Pirates' furious comeback not enough, Ragin' Cajuns win in New Orleans Bowl

UL-Lafayette Wins 43-34

Pirates' furious comeback not enough, Ragin' Cajuns win in New Orleans Bowl

MERCEDES-BENZ SUPERDOME, NEW ORLEANS - The University of Louisiana-Lafayette defeated ECU 43-34 in Saturday's New Orleans Bowl, despite the Pirates coming back from 21 points down to tie the game in the third quarter.

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Ragin' Cajuns sophomore quarterback Terrance Broadway passed for 316 yards and ran for 108, including running 12 yards to score a touchdown at  8:10 in the first quarter. ECU could not score in the first period and ULL was up 7-0.

In the next quarter, the Ragin' Cajuns continued their scoring ways. Senior WR Harry Peoples scored a touchdown 43 seconds into the second period. But ECU senior running back Reggie Bullock (99 yds., 2 TDs) responded, running five yards to score a TD. The Pirates were down 7-14 at that point. Then, Ragin' Cajuns sophomore running back Alonzo Harris (117 yds., 2 TDs) scored two more touchdowns, bringing his team up 28-7.

But the Pirates kept pace, scoring two more touchdowns of their own.  Sophomore quarterback Shane Carden (278 yds., 2 TDs) threw TD passes to sophomore WR Justin Hardy (59 yds., 1 TD) and sophomore WR Danny Webster (42 yds., 1 TD). Despite ECU's efforts, ULL was still up 31-21 at halftime, thanks to a 50-yard field goal by Ragin' Cajuns' senior kicker Brett Baer.

In the third quarter, ECU sophomore kicker Warren Harvey kicked a 45-yd. field goal and Bullock ran 13 yards for a touchdown, tying the game at 31-31. But ULL senior WR Javone Lawson (71 yds., 1 TD) caught a 14-yard pass from Broadwell for a touchdown, and the Ragin' Cajuns were up 37-31 at the end of the third quarter.

In the fourth quarter, neither team got a touchdown. ECU's Harvey did score a 26-yard field goal. But the Ragin' Cajuns scored two more field goals to pull away, 43-34.

ECU finished the season at 8-5 while the University of Lousiana-Lafayette became 9-4.

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