Terrance Broadway's story book season continued Saturday afternoon as he was named the New Orleans Bowl game MVP after his 424 total yards effort.
Broadway took over as the starter earlier this season after senior Blaine Gautier's injury in late September.
"Terrance comes in and just has a phenomenal season," Coach Hudspeth said, describing the difficult decision not to give Gautier, the New Orleans Bowl MVP a year ago, his job back when he was healthy again late in the season. "We really had hit our stride and the best thing about Blaine is he understood."
Alonzo Harris rushed for 120 yards and two touchdowns for the Ragin' Cajuns (9-4), who briefly squandered a three-touchdown lead before moving back in front for good on Broadway's 14-yard scoring pass to Javone Lawson late in the third quarter.
""My main goal was to get our team a big win in this bowl game and just to get that monkey off my back that I didn't have a ring from high school and last year," Broadway said. "I was very focused on that."
Jamal Robinson had six catches for 116 yards for UL, while Lawson finished with four catches for 71 yards.
Brett Baer added his second and third field goals in the fourth quarter to seal the win.
The Cajuns carried a 37-31 lead into the fourth quarter after Lawson for a 14-yard score in which the receiver juggled but secured the ball for a sprawling, rolling catch. The point-after kick failed, however, and East Carolina pulled to 37-34 on Warren Harvey's 26-yard field goal.
"Nothing fazes our team," said Broadway. "Everybody on our team responds to adversity well. So when they came back on us and made a game out of it, our team is still upbeat and saying we're going to win this game."
Broadway's lone interception on a tipped pass then gave East Carolina the ball on the Cajuns 39, but Moten was able to step in front of Carden's long pass over the middle to help preserve the slim lead.
Shane Carden passed for 278 yards and two touchdowns for East Carolina (8-5) but was intercepted in Cajuns territory by Jemarlous Moten in the fourth quarter as ECU drove for a potential tying or go-ahead score. The Pirates' Reggie Bullock rushed for 104 yards and two touchdowns.
Carden's touchdowns went to Justin Hardy for 19 yards and Danny Webster for 16 yards. Hardy finished with five catches for 59 yards. East Carolina's Andrew Bodenheimer had five catches for a team-high 65 yards, but could not secure a crucial fourth-down pass in the final minutes as defensive back T.J. Worthy ripped the ball away in ECU territory. That allowed the Cajuns to run the clock down to 15 seconds before setting up Baer's final field goal from 40-yards out.
The win for Louisiana gives Ragin'Cajuns head coach Mark Hudspeth a 2-0 record in the R&L New Orleans Bowl.
"I just couldn't be more proud to see the look in their eyes and on their faces after they win a game — especially a bowl game in the Superdome," Cajun coach Mark Hudspeth said."