Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- UL-Lafayette wide receiver Jared Johnson takes off the ball against Arkansas State on Tuesday at Cajun Field in Lafayette.

A special date requires a special look.

UL-Lafayette came out for its final Tuesday night game of the year in unique alternate uniforms that were different from head to toe.

The helmets were glossy black with a large fleur-de-lis on one side and the players’ uniform number on the other side. They also featured a chrome facemask.

The uniforms featured black tops and bottoms. The tops featured red numerals with a chrome outline, and the bottoms had another red fleur-de-lis on the hip.

Arkansas State also came out with its usual road uniforms, but the Red Wolves also wore special helmets for the game. Their helmets featured the wolf logo on either side of the helmet.

The only issue with the Cajuns’ uniforms? The numbers were virtually impossible to read from a distance, leading to some added stress for official scorers.

Sack man

Christian Ringo, who came into the game with a team-leading four sacks, racked up two more against the Red Wolves.

That’s four sacks in the past two weeks for Ringo, who was named the Sun Belt’s Defensive Player of the Week after his big performance against Texas State that included the two sacks and a fumble returned for a touchdown.

Ringo’s single-season best sack total is seven, which he set in 2012, but he only had one sack a year ago.

Records watch

Senior running back Alonzo Harris moved into third place on the school’s all-time scoring list with his 4-yard touchdown run in the first quarter.

Quarterback Terrance Broadway went over 8,000 career yards in the first quarter, becoming one of just three Cajuns players to reach that milestone.

Recruiting news

The Ragin’ Cajuns received a commitment late Monday night from three-star athlete Gary Haynes of Manvel, Texas.

The Cajuns recruited the 5-foot-8 Haynes to play wide receiver, presumably out of the slot position.

Haynes drew attention in May of this year when he posted a video on the Vine social media app of him catching a ball he threw himself. It doesn’t sound impressive until it’s noted that he ran about 35 yards to make the catch.

Haynes also holds an offer from the University of Houston, whose campus is a little more than 20 miles north of Manvel.

Bad start

UL-Lafayette band director William Hochkeppel had to be rushed to the hospital after he fell off his director’s platform and broke his leg.

Hochkeppel was about to direct the band for the national anthem, but he lost his balance as he reached the top of the platform. He fell off the platform backward and hit the ground hard despite bystanders’ attempts to catch him.

Hochkeppel received immediate medical attention, but the show had to go on. An unidentified person jumped up on the platform and led the band through the national anthem.

Hochkeppel had to be carted off the field and he was rushed to the hospital.

You again?

If the officiating crew looked familiar, there’s probably good reason. It was the same crew that was reprimanded by SBC commissioner Karl Benson after the Cajuns’ last home game, a 34-31 win against Georgia State.


Jalen Nixon, who was reinstated last week after serving a suspension for the first six weeks of the season, carried the ball two times. Also seeing his first action was Tre’Maine Lightfoot. ... Kicker Hunter Stover, who played linebacker in high school, made two tackles on kickoffs in the first half. ... Arkansas State running back Michael Gordon recorded his third straight 100-yard game.