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Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- The Cajuns' Terrance Broadway gets rid of the ball ahead of pressure from Appalachian State defenders Saturday at Cajuns Field.

LAFAYETTE — On a day when he charged to the top of the UL-Lafayette record books, senior quarterback Terrance Broadway left Cajun Field upset.

Despite passing former Ragin’ Cajuns star Jake Delhomme in career yardage, Broadway said he wasn’t even thinking about the record.

“I really don’t care about (the record) because we lost the game,” Broadway said after Appalachian State handed UL-Lafayette a 35-16 defeat.

“I really don’t care about stats, don’t care about throwing touchdowns. If we lose the game, that’s all I care about. Stats don’t mean anything because we didn’t win the game.”

A message recorded by Delhomme congratulating Broadway on his accomplishment played on the stadium videoboard following the game. Broadway said he heard the message and appreciated Delhomme’s willingness to acknowledge the achievement.

Broadway broke the record in the second quarter on an 11-yard pass to junior receiver Al Riles.

Despite a strong wind whipping through the stadium, Broadway completed 63.6 percent of his passes. Broadway attempted 33 passes, his most since the Cajuns’ 34-9 loss to Boise State on Sept. 20.

“I thought the field position was a big part of the game,” coach Mark Hudspeth said. “The teams that had the wind scored.”

Broadway was never able to establish himself in the read-option game, which hurt the senior’s overall effectiveness.

Hudspeth said the Mountaineers defense consistently took away Broadway’s read to run the ball, forcing him to hand it off rather than keep it himself.

“The one time they gave me (the option to run), I misread it and handed it off, so that could’ve gone differently,” Broadway said.

Hudspeth said he was impressed by Broadway’s performance considering the conditions and the emotionally charged pregame atmosphere.

“He managed the game. We got out of there with zero turnovers and he completed passes in a windy atmosphere,” Hudspeth said. “We just didn’t help him enough.”

Cajuns defense struggles

Mountaineers sophomore running back Marcus Cox cut through the Cajuns defense, accumulating 156 yards on 36 carries.

Cox, second in the Sun Belt in rushing yards, averaged 4.2 yards per carry and put the game out of reach with his rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter, capping a 13-play, 76-yard drive.

“He was a really good running back,” middle linebacker Dominique Tovell said. “He pushed and pushed and cut back all game. He was just looking for small creases and anything he could pop through.”

Hudspeth said he didn’t think his team was worn down in the fourth quarter, but the Mountaineers made adjustments in the running game, leading to their added effectiveness.

“What made him effective is we didn’t take our gaps,” Hudspeth said. “Anyone in the country can be successful if the defense doesn’t take their gaps.”

The Cajuns allowed more than 200 rushing yards for the fourth time this season and the first time since their Oct. 21 win against Arkansas State. The Cajuns ranked No. 1 in the Sun Belt in rushing defense going into the game.

Tillman, Thomas honored

Former Ragin’ Cajuns cornerback Charles “Peanut” Tillman had his number retired at halftime. Tillman recorded 12 interceptions in his three-year stint with the Cajuns.

Tillman has played 12 seasons with the Chicago Bears. Tillman enjoyed a career year in 2012, scoring three touchdowns and forcing 10 fumbles. He ranks third in Bears history with 36 interceptions.

Tillman’s Foundation provides pediatric hospital patients with iPads, laptops and gaming systems to help children during their hospital stays, and the program reaches more than 370,000 children annually. His fund has also distributed more than $1 million to families who were identified as at-risk or in need.

Tillman wasn’t the only former Cajun to be honored before the game, as the Cajuns band provided a special pre-game performance to recognize the late Orlando Thomas, who passed away two weeks ago. The band formed the number 42 while playing the Cajuns alma mater.