The Final Score Archives

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 →

Tulane defense found some answers in its win over Southeastern

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ -- Tulane linebacker Nico Marley (20) makes a flying tackle on Southeastern receiver Devante Scott in the first quarter of Saturday's game at Yulman Stadium. Tulane cornerback Lorenzo Doss (6) assists on the stop.

Forgive linebacker Nico Marley for becoming a tad delusional after Tulane’s 35-20 win against Southeastern Louisiana on Saturday night at Yulman Stadium. The exuberance of a dominant defensive effort got to his head. “I believe we can be the best defense in the nation if we play every game and every play like this,” he said.… Continue reading →

Monday morning rewind: Tulane

Advocate staff photo by A.J. SISCO  --  Tulane running back Sherman Badie  picks up a long gain before being tackled by Southeastern defensive back Ryan Sigers at Yulman Stadium on Saturday.

Coming up Tulane plays at defending ACC Coastal Division champion Duke (3-0), which has won 11 of its past 13 games under coach David Cutcliffe and has dispatched Elon, Troy and Kansas by the combined score of 127-33. The last time it traveled to Durham, North Carolina, Tulane was coming off a 49-10 victory at UAB… Continue reading →

Charlie Stubbs resigns as Nicholls State football coach

Associated Press photo by DANNY JOHNSTON -- Nicholls State coach Charlie Stubbs walks along the sideline during the second half of a game at Arkansas on Sept. 6 in Fayetteville, Ark. Arkansas defeated Nicholls 73-7.

THIBODAUX — Charlie Stubbs resigned as football coach at Nicholls State University, citing “major health reasons” that a university spokesman didn’t elaborating on. A longtime assistant at a number of colleges, Nicholls State was the first collegiate head coaching job for the 59-year-old Stubbs. He took over in 2010, finishing with a 10-38 record in… Continue reading →

Southern Monday morning rewind

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern quarterback Deonte Shorts runs the ball in for a touchdown against Northwestern State on Saturday at A.W. Mumford Stadium.

Coming up Southern (1-2) begins defense of its Southwestern Athletic Conference championship when it visits Prairie View at 6 p.m. Saturday in Blackshear Stadium. The Panthers are 0-2 after a 48-16 loss at McNeese State on Saturday, and they’re 0-1 in the SWAC, having lost to Texas Southern 37-35 in the season opener Aug. 31. Last… 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 →

Eligibility struggles return for Southern before Northwestern State cruises to 51-27 win

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Northwestern State's Garrett Atzenweiler prepares to collide wtih Southern's Bryan Anderson in Saturday's game at A.W. Mumford Stadium.

Southern’s chronic eligibility issues dealt the Jaguars secondary a 1-2-3 punch just before kickoff Saturday night in A.W. Mumford Stadium. Northwestern State quarterback Zach Adkins was even harder on the defensive backfield, setting school records with 30 completions for the game and 19 consecutive, as well as tying a school record with four touchdown passes. Adkins, a senior who… Continue reading →

Northwestern State quarterback Zach Adkins feasts on Southern secondary

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Northwestern State quarterback Zach Adkins (8) throws a completion against Southern, Saturday, Sept. 13, at A.W. Mumford Stadium in Baton Rouge.

A perfect storm of sorts, created when a depleted secondary faced a razor-sharp quarterback, proved to be too much for Southern to overcome Saturday night against Northwestern State. Before the game, Jaguars coach Dawson Odums said he didn’t think the outcome would mirror last year’s lopsided loss in Natchitoches. Demons quarterback Zach Adkins had other ideas. He… Continue reading →

Bethune-Cookman rallies over Grambling

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Quentin Williams threw for 165 yards and ran for two touchdowns to rally Bethune-Cookman to a 36-23 comeback win over Grambling on Saturday. Trailing 23-22 in the fourth quarter, Bethune-Cookman (2-0) drove 46 yards to set up a Haden Hoggarth field goal but took the first down instead after a… Continue reading →

Northwestern State 57, Southern 21: Three-and-out

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern's Demetrius Carter tackles Northwestern State's Garrett Atzenweiler during Saturday's game at A.W. Mumford Stadium. The Demons won 57-21.

1. WHAT WE LEARNED Southern is having and probably will continue to have growing pains at quarterback. Redshirt freshman Deonte Shorts and true freshman Austin Howard have both been inconsistent through three games, and both were very erratic Saturday night. Shorts looked jittery in the early going and his fumble was returned 9 yards… Continue reading →

SLU: ‘We’re not scared’ of FCS member Tulane

Photo provided by Southeastern Louisiana public info/RANDY BERGERON -- Southern Utah defensive end James Cowser (53) closes in as linebacker Taylor Pili slows down Southeastern quarterback Bryan Bennett in the first half Sept. 6 in Hammond.

HAMMOND — During his two-year stay at Oregon, Southeastern Louisiana quarterback Bryan Bennett played in two games during his career that involved Football Championship Subdivision opponents. Predictably, the high-powered Ducks of the Football Bowl Subdivision proved too much and won those games by an average of 49 points, with Bennett coming in in relief against… 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 →

Around the state: Football preview capsules

Associated Press photo by DANNY JOHNSTON -- Nicholls State coach Charlie Stubbs walks along the sideline during the second half of a game at Arkansas on Sept. 6 in Fayetteville, Ark. Arkansas defeated Nicholls 73-7.

WHEN: 4 p.m. Saturday WHERE: Municipal Stadium (9,601), Daytona Beach, Fla. TV: None STAT THAT MATTERS: Stephen Johnson was the Tigers’ leading passer against Houston, going 11-of-18 attempts for 151 yards and two interceptions. NOTES: The tough road continues for Grambling heading into the third week of the season. After suffering a season-opening… Continue reading →

Southern defense leans on youngsters

Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- Southern head coach Dawson Odums and secondary coach Marty Biagi chat on the sideline.

The future is now for the back end of the Southern defense. Nearly half of the players on the two-deep at defensive back and linebacker are either true freshmen or redshirt freshmen. It’s partly by design — talented players ready to contribute — and partly out of necessity — ineligible players. It has led to… Continue reading →

Northwestern State at Southern: Four downs

Associated Press photo by TONY GUTIERREZ -- Northwestern State coach Jay Thomas, left, and Baylor coach Art Briles greet each other at midfield following their game on Sept. 6 in Waco, Texas. Baylor won 70-6.

Southern and Northwestern State have a lot of connections. The Demons have 27 players and five coaches, including coach Jay Thomas, a native of Baker who was a graduate assistant at LSU, who have ties to the Baton Rouge area. Additionally, Jaguars Athletic Director William Broussard was a standout center on the Demons football team… Continue reading →

Around the state: Football preview capsules

Associated Press photo by DANNY JOHNSTON -- Nicholls State coach Charlie Stubbs walks along the sideline during the second half of a game at Arkansas on Sept. 6 in Fayetteville, Ark. Arkansas defeated Nicholls 73-7.

WHEN: 4 p.m. Saturday WHERE: Municipal Stadium (9,601), Daytona Beach, Fla. TV: None STAT THAT MATTERS: Stephen Johnson was the Tigers’ leading passer against Houston, going 11-of-18 attempts for 151 yards and two interceptions. NOTES: The tough road continues for Grambling heading into the third week of the season. After suffering a season-opening… Continue reading →

LSU approves 3-year deal for Athletic Director Joe Alleva

In this December 2009 file photo,  LSU Athletic Director Joe Alleva listens on speaker phone as officials of the Capital One Bowl extends an invitation to LSU to play in the 2010 Capital One Bowl.

The LSU Board of Supervisors approved a three-year extension for Athletic Director Joe Alleva on Friday. The Advocate reported last Saturday that the school had proposed a contract extension. Alleva’s new contract runs through June 2019. The committee approved the extension with no discussion. “There’s a lot of success to be proud of,” board… Continue reading →

Ex-Tulane defensive back Jordan Batiste prepares to face former team as part of Southeastern Louisiana secondary

Photo provided by Randy Bergeron/SLU Public Information -- Southeastern Louisiana defensive back Jordan Batiste returning an interception against Southern Utah.

HAMMOND — Three years ago, Jordan Batiste couldn’t wait to get to Tulane and embark on his college football career. Batiste, then 17 years old, graduated a semester early from Lutcher High, enrolled for the spring semester at Tulane and went through spring workouts with Green Wave. Batiste put the finishing touches on what… Continue reading →