Ragin' Cajuns crush Bobcats in Sun Belt opener

By By Jim Gazzolo / American Press

LAFAYETTE — A week off only seemed to refresh the Ragin’ Cajuns.

Louisiana-Lafayette used its bye week to prepare for an expected run at the Sun Belt title. Conference-newcomer Texas State

proved little more than a first speed bump Saturday night.

Thanks to big plays, the Cajuns raced past the Bobcats 48-24 at Cajun Field in the league opener for both teams.

“It is good to get off to that kind of a start and make a statement to open up the conference,” ULL head coach Mark Hudspeth


The win improved the Cajuns to 3-2 overall while the Bobcats fell to the same overall record.

A strong defense and quarterback Terrance Broadway were the difference.

Playing a little less than three quarters, Broadway found his rhythm early and often.

He torched the Bobcats secondary for 335 yards on 18-of-23 throwing, firing four touchdowns in the process. It was his sixth

career 300-yard game, breaking the school record he shared with Jake Delhomme and Blaine Gautier.

“Terrance was on fire tonight,” Hudspeth said. “He was in control and not only played well but managed the game.

For Broadway, it was all part of the plan.

“We wanted to attack their secondary,” he said. “We took what they gave us, but we also wanted to get the ball down the field.”

He was at his best during the final moments of the second quarter.

After a Bobcats field goal, Broadway led the Cajuns right back down the field. He drove ULL 75 yards on 11 plays, taking 2:05

to do so and scoring with 28 seconds to spare.

His 4-yard TD pass to Jamal Robinson,

their second scoring hookup of the half, came with 27.8 seconds left

before intermission

and gave the Cajuns a 28-3 lead. Robinson had four catches for 114

yards and Alonzo Harris added 79 yards on 16 carries and

a score.

Texas State never threatened after the half.

“That was big for us,” Broadway said of the late drive. “We knew what we wanted to do we just went out and did it.”

Just to make sure there would be no comeback, the Cajuns scored 17 points in the third quarter, 10 coming off turnovers and

the final touchdown capping a nine-play, 99-yard drive that saw Broadway throw once, to go up 45-3.

The fourth quarter saw a lot of guys trying to earn their letters, with Texas State scoring twice to make things look a little

closer after getting a late TD in the third quarter.

Last night was the only Saturday game for ULL in October as it will play the next two times on Tuesday night and then return

home for a Thursday evening game.

“It’s unusual, but we will have to be prepared,” Hudspeth said. “We have to treat every game day like Saturday and work back.”