The Final Score Archives

Hudspeth: Cajuns offense has to ‘get it going’

Associated Press photo by OTTO KITSINGER -- Ragin' Cajuns quarterback Terrance Broadway hands off to running back Elijah McGuire during the first half in Boise, Idaho, on Saturday.

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 get it going,”… Continue reading →

UL-Lafayette sets sights on Sun Belt play after loss at Boise State ends rough nonconference stretch

Associated Press photo by OTTO KITSINGER -- Ragin' Cajuns running back Elijah McGuire breaks past a tackle by Boise State cornerback Donte Deayon for a touchdown during the second half Saturday in Boise, Idaho. Boise State won 34-9.

BOISE, Idaho — The UL-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. “But we’ve… 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 →

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 →