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Oct 7, 2013 1:19 PM by UL Sports Information

Cajuns Ready For Primetime Tilt vs. Western Kentucky Next Tuesday

THE STORYLINE: The Ragin Cajuns will put first place in the Sun Belt and a three-game win streak on the line when they travel to Bowling Green, Ky., to face WKU on Tuesday, Oct. 15 beginning at 7:00 p.m. in Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium. . . the game will be televised live on ESPN2 with Joe Davis and David Diaz-Infante providing the commentary. . . Louisiana enters the game with a 3-2 record and in first place in the Sun Belt with a 1-0 mark after toppling league newcomer Texas State, 48-24, on Oct. 5. . . Terrance Broadway threw for a season-high 335 yards and four touchdowns in the win to set the school record with six career 300-yard passing games. . . junior Jamal Robinson caught four passes for 114 yards and two TD's, ranking him eighth nationally with six touchdowns this season. . . the defense keyed the win, holding the Bobcats to 196 yards of total offense, the second-lowest total by a Cajuns opponent under Mark Hudspeth. . . included in that total was 76 yards passing by Texas State, the fewest since 2008. . . senior Justin Anderson led the defensive effort with nine tackles, giving him 51 stops in the first five games. . . WKU (4-2, 1-1) has not played since claiming a 31-10 win at ULM on Thursday (Oct. 3). . . Louisiana is 4-2 against WKU, including a 1-1 record in games played in Bowling Green.

CAJUNS EXCEL AT CAJUN FIELD: The win over Texas State improved the Cajuns to 12-1 at home in three seasons under head coach Mark Hudspeth. Included in that record were wins in Hudspeth's first eight games, the third-longest in facility history. Louisiana carries a four-game win streak into the Nov. 2 meeting with New Mexico State.

WE ARE LOUISIANA: There is confusion among the national sports organizations as how to refer to the Ragin' Cajuns. Our official name is the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, but much like our opponents around the country, we simply go by Louisiana when referring to our athletic programs. It is the same situation at the Universities of Texas (at Austin), Tennessee (at Knoxville) and California (at Berkeley), but years of use and understanding by the sports media has led to each of those schools to have their athletic monikers being simplified and accepted nationally. Although we proudly refer to our University with its full title for academic purposes, we ask that you use Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns or some combination of those terms, when talking about our athletic teams.

SERIES vs. WKU: Tuesday's contest marks the seventh meeting between Louisiana and WKU with the Cajuns owning a 4-2 lead. The series started in 1992 and Louisiana won the first three contests, the last of which came after the Hilltoppers joined the Sun Belt. WKU has bounced back to win the next two meetings before the Cajuns rallied in the fourth quarter to claim a 31-27 win in Lafayette last year. The Cajuns are 1-1 in games played in Bowling Green.

CAJUNS GET WIN #500: The 70-7 win over Nicholls State on Sept. 14 was the 500th in the 113-year history of the Louisiana football program. The Cajuns have gone to win two more to begin the week with a 502-523-34 record.

DOING MORE WITH MORE: After years of achieving athletic success with less resources than some of its competitors, the Cajuns will finally get the opportunity to do more with more when construction begins later this fall on the first tier of projects in the $115 million Athletic Facilities Master Plan. All 16 sports will be impacted with the addition of the Athletic Performance Center, a 71,000 square-foot facility that will more than double the current existing space for athletic training (10,000 square feet), equipment (6,000) and two complete weight rooms (12,000 & 6,800). The facility will also include a new football locker room, an auditorium capable of seating 150 people and house the football coaching staff.

TUESDAY WITH THE CAJUNS: The WKU game will be the 1,060th game in Ragin' Cajuns football history, but it will be just the seventh time that Louisiana has played a game on a Tuesday.Last year, the Cajuns played consecutive Tuesday night games at North Texas (Oct. 16) and at home against Arkansas State (Oct. 23), the first Tuesday games in 49 years.Louisiana is 2-4 when playing on Tuesday, winning 26-0 over Louisiana Tech on Nov. 14, 1916 and defeating Southeastern Louisiana, 13-0, on Nov. 11, 1930. The first Tuesday game came on Nov. 5, 1912 when the Cajuns fell to LSU, 85-3. The most recent Tuesday contest was a 14-0 loss to Southeastern Louisiana on Sept, 10, 1963. Five of the six games were played on the road.

A TOUGH NIGHT FOR RODNEY: The celebration over the Texas State win was a bit muted on Saturday with the news that sixth-year defensive back Rodney Gillis will most likely miss the remainder of the season after suffering a severe leg injury in the first half. Gillis, who ranked second in the Sun Belt with five interceptions and second on the team with 75 tackles last year, has been a leader in the rebuilt Cajuns secondary this fall. He saw little action in the first three games but came back to start the last two contests as the secondary began to create a new identity. In four games, Gillis has made seven tackles, adding his sixth career interception in the Sept. 21 win at Akron.

SURGENT NEARS KICKOFF RECORDS: Senior Darryl Surgent enters the week ranking second in school history in both career kickoff returns (112) and kickoff return yards (2,471). He needs three more returns and 172 yards to break Joe Redding's school records of 114 returns and 2,642 yards set from 1985-88.

ROBINSON PASSES 1,000 YARD MARK: By making four catches for 114 yards and a pair of touchdowns against Texas State, junior receiver Jamal Robinson became the 19th receiver in school history to catch passes for more than 1,000 yards in a career. Robinson enters the WKU game with 52 career catches for 1,053 yards and nine touchdowns, ranking 17th in receiving yards and 11th in touchdowns.

. . . AND AKRON IS A CAREER PERFORMANCE: The eight catches by Jamal Robinson at Akron on Sept. 21 broke his previous career high of six grabs set vs. East Carolina in the New Orleans Bowl last year. In addition, the two touchdown grabs was the second multiple-touchdown game in his career (at ULM in 2012) and the 124 yards was his fourth career game of 100 yards or more.

. . . AND ANOTHER 100-YARD GAME: The 114 yards receiving by Jamal Robinson against Texas State marked the fifth time in school history that the junior has caught passes for more than 100 yards in a game. It is his second straight 100-yard receiving effort, grabbing eight passes for 124 yards and two scores at Akron.

BROADWAY TO ROBINSON: The duo of Terrance Broadway and Jamal Robinson have hooked up for six touchdown passes this season and are quickly becoming one of the top quarterback-receiver combinations in school history. With three additional touchdowns last year, the duo have combined on nine touchdown passes during their careers, the fifth-highest total in school history. The current list is:

20: Jake Delhomme-Donald Richard (1994-96)
15: Jake Delhomme-Brandon Stokley (1995-96)
12: Roy Henry-David Oliver (1975-76)
10: Blaine Gautier-Ladarius Green (2010-11)
9: Terrance Broadway-Jamal Robinson (2012-SA)

BRAUCHLE SETS TWO KICKING RECORDS: Sophomore kicker Stephen Brauchle broke one school record and equaled another by going 10-for-10 in extra point kicks against Nicholls State (Sept. 14). Brauchle, who leads the Sun Belt by making all 20 of his extra point attempts this year, broke the old school record of eight extra points shared by Drew Edmiston (at North Texas, 2008) and Mike Shafer (vs. UAB, 1995) and tied Al Hatteberg's record of 10 attempts set vs. Troy in 1946.

. . . AND EYES A THIRD: Through the first five games of his Louisiana career, Stephen Brauchle has been perfect on his extra point attempts, making all 26. It is the fourth longest successful single season streak in school history, trailing the record 35 straight by Drew Edmiston in 2008, the 30 straight by Tyler Albrecht in 2009 and 27 by Mike Lemoine in 1989. Two interesting notes. Edmiston ended his career by making his last 35 and Albrecht replace him, making his first 30 the next year before missing two straight in his final game of the year. Brett Baer, who holds the Louisiana records for PATs made (121) and attempted (129), owned streaks of 22, 23, 23, 23, and 24. The school record for consecutive extra points made over multiple seasons is 55 by Lemoine from 1988-90.

THE LINE THAT PLAYS TOGETHER, STAYS TOGETHER: Although the offensive line features two new starters in 2013, Terrance Broadway should feel comfortable under center this year as the three returning starters each started all 13 games last year and played in better than 95% of the offensive snaps. Center Andre Huval and right guard Daniel Quave enter the week with 31-game starting streaks while left tackle Mykhael Quave has started 18 straight, including every game at left guard in 2012 before moving to tackle last spring. Junior Terry Johnson (LG) and sophomore Octravian Anderson (RT) made their first careers starts at Arkansas. This is just the third starting combination since Mark Hudspeth took over three years ago as the same five starters were used in all 13 games in each of his first two seasons and for the first four this year.

SIMEON THOMAS MAKES CAJUNS DEBUT: Louisiana freshman cornerback Simeon Thomas made his Cajuns debut against Texas State, entering the game in the fourth quarter and making a pair of tackles. Thomas became eligible for the first time two days before the Akron game as the NCAA clarified his eligibility. The NCAA granted him a waiver on Sept. 19 but he did not see any action against the Zips. Thomas is considered by the coaches to be one of the top defenders among the freshman class this year.

STOVER TAKES OVER: Kicker Hunter Stover learned a lot about kicking from Brett Baer the last two years and he displayed some of what he learned in the win at Akron on Sept. 21. After the Cajuns battled back to take the lead for good on a Terrance Broadway eight-yard run midway through the fourth quarter, Stover successfully attempted his first career on-side kick, recovering it himself to give the ball back to Louisiana. Five plays later, Broadway connected with Darryl Surgent on a 14-yard pass that gave the Cajuns a 35-24 lead with 6:19 to play. Stover has a long way to go to catch Baer, who was successful on eight of his 11 career onside kick attempts.

BROADWAY SETS 300-YARD PASSING MARK: With back-to-back passing efforts of 305 yards at Akron (Sept. 21) and 335 vs. Texas State (Oct. 5), Terrance Broadway broke the school record with his fifth and sixth career 300-yard passing games. The efforts, the 31st and 32nd 300-yard games in school history, allowed the Baton Rouge native to break the mark of five 300-yard games held by both Jake Delhomme (1993-96) and Blaine Gautier (2009-12). Broadway is just the 11th Cajuns player to throw for 300 yards in a game.

NEXT UP: Louisiana will play its second straight mid-week game when the Ragin' Cajuns travel to Jonesboro, Ark., to face Arkansas State on Tuesday, Oct. 22 beginning at 7:00 p.m. CDT in a game that will be televised nationally on ESPN2.

 

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