Ragin’ Cajuns’ goal: get more takeaways _lowres

Associated Press/Daily Mississippian photo by THOMAS GRANING -- Louisiana-Lafayette coach Mark Hudspeth yells during during the first half of a Saturday's game against Ole Miss in Oxford, Miss.

It’s almost gotten to the point where UL-Lafayette coaches and players can laugh about it — almost.

After all, it’s almost comical how the Ragin’ Cajuns have had success stripping the ball from opponents ... but have had zero success recovering those loose balls.

Through five games, the Cajuns have forced just one turnover, the worst total among the 125 FBS schools.

“We’ve got some more balls out, but we still can’t get them to bounce our way,” Cajuns coach Mark Hudspeth said. “We’ve got to get some turnovers sooner or later, and we’ll need to get some next Tuesday.”

What’s really funny is that the Cajuns haven’t exactly been playing teams that have mastered the art of ball security.

Each of the four FBS schools the Cajuns have played this season rank among the nation’s most turnover-prone teams. Among Louisiana Tech, Ole Miss, Boise State and Georgia State, only Ole Miss (78th nationally) ranks inside the top 90 nationally in turnovers allowed.

Only one team nationally has more than Boise State’s 16 turnovers, but the Broncos were able to turn in a clean game against the Cajuns.

All of this, of course, would make for some perfect comedy if the Cajuns were able to force a couple turnovers against a relatively stingy Bobcats team next week.

Texas State has only turned the ball over seven times this season, which ranks among the top 40 nationally and is the fourth-best mark in the Sun Belt.

Quiet bounceback

Somehow lost amid the obvious story lines of Jamal Robinson’s impactful return to the lineup and the Cajuns snapping a three-game losing streak last week against Georgia State was the resurgent play of quarterback Terrance Broadway.

Broadway completed a season-high 76.9 percent of his passes, threw a pair of touchdowns and, perhaps most importantly, played his first turnover-free game of the season.

After looking at the film, senior right guard Daniel Quave thinks he knows why Broadway was so effective.

“That was on us as an offensive line to give him the time and the confidence to sit back in the pocket and be relaxed to do what he has to do,” Quave said. “The previous weeks, he may have only sacked (three) times, but he was under pressure a lot. I put that on the offensive line.

“We just took it upon ourselves against Georgia State to give him the time that he deserved so he could make our offense successful.”

Can he keep it going? Maybe, if history repeats itself — and if the line keeps up its solid pass protection.

Broadway enjoyed one of the finest performances of his career against Texas State last season, when he threw for a season-high 335 yards and four touchdowns in the Cajuns 48-24 romp.

Who’s driving, though?

Texas State coach Dennis Franchione had a great quote with respect to where his team stands in its second year in the SBC, according to the Texas State student newspaper, the University Star.

“I read where one of the (Cajuns) players said that if you’re in the front seat, you don’t want to go to the back seat,” Franchione said. “They’ve been in the front seat, and I’m not sure we’ve been in the car. We are just trying to get in the car.”