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(Saturday, September 21)
Final Score: Louisiana 35, Akron 30
Akron, OH (Sports Network) - Terrance Broadway threw for 305 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 68 yards and two more scores, as the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns downed the Akron Zips, 35-30, in a non-conference battle at InfoCision Stadium.
Broadway finished the evening completing 25-of-37 with an interception for the Ragin' Cajuns (2-2). Jamal Robinson pulled down eight receptions for 124 yards and two touchdowns, while Darryl Surgent finished with seven receptions for 83 yards and a score. Alonzo Harris added 46 yards rushing on 14 carries.
For the Zips (1-3), Kyle Pohl threw for 321 yards and three scores on 27-of-43 passing but threw two interceptions. Zach D'Orazio caught four passes for 111 yards and a touchdown. Fransohn Bickley grabbed five receptions for 79 yards and two scores. Conor Hundley ran for 50 yards on 10 carries while Jawon Chisholm added 44 yards and a score on 11 carries.
After the Zips received the opening kickoff, Sean Thomas intercepted Pohl on the Zips' third play, giving the Ragin' Cajuns excellent field position at the Akron 28-yard line. They were unable to move the ball though, getting only five yards on the drive, and ultimately came up empty when Stephen Brauchle missed a field goal attempt from 40 yards out.
Louisiana's defense stepped up again, intercepting Pohl for the second- straight series, this time with Rodney Gillis making the play and returning it 28 yards to the Akron 13-yard line. The Ragin' Cajuns capitalized this time, reaching the end zone in just two plays, with a Broadway pass to Jamal Robinson for nine yards and the touchdown putting the visitors up 7-0 midway through the first quarter.
In the second, Louisiana added to it's lead with a nine-play, 80-yard drive that was finished with a Broadway 15-yard touchdown run, giving the Ragin' Cajuns a 14-0 lead with 9:51 to go in the first half. The Zips responded with a quick score, the big play coming on the 77-yard pass to D'Orazio for the touchdown, making the score 14-7. After forcing a three and out, Akron tied it up with a 69-yard, six play drive, topped off by a Chisholm 22-yard run for the score with 5:26 left in the half. The key play in the series was a 32-yard pass from Pohl to Tyrell Goodman on 3rd-and-6 to keep the drive alive.
The Ragin' Cajuns again missed an opportunity to put points on the board at the end of the half. After driving 72 yards to the Akron 14-yard line, Louisiana went for it on 4th-and-6 with just 36 seconds to play in the half, but Harris was tackled for a one-yard loss after catching a pass from Jake Guidry, so the teams entered halftime knotted at 14-14.
After the teams traded punts early in the second half, the Zips took their first lead of the game at 17-14 with a Robert Stein field goal from 49 yards out with just under five minutes left in the third quarter. The Ragin' Cajuns answered right back, driving the ball 61 yards in seven plays for a touchdown. Broadway connected with Robinson for the 27-yard touchdown pass, as Louisiana retook the lead at 21-17 with 57 seconds left in the third.
The teams continued to trade punches. On the very next series, Pohl capped off a 79-yard drive with a 37-yard touchdown pass to Bickley as the Zips moved back ahead 24-21 early in the fourth. But again, the Ragin' Cajuns responded, driving the ball 61 yards down the field, finished off by another Broadway score, this one a 13-yard charge into the end zone, putting Louisiana ahead 28-24 midway through the fourth. On the ensuing kickoff, kicker Hunter Stover recovered his own on-side kick, setting up the Louisiana offense at midfield. Five plays later, Broadway connected with Surgent on a 14-yard touchdown pass, as the visitors extended their advantage to 35-24 with 6:19 to play.
The Zips followed that drive with a push into Ragin' Cajun territory but couldn't come away with points, as Stein missed on a 46-yard field goal attempt. After the Akron defense picked off Broadway on the following series, the Zips were set up in Louisiana territory, starting their drive at the Louisiana 32 yard line. The Zip offense could not move the ball and again Stein missed his field goal attempt, this time from 48 yards out.
Akron made it a one score game late in the contest, with Pohl and Bickley connecting again for a score, this time a 28-yard touchdown pass. The Zips took seven plays to move the ball 75 yards in just over a minute. Pohl's passing attempt for a two-point conversion was incomplete, leaving the score at 35-30 with just 29 seconds to play. The Zips failed to recover their on-side kick attempt and the Ragin' Cajuns were able to run out the clock and hold on for the victory.
The teams both were proficient on offense, with the Ragin' Cajuns finishing with 460 yards of total offense and the Zips close behind with 455 yards. This was the first-ever meeting between these two programs.
09/22 00:23:36 ET
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