October 20, 2018

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Battle in the Athletic American Conference West: Tulane vs SMU

  Coming into this game, Tulane was ranked 3rd in the West Athletic American Conference. This was easily the rematch of the season. Last year, this exact game was the reason why Tulane was unable to go to compete in a bowl game. Early in this 1st quarter the Green Waves defenses forces SMU offense 3 and out. Senior, Cornerback, Donnie Lewis Jr(1) ended the Mustang’s drive when they were 3rd and 8. This start set the tone, and allowed Tulane’s  offense to get back on the field. Tulane’s defense rushes SMU offense for a loss of 14 yards, which resulted in a safety putting the Green Waves up early. Which was the 2nd safety the Green Waves defense recorded this season.

  Despite, the 30 minute delay that did not slow down Tulane’s offense. Within seconds of the 2nd quarter, Running back, Darius Bradwell(10) scored the Green Waves 1st touchdown of the game. As SMU took the field again try and move down the field Sophomore, Safety, Chase Kuerschen(36) and Senior, Safety, Roderick Teamer Jr(2) quickly put a end to that, breaking up passes on multiple plays.

   As Tulane began the 2nd half of this game, the defense continued to apply pressure giving this Mustang offense little to no wiggle room to move up the field. Not shortly after Senior, Cornerback, Donnie Lewis(1) intercepts Mustang’s pass, that resulted in a 49 yard touchdown. This was Lewis 3rd interception this season, and 1st touchdown of the season. This Green Wave defense has been dominating and devastating the Mustang’s from sacks, to breaking up passes, and applying pressure from all angles. The Green Waves defense applied so much pressure that made the Mustang’s false start twice back to back, which lead to another 3 and out. Quarterback, Jonathan Banks(1) keeps the momentum going for the Green Waves, scoring another touchdown early in the 4th quarter. Banks was on fire, when put under pressure he made the plays needed to move the ball down the field for Tulane offense. This quarter definitely test their ability as a team overall, because a lot was at stake for both teams. The bar was set, and Tulane began to surpass that standard. Great efforts by this Tulane Football team as a whole. The Final here at Yulman Stadium was SMU 27, Tulane 23 .

SLU Welcomes ACU for Hall of Fame Game, Solid Gold Saturday

HAMMOND, La. – The Southeastern Louisiana football team will host its second straight Southland Conference opponent on Saturday, when Abilene Christian comes to town for a 7 p.m. contest in Strawberry Stadium.

Saturday will also serve as the annual Hall of Fame Game, as former football All-American and current Atlanta Falcon Robert Alford and five-time Southland Conference champion women’s tennis standout Iva Velkovska make up the 2018 Southeastern Athletics Hall of Fame class. Both will be recognized at halftime of Saturday’s game.

Saturday will also be Solid Gold Saturday, as all Lion fans are encouraged to wear their Gold and help “Gold Out” Strawberry Stadium. The first 200 SLU students in the gates will receive a megaphone.

Both the Lions (3-4, 3-2 Southland) and Abilene Christian (3-4, 2-3 Southland) will be looking to build on home wins last Saturday.

Southeastern scored 14 points in the final 40 seconds on the way to a wild 62-52 victory over Houston Baptist on Saturday. A 49-yard punt return by junior Devonte Williams set up the go-ahead touchdown – a 15-yard catch and run by freshman CJ Turner. Junior Xavier Lewis clinched the win with a 38-yard fumble return for a score off a strip sack by senior Jon Miller.

The Lion ground game came alive behind the senior duo of Darren Johnson (21 carries, 127 yards, 1 TD) and Julius Maracalin (14-69).   Turner led SLU with four catches for 92 yards, while senior Jake Ingraffia also hauled in a touchdown pass from junior Chason Virgil. Junior Lorenzo Nunez threw a score of his own to junior Bransen Schwebel.

The Southeastern defense scored three touchdowns in a game for the first time since a 28-17 victory over Florida Tech in 2015. In addition to Lewis’ scoop and score, seniorZeke Walker and junior Tre’ Spann both took interceptions back for scores.

Abilene Christian limited Nicholls to just 12 points in a 28-12 victory over the No. 11 Colonels last Saturday. Sophomore quarterback Luke Anthony threw for 209 yards and two touchdowns, while junior running back Billy McCrary paced the ground attack with 91 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries.

Defensively, ACU came up with five sacks to hold Nicholls in check. Junior Jeremiah Chambers was named Southland Defensive Player of the Week after pacing the Wildcat defense with 14 tackles and three tackles for loss.

SLU averages 29.4 points and 421.7 yards per game heading into Saturday’s game. Virgil is second in the FCS in passing yards with 2,081 in his seven games in Hammond. He has completed 62.0 percent (168-for-271) of his passes and thrown 13 touchdowns versus nine interceptions.

Virgil’s top targets are junior Juwan Petit-Frere (31 catches, 566 yards, 3 TD), Schwebel (22-285-3 TD), senior Nih-Jer Jackson (20-218), Turner (19-257-2 TD) and sophomore Austin Mitchell (18-303-3 TD). Johnson (65 carries, 304 yards, 3 TD) and Williams (58-186-3 TD) are the leaders of the SLU ground game.

ACU is allowing 28.0 points and 385.9 yards per contest. Chambers leads the Wildcats with 77 tackles and 10.5 tackles for loss, while junior Adonis Davis (8 PBU, 3 INT) is the team’s best pass defender.

After consecutive prolific opposing offensive performances, Southeastern is yielding 34.7 points and 472.3 yards per contest. Senior Tamarcus Russell paces SLU with 70 tackles and 8.0 tackles for loss. Lewis (50), junior Isaac Adeyemi-Berglund (44), senior Brayleon Thorns (37) and Walker (36) round out the team’s top five tacklers.

Spann and freshman Ferlando Jordan share the team lead with two interceptions, while Spann also leads the team with two fumble recoveries. Adeyemi-Berglund’s four sacks pace the Lions, while junior Dejion Lynch has a team-high five pass breakups.

ACU features an offense that averages 448.7 yards and 30.0 points per game. Anthony has thrown for 1,999 yards, 15 touchdowns and five interceptions with junior Josh Fink (43 catches, 513, 4 TD) highlighting a prolific set of pass catchers. McCrary (469 yards, 6 TD) and junior Tracy James (454-2 TD) make up a formidable ground game.

Petit-Frere averages 31.1 yards per kickoff return – fourth-best in the nation – for the Lions heading into Saturday’s game.

Junior Ivy Wall has averaged 42.2 yards per punt – third in the Southland – to highlight the SLU kicking game this season. Senior Jonathan Tatum has connected on 8-of-11 field goals in 2018 – including 7-of-8 in conference play.

Sophomore Oscar Hernandez has made all 27 PAT’s and four-of-six field goals to highlight the Wildcat special teams.


Southeastern is 3-2 all-time versus Abilene Christian. Last season in Abilene, SLU rolled to a 56-21 victory.

Southeastern will be back on the road next Saturday, traveling to nationally-ranked league foe Sam Houston State for a 1 p.m. contest in Huntsville, Texas. The game will be televised nationally on Eleven Sports (DirecTV 623) and will be available on the Southland Digital Network at www.southland.org/live and via Southland apps available for iPhone, Android, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Roku.

Fans can also hear the Lions-Bearkats tilt on the Southeastern Sports Radio Network (KSLU-FM (90.9), Kajun 107.1 FM, The Highway 104.7 FM and WFPR 1400 AM). Fans can also listen live at www.LionSports.net/listenlive and via the Radio FX, TuneIn Radio and Lions Gameday Experience apps.


For season ticket information and individual game tickets, please contact the Southeastern Athletics Ticket Office at (985) 549-5466 or visit www.LionSports.net/tickets. The Lions’ 2018 home schedule includes conference foes Central Arkansas (Sept. 15), Northwestern State (Sept. 29), Houston Baptist (Oct. 13 – Homecoming), Abilene Christian (Oct. 20 – Hall of Fame Game) and McNeese (Nov. 3) to Strawberry Stadium in 2018.


Southeastern Athletics has instituted a clear bag policy for all ticketed events, effective with the start of football season. For more information on the clear bag policy, visitwww.LionSports.net/clear.


Fans interested in becoming active supporters of the football program are encouraged to join the Touchdown Club. Lion football alums are encouraged to join the exclusive S Club, which is restricted to Southeastern athletic letter winners.

All membership fees and donations to both the Touchdown Club and S Club (football) are available for the exclusive use of the Southeastern football program. Membership information is available by contacting the Lion Athletics Association at laa@southeastern.edu or (985) 549-5091 or visiting www.LionUp.com.

For more information on Southeastern Football, follow @SLUFootball and @Coach_Scelfo on Twitter, like /SLUathletics on Facebook and subscribe to the SLUathletics YouTube channel.


Inside Southeastern Football with Frank Scelfo, the Lion first-year head coach’s radio show, is held every Monday through Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. at Tope La Catering (113 East Thomas Street) in downtown Hammond.

Hosted by Scelfo and Allen Waddell, the show will air on the Southeastern Sports Radio Network (KSLU-FM (90.9), Kajun 107.1 FM, The Highway 104.7 FM and WFPR 1400 AM). Fans can also listen live at www.LionSports.net/listenlive and via the Radio FX, TuneIn Radio and Lions Gameday Experience apps. A live video stream of the show will be available via Facebook Watch at www.facebook.com/sluathletics.


By: Kemmler Chapple

SLU Athletics


BATON ROUGE – LSU’s Ed Orgeron has been named as one of 20 coaches from across the country to the Bear Bryant Award Watch List, the award has announced.

In his second full season as head coach of the Tigers, Orgeron has led LSU to a 6-1 overall mark, a 3-1 Southeastern Conference record and a No. 5 national ranking. The Tigers are the only team in the country to have three wins over Top 10 teams on their resume in 2018.

On Tuesday, Orgeron was named the Dodd Trophy National Coach of the Week after leading the Tigers to a 36-16 win over second-ranked Georgia in Tiger Stadium.

Overall, Orgeron has guided LSU to a 21-7 mark since taking over midway through the 2016 season. Since that time, the Tigers have won 17 of their 21 games under Orgeron by double-digits.

The winner of the award will be announced on Jan. 9, 2019 at the Post Oak Hotel in Houston. The Watch List precedes the announcement of the finalists in December.

Orgeron is joined on the watch list by: Bill Clark (UAB, Mario Cristobal (Oregon), Dave Doeren (NC State), Luke Fickell (Cincinnati), Jimbo Fisher (Texas A&M), Jim Harbough (Michigan), Tom Herman (Texas), Josh Heupel (Central Florida), Dana Holgorsen (West Virginia), Brian Kelly (Notre Dame), Seth Littrell (North Texas), Mike MacIntyre (Colorado), Dan Mullen (Florida), Lincoln Riley (Oklahoma), Nick Saban (Alabama), Kirby Smart (Georgia),  Dabo Swinney (Clemson), Mark Stoops (Kentucky) and Charlie Strong (South Florida).

Now in its 33rd year, the award recognizes the country’s top college football coaches for their contributions both on and off the field. The Coach of the Year Award is the only college coaching honor selected after all bowl games are concluded and is voted on by the National Sports Media Association.

-Michael Bonnette

Opelousas Catholic Defeats Rival Westminster Academy 56-0

This evening the once biggest game in the town of Opelousas, La was the across town rivalry game between Opelousas Catholic and Westminster Academy. This evening I watched a depleted Westminster give everything they had in a hard fought battle.

Opelousas Catholic is loaded this season with 3 awesome receivers and one huge Tight End. Big Adam Purser stood out on the OC. At 6’4″ and 240 lbs, he is a man among boys. He is more than just a huge blocking Tight End, he can stretch the field across the middle. SR WR  Devin Thierry made several spectacular catches with over 150 yards and 5 TDs. JR WR Adam Dupre  and SO WR Keon Coleman both were able to stretch the field and make huge plays.

For Westminster Academy, SR TE Joe Buckles stood out.  At 6’6″ he is a head taller than everyone on the field. However, he will need to bulk up in college. He is currently 197 lbs. His coach said this evening that he is very good at blocking and has good hands. This evening he played at Tackle due to a lot of injuries for WA.

Plaquemine vs St.Michael

On this Thursday night district match up, the Plaquemine Green Devils took a early lead on the St. Michael Warriors. The Green Devils run game was unstoppable. Between Senior, Herb Thomas(5) at Quarterback, Senior, Dontayvion Wicks(3) and Senior, Treyvon Leblanc(2) playing a few snaps at Quarterback as well this offense was lead by three dynamic individuals. Junior, Running back Earl Young(33) helped this Green Devil offense stack more points on the board as well. Overall this offense had over 300 yards for the entire game. However, Plaquemine defense was not far behind. Tonight alone the Green Devils forced four fumbles. They held the St.Michaels Warriors scoreless the entire game until about six minutes left in the fourth quarter.

The St.Michaels Warriors had various great plays throughout the entire game. Senior, Quarterback, Cole Garafola(14) made various attempts to continue to move the ball down the field for the Warriors. Senior, middle Linebacker, Taylor Macello(43) forced and recovered the fumble to put St.Michaels on the board. The Warrior defense also held the Green Devils, forcing a field goal in the red zone. Junior, Conner Badeaux(2) was another asset to the Warriors tonight, he caught a interception to put them in great ball position before the half. This game was definitely a great physical match up.


BATON ROUGE – LSU linebacker Devin White picked up another weekly honor as the junior has been named the Lott IMPACT Trophy National Player of the Week, the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation announced on Tuesday.

On Monday, White was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in LSU’s 36-16 win over second-ranked Georgia.

Against Georgia, White was the catalyst for an LSU defense that held Georgia to season lows for points (16), total yards (322) and rushing yards (113). The previously undefeated Bulldogs came into the game averaging 42 points and 485 total yards a contest.

White tallied a season-high 13 tackles to go along with a fumble recovery, a half-tackle for loss and a quarterback hurry. LSU’s defense held Georgia scoreless in the first half for the first time this year as the Tigers built a 16-0 lead at halftime.

In seven games, White ranks third in the SEC in tackles with 66 and he’s 12th in the conference in tackles for losses with 7.0.


Named after Pro Football Hall of Fame member, Ronnie Lott, The Lott IMPACT Trophy is awarded to college football’s Defensive IMPACT Player of the Year. Founded in 2004 by The Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation, The Lott Trophy is the first and only college football award to equally recognize athletic performance and the personal character attributes of the player. 

The Lott Trophy is given to the player who exhibits the same characteristics Lott embodied during his distinguished career: Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity. Voters for the award include selected members of the national media, previous finalists, the Board of Directors of the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation and a distinguished group of former college football head coaches.

LSU’s 2018 Player of the Week Honors

Game                    Player (Position)                                               Award

Miami                   Jacob Phillips (LB)                                            SEC Defensive Player of the Week

                                Cole Tracy (PK)                                                 SEC Special Teams Player of the Week

                                                                                                                Lou Groza Star of the Week

Auburn                 Joe Burrow (QB)                                                SEC Offensive Player of the Week

                             Cole Tracy (PK)                                                 SEC Special Teams Player of the Week

                                                                                                               Lou Groza Star of the Week

Ole Miss               Joe Burrow (QB)                                                SEC Offensive Player of the Week

                                                                                                                Davey O’Brien Great 8 Award

Georgia                 Devin White (LB)                                              SEC Defensive Player of the Week

                                                                                                       Lott IMPACT Trophy Player of the Week

                                Cole Tracy (PK)                                                 SEC Special Teams Player of the Week

                                                                                                                Lou Groza Star of the Week

                                Joe Burrow (QB)                                                Davey O’Brien Great 8 Award


-Michael Bonnette


The NFL heads into Week 7 following another exciting weekend of action. In Week 6, nine of 15 games were decided by one score (eight points or fewer), including three games – the MIAMI DOLPHINS’ overtime win against Chicago, the NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS’ win against Kansas City on Sunday Night Football and the GREEN BAY PACKERS’ victory over San Francisco on Monday Night Football ­­– on game-winning field goals as time expired in the fourth quarter or overtime. Twelve contests this season have been won on the final play of the game, tied for the third-most through the first six weeks of a season since 2003.

Through the first six weeks of the season, 54 games have been decided by one score, tied with the 1999 season for the most in NFL history through Week 6. Twenty-eight of those games have been decided by three or fewer points, the second-most in NFL history through Week 6 (35 games in 1999), including four such games last week.

At least one game has gone to overtime in each of the first six weeks of the 2018 season, marking the first time since the regular-season overtime rule was instituted in 1974 that there has been an overtime game in each of a season’s first six weeks.

As the season approaches the halfway point, there are currently 21 teams with a .500 or better record. The LOS ANGELES RAMS (6-0) top the NFC and are the NFL’s only remaining unbeaten team, while the KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (5-1) own the AFC’s best mark. Twenty-one teams are currently in or within one game of first place in their respective divisions.

Scoring continues to trend at a record pace in 2018. Through Week 6, there have been 504 total touchdowns and 4,489 total points scored, both the most in NFL history through the first six weeks of a season.





2018 504   2018 4,489
2015 481 2014 4,250
2014 479 2015 4,243
2016 470 2012 4,233

Los Angeles Rams running back TODD GURLEY leads the NFL with 11 scrimmage touchdowns this season and is the fifth different player since 1970 with at least 11 offensive touchdowns in his team’s first six games of a season. Gurley joins SHAUN ALEXANDER (12 in 2005), Pro Football Hall of Famers EMMITT SMITH (11 in 1995) and LA DAINIAN TOMLINSON (11 in 2005) and PRIEST HOLMES (11 in 2002 and 11 in 2004) as the only players to accomplish the feat.

Below are highlights of the Week 7 schedule:

The second of three 2018 London Series games kicks off at 9:30 AM ET (CBS) at Wembley Stadium on Sunday as the LOS ANGELES CHARGERS play host to the TENNESSEE TITANS. Tennessee is making its first appearance in London, while the Chargers play in the UK for the second time. Los Angeles running back MELVIN GORDON leads the AFC with 745 scrimmage yards and ranks second in the NFL with nine touchdowns (six rushing, three receiving). Titans safety KEVIN BYARD, who had an interception in Week 6, has nine interceptions since 2017, tied with Detroit’s DARIUS SLAY for the most in the league over the span. The 2018 London Series concludes in Week 8 with the PHILADELPHIA EAGLES taking on the JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS.

The NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS, who sit at 4-2 and are tied with Miami atop the AFC East, visit the CHICAGO BEARS, who lead the NFC North with a 3-2 record, at Soldier Field on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, CBS). Patriots quarterback TOM BRADY passed for 340 yards with one touchdown and rushed for a touchdown in New England’s 43-40 victory last week, becoming the first quarterback in NFL history to record 200 regular-season wins. New England running back SONY MICHEL ranks second among rookies with 400 rushing yards and aims for his fourth game in a row with a rushing touchdown. Bears quarterback MITCHELL TRUBISKY has nine touchdown passes in his past two games, tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer SID LUCKMAN (nine in 1943) for the most by a quarterback in franchise history over any two-game span.

On Sunday afternoon, the BALTIMORE RAVENS welcome the NEW ORLEANS SAINTS to M&T Bank Stadium in an interconference showdown (4:05 PM ET, FOX). New Orleans quarterback DREW BREES, who became the NFL’s all-time leader in passing yards (72,103) in Week 5, enters the contest needing one touchdown pass to become the fourth player in league history to record 500 career touchdown passes. The Ravens’ defense, led by linebacker ZA’DARIUS SMITH’s three sacks, recorded a franchise-record 11 sacks in Week 6, becoming the third team since 2002 to record at least 11 sacks in a single game.

The 117th meeting between the WASHINGTON REDSKINS and DALLAS COWBOYS (including the postseason) takes place at FedExField (4:25 PM ET, CBS), as both teams look to win consecutive games for the first time this season. Washington (3-2) enters Week 7 in first place in the NFC East. Redskins running back ADRIAN PETERSON, who leads the team with 339 rushing yards, aims for his fourth consecutive game against Dallas with a rushing score. Cowboys quarterback DAK PRESCOTT threw two touchdown passes and rushed for a touchdown in Dallas’ win last week and has nine career games with both a passing and rushing touchdown, tied for the fourth-most in league history by a player in his first three seasons.

In Sunday’s nightcap (8:20 PM ET, NBC), the CINCINNATI BENGALS travel to Arrowhead Stadium to take on the KANSAS CITY CHIEFS in a battle of AFC contenders. Since entering the league in 2011, Bengals wide receiver A.J. GREEN ranks third in the NFL with 8,707 receiving yards and fifth with 589 receptions. Kansas City quarterback PATRICK MAHOMES, who leads the NFL with 18 touchdown passes, has won six of his first seven career starts and is the only quarterback in league history to throw for at least 250 yards in each of his first seven games.




(All times eastern)

Bye: Green Bay, Oakland, Pittsburgh, Seattle

Thursday, October 18 Sunday, October 21 (cont’d)
Denver at Arizona, 8:20 PM (FOX/NFLN/Amazon) Carolina at Philadelphia, 1:00 PM

Cleveland at Tampa Bay, 1:00 PM

Sunday, October 21 New Orleans at Baltimore, 4:05 PM
Tennessee at Los Angeles Chargers (London), 9:30 AM Los Angeles Rams at San Francisco, 4:25 PM
New England at Chicago, 1:00 PM Dallas at Washington, 4:25 PM
Buffalo at Indianapolis, 1:00 PM Cincinnati at Kansas City, 8:20 PM (NBC)
Houston at Jacksonville, 1:00 PM
Detroit at Miami, 1:00 PM Monday, October 22
Minnesota at New York Jets, 1:00 PM New York Giants at Atlanta, 8:15 PM (ESPN)

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An ESPN FPI Look at LSU’s Upcoming Schedule

The Tigers are coming off a huge win in Death Valley against UGA 36-16 this weekend. Being back in the saddle and controlling their own destiny LSU now sits at #5 in both the AP and Coaches polls. The loss in Week 6 to SEC East opponent Florida was very disappointing, but with only five games remaining on their schedule, four being SEC West opponents, Coach Ed Orgeron has the Tigers ready.

ESPN recently did a simulation with their Football Power Index (FPI), which is a simulation-based metric ratings system to predict LSU’s chances of winning those final five games. ESPN’s Football Power Index


  • Oct 20 vs. Mississippi State: 58.9%
  • Nov 3 vs. Alabama: 24.4%
  • Nov 10 @ Arkansas: 88.2%
  • Nov 17 vs. Rice: 99.6%
  • Nov 24 @ Texas A&M 49.5%

The SEC West can be argued to be the best division in college football, and as people would expect LSU is favored against Arkansas, however I think many would disagree with the lopsided favoring of Alabama, and fans might be surprised by the slight favor of LSU over Miss St. One thing is for certain though, after a huge win over Georgia this weekend Coach O will have the Tigers ready to play against whoever they take on.


BATON ROUGE – Three days after leading LSU to its 36-16 win over No. 2 ranked Georgia in Tiger Stadium, head coach Ed Orgeron has been named the Dodd Trophy National Coach of the Week, the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation and the Chick-fil-A Bowl announced on Tuesday.

The Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week award honors the football coach whose program embodies the award’s three pillars of scholarship, leadership and integrity, while also having success on the playing field during the previous week.

Against Georgia, LSU racked up 475 total yards, including 275 on the ground, which was the most given up by the Bulldogs all season. The Tigers were also a perfect 4-of-4 on fourth down conversions and forced four turnovers in the victory.

Defensively, the Tigers held a Georgia offense that came into the game averaging 42 points and 485 total yards to season lows for points (16) and total offense (322).

The win over the second-ranked Bulldogs marked the first time LSU beat an opponent ranked that high in Tiger Stadium since knocking off top-ranked Florida in 1997. It was only the third time in school history LSU beat a team at home ranked either No. 1 or No. 2 in the nation (LSU defeated No. 2 Ole Miss in 1961).

“Coach Orgeron and the Tigers have compiled one of the most impressive resumes to date of any team in the country,” said Jim Terry, chairman of the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation. “This was a statement win and LSU looks poised to be a true College Football Playoff contender this season.”

Orgeron has a 21-7 overall mark as head coach of the Tigers and 17 of those victories have come by double-figures. LSU is currently 6-1 overall and ranked No. 5 in the nation in both polls. Three of LSU’s six wins have come against teams ranked in the Top 10 in the nation.

“Coach Orgeron has shown tremendous leadership both on and off the field for the Tigers,” said Peach Bowl, Inc. CEO & President Gary Stokan. “The fact that LSU is now 7-0 under his leadership following a loss is a true testament to his ability to rally his team to victory when facing adversity.”

A panel consisting of all previous winners, national media, a member of the Dodd family and a College Football Hall of Fame member will identify the final list of potential recipients for The Dodd Trophy at the conclusion of the 2018 season. The winner of the 2018 Dodd Trophy will then be announced in Atlanta during Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Week.

-Michael Bonnette


There are new rules again this year and as I know there may be some confusion I felt it was important to inform our readers and clarify these new rules to better understand the game and rulings on the field.


The league has changed the standard for a catch for a forward pass or interception in the field of play, at the sideline, or in the end zone, if a player who is inbounds secures control of the ball in his hands or arms, prior to the ball touching the ground and touches the ground inbounds with both feet or with any part of his body other than his hands then performs any football act (e.g. tuck the ball away, extend it toward or over the goal line or line to gain, take an additional step, turn up-field, or avoid or ward off an opponent), or he maintains control of the ball long enough to do so.

Movement of the ball does not automatically result in loss of control.

If a player contacts the ground and loses control of the ball, it is an incomplete pass if the ball hits the ground before he regains control, or if he regains control out of bounds.

A receiver is considered a player in a defenseless posture throughout the entire process of the catch and until the player is capable of avoiding or warding off the impending contact of an opponent.

If a pass is caught simultaneously by two eligible opponents, and both players retain it, the ball belongs to the passers. It is not a simultaneous catch if a player gains control first and an opponent subsequently gains joint control.

If a player, who is in possession of the ball, is held up and carried out of bounds by an opponent before both feet or any part of his body other than his hands touches the ground inbounds, it is a completed or intercepted pass.


Makes lowering the head and initiating contact with the helmet a foul.



Modifies rules for a free kick formation and for blocking on a free kick.


The playing rule that changes the spot of the next snap after a touchback resulting from a free kick to the 25-yard line is now permanent.


Makes the penalties for illegal batting and kicking the same (loss of 10 yards).


Authorizes the senior vice president of officiating to instruct on-field game officials to disqualify a player for a flagrant non-football act when a foul for that act is called on the field.


Eliminates the requirement that a team who scores a touchdown at the end of regulation of a game kick the extra point or go for a two-point conversion if it would not affect the outcome of the game.


Provides that in overtime, if the team that possesses the ball first scores a field goal in its initial possession and the second team loses possession by an interception or a fumble, the down will be permitted to run to its conclusion, including awarding the points scored by either team during the down.


Some of these rules were made for safety reasons and others with the idea of creating fairness in the game. At any rate there they are. Enjoy………..


Diamond in the Rough: Aaron Benfield, E.D. White High School

Aaron Benfield is a middle line backer from Schriever, Louisiana. This four-star athlete attends E.D. White High School and will be graduating in May of 2019. At 305 pounds, this 6″1″ student-athlete has a 3.0 GPA, received a 22 on his ACT and was 1st Team All-District. With 102  tackles during his junior season, Aaron is looking forward to continuing to be a playmaker on the field and getting closer to a state title.

How old were you when you started playing?

I was only 7 years old, which is relatively young in youth sports. It looked really fun as a little boy so I was eager to get involved.

How have you improved since your first year of high school?

Since my freshman year of high school, I learned how to be a leader and I also greatly improved my form and athleticism.

What would your coaches say about you?

My coaches would say that I am very hard working and that I am a smart player on and off the field. They would also say that I am a great leader.

What makes you different from the other players?

I am very observant. I pay great attention to detail and am very knowledgeable of the field and the game. I have a unique love for the game which is displayed through my work ethic.

Do you play any other sports?

When I am not on the field, I am powerlifting. I am also a member of the track and field team as a participant in the shot put.Bench: 305

Squat: 465

Clean: 300

40 yd Dash: 4.8

Shuttle: 4.5

Hudl Link: http://www.hudl.com/v/2AbUxp


GSU uses strong third quarter to defeat TSU

HOUSTON, Texas | Geremy Hickbottom threw for over 300 yards and tossed three touchdowns as the Grambling State University football team used a strong third quarter to get past Texas Southern, 34-21, in a Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) game on Saturday night at BBVA Compass Stadium.

“Texas Southern is a tremendous football team and is very-well coached,” Grambling State head coach Broderick Fobbs said. “We made some key mistakes in the first half as we turned the ball over. We played well on both sides of the football and our kids continued to battle. We will take a look at the film and makes those adjustments as we prepare for next week against Alcorn State.”

Neither team could get much going offensively in the opening quarter. Both teams were able to move the football into the red zone and turned the ball over on fumbles.

After a scoreless first quarter, Grambling State (3-3 overall, 2-1 SWAC) had a chance to put points on the board when Marc Orozco’s 32-yard field goal attempt was blocked by Jarryl Taylor to keep the game scoreless.

Texas Southern (1-5, 0-2) picked up a first down on its next offensive possession, but a key sack by Jeremy Carter and a pass breakup by Chris Grant forced another TSU punt. However, Joseph McWilliams came in off the left side and blocked the Aaron Cuevas punt as Devante Davis scooped up the loose ball and ran six yards into the endzone to give Grambling State a 7-0 lead with 12:55 remaining in the first half.

After stopping Texas Southern on downs, Grambling State’s offense moved the ball, but Geremy Hickbottom was intercepted at the TSU 43.

Texas Southern cashed that turnover into points as TSU marched 52 yards in five plays as Tylor Cook scored on a 1-yard run to tie the game at 7 with 4:48 left in the second quarter.

Grambling State turned the ball over on downs on its next offensive possession, but on first down, TSU quarterback Glen Cuiellette was strip-sacked by De’Arius Christmas and the ball was recovered by Johnkil Skipper.

Just two plays after the turnover, Hickbottom connected with Kobe’ Ross for a 28-yard touchdown to give GSU a 14-7 lead with 2:33 left in the second.

Grambling State had a chance to extend the advantage right before the half, but Hickbottom was picked off at the TSU 1 by Matt Stephenson with 51 seconds remaining in the second.

Texas Southern looked to answer after the turnover, but Anfernee Mullins sacked Cuiellette as Grambling State took a 14-7 advantage into the break.

Grambling State took the opening kickoff of the second half and marched 64 yards in 10 plays as GSU settled for an Orozco 34-yard field goal to extend the lead to 17-7 with 10:49 remaining in the third quarter.

However, Texas Southern quickly answered the GSU scoring drive as Jay Christophe connected with Bobby Hartzog down the right sideline for a 75-yard touchdown to cut the deficit to 17-14 with 10:38 left in the quarter.

Grambling State answered the scoring drive as GSU put together a seven play, 75-yard drive, capped when Hickbottom completed two passes to Devante Davis. His first pass covered 17 yards and the last was a 24-yard strike to push the margin to 24-14 with 7:32 remaining in the third.

After a Texas Southern punt, Grambling State moved the ball 58 yards in five plays as Calief Samon caught an 8-yard touchdown pass from Hickbottom as GSU started pulling away with a 31-14 lead with 2:43 left in the quarter.

Texas Southern would not go away quietly as TSU went 75 yards for the score. Devin Williams found Chris Long in the back of the endzone for an 8-yard touchdown pass to close the gap to 31-21 with 14:53 remaining in the fourth quarter.

After a turnover, GSU got a 35-yard field goal by Orozco to push the margin to 34-21 with 8:01 remaining.

Turning Point
Turnovers, turnovers, turnovers…

The first half saw a total of six turnovers (Texas Southern – two fumbles and one interception; Grambling State – two interceptions and one fumble) and a blocked Texas Southern punt. Between the two teams, those turnovers and the special teams block resulted in all the points scored in the first half (21).

Aside from the turnovers in the first half, Geremy Hickbottom threw two touchdown passes in the second half as Grambling State was able to pull away in the third quarter to get the victory.

Inside the Numbers

> Grambling State recorded 27 first downs

> GSU finished with 529 total yards, including 345 through the air

> Geremy Hickbottom was 29-of-44 passing for 345 yards, two interceptions and three touchdowns

> Devante Davis finished with seven receptions for a team-high 114 yards (16.3 ypc.) and one score

> Calief Samon registered 82 yards on eight catches, with one score

> Devohn Lindsey added four catches for 48 yards

> Geremy Hickbottom led the ground game with 79 yards on 19 carries

> Johntavious Robinson finished with 58 yards on 10 touches

> De’Arius Christmas tallied eight tackles, including seven solo stops

> Joseph McWilliams added six tackles, with five solo stops

> Texas Southern tallied 24 first downs

> TSU registered 370 total yards of offense, with 312 coming through the air

> Devin Williams was 6-of-12 passing for 78 yards and one interception

> Glen Cuiellette finished with 104 passing yards on 7 of 12, with one interception and was sacked four times

> Jay Christophe was 5-of-11 through the air for a team-high 130 yards and one score

> Bobby Hartzog registered a game-high 190 yards on nine receptions and one score

> Tylor Cook paced TSU’s ground game with 39 yards on eight carries and one touchdown

> Julian Marcantel led the defense with 11 tackles, with five solos

> Marquis Walker tallied eight tackles, including seven solo stops

News & Notes

> In perhaps the biggest upset of the day, GSU rival Southern stunned West Division leader Prairie View A&M, 38-0, to force a three-way tie (Grambling State, Southern and Prairie View A&M) atop the West Division standings. PVAMU still holds the tiebreaker over GSU based on head-to-head result

> Grambling State improved to 45-18-3 all-time in the series

> Broderick Fobbs remains perfect over Texas Southern (5-0)

> Marc Orozco is 14 points (four extra points and two field goals) away from becoming the GSU all-time leader in points by a kicker

> Grambling State improved to 5-2 during the Broderick Fobbs era when wearing white jerseys and gold pants

> Broderick Fobbs remained unbeaten in the month of October (15-0)

> GSU improved to 9-4 during the Broderick Fobbs era in games played in the state of Texas

> Broderick Fobbs is now eight wins shy of 50 for his coaching career

> Grambling State has won 27 out of its last 28 SWAC games dating back to the start of the 2015 season

> Geremy Hickbottom, who earned the SWAC Offensive Player of the Week honor last week, threw for over 300 yards for the first time in his collegiate career

> Geremy Hickbottom has now thrown six touchdowns over the past two weeks

> Devante Davis finished with seven catches for 114 yards and was the first GSU receiver over 100 yards receiving since Jordan Jones caught two passes for 103 yards in 2017 against Texas Southern

> Texas Southern played three quarterbacks in the first half (Glen Cuiellette, Devin Williams and Jay Christope)

> Hickbottom played the entire game at quarterback for GSU


Up Next

Grambling State concludes its two-game road swing with a trip to Lorman, Miss. to take on Alcorn State next Saturday. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. and the game will be streamed live on ESPN3 (broadcasted later on ESPNU). The Braves will enter the title next weekend off a 35-26 victory over Alabama A&M.

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Sports Information Director
Grambling State University

Southeastern Outlasts HBU, 62-52, in Homecoming Shootout

HAMMOND, La. – Southeastern Louisiana scored 14 points in the final 40 seconds to pull away for a wild 62-52 Southland Conference football victory over Houston Baptist Saturday evening at Strawberry Stadium.

A game that featured five defensive touchdowns was anything but a defensive struggle, as the 114 combined points tied for the most scored a game in the history of the SLU program. The Lions (3-4, 3-2 Southland) and the visiting Huskies (1-5, 0-4 Southland) combined for 942 yards of offense.

In a contest in which it had a 28-0 lead early in the second quarter, Southeastern trailed 52-48 with under two minutes left, when junior Devonte Williams busted loose for a 49-yard punt return to set the Lions up at the HBU 25-yard line with 1:26 left.

Five plays later, freshman CJ Turner took in a short pass from junior Chason Virgil, shook a tackler and tight-roped the left sideline for a 15-yard touchdown and a 55-52 lead with 40 seconds remaining.

HBU would have one last chance, but SLU came up with one last big play. Senior Jon Miller sacked and stripped Husky sophomore quarterback Bailey Zappe. Junior Xavier Lewis scooped up the loose ball and raced 38 yards for the game-clinching score to provide the final margin.

“We gave our fans an exciting Homecoming, for sure,” Southeastern head coach Frank Scelfo said. “Our football team continues to show a lot of resiliency and I can always count on this group to play hard to the final whistle. I’m excited about where we’re going and how much room to grow our program has.

“This is a tough league and any win is a good one,” Scelfo said. “We always want to play our best, but when we can win when we don’t play our best, it’s a positive thing.”

SLU rushed for a season-high 184 yards with the work split between seniors Darren Johnson (21 carries, 127 yards, 1 TD) and Julius Maracalin (14-69), while Williams also rushed for a score. Johnson is the first Lion to top 100 rushing yards in a game this season.

Turner (four catches, 92 yards) was the top target for Virgil, who finished with 240 yards, two touchdowns and one interception on 19-of-34 passing on Saturday. Virgil connected with senior Jake Ingraffia for his first career touchdown reception, while junior Bransen Schwebel hauled in a touchdown pass from junior Lorenzo Nunez.

On defense, Miller, senior Sean Clavelle and junior Isaac Adeyemi-Berglund each collected sacks. In addition to Lewis’ game-clinching score, senior Zeke Walker and junior Tre’ Spann each returned interceptions for touchdowns, as the Lions scored three defensive touchdowns in a game for the first time since a 28-17 win over Florida Tech on Sept. 12, 2015.

Senior Tamarcus Russell led SLU 10 tackles, two tackles for loss and also had an interception of his own.

Zappe threw for 342 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions to lead a HBU offensive effort that recorded 512 yards. Freshman Jerreth Stears (nine catches, 110 yards, two touchdowns) and junior Terry Tillmon (3-108-2) were the top targets for Zappe, while sophomore LaDarius Dickens led the Husky ground attack with 97 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries.

It was all Southeastern to open the game. Clavelle was credited with a sack after forcing an intentional grounding by Zappe on fourth down on the Huskies’ opening drive of the game, turning the ball over on downs. The Lions then methodically moved the ball down the field, covering 56 yards on 13 plays. Williams capped the march with a 11-yard touchdown run to put Southeastern up, 7-0, with 6:31 left in the opening quarter.

On the second play of the next HBU possession, Walker stepped in front of a Zappe pass and took the interception back 33 yards for a 14-0 lead.

Southeastern then forced a three-and-out by the Huskies and a 22-yard punt by freshman Tyler Blanchard set the Lions up in HBU territory. Virgil connected on long passes to senior Nih-Jer Jackson (22 yards) and Williams (21 yards) to highlight the six-play, 45-yard scoring march that was closed out when Nunez found Schwebel wide open from four yards out to give SLU a commanding 21-0 lead less than 14 minutes into the game.

On the first play of the second quarter, Spann stepped in front of a short out route and took the ensuing interception 50 yards for a touchdown to put the Lions up, 28-0.

HBU got on the board on its next drive, as Blanchard capped an 11-play, 66-yard march with a 36-yard field goal to cut the SLU advantage to 28-3 with 11:15 left in the opening half.

After the two teams traded three-and-outs, it was HBU’s defense’s turn to take advantage of a mistake. Freshman Colton Manning stripped Johnson and sophomore Caleb Johnson returned the loose ball 18 yards to pull the Huskies within, 28-10, with 8:01 remaining in the second quarter.

SLU answered right back on its next possession. Ingraffia hauled in a 16-yard touchdown pass from Virgil in the back corner of the end zone to put the Lions in front, 35-10, with 4:27 remaining in the opening half.

HBU pulled out a trick play to cut into the lead after the two teams traded empty possessions. A wide receiver pass by Sterns was hauled in by Tillmon for a 42-yard touchdown to pull the Huskies to within, 35-16, with 1:23 left in the half. Sophomore Ronald Cherry III blocked Blanchard’s PAT attempt to keep the Lion advantage at 19 points.

Two plays later, HBU senior Kyle Bowling intercepted a Virgil pass and returned it 35 yards for a touchdown to send SLU in to the break ahead, 35-23.

Southeastern seemed poised to reestablish its dominance at the opening of the third quarter, as Johnson busted loose for a 49-yard run on the first play of the second half. Three plays later, the Long Beach, California native bulled in from six yards out to give the Lions a 42-23 advantage just over two minutes into the second half.

An interception by Russell set SLU up in Huskies’ territory on the next drive, but senior Jonathan Tatum pushed a 38-yard field goal try wide right to keep the lead at 42-23.

The next 10 minutes on the game clock were all Huskies, as they scored touchdowns on three consecutive drives. The third scoring march was capped when Dickens snuck in from a yard out, giving HBU an improbable 45-42 lead with 14:55 left in the game.

A 28-yard kickoff return by Johnson combined with a 15-yard HBU penalty started the next Lion drive at the Huskies’ 27-yard line. Tatum knotted the score four plays later with a 42-yard field goal. The longest career kick of the Alexandria, Louisiana native’s collegiate career knotted the score at 45-45 with 13:38 remaining.

After forcing an HBU punt, SLU was able to retake the lead. A steady dose of Maracalin and Johnson resulted in an 11-play, 70-yard march that Tatum capped with a 20-yard field goal to put the Lions back up, 48-45, with eight minutes left.

Houston Baptist just would not go away, however. Zappe was 8-for-9 on a scoring march that covered 73 yards on 10 plays. Sterns caught a short pass and raced in from eight yards out to put the Huskies in front, 52-48 with just over five minutes left. The two teams traded three-and-out to set up the final thrilling minutes to saw SLU come away with the victory.

Saturday’s game was the first of two straight games at home for the Lions, who welcome Abilene Christian to town for a 7 p.m. contest next Saturday, Oct. 20 in Strawberry Stadium. A live video stream, produced by the Southeastern Channel, will be available on the Southland Digital Network at www.Southland.org/live and Southland apps.

Fans will also be able to hear the Lions-ACU tilt on the Southeastern Sports Radio Network (KSLU-FM (90.9), Kajun 107.1 FM, The Highway 104.7 FM and WFPR 1400 AM). Fans can also listen live at www.LionSports.net/listenlive and via the Radio FX, TuneIn Radio and Lions Gameday Experience apps.

Saturday will also be the annual Hall of Fame Game, as former football All-American and current Atlanta Falcon Robert Alford and five-time Southland Conference champion women’s tennis standout Iva Velkovska make up the 2018 Southeastern Athletics Hall of Fame class. Both will be recognized at halftime of Saturday’s game.

Next Saturday will also be Solid Gold Saturday, as all Lion fans are encouraged to wear their Gold and help “Gold Out” Strawberry Stadium. The first 200 SLU students in the gates will receive a megaphone.

HBU – 0 23 14 15 – 52 (1-5, 0-4 SLC)

SLU – 21 14 7 20 – 62 (3-4, 3-2 SLC)

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter

SLU – D. Williams 11 run (Tatum kick), 6:31
SLU – Z. Walker 33 interception return (Tatum kick), 5:43

SLU – Schwebel 4 pass from Nunez (Tatum kick), 1:27

2nd Quarter

SLU – Spann 50 interception return (Tatum kick), 14:51

HBU – Blanchard 36 FG, 11:15

HBU – Johnson 18 fumble return (Blanchard kick), 8:01

SLU – Ingraffia 16 pass from Virgil (Tatum kick), 4:27

HBU – Tillmon 42 pass from Stearns (Blanchard kick blocked), 1:23

HBU – Bowling 35 interception return (Blanchard kick), 1:05

3rd Quarter

SLU – D. Johnson 6 run (Tatum kick), 12:57

HBU – Sterns 3 pass from Zappe (Blanchard kick), 8:07

HBU – Tillmon 41 pass from Zappe (Blanchard kick), 4:35

4th Quarter

HBU – Dickens 1 run (J. Johnson pass from Zappe), 14:55

SLU – Tatum 42 FG, 13:38
SLU – Tatum 20 FG, 8:00

HBU – Sterns 8 pass from Zappe (Blanchard kick), 5:16

SLU – Turner 15 pass from Virgil (Tatum kick), 0:40

SLU – Lewis 38 fumble return (Tatum kick), 0:16

                                                                            HBU       SLU

FIRST DOWNS                                                 26           22
RUSHES-YARDS (NET)                                   35-128    46-184

PASSING YDS (NET)                                       384         246

Passes Att-Comp-Int                                          47-30-3   36-21-1

TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YARDS                82-512    82-430

Fumble Returns-Yards                                        1-18        1-38

Kickoff Returns-Yards                                       9-171      6-94

Punt Returns-Yards                                             2-11        2-62

Interception Returns-Yards                                 1-35        3-83

Punts (Number-Avg)                                           5-38.6     5-39.6

Fumbles-Lost                                                      3-1          2-1

Penalties-Yards                                                   7-65        8-76                              Possession Time.                                                    27:34      32:26

Third-Down Conversions                                    9-of-16   9-of-19

Fourth-Down Conversions                                  0-of-1     1-of-1

Red Zone Scores-Chances                                  4-4          6-7

RUSHING: HBU – Dickens 16-97, Zappe 12-23, Sterns 1-5, Lewis 6-3. Totals – 35-128. SLU – D. Johnson 21-127, Maracalin 14-69, D. Williams 5-21, Nunez 1-(-8), Virgil 5-(-25). Totals – 46-184.

PASSING: HBU – Zappe 29-46-3-342-3, Sterns 1-1-0-42-1. Totals 30-47-3-384-4. SLU – Virgil 19-34-1-240-2, Nunez 2-2-0-6-1. Totals 21-36-1-246-3.

RECEIVING: HBU – Sterns 9-110, Brito 5-58, Racine 4-43, Smith 4-27, Tillmon 3-108, Sexton 2-18, Robinson 1-18, Ceniceros 1-7, Hooks 1-(-5). Totals – 30-384. SLU – Turner 4-92, Jackson 3-42, Tolbert 3-28, D. Williams 2-26, Ingraffia 2-25, Schwebel 2-16, Petit-Frere 2-13, Maracalin 2-1, Nunez 1-3. Totals 21-246.

A – 6,023.


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Wildcats Win Third ASC Road Game

In a true tale of two halves on Saturday afternoon the Louisiana College football team dominated when it mattered most picking up a 35-23 road win over McMurry University. The Wildcat defense limited McMurry to just 169 yards of offense in the second half while racking up almost 300 of their own with three fourth quarter touchdowns to pick up their third road conference victory of the season. LC improves to 3-3 overall and 3-2 in American Southwest Conference play with back-to-back home games beginning next week as East Texas Baptist University comes to Wildcat Stadium.

As happened just two weeks ago the Wildcats found themselves down a score after the opening drive as McMurry scorched down the field scoring on just three plays covering 77 yards to take the 7-0 lead. The defense would hold strong the majority of the rest of the half, holding the War Hawks to just 81 total yards between their two touchdown drives that bookended the first half.


After three punts on their first three possessions of the game, LC was finally able to maintain a drive late in the first quarter. A Josh Pickett fumble recovery gave the Wildcats the ball at the MCM 38-yard line and on a bit of trickeration, Drake Battaglia threw the ball into the back of the endzone for Leondre James to take one out of the sky for the first Wildcat score of the afternoon.


Down 10-7 late in the second quarter, the Wildcats took advantage of good field position to take the lead away from the War Hawks. LC worked the ball down the field in 10-yard chunks to punch in another score on a four yard pass to Sam Phillips. The lead didn’t last long however as the War Hawks picked up 38-yard broken play on third down to set up their go ahead score giving McMurry the 17-14 halftime lead.


In one of the fastest third quarters ever, taking approximately 20 minutes of actual time to play the 15-minute quarter, the Wildcats began to show their capabilities of moving the football and stopping the War Hakws. If not for a fumble at the goal line, LC would have scored in the quarter but neither team added to the score in the frame.  


It was a 93-yard touchdown drive that began near the end of the third quarter and took over six minutes off the clock in 16 plays that seemed to break the spirits of the home team. On a fourth-and-one from the three-yard line, running back Aaron Woods, from the Wildcat formation, took the snap into the endzone to put the Wildcats ahead 21-17, a lead they would not give back the rest of the way.


A seven-play, 80-yard drive later in the fourth all but sealed the game for LC when Melvin Young III punched it in from nine-yards out to make it a 28-17 LC advantage. The War Hawks made things a little interesting with a quick strike score on the next possession but three Woods rushes on the next LC drive for 52 yards put the nail in the coffin and gave the Wildcats the 35-23 road win. Three touchdowns in the fourth quarter cemented the Wildcats comeback and convincing victory.


The Wildcats won their third conference road game of the season, the first time since 2012 that happened in a season for LC. They also had by far their best rushing performance of the season with 138 rushing yards and three scores. For the third game in a row the LC defense forced three or more turnovers, getting their second win during that stretch.


LC will play their next two games at home beginning with the 2018 Battle for the Border Claw against ETBU. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. Saturday night at Wildcat Stadium. Stay connected to Louisiana College football by following @LC_ftball on Twitter. For general athletics news follow @LC_Wildcats on Tiwtter or like Louisiana College Wildcats on Facebook.


Brad Welborn
LC Sports Information


Louisiana piles up school-record 759 yards of total offense in homecoming blowout


LAFAYETTE – Andre Nunez completed 19 of 25 passes for a career-high 315 yards and tied a school-record with five touchdown passes as the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns piled up a school-record 759 yards of total offense and defeated New Mexico State, 66-38, on Saturday for homecoming at Cajun Field.


Earnest Patterson recorded a career-high 114 yards receiving while Elijah Mitchell rushed for 107 yards and three touchdowns as Louisiana (3-3) scored on all seven first-half drives before punting to open the second half.


Nunez tossed three TDs in the first quarter, beginning with a 50-yard catch and run by Ja’Marcus Bradley before hitting Jarrod Jackson on a 30-yard strike and Trey Ragas on an 11-yard score.


The senior quarterback a 22-yard scoring pass to Jackson in the second quarter before his 31-yard scoring strike to Rhyeem Malone in the third quarter tied the single-game record held by Jake Delhomme against Northern Illinois in 1996.


Patterson added a school-record sixth receiving TD in a game after taking a second-quarter lateral from Jackson and racing 79 yards a 28-14 lead with 2:04 remaining in the first quarter.


Mitchell, who ran for a career-high 191 yards and three touchdowns last week in a 42-27 win at Texas State, gave Louisiana a 35-14 lead in the second quarter on a 31-yard TD before adding TDs of 36 and 9 yards in the fourth.


Louisiana gained 344 yards on the ground against NM State (2-5) while throwing for 415 yards through the air. Trey Ragas added 94 yards on the ground on a game-high carries for Louisiana with Raymond Calais adding 90 yards on 10 attempts.


Josh Adkins completed 25 of 44 passes for 284 yards with a touchdown for NM State with Josh Huntley recording 373 all-purpose yards – the second highest in school history. Huntley, who scored on an 87-yard kickoff return in the first quarter, led the Aggies with 85 yards rushing, 112 yards receiving and 176 yards in kick returns.


Louisiana will return to Sun Belt Conference action on Saturday (Oct. 20) when it travels to Boone, N.C., to face Appalachian State in a 2:30 p.m. CDT game.


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  • Louisiana’s 28 points scored in the first quarter equaled the most by the Cajuns since a 70-7 contest against Nicholls State on Sept. 14, 2013.
  • The Ragin’ Cajuns 66 points were the most in a game since the Nicholls game (70) in 2013.
  • Louisiana won the coin toss (first time since the Mississippi State game on Sept. 15) and elected to receive.
  • Louisiana scored on all seven of its drives in the first half (6 TD, 1 FG) and gained 534 yards of total offense in the first 30 minutes.
  • Louisiana’s 759 yards of total offense was a school-record, eclipsing the previous record (728) set at ULM in 2008.
  • Louisiana’s 759 yards of total offense was the third-highest by an FBS team this season and behind Ole Miss (826 vs. ULM, 10/6) and Boise State (818, vs. UConn, 9/8).
  • Andre Nunez’s four TD passes in the first half were the most by a Cajuns quarterback since Terrance Broadway threw four against Georgia State on Nov. 16, 2013.
  • Nunez’s career-high 315 yards were a career-high and marked the 34th time in school history a Ragin’ Cajuns quarterback eclipsed the 300-yard mark in a game.
  • The 315-yard game for Nunez was the first by a Ragin’ Cajuns quarterback since Jordan Davis (309) at Tulsa on Sept. 9, 2017.
  • Louisiana defeated NM State for homecoming for the second consecutive year and improved to 40-27-2 all-time in homecoming games.
  • The homecoming win over NM State marked the first time Louisiana defeated the same opponent in a homecoming game in consecutive years since wins over East Carolina (1984-85).
  • Louisiana’s 66 points scored were the most scored in a homecoming game, surpassing the 49 scored against NM State in 2013.
  • In three homecoming games against NM State, Louisiana has scored a combined 162 points (54.0 ppg.).
  • Earnest Patterson’s 79-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter was the first of his career.
  • Patterson’s 114 yards receiving marked a career-high and was Louisiana’s first 100-yard receiving game of the season.
  • Louisiana had a 300-yard passer (Nunez, 315), a 100-yard receiver (Patterson, 114) and 100-yard rusher (Elijah Mitchell, 107) for the eighth time in school history and first since facing Tulsa in 2017.
  • Louisiana set a school-record with 37 first downs (previous record – 33, vs. NM State [1995], Arkansas State [1996] and Middle Tennessee [2003]).
  • The 104 points scored by both teams was the second-highest in school history – two points shy of the record (106) set against ULM in 2017.
  • NM State’s Jason Huntley’s 87-yard kickoff return for a touchdown was the first against the Ragin’ Cajuns since Huntley returned a kick 97 yards in the 2017 contest.


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Matt Sullivan

Associate Director of Athletics Communications

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