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2012 New Orleans - ULL vs. East Carolina

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Posted Dec 22, 2012


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La-Lafayette 43, ECU 34

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National Rankings
E   LL
58th Total Offense 33rd
77th Total Defense 86th
46th Scoring Offense 34th
84th Scoring Defense 60th
91st Rushing Offense 39th
45th Run Defense 43rd
35th Passing Offense 48th
105th Passing Defense 111th
62nd Turnover Margin 59th
Position Rankings
relative to each other
5 Highest - 1 Lowest
E   LL
3.5 Quarterbacks 4
2 RBs 4
3 Receivers 4
2.5 O Line 4
3 D Line 3.5
3 Linebackers 3
4 Secondary 2
3 Spec Teams 3
2.5 Coaching 4
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Terrance Broadway wasn't projected as Louisiana-Lafayette's starting quarterback heading into this season. Now he's a bowl game MVP.

Broadway passed for 316 yards and ran for 108, helping Louisiana-Lafayette repeat as winners of the New Orleans Bowl with a 43-34 victory against East Carolina on Saturday.

Alonzo Harris rushed for 120 yards and two touchdowns for the Ragin' Cajuns (9-4), who briefly squandered a three-touchdown lead before moving back in front for good on Broadway's 14-yard scoring pass to Javone Lawson late in the third quarter.

Brett Baer added his second and third field goals in the fourth quarter to seal the win.

Broadway, who took over as starter after senior Blaine Gautier's injury in late September, also ran for a 12-yard score.

Shane Carden passed for 278 yards and two touchdowns for East Carolina (8-5) but was intercepted in Cajuns territory by Jemarlous Moten in the fourth quarter as ECU drove for a potential tying or go-ahead score. The Pirates' Reggie Bullock rushed for 104 yards and two touchdowns.

Carden's touchdowns went to Justin Hardy for 19 yards and Danny Webster for 16 yards. Hardy finished with five catches for 59 yards. East Carolina's Andrew Bodenheimer had five catches for a team-high 65 yards, but could not secure a crucial fourth-down pass in the final minutes as defensive back T.J. Worthy ripped the ball away in ECU territory. That allowed the Cajuns to run the clock down to 15 seconds before setting up Baer's final field goal from 40-yards out.

Jamal Robinson had six catches for 116 yards for ULL, while Lawson finished with four catches for 71 yards.

The Cajuns carried a 37-31 lead into the fourth quarter after Lawson for a 14-yard score in which the receiver juggled but secured the ball for a sprawling, rolling catch. The point-after kick failed, however, and East Carolina pulled to 37-34 on Warren Harvey's 26-yard field goal.

Broadway's lone interception on a tipped pass then gave East Carolina the ball on the Cajuns 39, but Moten was able to step in front of Carden's long pass over the middle to help preserve the slim lead.

With Lafayette a drive of about two hours west of New Orleans, red-clad Cajuns fans came in droves and made up the bulk of a record New Orleans Bowl crowd of 48,828, and they were celebrating early.

Broadway's scoring run, his ninth rushing TD of the season, gave ULL a 7-0 lead on the Cajuns' first series of the game and Harry Peoples' 10-yard scoring run pushed the lead to 14-0.

ECU didn't get a first down until early in the second quarter, when Carden converted on third-and-long with a pass to left sideline, which Jabril Solomon turned into a 45-yard gain. That set up Bullock's first touchdown from 5 yards out to make it 14-7.

Harris' two scores had the Cajuns seemingly in command at 28-7, but ECU responded with two touchdowns in a span of 13 seconds off the clock to make it a one-score game again.

First came Hardy's leaping, outstretched grab in the back of the end zone to cap a 10-play, 80-yard drive. Then Darryl Surgent fumbled a kickoff return, giving ECU the ball on the Cajuns 16. Carden found Webster over the middle for a score on the next play to make it 28-21.

Louisiana-Lafayette was able to regain some momentum in the final 37 seconds of the first half, driving 47 yards on five plays to set up Baer's 50-yard field goal, which was the same distance and direction as his game-winner at the end of last year's New Orleans Bowl.

The Pirates tied it in the third quarter on Harvey's 45-yard field goal and Bullock's 13-yard scoring run, capping a drive that included a converted fourth-and-3.

East Carolina (8-4) vs. Louisiana-Lafayette (8-4) Dec. 22, 12:00, ESPN

Here’s The Deal … Louisiana-Lafayette used last year’s New Orleans to produce arguably its most important win in school history, beating San Diego State on a Brett Baer 50-yard field goal at the buzzer. This year, the school is back to prove that 2011 was no one-hit achievement.

Second-year head coach Mark Hudspeth is building a resume that’s going to land him a fat promotion before too long. He not only snapped a 41-year postseason drought last December, but has the Ragin’ Cajuns in consecutive bowl games for the first time in school history. The current edition really came on strong in the second half, highlighting a 4-1 finish with a 16-point win at UL-Monroe. The lone loss? A 27-20 nail-biter in the Swamp versus Florida that the visitors led late in the fourth quarter.

After a one-year hiatus, East Carolina is ecstatic to once again be a part of the postseason. So, too, is head coach Ruffin McNeill, who began the season in need of a new direction. The Pirates have obliged by capitalizing on the softer portion of the schedule with five wins over the final six games. All four of the team’s losses were against bowl-eligible opponents, so it came pretty close to reaching its peak during the regular season.

It’s been a good season for ECU, both on and off the field. Not only do McNeill and his staff have the program turning the corner following a couple of middling seasons, but the Pirates will also have a new home beginning in 2014. After batting their eyes at the Big East for years, the beleaguered conference finally acquiesced out of necessity on Nov. 26. East Carolina has plenty to be thankful for this holiday season, with a chance to add an exclamation point in the Big Easy.

Players to Watch: East Carolina didn’t become the team it is today until sophomore Shane Carden was handed the ball in September.

He’s been exactly what the Pirates needed this fall, a competent hurler who has limited his mistakes. Although he doesn’t have off-the-charts physical ability, he has a nice feel for his place within the offense, which has helped unlock the potential of 1,000-yard receiver Justin Hardy and 1,000-yard rusher Vintavious Cooper, a pleasant surprise in his debut from Southwest Mississippi Community College.

Louisiana-Lafayette has been leaning on a one-time backup quarterback of its own this season.

Houston transfer Terrance Broadway was expected to hold a clipboard all year until star Blaine Gauthier broke two bones in his throwing hand on Sept. 29. Broadway has gradually come into his own as the season has progressed, rushing for 661 yards and eight scores, while throwing twice as many touchdowns as picks. While still an unfinished product in the pocket, is very dangerous when he exits it, forcing East Carolina linebackers Jeremy Grove, Kyle Tudor and Derrell Johnson to know the whereabouts of No. 8 at all times.

No unit in this game will be more under the microscope than the Ragin’ Cajuns secondary.

Louisiana-Lafayette boasts an assortment of talented veteran defensive backs. The corners, for instance, might both be in the NFL a year from now. Melvin White is a 6-3, 191-pounder, who has had scouts routinely visiting Cajun Field. And Jemarlous Moten, one of the heroes of last year’s New Orleans Bowl, was recently named First Team All-Sun Belt. However, the results paint a different picture for a beatable unit that ranks 111th nationally against the pass. Someone will need to blanket Hardy, a polished pass-catcher, who has more than twice the receptions of any other Pirate.

East Carolina will win if … it can generate constant pressure on defense.

The Pirates want to force Broadway out of his comfort zone, so that he’s looking for receivers on the move. They also need to provide as much support as possible for an awful secondary that yielded 27 touchdown passes and picked off just nine during the regular season. East Carolina had five sacks in each of the final two games, both wins. The keys will be active NG Michael Brooks and Johnson, who lines up at defensive end, but rushes the pocket with all of the skill and intensity of a defensive end.

Louisiana-Lafayette will win if … it has success on the ground against a pretty good East Carolina run D.

The Pirates are No. 4 in Conference USA against the run. Not bad. It’ll be up to the Ragin’ Cajuns to bump ECU to No. 5 or No. 6 once the bowl season concludes. Louisiana-Lafayette has to generate positive yardage on first and second downs in order to keep Broadway out of obvious passing situations. The onus will fall on powerful sophomore Alonzo Harris, who’ll be energized by a three-week break form contact. The Cajuns failed to rush for more than 110 yards in all four of their losses. In their eight wins, they came up with well over 200 yards on a regular basis. If they even approach 200 yards on Saturday, they’ll be well on their way to back-to-back bowl wins.

What Will Happen: The Ragin’ Cajuns in the Superdome … it’ll be a difficult combination for the Pirates to overcome.

Playing in New Orleans will give Louisiana-Lafayette a decided home field advantage in a game between two very similar programs. The offenses will be a step ahead throughout, especially on a fast surface unaffected by weather. While both quarterbacks will make plays, Harris will be the offensive MVP, rumbling for more than 100 yards to keep the sticks moving. The Cajuns also own the secret weapon in this one, Baer, who’ll put his toe print on the game, both as a punter and as a kicker.

CFN Prediction: Louisiana-Lafayette 37 … East Carolina 31

ATS Consultants Line (Click for more lines and picks) Louisiana-Lafayette -5.5 O/U: 64

New Orleans Bowl History
2012 Louisiana-Lafayette 43, East Carolina 34
2011 Louisiana-Lafayette 32, San Diego State 30
2010 Troy 48, Ohio 21
2009 Middle Tennessee 42, Southern Miss 32
2008 Southern Miss 30, Troy 27 OT
2007 Florida Atlantic 44, Memphis 27
2006 Troy 41, Rice 17
2005 Southern Miss 31, Arkansas St 19
2004 Southern Miss 31, North Texas 10
2003 Memphis 27, North Texas 17
2002 North Texas 24, Cincinnati 19
2001 Colorado St 45, North Texas 20