Tuesday, January 1, 2013

2012 NEW ORLEANS BOWL

2012 NEW ORLEANS BOWL
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Recap:
The Rafin Cajuns roared out to an early lead in a bowl game that was a de facto home game, but the East Carolina Pirates were game enough to pull back to tie the game with 3 minutes left in the 3rd quarter. 

ULL had to make a tough choice due to their embarassment of riches at quarterback with last year's New Orleans bowl MVP Blaine Gautier going out with an injury early in the season and sophomore Terrance Broadway coming to lead the team back to the post-season.  From what I saw in this game, they couldn't lose either way.  Gautier is a more polished passer, but Broadway is one of the better dual threat QB's in the country and is nearly as effective from the pocket as he is on the run, which is saying a lot for his passing ability.  He led the Rajin Cajuns to a 28-7 lead with 7 minutes left in the first half.

East Carolina launched their comeback with a 14 point burst in 13 seconds powered by Shane Carden passing and a superlative special teams play by the Pirates.  Though they lost, how the Pirates responded to a mountain of momentum against them should have solidified Ruffin McNeils job at East Carolina. 

Players of note:
Louisiana-Lafayette:
QB Terrance Broadway: In the last 8 weeks, Broadway has averaged nearly 280 yards passing and 71 yard rushing with 19 combined touchdowns.  He peaked late in the season and this is his team and his best weapons are young and will be coming back with him.

QB Blaine Gautier: The veteran QB is a good athlete with and explosive left arm to sling the ball around the field.  He looked to be himself against in the few snaps they gave him, and he should get a change to make a roster. 

RB Alonzo Harris: Harris is a power back who gives a nice contrast to the speed of Broadway.  The sophomore ended the season with 3 consecutive 100 yards games, giving him 881 yards and 10 touchdowns in a season that should solidify him as the starter to pair with Broadway in the backfield for ULL. 

WR Jamal Robinson: Robinson is a big receiver who is a very real downfield threat.  Early in the season, he was merely a field stretcher who got a deep shot thrown his way.  Later in the season, he gained Broadway's trust and got targeted more, with one of his best games of the season coming in the bowl game.  As a freshman, he is an exciting talent for the Rajin Cajuns and should be another weapon for Broadway and the ULL offense.

East Carolina:
QB Shane Carden: As should be expected from a QB playing for the former assistant to Mike Leach, Shane Carden piles up passing statistics.  He did everything he could to pull the Pirates back into this one, but came up a bit short.  But, as with most of the other stars of this game, Carden is an underclassman, which is very exciting for East Carolina fans.

RB Reggie Bullock: This Senior running back exploded for what was, easily, his best game of the season rushing the ball.  He is a small back, and this may have been his swan song, but it was a dynamic and explosive performance and a nice way to end his careero

Interesting Notes:
It is terribly interesting to met that last year's MVP was a healthy scratch behind this year's MVP.

2012 Bowl Season Scoreboard
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