LAFAYETTE — Consider for a moment the legacy of a man who made the most of his second chance — there is plenty of tangible evidence to support its lasting impact.
And that, after all, has always been the goal.
Lafayette served as a second home for quarterback Terrance Broadway, who transferred here with no other Division I options after his freshman season at Houston. He had no way of projecting the type of success he’d have when he started his redshirt sophomore season in 2012.
There are a lot of numbers associated with Broadway, whose name is plastered all over the Cajuns’ all-time record books.
He set the Cajuns single-season total offense mark in 2012 with 3,611 yards despite starting in only nine of the Cajuns 13 games.
He ranks among the top five in Cajuns history in pass completions (527), pass touchdowns (48) and passing yards (7,027). He is the school’s all-time leader in completion percentage (62.7 percent) and passing efficiency (144.7). By the time Saturday’s game is done, he’s likely to have gained more yards than anybody ever to wear a Cajuns uniform.
But there’s one statistic that stands above all the rest for coach Mark Hudspeth, one that’s more telling about Broadway’s true value thanthe distance he’s accounted for through the air or on the ground.
Thirty-one times throughout the last three years, Broadway has led his team onto the field as the starting quarterback. Twenty-two times the Ragin’ Cajuns have emerged victorious.
If Broadway leads the Cajuns to wins in their remaining three games — one of which would be his third bowl win as starting quarterback — he will tie Jake Delhomme as the winningest quarterback in school history.
“I don’t know if (his career) could’ve gone much better except for the injury,” Hudspeth said, referring to the broken arm Broadway suffered in last season’s loss to ULM, which he recovered from in time to lead the team to its third straight bowl win.
When Broadway arrived to start his second chance, passing the likes of Delhomme and Brian Mitchell wasn’t what he was aiming for. But he understands history, and the fact that he has matched or surpassed some of their achievements means a lot to him.
The goal, however, has always been to simply be remembered.
“My only goal was to leave my mark at the university,” Broadway said. “Just to create my own legacy, to be remembered for something.”
Broadway’s career has nearly reached its end. There are still things that he looks back on and wishes he’d done better. But rather than helplessly watching the sand slip through the hourglass, he plans on making the most of what he has left.
His story is not finished yet.
“I still feel like a lot of stones were left unturned, a lot of things that I could’ve done better,” Broadway said. “A lot of things that I could’ve done. There are still a lot of improvements to make and my legacy isn’t over yet. I’ve still got two games left in the regular season.”