Alonzo Harris rushed for 79 yards and a touchdown for Louisiana (3-3, 2-0 SBC) while Elijah McGuire rushed for 64 yards, added 85 on four receptions and scored a pair of TDs. The Louisiana defense, which recorded one takeaway in its first five games, held Texas State (3-3, 1-1 SBC) to 270 yards of total offense while forcing a pair of turnovers, including a 41-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown in the second-quarter by Christian Ringo.
Broadway, who posted his fourth career 100-yard rushing game on the ground, carried a career-best 19 times as Louisiana recorded season-highs in total offense (528) and rushing offense (288).
"It was big," Louisiana head coach Mark Hudspeth said of Broadway's rushing performance. "We felt coming into the game that the read option would be there and it was. That held up to be true because with Jamal (Robinson) out, we lost part of the game plan. Give credit to the offensive line. They played hard and opened up a lot of running lanes. We got the run game going inside and helped the perimeter run game with the quarterback."
Louisiana took the opening kickoff and needed two plays to reach the end zone for a quick 7-0 lead. After an 8-yard run on the opening play by Alonzo Harris to the UL 38, Broadway found a wide open McGuire for a 62-yard touchdown pass with 14:16 remaining to cap a 70-yard drive.
The Cajuns missed a 46-yard field goal on its third drive of the game and had a 16-yard punt that went out of bounds at the UL 26, giving Texas State a chance to possibly tie the game. The Bobcats got as close as the UL 3 after Trae Johnson stopped Tyler Jones on third-and-goal, and Texas State settled for a 20-yard field goal from Will Johnson to cut the lead to 7-3 with 14:22 remaining in the first half.
After being forced to punt on its next drive, Louisiana extended its lead as the Ragin' Cajuns defense got into the act recording its second takeaway of the year.
Texas State drove seven plays to their own 49 before Jones fumbled after being sacked by Johnson and Ringo picked up the loose ball and rumbled 41 yards to give Louisiana a 14-3 lead with 9:07 remaining in the second quarter.
"For the first time this year, we didn't lose containment," Hudspeth said. "We came up on the outside and forced plays back inside. We tackled much better, challenged guys in the secondary and got some turnovers. That was great to see considering we hadn't caused many turnovers heading into the game."
Louisiana forced Texas State into a three-and-out on its next possession before driving 62 yards in four plays to push its lead to 21-3. Broadway opened the drive with a 21-yard pass to McGuire before Broadway scampered four yards around left end to the TXST 37. McGuire followed with a dazzling 36-yard run to the TXST 1 before Harris scored on the next play and a 21-3 lead with 5:59 remaining in the half.
McGuire scored his second TD of the night on Louisiana's opening possession of the second half as he capped an 11-play, 70-yard drive with a 13-yard touchdown. The Cajuns kept the drive alive by converting a pair of third-down opportunities, highlighted by an 11-yard pass from Broadway to Al Riles on third-and-9 to the TXST 47.
Broadway added passes of 14 yards to Riles and seven to Nick Byrne before rushing for 14 yards to the TXST 13. McGuire scored on the following play when he rushed left, side-stepped a pair of Texas State defenders and scored his fourth rushing TD of the season, giving Louisiana a 28-3 lead with 9:29 remaining in the third quarter.
Hunter Stover added field goals of 19 and 32 yards for Louisiana in the fourth quarter before Texas State closed out the scoring with 1:04 remaining when Jones connected with Brice Gunter on a 33-yard TD pass.
Corey Trim led Louisiana with eight tackles and an interception while Johnson had six stops, a sack and a forced fumble. Ringo added a pair of sacks for the Ragin' Cajuns while Dominique Tovell and Tracy Walker recorded five tackles each.
Jones finished 14-for-23 for 176 yards and was sacked four times. Robert Lowe and Terrance Franks, who entered the game second and fourth in the Sun Belt Conference respectively in rushing, were held to a combined 66 yards on 15 carries. David Mayo led the Bobcats with 11 tackles while Michael Odiari had 10.
Louisiana will return to action on Tuesday, Oct. 21, when it hosts Arkansas State in a nationally-televised game on ESPN2.