2014 New Orleans Bowl Recap
UL-Lafayette wins 4th straight New Orleans Bowl topping Nevada 16-3
The college football bowl season kicked off this year in New Orleans with a match up between the Nevada Wolfpack and the LA-Lafayette Ragin’ Caguns.
Louisiana-Lafayette was looking to cap off an impressive end of the year that saw the Ragin’ Cajuns win seven of their last eight prior to the bowl game after starting the season 1-3 with its fourth straight nine win season.
The Ragin’ Cajuns jumped out on top to an early 10-0 lead in the first quarter thanks to quarterback Terrence Broadway’s Bowl record 14 straight completions and the sole touchdown of the game on a pass to C.J. Bates.
Kicker Hunter Stover added the rest of the Ragin’ Cajuns points with three field goals (46, 30,35) and helped to defeat the Wolfpack 16-3.
This was the first time since 2009 that Nevada had failed to score a touchdown and was the first time in its last five games that the Wolfpack had not rushed for over 200 yards.
Cody Fajardo led the way for the Wolfpack with 124 yards passing and 49 yards rushing that gave him 2,000 yards passing and 1,000 yards rushing on the season for the second time in his college career.
Nevada threatened early after allowing LA-Lafayette to score on its first possession of the game, but after a stuffed run at the 1 yard line and two incompletions the Wolfpack was forced to kick a field goal to make it a 7-3 game.
"It's missed opportunities," coach Brian Polian said. "We get it deep into the red zone twice; we have to settle for three points. ... We didn't find a way to make a play and that's got to be the next step in our progression."
Louisiana-Lafayette outgained Nevada 411-213 and it marked the fourth straight year that the Ragin’ Cajuns had won the New Orleans Bowl.
Broadway was named the MVP of the game and finished 26 of 31 with no interceptions.
By Nikolai Gionti
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