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Ragin' Cajuns Roll over USA on Senior Night
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Posted Nov 25, 2012
Lafayette,La.- Louisiana's Ragin' Cajuns rolled over South Alabama 52-30 on "Senior Night" and with the win accepted an invitation to play in the R+L Carrier New Orleans Bowl.
UL’s acceptance of the bid marked the second straight year the Cajuns are going to play at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Cajuns defeated
San Diego State
32-30 on that game’s last play.
threw for 305 yards, completing 11 of 19 passes for the Ragin' Cajuns (7-4, 5-2 Sun Belt Conference) an average of 27.8 yards per completion.
caught five passes for 166 yards, an average of 33.2 per catch, and
had three catches for 113 yards, a 37.7-yard average. Each had a touchdown catch.
Louisiana expanded a 24-16 halftime lead to 38-16 on its first two third-quarter possessions on rushing touchdowns by
, out since Sept. 29 with a broken hand, came in at quarterback for the Ragin' Cajuns in the fourth quarter and his first pass went for an 18-yard score to
completed 27 of 44 for 360 yards and two touchdowns for the Jaguars (2-10, 1-7) in their season finale.
Ahead just 17-16 with over two minutes to go before intermission, Broadway found Lawson for gains of 53 and 27 yards on back-to-back plays, with the latter capping a five-play, 98-yard march with 16 seconds left in the half. UL got the ball to start the third quarter, and on second down from the 18-yard line Broadway connected with Peoples for a 72-yard completion that moved the ball to the USA-4. Effrem Reed scored from one yard out two plays later, extending the Cajun advantage to 31-16 88 seconds after the break.
Broadway scored again on a six-yard run midway through the quarter, ending a 12-play, 75-yard possession that was kept alive by a 25-yard completion from
for a 25-yard pickup on fourth-and-five from the UL-44 to push the UL lead to 22 points.
The Ragin’ Cajuns finished the night with an opponent-record 538 yards of total offense.
The Jaguars ended a string of 21 unanswered points with two-and-a-half minutes left in the third period, driving 67 yards in eight plays before Metheny found Jeremé Jones for a 23-yard touchdown pass. One play after finding
for a first down, Metheny connected with
for a 24-yard gain to put the Jags on the UL-16.
But Blaine Gautier came in and on his first play running the Cajun offense, from the USA-18, found Jacob Maxwell for a touchdown pass that made the score 45-23 UL just over a minute into the final period. Metheny hit
midway through the period for a 28-yard score, one snap after Julien Valentin ran for 25 yards, once again drawing the Jaguars within two scores; but USA’s onside kick attempt was recovered by
at the USA-46 and Louisiana scored again on a one-yard run by
for the final points of the night.
The Cajuns will travel down to
to face the Owls in the last game of the regular season.
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