|NEW ORLEANS BOWL - Superdome - New Orleans, LA|
|Last 3 Games||3-0||+3.4||1-2||2-1||47.0||25.7||497.3||(5.9)||1.3||36.7||16.0||434.7||(5.4)||1.7|
|Offense (All Games)||31.2||14.6||21.7||31:31||36-135||(3.8)||24-37||66.1%||273||(7.4)||73-407||(5.6)||(13)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||31.3||15.9||22.5||31:06||40-174||(4.4)||21-34||61.6%||239||(7.1)||74-413||(5.6)||(13.2)|
|Offense Road Games||21.7||8.8||18.0||30:55||33-114||(3.5)||21-35||60.1%||254||(7.3)||68-369||(5.5)||(17)|
|Defense (All Games)||30.7||13.4||22.2||28:29||35-146||(4.1)||21-37||58.4%||272||(7.4)||72-417||(5.8)||(13.6)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||27.8||14.1||21.4||29:51||38-153||(4.1)||21-34||59.8%||250||(7.3)||72-403||(5.6)||(14.5)|
|Defense Road Games||31.2||14.2||21.5||29:04||31-101||(3.2)||23-39||60.1%||305||(7.9)||70-407||(5.8)||(13.1)|
|Last 3 Games||3-0||+3||2-1||2-1||39.3||18.3||524.0||(7.7)||1.7||26.0||13.3||452.3||(6.5)||1.7|
|Offense (All Games)||34.8||17.8||20.2||28:38||36-187||(5.1)||18-30||61.5%||256||(8.6)||66-444||(6.7)||(12.7)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||29.7||16.7||20.6||30:41||38-160||(4.3)||19-32||59.0%||234||(7.3)||70-395||(5.6)||(13.3)|
|Offense Road Games||29.8||13.0||17.7||29:47||35-175||(4.9)||19-30||62.2%||236||(7.9)||65-410||(6.3)||(13.8)|
|Defense (All Games)||27.6||15.1||21.9||31:22||37-144||(3.9)||22-36||61.6%||284||(7.9)||73-428||(5.9)||(15.5)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||25.8||12.8||20.3||31:38||37-147||(4)||21-33||61.7%||240||(7.2)||71-387||(5.5)||(15)|
|Defense Road Games||31.8||17.5||25.7||30:13||37-167||(4.6)||27-40||66.1%||349||(8.7)||77-517||(6.7)||(16.2)|
|Average power rating of opponents played: E CAROLINA 26.6, LA LAFAYETTE 27.1|
|12/22/2012||*LA LAFAYETTE|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|11/3/2012||@ LA MONROE||40-24||W||9||W||60||O||49-234||23-32-373||2||20-74||23-38-333||2|
|12/1/2012||@ FLA ATLANTIC||35-21||W||-8.5||W||61||U||50-284||13-20-168||0||28-149||25-38-379||3|
|12/22/2012||*E CAROLINA|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|E CAROLINA: The Pirates will be a much different team than they have been in past years, with the departure of QB Dominique Davis who threw for 7,192 yards and 62 TD in two seasons. Junior Rio Johnson (20-for-29, 157 yds, 1 INT in career) will take over under center for Ruffin McNeill's pass-heavy offense. This team is loaded with talent at the WR position, led by Justin Hardy (658 rec yds, 6 TD) and WR/TE Justin Jones (3 TD in season finale). RB Torrance Hunt (489 rush yds) will likely get the bulk of carries. On the defensive side of the ball, this team is getting playmakers back in its front seven, as well as the linebacking corps. C-USA Freshman of the Year MLB Jeremy Grove (45 solo tackles, 77 assists) is the anchor of the unit. The defense will be a strong suit for East Carolina while the offense's job will dramatically shift from airing out the football to cutting down mistakes after having the 2nd-worst turnover margin in FBS. |
|LA LAFAYETTE: Mark Hudspeth did one of the best coaching jobs in the nation last season, winning nine games with a team that had lost nine in 2010. The Ragin' Cajuns succeeded behind an explosive offense that gets back nearly all of its main contributors. Signal caller Blaine Gautier (2,958 pass yds, 23 TD, 6 INT) is back after a superb season and will once again have the luxury of throwing to WR Javone Lawson (1,092 yards, 8 TDs). Defensively, this team was a mess last season (29.9 PPG allowed) and returns two starters (which in this case could be a positive). The defense has a lot of young talent that saw the field last year, and some junior college transfers who will be asked to contribute right away. |
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREVIEW (EAST CAROLINA-UL LAFAYETTE) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
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*East Carolina-Louisiana-Lafayette Preview* ===========================================
By ALAN FERGUSON STATS Writer
East Carolina (8-4) at Louisiana-Lafayette (8-4), 12:00 p.m. EDT
A year after a thrilling win in New Orleans in its first bowl game, Louisiana-Lafayette is heading back to the Big Easy.
The Ragin' Cajuns face East Carolina in the New Orleans Bowl on Saturday, a matchup of teams that are both looking for a fourth straight victory to post a nine-win season.
Louisiana-Lafayette tied a school record with nine wins last season, and a 32-30 victory over San Diego State at the Superdome in this bowl game last Dec. 17 was one of its most exciting. After giving up a touchdown with 35 seconds left, the Cajuns drove 49 yards on four plays to set up Brett Baer's 50-yard field goal as time expired.
Louisiana-Lafayette (8-4) again has a chance at a ninth win after earning three consecutive victories to end the regular season. The Cajuns' only loss in their final five contests was a 27-20 defeat at then-No. 7 Florida on Nov. 10, a game they led with less than two minutes left only to lose on a touchdown off a blocked punt with two seconds to play.
"It's all about these young men and the hard work they've put in," second-year coach Mark Hudspeth said. "I couldn't be more proud of these guys. Our goal is to finish with a 9-4 record for two straight seasons."
They'll have a different starting quarterback for this attempt. Terrance Broadway, a sophomore who transferred from Houston, took over after last year's New Orleans Bowl most valuable player, Blaine Gautier, broke his left hand in a win over Florida International on Sept. 29.
Gautier returned for the final two games but only made brief appearances off the bench. Broadway has 2,526 passing yards and 661 on the ground, leaving him 258 shy of surpassing Gautier's school record for total yards. Gautier's single-season marks for total touchdowns (26), completion percentage (62.8) and passing efficiency (153.6) are also well within Broadway's reach.
"Terrance is leading this team and he's playing at a very high level," Hudspeth said.
Broadway and the Cajuns will next face an East Carolina team that also ended the regular season with a three-game win streak.
That run assured the Pirates (8-4) of returning to the postseason after they finished 5-7 in 2011, ending a streak of five straight years reaching a bowl game.
"All bowl games are exciting to me. Not going to one last year really makes you even more excited," third-year coach Ruffin McNeill said. "We're looking forward to going to New Orleans."
Quarterback Shane Carden topped 300 yards in four of the final six games and threw for a school-record 439 in a 65-59 overtime victory over Marshall in the season finale Nov. 23.
"Last year, we had to go home and we were home for too long," said Carden, who made his first collegiate start Sept. 15. "We're really excited to go Louisiana-Lafayette."
Carden's top target is fellow sophomore Justin Hardy, who has 83 catches for 1,046 yards and 10 touchdowns. The first-team all-Conference USA selection, who had a program-record 16 receptions against Marshall, needs 78 yards to surpass Dwayne Harris' single-season school mark from 2010.
Hardy and junior Vintavious Cooper gave the Pirates a 1,000-yard receiver and rusher in the same season for the first time. Cooper, the C-USA newcomer of the year, had 1,030 yards on 191 carries as he switched to running back after playing quarterback for two years at Southwest Mississippi Community College.
East Carolina, scheduled to join the Big East beginning in 2014, is seeking to snap a three-game bowl losing streak. The Pirates are 5-7 all-time in bowl games with the most recent win coming on a last-second field goal in the 2007 Hawaii Bowl against Boise State.
Louisiana-Lafayette has won six of 10 all-time meetings with East Carolina but lost 20-10 in the most recent matchup Sept. 22, 1990, when the school was known as Southwestern Louisiana.
|Last Updated: 8/28/2014 12:20:43 AM EST|