Louisiana-Lafayette Makes Second Straight New Orleans Bowl

By: Willie Bee | Tuesday, December 18, 2012

East Carolina Pirates vs. Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns
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Date:
12/22/2012 at 12:00 p.m. (ET)
Opening Lines: ULL -4½, O/U 63
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Television: ESPN

East Carolina Pirates: Coach Ruffin McNeill takes his ECU (8-4 straight-up, 6-6 against the spread) squad to the Superdome for a New Orleans Bowl matchup vs. the Ragin Cajuns following a 7-1 run through the Conference USA slate. The Pirates' only league loss was a 40-20 setback to eventual East Division champion Central Florida in early October, and they benefited from not having to play the top three teams from the West Division, including eventual conference champion Tulsa. East Carolina closed the campaign with three successive wins, including a 65-59 double-overtime thriller vs. Marshall in the season finale, but failed to cover three of its final four games. ECU's last loss came to Navy at the end of October, a 56-38 thrashing as 3-point chalk in a game the Pirates defense surrendered over 500 yards rushing. Four of East Carolina's final five games went "over" the total, and the Pirates allowed 30.7 points per game on the season (86th in country).

ULL Ragin' Cajuns: This will mark the second straight New Orleans Bowl appearance for Louisiana-Lafayette (8-4 SU, 7-5 ATS) after upsetting San Diego State in last year's contest, 32-30 as a 6-point underdog. That matchup was the first-ever bowl game for the Ragin' Cajuns as a Division-I FBS member. Runner-ups to Arkansas State in the Sun Belt Conference, the Ragin' Cajuns closed the schedule with four wins in the final five games, also going 4-1 ATS in that stretch. The loss came at then-No. 6 Florida, which needed two touchdowns in the final minutes to avoid the outright upset as 27-point chalk. Sophomore quarterback Terrance Broadway led the ULL offense with more than 2,500 yards passing and 16 touchdowns, plus he added another 661 yards and eight scores on the ground. The Cajuns went 6-4 "over" on the season thanks to closing the schedule with four of their final six contests jumping the scoreboard tally.

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