Football Bowl Subdivision
     === Broadway leads Louisiana to wild New Orleans Bowl win over ECU ===
 New  Orleans, LA (Sports Network) - Terrance Broadway passed for 316 yards and
 a  touchdown, while  adding 108  yards  and a  score  on the  ground, to  lead
 Louisiana  to a  43-34 decision  over East  Carolina and  its second  straight
 victory at the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl.
 The  Ragin'  Cajuns captured a  32-30 victory over San  Diego State in the New
 Orleans Bowl last season, It is the first time in school history they have won
 back-to-back bowl games.
 Broadway  completed 21-of-32  passes with an interception and carried the ball
 15  times  as Louisiana (9-4)  ended its season  with four straight wins. With
 their 9-4 record, the Ragin' Cajuns tied the 1921, 1970, 1976  and 2011 squads
 for the school record for wins in a season.
 "I  am  very proud  of this  football team, not  just for  the way they played
 tonight  but  the way they prepared  for this game," Louisiana head coach Mark
 Hudspeth  said. "These guys just continue to blow me away with how they do the
 right  things,  how they take  the hard work  serious, how they prepare, watch
 film,  lift weights, and do everything we ask. I couldn?t be more proud to see
 the look in their eyes and on their faces after we won that game, especially a
 bowl game tonight in the Superdome."
 Alonzo  Harris  had 120  yards and  two touchdowns on  21 carries, while Jamal
 Robinson hauled in six receptions for a game-high 116 yards in the victory.
 Shane Carden threw for 278 yards with a pair of touchdowns and an interception
 on  25-for-42  efficiency for East Carolina  (8-5), which was making its sixth
 bowl appearance in the last seven years.
 "Definitely  a successful season, a successful year, a successful week. We got
 better  as a football  team. No doubt, success. It's always tough to lose that
 last  one. We as  a staff, we have to make sure that what we accomplished will
 not go unnoticed.," ECU head coach Ruffin McNeill said.
 Reggie  Bullock carried the  ball 17 times for 104 yards and two touchdowns in
 the loss.
 East  Carolina  trailed, 28-7,  in the  second quarter  before the Pirates put
 together a furious rally to get back in the game, starting with a 10-play, 80-
 yard  drive  that included a pair  of third-down conversions and was capped by
 Justin  Hardy's leaping grab over a defender in the middle of the end zone for
 a 19-yard score.
 Darryl  Surgent then fumbled the ensuing kickoff and the Pirates recovered the
 loose ball at the Louisiana 16.
 Carden  found Danny Webster over the middle on the next play and he fought his
 way  across the  goal line to bring  East Carolina back within 28-21 with 3:03
 left in the first half.
 Brett  Baer connected  on a 50-yard field  goal as time expired in the half to
 give the Ragin' Cajuns a 31-21 edge at the break.
 But  East  Carolina countered  with a  45-yard kick from  Warren Harvey on its
 opening  touch  of the third quarter,  and after converting a 4th-and-3 at the
 Louisiana  34  with an  11-yard gain  by Bullock  on a  swing pass following a
 Ragin'  Cajun punt,  Bullock bounced off a  tackle as he leapt across the goal
 line during a 13-yard run two plays later to knot the game at 31-31.
 Louisiana,  however, quickly regained the lead with a 7-play, 76-yard march as
 Broadway  completed passes of 29 yards to Javone Lawson and 16 yards to Effrem
 Reed  before Lawson made  a juggling catch while sliding in the end zone for a
 14-yard score.
 Baer's  extra-point effort  was blocked  to make  it 37-31  contest with  3:07
 remaining in the third quarter.
 The  Pirates  responded with a 12-play,  70-yard drive that stretched into the
 fourth quarter, but they could not convert a 3rd-and-6 at the Louisiana 13 and
 were forced to settle for Harvey's 26-yard field goal.
 East  Carolina regained  the ball just three plays later when Gabriel Woullard
 intercepted  a tipped  Broadway pass,  but Carden  gave it  right back  to the
 Ragin'  Cajuns two plays after that when Jemarlous Moten stepped in front of a
 Carden pass over the middle.
 The  teams then traded  punts until Broadway ripped off a 34-yard run down the
 left  sideline on an option and then found Robinson for an 18-yard gain to set
 up  Baer's 25-yard kick, handing the Ragin' Cajuns a 40-34 lead with 3:11 left
 in the game.
 Faced  with a 4th-and-5 at their own 30 on the ensuing drive, Carden avoided a
 rush  and ran  to his  right to  buy time,  but his  pass intended  for Andrew
 Bodenheimer was broken up to turn the ball over on downs.
 Baer  drilled a 40-yard kick with 10 seconds remaining to seal the victory for
 After  East Carolina  was held to a three-and-out on the opening possession of
 the  game, the  Ragin' Cajuns converted three third downs, including a 14-yard
 strike  to Robinson on  a 3rd-and-7 at the Pirates' 47-yard line, during a 12-
 play, 74-yard march Broadway capped with a 12-yard rush around the left side.
 Louisiana  later regained the  ball at its own 30 following a series of punts,
 and Broadway found Lawson for a pair of 19-yard gains to set up Harry Peoples'
 10-yard  touchdown run on an end around for a 14-0 lead with 14:17 left in the
 second quarter.
 East  Carolina  recorded its first  first down of  the game during the ensuing
 drive  when  Webster  hauled in  a  pass  near  the  left sideline  and  raced
 downfield for a 45-yard gain.
 Two  plays  later, Bullock broke up  the middle for  a 5-yard score to get the
 Pirates on the board.
 Louisiana,  however,  needed just  five plays  to answer  as Bradley Brown and
 Robinson had receptions of 22 and 39 yards, respectively, to highlight the 71-
 yard  drive Harris finished off with a 6-yard rumble across the goal line with
 11:07 remaining in the first half.
 The  Pirates were held  to a punt on their next touch, and Trent Tignor's kick
 was  downed at  the 2-yard line to  set the Ragin' Cajuns up deep inside their
 own territory.
 But  Blaine Gautier  took over  under center  for Louisiana  on the  drive and
 reeled off a 16-yard run to get Louisiana out of trouble.
 After  an  8-yard strike to  Brown moved the ball  to the Louisiana 24, Harris
 took  a handoff,  broke a pair of  tackles in the backfield and raced 68 yards
 for a touchdown.
 The  play  was reviewed as  Brown seemed  to have the  ball punched out of his
 hands  just prior  to him crossing the  goal line, but the play was upheld and
 the Ragin' Cajuns took a 28-7 advantage.
                                   Game Notes
 Louisiana improved to 3-1 all-time in bowl games and leads the all-time series
 between  the teams, 7-4  ... East Carolina fell to 8-10 in bowl games and have
 not  won a bowl  since defeating Boise State 41-38 in the 2007 Sheraton Hawaii
 Bowl  ...  The Pirates had won  their last nine  games when scoring 30 or more
 points  ...Gautier completed 1-of-2 passes for eight yards and had 16 yards on
 one rush ... Louisiana held a 591-421 advantage in total yards.
 12/23 03:06:41 ET