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Posted Dec 21, 2013


2013 Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns ... Head Coach: Mark Hudspeth


Louisiana-Lafayette

Ragin' Cajuns

2013 Record: 9-4
8/31 at Arkansas L 34-14
9/7 at Kansas State L 48-27
9/14 Nicholls State W 70-7
9/21 at Akron W 35-30
9/28 OPEN DATE
10/5 Texas State W 48-24
10/12 OPEN DATE
10/16 at WKU W 37-20
10/22 at Arkansas St W 23-7
11/2 New Mexico State W 49-35
11/7 Troy W 41-36
11/16 at Georgia State W 35-21
11/23 OPEN DATE
11/30 ULM L 38-31
12/7 at South Alabama
R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl
12/21 Tulane W 24-21
R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl
Louisiana-Lafayette 24, Tulane 21
Basically … The normally reliable and clutch Cairo Santos missed a 48-yard field goal with nine seconds to play that would’ve sent the game into overtime, but gave the Ragin’ Cajuns the win. ULL roared out to a 21-0 lead with Elijah McGuire and Alonzo Harris each running for touchdowns and Corey Trim returning an interception 82 yards for a score. But Tulane crept back in with two short scoring runs from Orleans Darkwa late in the first half, and tied it on a 22-yard Darkwa dash late in the third. ULL took the lead for good with a 27-yard Hunter Stover field goal, and held on as the offense milked the clock, and the defense caught a break with Tulane starting its final drive in the shadow of its own goal line. The Green Wave got within range, but Santos’ try went just left.

- Tulane committed ten penalties for 85 yards and turned it over three times. ULL turned it over twice and committed seven penalties for 73 yards.
- Tulane QB Nick Montana started the game completing 5-of-8 passes for 63 yards, and Devin Taylor completed ten of 21 passes for 223 yards with a pick.
- ULL QB Terrance Broadway returned from injury to complete 12-of-19 passes for 143 yards and two picks. Jalen Nixon completed his two passes for 14 yards and ran seven times for 29 yards.
- Tulane RB Orleans Darkwa ran 16 times for 83 yards and three scores.
- Tulane WR Ryan Grant caught seven passes for 113 yards and was picked off on a pass attempt.
- Tulane DT Julius Warmsley made four tackles with two sacks and three tackles for loss.
- Louisiana-Lafayette FS Sean Thomas made three tackles with a forced fumble and two picks

at South Alabama 30, Louisiana-Lafayette 8
Basically … South Alabama became bowl eligible by dominating a mistake-prone ULL by scoring the first 30 points of the game with two short touchdown runs from Kendall Houston and three Aleem Sunanon field goals on offense, and the defense put it well out of reach with a 42-yard pick six from Qudarius Ford with 16 seconds to play in the first half. ULL only managed a 47-yard Ricky Johnson touchdown catch late in the fourth.
- Louisiana-Lafayette turned the ball over four times and gained just 212 yards.
- South Alabama QB Ross Metheny completed 13-of-23 passes for 171 yards, and ran 16 times for 46 yards
- Louisiana-Lafayette three quarterback completed 9-of-26 passes for 143 yards and a score with two picks
- South Alabama had the ball for 35:52

ULM 38, at Louisiana-Lafayette 31
Basically … ULM stunned ULL in the rivalry game, getting two touchdown passes from Kolton Browning and a 77-yard DeVontae McNeal touchdown run. The Warhawks owned the second half with 17 straight points to pull ahead for good. The Ragin’ Cajuns got up 14-0 early but three picks proved costly and it was too little too late with Jamal Robinson catching a 25-yard touchdown pass in the final minute.
- ULM QB Kolton Browning completed 18-of-28 passes for 247 yards and two scores, and he ran seven times for 36 yards.
- ULL QB Terrance Broadway completed 13-of-27 passes for 178 yards and a score with three picks, and he ran ten times for 43 yards and a score. Brooks Haack completed 10-of-14 passes for 126 yards and a touchdown.
- ULM WR Rashon Ceaser caught six passes for 110 yards and a score.
- ULL RB Elijah McGuire ran 14 times for 119 yards and a score.

at Louisiana-Lafayette 41, Troy 36
Basically … Terrance Broadway threw two touchdown passes and ran for two scores, including a two-yard run early in the fourth to stretch the lead for good. After Troy came back with a three-yard Eric Thomas touchdown catch, the ULL defense held on as Trevence Patt knocked away a Corey Robinson pass in the end zone on the final drive. Elijah McGuire ran for a 38-yard touchdown for the Ragin’ Cajuns in the first quarter, and took a pass 60 yards for a touchdown for a 21-3 lead, but Troy came back helped by a 65-yard Camren Hudson pick six and three Will Scott field goals.
- Louisiana-Lafayette QB Terrance Broadway completed 8-of-13 passes for 185 yards and two touchdowns with a pick, and he ran 14 times for 63 yards and two scores.
- Troy QB Corey Robinson completed 25-of-44 passes for 271 yards and a score.
- Troy RB Brandon Burks ran 15 times for 126 yards.
- Louisiana-Lafayette RB Elijah McGuire ran seen times for 82 yards and a touchdown and caught one pass 60 yards for a score.

at Louisiana-Lafayette 49, New Mexico State 35
Basically … Alonzo Harris ran for five scores as ULL overcame a 28-7 deficit with 34 straight points, but it took touchdown five on a 30-yard dash with 52 seconds to play to finally put the game away. New Mexico State got a touchdown run and three scoring passes from Andrew McDonald, including two to Austin Franklin from 65 and seven yards out. Travaughn Colwell added a 36-yard scoring play on the way to an early lead for the Aggies before the Ragin’ Cajuns went on its scoring run.
- New Mexico State had the ball for 37:30, converting 7-of-15 third down plays.
- Louisiana-Lafayette averaged 6.5 yards per carry with Alonzo Harris rushing 16 times for 106 yards and five scores. NMSU averaged 2.9 yards per try.
- New Mexico State QB Andrew McDonald completed 24-of-34 passes for 327 yards and three scores with a pick, and he ran for a short touchdown. WR Austin Franklin caught 13 passes for 140 yards and two touchdowns.
- Louisiana-Lafayette QB Terrence Broadway completed 14-of-20 passes for 231 yards with a touchdown and a pick, and he ran nine times for 28 yards.

Louisiana-Lafayette 23 … at Arkansas State 7
Basically … Louisiana-Lafayette got up 17-0 helped by two Alonzo Harris touchdown runs, and cruised from there allowing just a three-yard Adam Kennedy touchdown run late in the third. ULL answered with the second of three Stephen Brauchle field goals on the day, kicking off a 6-0 run to close it out.
- The Ragin’ Cajuns now have full and total control of the Sun Belt chase. They needed this win to get a leg up on just about everyone else, and now the conference title is there for the taking. Give Terrance Broadway credit for being calm as he tried to overcome an awful performance against ASU last year – he completed 18-of-28 passes for 205 yards with a pick. He needed need to carry an offense that ran for 265 yards and came up with two 100-yard rushers in Elijah McGuire and Alonzo Harris.
- Losers of three of the last four, ASU came up with the wrong time for a nationally televised clunker. The Red Wolves never had the ball, with the offense failing to come up with steady drives as they lost the time of possession battle 42:18 to 17:42. There was absolutely no pop, with 18 yards the lone big play. ASU has to find playmakers who can be the go-to guy.

Louisiana –Lafayette 37, at WKU 20
Basically … ULL overcame a 10-0 deficit with a 99-yard interception return for a score from Al Riles to spark a 30-3 scoring run. Alonzo Harris ran for two short scores and Terrance Broadway ran for a one-yard touchdown and threw a 24-yarder to Jacob Maxwell. WKU moved to within ten late on a one-yard Antonio Andrews run, but the second Harris score put it away.
- It wasn’t the prettiest of days throwing the ball, but ULL got by on the ground game. WKU couldn’t get the Rajin’ Cajuns off the field as Alonzo Harris and company ran for good gain after good gain. ULL finished with 254 rushing yards and three scores.
- Turnovers are killing the Hilltoppers. Just when they were about to go in for a 17-0 lead, Brandon Doughty threw the 99-yard pick six and everything changed. -3 in turnover margin – that’s why WKU lost.
- Antonio Andrews did his thing, rushing for 154 yards, and Doughty wasn’t bad, for the most part, hitting 18-of-23 passes for 260 yards, but again, turnovers, turnovers, turnovers.
- 2-0 in Sun Belt play, now ULL has to go to Arkansas State. Win that, and it should be smooth sailing the rest of the way. As long as the offensive line can continue to be physical, all should be fine. QB Terrance Broadway was shaky. Don’t expect that again.

at Louisiana-Lafayette 48, Texas State 24
Basically … The Ragin’ Cajuns exploded on the way to a 28-3 first half lead and a 45-3 advantage in the third on four Terrance Broadway touchdown passes with two to Jamal Robinson, a 44-yarder to Darryl Surgent and a 34-yard play to Jamal Robinson. TXST only managed a 33-yard Jason Dann field goal before finally getting into the end zone on a Brandon Smith kickoff return for a score. He returned a second kickoff 100 yards for a score midway through the fourth, but the offense didn’t finally get into the end zone until Duke DeLancellotti ran it in from two yards out with just over a minute to play.
- ULL didn’t let this ever become a game. The offense rolled at will, with Terrance Broadway and the quarterbacks combining to hit 21-of-26 passes for 360 yards and four scores, while the running game ripped up 212 yards and two scores. The defense did its part allowing just 76 passing yards; Texas State didn’t even come close to getting the O moving until late.
- Texas State needs to just dump this game from the memory bank and move on – it wasn’t the Bobcats’ day. The running game was stuffed from the start, while the passing attack was embarrassingly inept. The only positive was Brandon Smith returning here kickoffs for 211 yards and two scores.

Louisiana-Lafayette 35, at Akron 30
Basically … Both teams traded scores back and forth, but the Ragin’ Cajuns pulled away in the fourth, helped by an onside kick, and held on. Terrance Broadway threw three touchdown passes and ran for two scores as Louisiana-Lafayette pushed ahead to a 35-24 lead, but Akron kept fighting. The Zips got three touchdown passes from Kyle Pohl, including a 28-yarder to Fransohn Bickley with 29 seconds to play, but the two-point conversion failed and the Ragin’ Cajuns recovered the onside kick.
- Onside kicks became a big deal. ULL recovered Akron’s last-gasp attempt, and up 28-24 late, it came up with one of its own, surprising the Zips and leading to what would turn out to be the game-winning scoring drive. It was a good calculated risk, with enough time to answer if Akron had recovered.
- Akron had its chances. Two missed field goals in the fourth quarter proved to be a big problem, and two interceptions were costly.
- Terrence Broadway was brilliant, completing 25-of-37 passes for 305 yards and three scores, and leading the team with 68 rushing yards with two scores.
- Kyle Pohl threw two picks, but he had a great day for the Zips, completing 27-of-43 passes for 321 yards and three scores with two picks. He kept fighting and kept the team in the game late.

at Louisiana-Lafayette 70, Nicholls State 7, Sept. 14
Basically … The Ragin’ Cajun defense came up with five turnovers, with Justin Anderson returning a pick for a touchdown, while the offense came up with 456 rushing yards in the blowout. ULL took a 49-0 first half lead and coasted the rest of the way. Elijah McGuire ran for three scores and Terrance Broadway ran for a touchdown and threw a 25-yard scoring pass to Jamal Robinson.
- Akron might have given Michigan a hard time, but it’s not a strong team. With the Zips up next and Texas State to follow after an off week, there’s a chance now to go on a nice run. The offense was certainly tuned up against poor Nicholls State.
- The running game did exactly what it was supposed to do. The offensive line opened big hole after big hole, and the backs cranked out huge yards in chunks. The Ragin’ Cajuns averaged 8.6 yards per run.

at Kansas State 48, Louisiana-Lafayette 27, Sept. 7
Basically … Kansas State got back on track, breaking over a 3-3 game with 31 straight points helped by a 94-yard kickoff return for a score from Tramaine Thompson after halftime to go along with short scoring runs from John Hubert, Daniel Sams and Jake Waters. ULL got a kickoff return for a score of its own from Darryl Surgent, but it wasn’t enough to keep up.
- Other than a breakdown in kickoff coverage, the Kansas State special teams once again made a huge, huge difference. Thompson effectively put the game away with his kickoff return for a score to start the second half, and he set up another touchdown with a big punt return. He’s a weapon the Wildcats need for everything to work.
- ULL QB Terrance Broadway tried to rally the team, and he came up with a rushing touchdown and an 18-yard passing score to Jamal Robinson, but the offense didn’t move when it needed to in the first half.
- The Wildcat defense played better than it did against North Dakota State, but the run defense is still a concern. There weren’t enough third down stops, but the D came up with the plays it needed early. Ty Zimmerman ended any comeback hopes with a pick six in the third quarter.
- Alonzo Harris averaged close to six yards per carry for the Ragin’ Cajuns, but the team got too far behind to keep going to him.

at Arkansas 34, Louisiana-Lafayette 14, Aug. 31
Basically … Bret Bielema got his first win as the Arkansas head coach thanks to Brandon Allen, who threw for 230 yards and three touchdowns with Javontee Herndon scoring from six and 49 yards out. It’s a Bielema offense, so it’s all about the running game, and the Hogs rumbled for 292 yards capped off by a 75-yard Jonathan Williams dash late in the third.
- It couldn’t have gone any better for Arkansas. The running game clicked, Brandon Allen threw well, and Bielema got a good first win over a team that might win the Sun Belt. The Hogs had the ball for over 37 minutes.
- Terrance Broadway wasn’t able to come up with many big plays, but the ULL quarterback threw for 171 yards with a touchdown and a pick. He just couldn’t come up with anything over the last 20 minutes after his scoring pass to Jacob Maxwell.
- The freshman looked great. Jonathan Williams came up with the signature run, but Alex Collins showed he’s going to be a force with 131 yards on 21 carries.
- Alonzo Harris ran well for the Ragin’ Cajuns, but he didn’t get much of the workload. He ran for 56 yards and a score, but he only got ten carries.

Spring Analysis

Why To Be Excited After all the success, somehow, Mark Hudspeth is still the head coach and hasn’t been picked off by a bigger-name program. The Ragin’ Cajuns are coming off a terrific season with a great finishing kick, winning five of their last six games with the lone loss coming in the late collapse at Florida. Seven starters are back to the league’s No. 1 scoring offense with quarterback Terrance Broadway and running back Alonzo Harris a rising backfield tandem. The great pass rush of last season gets back defensive tackle Christian Ringo, one of the Sun Belt’s best interior presences.

Why To Be Grouchy The offensive line that gave up a mere 13 sacks on the season has to replace tackles Leonardo Bates and Jaron Odom, and the team’s two best receivers – Javone Lawson and Harry Peoples – are gone. The defense has to come up with outside pass rushers to replace Cordian Hagans and Emeka Onyenekwu, and that’s a big problem with the secondary needing to find three new starters with corners Melvin White and Jermarlous Moten gone along with free safety Rodney Gillis.

What Needs Working On The pass defense. The pass rush was fine and the secondary was full of veterans, but it didn’t matter as team after team routinely threw at will. It’s one thing for Oklahoma State to crank up 412 yards and four scores, and Troy going for 528 yards isn’t a stunner, but South Alabama and Florida Atlantic were able to throw like the New Orleans Saints. On the year there were just 13 picks to 21 touchdown passes; there were big plays, but they were followed up by giving up scores.

Non-Conference Games: at Arkansas, at Kansas State, Nicholls State, at Akron, New Mexico State
Realistic Best Case Record: 10-2
Worst Case Record: 5-7
Likely Finish: 9-3
Pre-Preseason Projected Wins: Nicholls State, at Akron, Texas State, at Arkansas State, New Mexico State, Troy, at Georgia State, ULM, at South Alabama
Pre-Preseason Projected Losses: at Arkansas, at Kansas State, at WKU

Schedule Analysis: The schedule isn’t all that bad for a veteran team looking to come up with another big season. Starting out at Arkansas and at Kansas State might not make things fun, but there should be a nice run from there with a layup against Nicholls State and a winnable road game at Akron before diving into Sun Belt play against Texas State. There’s only one game between September 21st and mid-October, but then it’s the make-or-break stretch going to WKU and Arkansas State on the road. With ULM and Troy coming to Lafayette, the second half of the season should be a big success.

Team Concerns For 2013: The secondary that was occasionally disastrous, giving up a Sun Belt worst 283 yards per game, has to replace three starters including both corners. The pass rush was solid, but ends Cordian Hagans and Emeka Onyenekwu are gone. The kickoff return game has to be far more effective after averaging just 18.29 yards per try, while the punt returners weren't exactly explosive averaging a mere 6.35 yards per attempt. .

The 2013 Class Is Heavy On ... Defensive backs. This is a potentially excellent Sun Belt class if defensive end Courtney Miggins and linebackers James Clark and George Williams pan out, but right away, everything depends on the JUCO transfers. Corners Cedric Tillman and and Corey Trim were signed on to instantly fill major voids in the secondary, and offensive tackle Johnny Kight has to be penciled in right away at one spot. The kicking game got two excellent signings in punter Daniel Cadona from Australia and JUCO transfer kicker Stephen Brauchle.

2012 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 101. That Class Was Heavy On ... Receiver. The offensive line got a slew of prospects last year, but head coach Mark Hudspeth is still going after more options, especially for the inside. The receiving corps is fine for next season, but it needs more options to battle it out for starting jobs in 2013 and beyond. This haul won’t have any one star target who’s an obvious No. 1, but it’ll be a strength in numbers class. 

2011 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 95. That Class Was Heavy On ... Offensive linemen. New head man Mark Hudspeth loaded up with lots and lots of bodies. RB Montrel Carter is the team’s best recruit, while Alonzo Harris is one of the nation’s top fullback prospects. There aren’t many stars for the offensive front, but JUCO transfer Brandon Bender should be part of the mix right away and guard prospect Jaylen Hunter and tackle Frederick Moore have decent potential. The secondary got plenty of help at corner, especially with speedster Dexter Aucoin.

2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 103. That Class Was Heavy On ... Bodies. Lots of bodies. A class of 24 players might might not seem like that much, but the coaching staff brought in a lot of key prospects for a lot of positions, most notably at running back where Aaron Spikes should be the new Ragin' Cajun rushing star. The secondary got the most attention with four decent safeties and two speedy corners, while the star of the class should be JUCO LB Bernard Smith, who could be the team's leading tackler this year.

2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 119. That Class Was Heavy On ... Defensive line. The receiving corps is also a strength, but the stars are on the defensive front with two JUCO transfers, Tyrell Gaddies for the middle and Jordan Topp for inside or out. Two of the team’s best recruits are for the future with Brandon McCray a top tackle and Justin Anderson an interesting tweener who could end up at linebacker or in a hybrid role.
 


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