The Final Score Archives

Ragin' Cajuns get committment from three-star athlete, YouTube kid Gary Haynes of Manvel, Texas

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- Members of the Ragin' Cajun pep sqaud twirl their flags prior to the start the the Cajuns' game against the Panthers of Georgia State on Oct. 4, 2014 at Cajun Field.

The Ragin’ Cajuns received a commitment late Monday night from three-star athlete Gary Haynes of Manvel, Texas. “Just committed to the University of Louisiana Ragin Cajuns,” said Haynes through his Twitter account @ATMGEE_ Monday night. The Cajuns recruited the 5-foot-8 Haynes to play wide receiver, presumably out of the slot position. Haynes drew attention in… Continue reading →

Johnson: Cajuns QB Terrance Broadway is running angry — and with a smile

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- UL-Lafayette quarterback Terrance Broadway carries the ball downfield during a 48-20 loss to Louisiana Tech on Sept. 6 at Cajun Field.

LAFAYETTE — A somber and determined Terrance Broadway took the podium in the belly of Vaught-Hemingway Stadium and searched for a sword to jump on. The Louisiana-Lafayette quarterback scanned the room while he spoke, but his gaze seemed to be replaying missed throws and opportunities from the game rather than locking onto people eye-to-eye.… Continue reading →

Cajuns, Arkansas State square off in Sun Belt showdown

Arkansas State wide receiver J.D. McKissic (23) drives against Miami in the first half of an NCAA college  football game in Miami Gardens, Fla., Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

If it’s a mid-October Tuesday, it must be the Cajuns and the Red Wolves. And it must be for control of the Sun Belt Conference football standings. The University of Louisiana at Lafayette and Arkansas State will meet on an October Tuesday for the third straight year in front of an ESPN2… Continue reading →

With Jamal Robinson out of the picture, Cajuns look for answers at receiver

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- UL-Lafayette receiver C.J. Bates

LAFAYETTE — Without Jamal Robinson in the fold for the rest of the season, the Louisiana-Lafayette offense hopes it can emphatically prove that the whole is always greater than the sum of its parts. “It’s going to take a collective effort out of all those guys … to fill that void,” senior quarterback Terrance Broadway said. “We… Continue reading →

Cajuns softball team learning from the best

LAFAYETTE — His Ragin’ Cajuns softball team might have lost twice Saturday evening to a touring National Pro Fastpitch All-Star team, but Louisiana-Lafayette coach Michael Lotief said the experience was worth it. “If you’re going to be the best, you have to play against the best,” Lotief said after the NPF squad took 5-3 and… Continue reading →

Cajuns’ new-look linebackers a success

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Louisiana-Lafayette defensive end Dominique Tovell wraps up Georgia State quarterback Nick Arbuckle on Saturday, Oct., 4, 2014, at Cajun Field.

Junior linebacker Dominique Tovell hadn’t played inside linebacker since the mobile app Instagram was still in its infancy. That was his senior season at Columbia High School in 2010. Now in his fourth year as a college football player, Tovell had grown accustomed to the freedom that comes with playing outside linebacker. But the Cajuns… Continue reading →

Notebook: Cajuns offensive line gets job done

Louisiana Lafayette gets ready to take the field against Texas State during their game at Bobcat Stadium in San Marcos, Tx. Tuesday Oct. 14, 2014. Photo by Brad Kemp/

Senior center Terry Johnson did not hesitate when asked to evaluate the Louisiana-Lafayette offensive line’s performance in last week’s 34-10 win against Texas State. “By far, that was the best we’ve done getting movement, blowing guys off the ball — very much so,” Johnson said. The numbers back that statement up. The Cajuns offensive line manhandled the Texas… Continue reading →

Ragin’ Cajuns wide receiver Jamal Robinson sidelined for the rest of the season after foot surgery

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Louisiana-Lafayette receiver Jamal Robinson heads toward the end zone against Georgia State on Saturday, Oct., 4, at Cajun Field.

LAFAYETTE — The Louisiana-Lafayette football team’s offense suffered a major blow in Tuesday’s 34-10 win at Texas State. Senior wide receiver Jamal Robinson will miss the rest of the season after undergoing surgery on his right foot, coach Mark Hudspeth said Thursday at his weekly press luncheon. Robinson injured his foot on the fourth play from… Continue reading →

UL-Lafayette: Thursday morning rewind

Louisiana Lafayette running back Elijah McGuire (15) heads to the end zone on a 62 yard touchdown pass against  Texas State during their game at Bobcat Stadium in San Marcos, Tx. Tuesday Oct. 14, 2014. Photo by Brad Kemp/

UL-Lafayette returns to Cajun Field on Tuesday for a matchup against an Arkansas State team that throttled Georgia State 52-10 in its last game. The Red Wolves are on their fifth coach in as many years, but they keep finding a way to win ball games. After the Cajuns knocked off Texas State on Tuesday night,… Continue reading →

UL-Lafayette defensive tackle Christian Ringo scores on fumble recovery, sparks Ragin’ Cajuns’ win at Texas State

Louisiana Lafayett edefensive tackle Christian Ringo celebrates his 41 yard fumble recovery for a touchdown against e Texas State during their game at Bobcat Stadium in San Marcos, Tx. Tuesday Oct. 14, 2014. Photo by Brad Kemp/

SAN MARCOS, Texas — Louisiana-Lafayette senior Christian Ringo is a big believer in how you practice determines how you will play during a game. But even Ringo was in shock that a scoop and score during practice this week would lead to the first touchdown of his football career. The defensive lineman returned a… Continue reading →

Ragin’ Cajuns return to Tuesday mode with trip to Texas State

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- The Ragin' Cajuns' Terrance Broadway throws to Elijah McGuire against Louisiana Tech on Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, at Cajun Field.

LAFAYETTE — Louisiana-Lafayette’s football team survived its Sun Belt Conference opener against one of the league’s most prolific passing teams. Now the Ragin’ Cajuns will face a much more balanced offense, one that can run and pass with equal efficiency. In other words, a team just like the Cajuns when they are operating at peak… Continue reading →

Around the Sun Belt: Georgia Southern’s Eagles keep soaring

Idaho safety Bradley Njoku forces B.J. Johnson of Georgia Southern out of bounds on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014 in Statesboro, Ga. (AP Photo/Savannah Morning News, Brittney Lohmiller)

LAFAYETTE — A win Tuesday night at Texas State would no doubt help Louisiana-Lafayette’s quest for another Sun Belt Conference title. But the Ragin’ Cajuns likely will need some help from the Bobcats in a few weeks for their second straight league crown to become a reality. That’s because Georgia… Continue reading →

Cajuns expecting to see different Tyler Jones against Texas State

Associated Press photo by Bradley LeebTexas State quarterback Tyler Jones is sacked by Illinois defensive lineman Jihad Ward last month at Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Ill.

In Louisiana-Lafayette’s 48-24 win over Texas State last season, Bobcats quarterback Tyler Jones was a true freshman making his second career start, and it showed. The Cajuns are not likely to see the Tyler Jones they saw last season this time around. Jones’ 12 touchdown passes lead the Sun Belt Conference, and his 68.4 completion percentage ranks… Continue reading →

Ragin’ Cajuns’ goal: get more takeaways

Associated Press/Daily Mississippian photo by THOMAS GRANING -- Louisiana-Lafayette coach Mark Hudspeth yells during during the first half of a Saturday's game against Ole Miss in Oxford, Miss.

It’s almost gotten to the point where UL-Lafayette coaches and players can laugh about it — almost. After all, it’s almost comical how the Ragin’ Cajuns have had success stripping the ball from opponents ... but have had zero success recovering those loose balls. Through five games, the Cajuns have forced just one turnover, the worst… Continue reading →

Cajuns men’s basketball team finds excitement in its mix of old and new

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ--  UL-Lafayette forward Shawn Long

LAFAYETTE — Despite the loss of 46 percent of its team scoring, the Most Outstanding Player in the Sun Belt Conference tournament and the best point guard in program history, there’s excitement in the Louisiana-Lafayette men’s basketball camp. For some, it’s the prospect of continuing last year’s late-season success, a February-through-March streak in which… Continue reading →

Ragin’ Cajuns prepare for robust ground game from Dennis Franchione, Texas State

Associated Press photo by BRADLEY LEEB -- Texas State running back Robert Lowe looks for running room during a Sept. 20 at Illinois.

Given the choice, UL-Lafayette defensive lineman Christian Ringo would much rather chase after a quarterback than a running back. “Oh, pass all day,” Ringo said without hesitation when asked whether he’d prefer facing a pass-first or run-first team. Unfortunately for Ringo, he doesn’t have a choice in the matter — especially not for next week’s contest against Texas… Continue reading →

Ragin’ Cajuns have pleasant memories of last year’s matchup with Texas State

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Louisiana-Lafayette's Elijah McGuire finds a hole in the Texas State line on Oct. 5, 2013, in Lafayette.

LAFAYETTE — Louisiana-Lafayette’s football squad wouldn’t mind a repeat performance of Saturday’s Sun Belt Conference opener when it plays its first road league game Tuesday night. The Ragin’ Cajuns would like an encore of last year’s battle with Texas State even more. The Ragin’ Cajuns (2-3, 1-0) travel to San Marcos, Texas, to face the… Continue reading →

Cajuns coach Bob Marlin stressing defense again

Associated Press photo by Eric GayLouisiana-Lafayette basketball coach Bob Marlin: 'That’s what we’ve worked on all week ... defense and rebounding and communication. We’ve already shown signs that we can be much better defensively and rebounding.'

They led the Sun Belt Conference in scoring by a wide margin last season, but it was the last three defensive stops that guided Louisiana-Lafayette to its first league tournament title and NCAA berth in 14 years. The Cajuns stymied Arkansas State in the final seconds to win 77-76 in Jonesboro, Arkansas, assuring a top-three seed in… Continue reading →

Ragin' Cajuns hire former Texas Tech defensive coordinator Matt Wallerstedt as a consultant

Louisiana-Lafayette football coach Mark Hudspeth calls to his players during the second half at a NCAA college football game against Mississippi at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in Oxford, Miss., Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014. No. 14 Mississippi won 56-15. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

The Cajuns hired former Texas Tech defensive coordinator Matt Wallerstedt as a consultant, the school confirmed Wedensday. Sports Illustrated first reported the hiring. Wallerstedt abruptly resigned from his post at Texas Tech three games into this season. His defense was allowing 36.7 points per game, but his resignation was not related to the team's struggles defensively.… Continue reading →