’t matter that Johnson had never played with his hand on the ball. The staff knew he had… Continue reading →

CAJUNS CAMP REPORT: Team goes through ‘dress rehearsal’

There was no contact, blocking or tackling Friday as Louisiana-Lafayette’s football team went through a different kind of preparation. Friday’s two-hour morning workout on the Cajun Field turf served as a full-scale “mock” game, giving the Ragin’ Cajuns a chance to rehearse before next Saturday’s 6 p.m. opener against Southern. “We did the whole thing,” UL-Lafayette coach… Continue reading →

UL-Lafayette soccer opens season with 1-0 victory

HUNTSVILLE, Texas — A goal by sophomore forward Yazmin Montoya in the 52nd minute carried the Louisiana-Lafayette soccer team to a 1-0 season-opening win over Sam Houston State on Friday night at Pritchett Field. Despite being outshot 28-5, the Ragin’ Cajuns defense stood tall and kept the Bearkats from getting on the board. Redshirt freshman… Continue reading →

Ragin' Cajuns now benefit from player depth, development

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIEUL-Lafayette linebacker Dominique Tovell

Four years ago, linebacker Dominique Tovell wasn’t the happiest of the Louisiana-Lafayette fall campers. Tovell was told he would sit out his true freshman season as a redshirt. It was when he got his first dose of post-prep reality, and it wasn’t sitting right with him. “I wanted to play just like every freshman wants to… Continue reading →

Cajuns, Cowboys to resume football rivalry in 2016

The Ragin’ Cajuns and McNeese State will resume a long-standing rivalry in 2016, the schools announced Thursday. The two teams will play Sept. 10, 2016 at Cajun Field. It’ll be the first meeting since 2007, when the Cowboys intercepted Cajuns’ quarterback Michael Desormeaux four times and rushed for 276 yards to beat the Cajuns 38-17 at Cajun Field.… Continue reading →

Cajuns soccer opens season Friday night

LAFAYETTE — The Louisiana-Lafayette soccer team kicks off its season on the road this weekend against two Southland Conference opponents. UL-Lafayette opens the season against Sam Houston State at 6:30 p.m. Friday. Then travels to Southeastern Louisiana for a 4 p.m. Sunday game in Hammond. The Ragin’ Cajuns are coming off their best… Continue reading →

Cajuns break ground on new athletic facility

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK University of Louisiana at Lafayette Athletic Director Scott Farmer speaks during a groundbreaking ceremony for a new indoor athletics facility Wednesday in Lafayette.

LAFAYETTE — Louisiana-Lafayette dignitaries and members of the Ragin’ Cajuns Athletic Foundation were on hand Wednesday to break ground on an Athletics Performance Center that is part of the first tier in the university’s athletics master plan. “There was a term we always used around here: We do more with less,” said Gerald Broussard, who… Continue reading →

Cajuns’ Dominick Jones has a head for the game

UL corner back Dominick Jones waits for practice to start on the first day of fall practice at Cajun Field in Lafayette, La., Monday, Aug. 4, 2014. Photo by Brad Kemp/

Don’t assume redshirt sophomore Dominick Jones got a big head from winning the starting cornerback job in fall camp. No, teammates will say his head has been that big all along. Big as in literally larger than usual. So big that for the last few years they’ve ignored his given name and have taken to calling him… Continue reading →

Ragin’ Cajuns are both talented and deep at running back

Advocate file photo by BRAD BOWIELouisiana-Lafayette's  Effrem Reed runs against South Alabama's Jake Johnson in a 2012 game.

It’s a good problem to have, but Louisiana-Lafayette offensive coordinator Jay Johnson is going to have to get creative distributing the ball this season. His backfield consists of four players who have either dominated or shown flashes of success with limited playing time, and another who has had a strong camp.… Continue reading →

Cajuns in good shape as they turn toward game preparation

Advocate photo by BRAD KEMP -- UL-Lafayette running back Cardaye Spencer is brought down by a host of defensive players during the Ragin' Cajuns' second scrimmage of preseason practice at Cajun Field in Lafayette on Saturday.

The calendar says there’s one week remaining, but for all intents and purposes the Ragin’ Cajuns preseason camp ended with their second scrimmage Saturday. It’s time for coach Mark Hudspeth to turn his focus away from evaluating his own players and toward preparing for the opposition. “We’ll start easing into (game prep) probably starting Tuesday,” Hudspeth said… Continue reading →

For the Cajuns’ coaches, continuity is the thing

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- Assistant coach for the Ragin' Cajuns, Timothy Edwards talks to players during practice on Tuesday, August 12 at the team's training facility.

Louisiana-Lafayette assistant head coach Reed Stringer knows he can speak his mind when he disagrees with another coach, and he doesn’t need to worry about hurting feelings or egos, even if that coach is boss man Mark Hudspeth. Stringer knows each of his fellow coaches’ strengths and weaknesses as he knows his own. He knows… Continue reading →

Plaquemine’s Kevin Dotson commits to UL-Lafayette

Plaquemine High offensive linemen Kenvin Dotson

Louisiana-Lafayette coach Mark Hudspeth probably figured his team would be responsible for all the big plays during a Saturday scrimmage. That was before Plaquemine High offensive lineman Kevin Dotson made a play of his own, committing the Cajuns moments before the scrimmage. “They were out stretching before the scrimmage, and I went out… Continue reading →

Cajuns’ Australian punter Daniel Cadona getting more comfortable

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

When Daniel Cadona ran onto the turf at Arkansas’ Razorback Stadium last year, a lot of the Louisiana-Lafayette faithful — players, fans and coaches alike — were holding their breath. Cadona wasn’t that concerned about his first punt as a Ragin’ Cajun. “I didn’t worry about it too much,” the Darwin, Australia, native recalled. “I was… Continue reading →

Camp report: Cajuns set for scrimmage Saturday

For those Louisiana-Lafayette football players who are trying to make their way up the depth chart, Saturday’s scrimmage is the final high-profile chance during fall camp to make a move. “The (starters) are going to scrimmage, but it will be more of what we call a controlled tempo,” coach Mark Hudspeth said. “It will be full-speed, but probably will… Continue reading →

Terrance Broadway named to Manning Award Watch List

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- UL-Lafayette quarterback Terrance Broadway scrambles  in the first quarter of the New Orleans Bowl on Dec. 21 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

NEW ORLEANS — Louisiana-Lafayette quarterback Terrance Broadway earned more national preseason honors Thursday when he was named to the 2014 Manning Award Watch List. The Manning Award was created by the Allstate Sugar Bowl in honor of the college football accomplishments of Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning. It is the only quarterback award that includes the candidates’ bowl… Continue reading →

Cajuns tight end Larry Pettis having ‘phenomenal camp’

Advocate Photo by BRAD KEMPLouisiana-Lafayette coach Mark Hudspeth watch the first fall scrimmage for the University of Louisiana at Lafayette at Cajun Field on Saturday in Lafayette.

Even though Larry Pettis is part of a balancing act, the performance of the Louisiana-Lafayette offense at Thursday’s practice kept him feeling like he is consistently on solid ground. Pettis enters the final days of fall camp as the squad’s clear No. 1 option at tight end. The senior from Oxford, Mississippi, has established himself in that… Continue reading →

Ragin’ Cajuns ramp up practice pressure as camp clock ticks away

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- Offensive lineman Terry Johnson, right, blocks defensive lineman Marquis White during practice for the Ragin' Cajun football team on Tuesday.

The hum blasting through the speakers at the Louisiana-Lafayette football complex Wednesday morning was audible proof that the season is right around the corner. Wednesday’s practice was roughly the midway point of the Ragin’ Cajuns’ preseason camp, but by next week, they will start implementing game prep for the season opener Aug. 30 against Southern. “We’re ahead… Continue reading →

Former Arkansas LB Otha Peters transfers to UL-Lafayette

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU wide receiver Jarvis Landry pulls in the touchdown pass in front of Arkansas linebacker Otha Peters on Friday Nov. 23, 2012, in Fayetteville, Ark.

The Ragin’ Cajuns landed a big-time player late Wednesday when former Arkansas linebacker Otha Peters decided to transfer to UL-Lafayette. “I’M A RAGIN CAJUN,” Peters posted on Twitter. Peters was a four-star recruit coming out of Covington High School. He chose Arkansas over offers from Tennessee and TCU, among others, and got off to a solid… Continue reading →

Cajuns camp report: Defensive line prepared to their dirty work

The practical side of Marquise White tells him there are times when his efforts will set the table for a teammate to achieve glory. The junior defensive lineman from Orlando, Florida, managed to rack up 19 tackles and a pair of sacks last season for Louisiana-Lafayette. To be even more disruptive in an opponent’s offensive backfield, or to clear… Continue reading →

Dylan Bossier, walk-on lineman leave Cajuns’ program

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- UL-Lafayette defensive back Antoinne Adkins, right, prepares to defend against wide reciver Dylan Bossier during practice last Wednesday morning. Bossier has left the program, the university confirmed Wednesday.

Junior wide receiver Dylan Bossier has left the Ragin’ Cajuns football program, the school confirmed Wednesday. Walk-on offensive lineman Adrian Carmack, a Pensacola, Florida, native, is also no longer with the program, the school also confirmed. The 6-foot-2 Bossier, a Teurlings Catholic alumnus, transferred to UL-Lafayette after a two-year stint at Jones County Community College in… Continue reading →