LAFAYETTE, La. — Texas State wasn’t welcomed to the Sun Belt Conference with open arms Saturday night by Louisiana.
It was more like how a gang initiates a member: with a brutal flogging.
The Ragin’ Cajuns belted the Bobcats up and down Cajun Field and it was a lot worse than the 48-24 final score conveys. A pair of touchdowns in the fourth quarter against Louisiana’s backups allowed Texas State, down by as many as 42 at one point in the game, to save face.
“We just got our butts beat,” Bobcat head coach Dennis Franchione said. “That was all there was to it.”
Texas State allowed the Ragin’ Cajuns to roll up 572 yards of total offense, 335 of which came through the air via Terrance Broadway’s arm. Broadway averaged 18.6 yards per completion and flirted with a Sun Belt season high for passing yards before Louisiana head coach Mark Hudspeth pulled him — and most of the starters — late in the third quarter.
“When you are well prepared, it’s as easy as it looks,” said Broadway, who completed his first six passes for 198 yards and one touchdown. “We knew what they were going to do and we thought we would have some (favorable) matchups, so we took advantage of it.”
Nothing truly worked for the Bobcat offense as it put up a season-low 196 yards.
Player of the Game: Brandon Smith
Vitals: Three catches for 22 yards; three kick returns for 211 yards and two touchdowns.
Reason: Smith became just the 10th player in NCAA history to return two kickoffs for touchdowns in the same game.
It Was Over When: Broadway hit Jamal Robinson from 34 yards out to give the Ragin’ Cajuns a 21-0 lead in the second quarter.
Reason: Even though there were more than two-and-a-half quarters to still be played, the game could have been called right there. Texas State showed it had no business being on the field with Louisiana and Broadway continued to dice the visitor’s secondary.