LAFAYETTE — Amid a stream of no-comments and I’d-prefer-not-tos, Louisiana-Lafayette senior quarterback Terrance Broadway did not mince words regarding what happened at the end of the Ragin’ Cajuns’ 55-40 win against Arkansas State.
“A lot of the guys on our team were very upset with the way the game ended and thought (Arkansas State) had a little more class than what they did,” Broadway said.
Broadway was upset with what occurred on the Cajuns’ final extra point of the night, which happened with less than a minute remaining with the outcome already decided.
On the snap, Red Wolves cornerback and Baton Rouge native Frankie Jackson went low on Cajuns left tackle Mykhael Quave. Quave stayed down on the turf and needed assistance leaving the field. He was spotted outside the locker room after the game in crutches.
It was completely unnecessary, Broadway said. TV cameras caught a visibly livid Broadway on the sidelines jawing at the Arkansas State bench after the play.
“Those are my guys,” Broadway said. “The offensive linemen take care of me, they take care of (Alonzo Harris), they take care of Elijah (McGuire). Those are my guys. I feel like if you disrespect (them) and not play the game the right way, I feel like you should hear from me about it.
“They didn’t play the game the right way, and it’s unfortunate that they didn’t.”
Broadway was not aware of which Arkansas State player it was who injured Quave after the game, but he might’ve been more upset if he’d have known that it was Jackson.
Jackson and Broadway were teammates at Capitol High. Broadway brought up Jackson in the days leading up to the game, saying that they remained close through college and still communicate regularly.
Both teams were penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct after the play, and both teams had to be held back from each other after the final whistle. Players from both sides continued barking at each other as Arkansas State made its way toward the locker room.
Cajuns coach Mark Hudspeth noticed the teams getting more heated toward each other as the game went on. Hudspeth didn’t outright say it, but it was a theme that officials perhaps could’ve curtailed before it got out of hand.
“That’s never the way you want a game to end,” Hudspeth said. “I want to go back and see the film. I thought the game got a little too chippy throughout the game, it should’ve never got to that point.
“To me, that’s where the people in charge of keeping that (under control) should keep it under control.”
Hudspeth and Arkansas State coach Blake Anderson shared a brief conversation during their postgame handshake, and Hudspeth said they were on the same page.
“We both hated that the fourth quarter and second half kind of got like that, because we don’t stand for that and I know Blake doesn’t either,” Hudspeth said. “I know they’ve got a class program and do a good job. We agreed right there that we wished that didn’t happen and we both need to do a better job of making sure it doesn’t happen in the future.
“But I think people in charge of that could keep that from happening too.”
A school official confirmed Wednesday that the Cajuns were submitting video of the injury to the Sun Belt Conference to be reviewed. Jackson, a converted running back, was averaging about three tackles a game for the Red Wolves.
Hudspeth said afterward that he wished the two teams were never in the situation that they found themselves in, but he didn’t have a problem with the way his team reacted.
“It’s just one of those unfortunate things where chippiness throughout the second half sort of escalated and we wish it hadn’t have,” Hudspeth said. “But our guys, you’re always trying to stand up for your guys, and they felt that something at the end wasn’t up to par.”