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Football: Broadway can’t enjoy latest UL record

Tim Buckley, The Advertiser, November 22, 2014



With an 11-yard completion to slot receiver Al Riles in the second quarter of UL’s 35-16 loss to Appalachian State on Saturday, Ragin’ Cajuns quarterback Terrance Broadway became UL’s career leader in total offense.

The senior from Baton Rouge passed longtime NFL quarterback Jake Delhomme, who offered congratulations via a pre-recorded message shown after the game on Cajun Field’s video scoreboard.

"I heard it," Broadway said afterward. "I appreciate his (being) willing to take time out of his busy schedule to make an announcement like that.

"But, I mean, I really don’t care about (the record), because we lost the game. I don’t care about stats. I don’t care about throwing touchdowns. I mean, if we lose the game that’s all I care about. If we win the game, that’s all I care about.

"That stat don’t mean nothing," he added, "because we didn’t win the game."

Delhomme’s record was 8,876 yards, set from 1993-96.

Broadway, a transfer from the University of Houston, now has 8,966 yards during his three seasons at UL. He threw for 160 yards and had 2 rushing yards Saturday.

BOWL WATCH: New Orleans Bowl executive director Billy Ferrante attended Saturday’s game.

The bowl is very interested in having the Cajuns return for a fourth straight appearance and try for a fourth straight postseason win, but nothing’s set in stone yet.

"There have been a couple different scenarios bounced around that hopefully we can get settled on (soon)," Ferrante said before the loss.

"We can’t make a decision on anything until Dec. 7, but we at least we feel like that within the next week or so hopefully we can be on the same page with what the (Sun Belt) conference office is looking at and what we’re interested in, and get that squared away."

Even with the loss, it’s possible UL will soon begin to accept bowl-game ticket orders.

CROWD COUNT: Attendance Saturday was announced at 20,638.

In six home games this season, UL averaged 25,775.

That’s the third-highest total in school history, topped only by 29,171 in Mark Hudspeth first season as coach of the Cajuns in 2011 and 25,976 last season.

NO ROBINSON: UL senior receiver Jamal Robinson opted to not take part in Senior Day festivities Saturday.

Robinson, an NFL prospect, is out for the year following foot surgery.

He plans to appeal after the season to the Sun Belt and the NCAA for a fifth-year medical hardship, however, and it’s widely expected that one will be granted, allowing him to return to UL in 2015.

LAGNIAPPE: A large black ribbon in honor of recently deceased former Crowley High, UL and Minnesota Vikings defensive back Orlando Thomas was placed next to Thomas’ name and retired number on display at Cajun Field. … The Cajuns didn’t have any sacks Saturday, leaving senior Christian Ringo still just shy of becoming UL’s career sacks leader and most-sacks-in-a-season record-holder. … UL defensive lineman Rodrick Stevens was carted off after sustaining an ankle injury Saturday and did not return. … Running back Alonzo Harris hurt his hand, but did return. … Linebacker T.J. Worthy had an interception but later sustained a hamstring injury. … Cajuns senior Marcus Jackson, a special-teams contributor, didn’t play for a second straight week (knee). … UL captains were tight end Evan Tatford, linebacker Tyren Alexander, linebacker Darzil Washington and return man Montrel Carter. … In the house: ex-Cajuns cornerback Melvin White, now with the NFL’s Carolina Panthers.