UL-Lafayette waited until 50 minutes before kickoff Saturday to announce that senior wide receiver Jamal Robinson would not play against Ole Miss.
But the Ragin’ Cajuns had known for a while that was going to be the case.
In fact, Robinson likely won’t be playing for a while.
“He will be back,” coach Mark Hudspeth said after the game. “I’d say it’d be anywhere between four and five weeks. He will be back. That was a decision we made late Friday, and hopefully he’ll come back better than ever.”
Previously, Robinson’s injury had been described only in vague terms as a lower leg injury. But after the game, Hudspeth said “yes” when asked if it was a knee injury.
The Cajuns passing game — particularly the downfield passing game — has taken a big hit without Robinson in the lineup.
Quarterback Terrance Broadway struggled after Robinson left last week’s loss against Louisiana Tech, and only managed 129 yards on 30 attempts in Saturday’s loss to Ole Miss. The Cajuns’ leading receiver, James Butler, averaged a little better than eight yards per catch during their 56-15 loss to the Rebels.
But Broadway isn’t looking to pin the team’s struggles — or his own struggles — on the loss of one player.
“We’ve got playmakers; we’ve got other receivers,” Broadway said. “As an offense, as a quarterback, we’re not going to make that an excuse. We should’ve played better. I should’ve played better. We’ve got to come in here tomorrow and prepare for the next game.”
For the second straight week, the Cajuns were done in by explosive plays.
The Rebels rolled to 554 yards of offense, averaging 7.8 yards per play. They were averaging almost 10 yards a play when they pulled starting quarterback Bo Wallace early in the second half.
The Cajuns allowed 214 rushing yards on 35 carries, but 127 of those yards came on two runs when the Rebels’ ball carrier went almost untouched.
The Rebels also connected on nine passes of 15 yards or longer.
Terrance Broadway became the fourth player in Cajuns history to top 7,000 total yards in his career in the first quarter. Broadway finished with 188 total yards in the contest.
Broadway joined Jake Delhomme, Brian Mitchell and Jerry Babb as the only Cajuns players in history to eclipse 7,000.
Defensive end Marquis White and linebacker Jake Molbert both returned to the lineup after missing last week’s games with injuries, but both had to leave the game against Ole Miss.
Molbert went to the locker room in the second quarter with an injury to his leg, and White looked as if he may have re-aggravated his previous injury, which was to his ankle. Hudspeth did not comment on the injuries after the game.