2012 R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl: ECU Pirates vs. ULL Ragin’ Cajuns

The 2012-2013 Bowl Blitz Invitational presented by STAT BOX STORIES continues with the 2012 R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, pitting the Eastern Carolina Pirates (8-4, 7-1 C-USA) against the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns (8-4, 6-2 Sun Belt.  Community member Quantrell Toval from The Gaming Tailgate played as the hometown Cajuns as they attempt to defend the Superdome turf from the visiting Conference USA squad.

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Ragin’ Cajuns roll to second consecutive New Orleans Bowl victory, topping ECU 49-26

Box ScoreScoring Summary

New Orleans, LA. – The conclusion of the 2012 New Orleans Bowl wasn’t as dramatic as the 2

011 version but the game had the same result: a Ragin’ Cajun win. The Cajuns from UL-Lafayette come away with a 49-26 victory over the East Carolina Pirates.

The crowd in the Superdome thought they were going to get a shootout as both teams scored on TDs on their opening drives with ECU scoring on a 6-yd TD from QB #5 to WR #33. UL-Lafayette answered right back via the ground game by eventual game MVP, #46, completing the drive with a 3-yd run.

On the first play of ECU’s second drive, the UL pass rush forced ECU’s QB #5 into throwing an errant pass that was intercepted by UL-Lafayette CB #22. 10 plays later, UL-Lafayette scores again as HB #3 gets into the endzone from the 1-yd line. After ECU’s next drive resulted in a 20-yd FG by K #20, UL-Lafayette scored another TD, this time through the air as QB #17 connected on his first TD pass to WR #4. ECU wastes no time answering as it takes a little over a minute to march down the field in 8 plays as HB #35 rushes into the endzone from the 1.

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After forcing UL to go 3 and out, the Pirates score a 28-yd FG on the next drive, making the score 21-20 Cajuns with a little over a minute to go before the half. The Cajuns, not content with taking that lead into the locker room for the half, go 72 yds in 6 plays, scoring on a 5-yd TD pass with 5 seconds to go in the half, taking a 28-20 lead into halftime.

The Cajuns received the ball first in the 2nd half but 4 plays into the drive, The Cajuns throws a pass that is intercepted by LB #20. 3 plays later, the Pirates were in the endzone as HB #35 got his second rushing TD of the game. The Pirates try a 2pt conversion to tie the game at 28 but the pass to ECU WR #2 was broken up by UL CB #2 in the endzone.

It was all Cajuns afterward.

The ensuing drive was all of 2 plays as on the 2nd play from scrimmage, HB #46 made the play of the game as took the handoff, headed right, got a block, and headed up the field untouched for a 74-yd TD run. The play took the wind out of the Pirates sails as their next series ended with a 3 and out. After the punt, the Cajuns went on a 9 play, 77-yd drive that ended when QB #17 hit WR #9 for a 12-yd TD pass, making the score 42-26 and all but sealing the game.

After both teams had a few unproductive drives, UL scored one more TD in the 4th quarter on a 16-yd run by HB #46. After another interception by UL CB #22 on ECU’s next drive, the Cajuns ran out the clock to seal back-to-back New Orleans Bowl victories. Final Score UL-Lafayette 49, ECU 26.

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Player of the Game: ULL HB #46, who rushed for 181 yards on 22 carries for 3 touchdowns.  He also caught 4 passes for 57 yards.

It was over when… ULL HB #46 broke off a 74-yd TD run in the 3rd quarter to extend the Ragin’ Cajuns’ lead to 9 points.  Two more touchdowns later for ULL and the scoring was complete.

Game Ball goes to… ULL CB #22, who had 2 interceptions; 1 that led to a TD and 1 to seal the game.

Stat of the Game: 6-for-6. The Ragin Cajuns were in the Pirates’ red zone 6 times and came away with 6 TDs.

Statistical Tidbits: ULL outgained ECU 253-75 on the ground. … ULL also had a large T.O.P. advantage as the Cajuns held the ball 22:49 to the Pirates 9:11. … The running backs were the stars for both teams as UL’s HB #46 had 238 all-purpose yards and 3 TDs while ECU HB #35 had 155 all-purpose yds. and 2 TDs.

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