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QUICK HITS: La. Lafayette 32 San Diego State 30

Posted on: December 18, 2011 1:16 am
Edited on: December 18, 2011 1:17 am
Posted by Tom Fornelli

LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE WON. Wow, what a great way to end the first day of bowl season. After the Ragin' Cajuns jumped out to a 19-3 lead early in the third quarter, this game was looking as though it wouldn't provide much drama, but I guess it just wanted to wait as long as possible. San Diego State battled back in the fourth quarter and finally took the lead with 35 seconds left on a touchdown pass from Ryan Lindley to Colin Lockett.

Louisiana-Lafayette then got the ball back down 30-29 with no timeouts, but it didn't matter. The Cajuns marched down the field to set up a 50-yard field goal attempt, and Brett Baer picked a great time to kick the longest field goal of his life, sending Louisiana-Lafayette to a win.

WHY LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE WON. Well, you could say that the Cajuns won this game because they had the ball last, and while it would be partly true, it wouldn't be entirely fair either. You see, while San Diego State played strong in the second half, for the first 30 minutes of this game the Aztecs were a lethargic bunch. Whether it was because they didn't want to be there or was just another typical first half -- the Aztecs won 5 games this season in which they trailed during the first half -- for San Diego State, I'm not sure. But if the Aztecs played the first 30 minutes like they played the last 30, well, Louisiana-Lafayette may have never been in position to win this game.

WHEN LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE WON. As Brett Baer's 50-yard field goal sailed through the uprights as time expired.

WHAT LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE WON. When you haven't been to a bowl game in 41 years, and you start the season widely considered to be one of, if not the worst team on the FBS level, you're going to want to win your bowl game. That was evident in the way the Cajuns played on Saturday night, and their effort resulted in the school's first ever bowl victory. A pretty nice thing to be a part of if you're a Ragin' Cajun.

WHAT SAN DIEGO STATE LOST. A chance to win its second consecutive bowl game, even after Brady Hoke left for Michigan. Still, an 8-5 season is nothing to be ashamed of for the Aztecs, so while the loss stings, I don't think it hurts too much.

THAT WAS CRAZY. This is Louisiana-Lafayette's strength coach. That's a bleeding wound on his head he suffered after apparently head-butting one of his own players. No, he felt no need to wipe the blood off. In fact, it was still there, all dried and caked on his face, in the fourth quarter.

GRADE: A. When it comes to these early bowl games featuring teams you're not used to watching on a regular basis, you can only ask for one thing: a close, entertaining game. And this one provided everything you wanted, including the lead changing hands twice in the final 35 seconds. What more could you want?

Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: December 26, 2011 12:03 pm

QUICK HITS: La. Lafayette 32 San Diego State 30

What a real good game, Congrats to UL Lafayette winning it's first bowl game in school history.

Since: Dec 19, 2011
Posted on: December 19, 2011 2:03 pm

QUICK HITS: La. Lafayette 32 San Diego State 30

Blaine Gautier quietly came up with 470 yards even after picking up countless snaps from the turf, seriously how many snaps did Louis-Laf bobble in the game?  The picture of La. Lafayette strength coach Rusty Whitt with the blood on his face will be a lasting image of the 2011 bowl season.

Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: December 18, 2011 2:33 am

QUICK HITS: La. Lafayette 32 San Diego State 30

     The game had all the ups and downs that a football/soap opera game could have....It had the pathetic(2 missed extra points, granted one was blocked), and the other kicker who was around 5 for 16 in attempts this season..

     Add to that a center that couldn't get the ball to the quarterback, without the ball skipping off the ground for most of the game.  A coach that wouldn't take the blood off his forehead and face, after butt-heading a fellow team players helmet(looked like WWE)... 

     San Diego scores the go ahead score with only 35 seconds left, and would have had the 2 point conversion, had the reciever not stepped out of bounds...

     The final drive of the game for the 'Ragin Cajuns' had 2 tremendous catches to keep the drive going(the first being one the best catches you will ever see, with a one handed bobbled catch with a guy right on him). 

     As usual,  questionable coaching decisions on both sides, and a redemption ending field goal with a 55, no wait, a 50 yard field goal, thanks to a little called 'tuck rule style' penalty known as 'stemming'....

    There was even a fake punt for a completed bomb, if you like that sort of thing....Add to that La. Lafayette was ranked dead last to start the season in the FBS, and hadn't been to a bowl game in over 40 years....

    I will be very surprised if any other bowl game even comes close to matching this games drama... I wasn't a fan of either team, but it was a fun game to watch...

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