Southern waited as long as it could, but it couldn’t bring its whole team to the season opener.
The Jaguars didn’t arrive at Cajun Field until 5:15 p.m. Saturday for the 6 p.m. kickoff against the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. The departure from campus was scheduled for 2:15 p.m. but was delayed nearly two hours while the university tried to certify the academic eligibility of several players.
Five starters were left behind because their certification wasn’t completed: linebacker Daniel Brown, running back Malcolm Crockett, defensive back Renaldo Thomas, offensive lineman Reginald Redding and offensive lineman Terrell Lee.
Dorsey Bindon, a redshirt junior from Capitol High, replaced Brown; freshman Bryan Anderson of Edna Karr High School replaced Thomas and made a first-quarter interception; Jamarcus Jarvis replaced Crockett; Dewayne Houston moved from right tackle to left tackle to replace Redding; and Jamal Boulden replaced Lee at left guard after Zach Brown moved to Houston’s usual spot.
The uncertified players were withheld from play to avoid potential sanctions if they are ultimately deemed academically ineligible. It’s unclear when their long-term status will be determined.
Southern Athletic Director William Broussard didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
Cajuns set records
With a solid first half, senior quarterback Terrance Broadway made a couple of leaps in the Ragin’ Cajuns annals.
Broadway needed 187 passing yards to pass Cajuns legend Brian Mitchell for third all-time on the Cajuns passing yardage list. He finished the first half with 188 passing yards.
Broadway, a former Capitol High star, also passed Mitchell on the school’s all-time pass completions list in the first half.
Cajuns senior wide receiver Jamal Robinson passed former teammate Darryl Surgent to move into 10th all-time on the Cajuns career receiving yards list with a 32-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter.
New kicker has rough debut
Place-kicker Kyle Yonke, who just arrived at Southern three weeks ago, got the nod over senior Matt Hill.
Yonke’s career got off to a bad start as he was wide left on a 29-yard field goal, his first place-kick in a football game, in the first quarter.
He then missed his first extra-point attempt early in the second half after Bradley Coleman’s touchdown.
Yonke, a standout prep soccer player in Colorado, transferred from Colorado State after Jaguars starting kicker Greg Pittman was sidelined because of a to knee surgery.
Injuries sideline players
Southern wide receiver Randall Menard suffered an injury to his left foot in the first quarter and did not return. Menard, a sophomore from nearby Breaux Bridge High School, missed a week early in preseason camp because of an injury to his right foot.
Cajuns linebacker Trey Granier left the game in the second quarter with a right ankle injury and did not return.
Odds and ends
Former Cajuns and New Orleans Saints quarterback Jake Delhomme won everybody in attendance a free burger from Sonic after he fired a ball through a target in an on-field promotion in the first quarter ... Fifth-year senior right guard Daniel Quave made his 40th consecutive start for the Cajuns on Saturday night ... The Cajuns 1994 Big West Conference champion team was honored on the field in the first quarter.