The Final Score Archives

Ragin' Cajuns draw high grades for Week 1 win over Southern

Advocate photo by LEE CELANO  -   University of  Louisiana at Lafayette Ragin' CajunElijah McGuire (#15) charges towards the end zone to score a touchdown in the first quarter against the Southern University Jaguars and at Cajun Field August 30, 2014.

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette got off to a great start Saturday with a 45-6 beat down of in-state opponent Southern. It wasn’t a perfect beginning by any stretch of the imagination, but Cajuns coach Mark Hudspeth is probably happier that way. He and his staff will have plenty to work on as the Cajuns prepare… 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 →

Johnson: Dreary start gives way to domination

LAFAYETTE — The could-be dream season started with a few bumps in the road. At the end of the night? Well, everything turned out as good as it could have. But for a minute there, I was getting ready for disaster. It started when I woke up to the sound of rain Saturday morning, rain that continued as… Continue reading →

Eligibility questions delay Jaguars’ arrival

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern coach Dawson Odums leads his team onto the field Saturday at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. The Jaguars arrived late at Cajun field after their departure from Baton Rouge was delayed nearly two hours while the school tried to certify the academic eligibility of several players.

Southern waited as long as it could, but it couldn’t bring its whole team to the season opener. The Jaguars didn’t arrive at Cajun Field until 5:15 p.m. Saturday for the 6 p.m. kickoff against the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. The departure from campus was scheduled for 2:15 p.m. but was delayed nearly two hours while… Continue reading →

Southern-UL-Lafayette: Three and out

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern University drum major Keith Morgan, a junior from New Orleans, leads the Southern University Marching Band at halftime against The University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Saturday, August 30, at Cajun Field in Lafayette.

1 What we learned It’s no revelation, but the Cajuns are good. Southern isn’t one of the more telling gauges, but as openers go this should be satisfying to coach Mark Hudspeth. The Cajuns weren’t perfect, but they looked like a team that has what it takes to win the Sun Belt Conference. The… Continue reading →

Champs collide when Cajuns, Jaguars clash Saturday

Advocate photo by LEE CELANO -- Cajuns coach Mark Hudspeth addresses fans during the Ragin' Cajuns  Fan Day on Sunday at the Cajundome.

LAFAYETTE — A lot has happened since the last time Southern and Louisiana-Lafayette played a football game. Both teams were on the verge of turnarounds when their first meeting opened the 2009 season ... a good turnaround for the Ragin’ Cajuns program, one not-so-good for the Jaguars. Southern had won five Southwestern Athletic Conference… Continue reading →

Southern at UL-Lafayette: Four things to watch

Advocate file photo by BILL FEIG -- UL-Lafayette quarterback Terrance Broadway hands off to running back Alonzo Harris (46), who picks up good yardage during the first half of the New Orleans Bowl. Harris and Elijah McGuire figure to get plenty of carries Saturday against Southern.

1. LET THEM RUN Listen to some of these rushing totals the Jaguars gave up in nonconference games last season: 372 yards and four touchdowns in a 62-13 loss to Houston, 192 yards and four touchdowns in a 55-14 loss to Northwestern State, and a whopping 419 yards and seven touchdowns in a 62-59 double overtime… Continue reading →

The ties that bind

Advocate photo by BRAD KEMP -- UL-Lafayette quarterback Terrance Broadway at Cajun Field on Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014.

LAFAYETTE — Ragin’ Cajuns quarterback Terrance Broadway doesn’t want to hear any ticket requests. He gets four tickets from the school, by the way. Not nearly enough to cover the mass of people that want to make the hour-long trip from his native Baton Rouge to see the former Capitol High star kick off his… Continue reading →

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 →