NEW ORLEANS - Terrance Broadway accounted for 424 yards of total offense and a pair of touchdowns to lead the University of Louisiana at Lafayette to a 43-34 victory over East Carolina University in the 12th annual R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl Saturday in front of a record crowd of 48,828 inside the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
Broadway, named the game’s Most Valuable Player in a vote of the media, completed 21 of 32 passes for 316 yards and a touchdown and rushed 15 times for 108 yards and another score. He had the second-most total offense yards in the game’s history, topped only by the 492 yards of his teammate, Blaine Gautier, in last year’s game.
Louisiana became the second team to win back-to-back editions of the New Orleans Bowl, joining Southern Miss, which won in 2004 and 2005.
The Ragin’ Cajuns finished with a bowl record 267 yards rushing, as Broadway and running back Alonzo Harris, who had 120 yards and two touchdowns, became the first pair of teammates to rush for 100 yards each in bowl history.
The Ragin’ Cajuns (9-4) never trailed and led by as many as 21 points in the first half, but had to withstand an East Carolina comeback. After the Cajuns took a 28-7 lead in the second quarter, the Pirates scored 14 points in 13 seconds to get back in the game.
The two teams combined for an NCAA bowl record-tying 45 points in the second quarter. Brett Baer’s 50-yard field goal on the final play of the first half sent UL to the locker room with a 31-21 halftime lead.
The Pirates pulled even in the third quarter on Reggie Bullock’s 13-yard touchdown run before the Cajuns answered on its next possession with a 14-yard pass from Broadway to Javone Lawson, taking the lead for good at 37-31.
Baer clinched the game with a pair of field goals in the final 3:11.
The teams combined for 1,012 yards – 591 by Louisiana and 421 by East Carolina.