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Beignets, coffee and football: Ragin’ Cajuns and Nevada clash in the New Orleans Bowl on Saturday morning

UL running back Elijah McGuire (15) stiff arms New Mexico defender Winston Rose after a link run at Aggie Memorial Stadium Saturday Nov. 8, 2014 in Los Cruces, N.M.

Brian Polian has no preconceptions about bowl-game neutrality. In his first bowl as a head coach, he knows that, regardless of how the scoreboard lists the teams Saturday at the New Orleans Bowl, his Nevada football squad is the visitor. “No question, this is a road game for us,” the Wolf… Continue reading →

Video: The Ragin' Cajuns' New Orleans Bowl dominance faces a tough test in Nevada

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- UL-Lafayette coach Mark Hudspeth directs practice at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Wednesday in preparation for the New Orleans Bowl against Nevada. The game is at 10 a.m. Saturday.

The Ragin' Cajuns are back in the New Orleans Bowl again with a matchup against Nevada on Saturday. Can Wolfpack stop the Ragin' Cajuns in the first game of the bowl season? Continue reading →

Live updates from Nevada vs. the Ragin' Cajuns in the New Orleans Bowl, Saturday at 10 a.m.

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- Ragin' Cajuns coach Mark Hudspeth leads his team onto the field to face Appalachian State on Nov. 22 at Cajun Field.

. Advocate sportswriters are on hand for live stats and updates from the Nevada-Ragin'Cajuns game in the New Orleans Bowl on Saturday at 10 a.m. Click here to join the action.Continue reading →

Luke Johnson: UL-Lafayette quarterback Terrance Broadway gets one last stage in New Orleans Bowl

Advocate file photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- UL-Lafayette quarterback Terrance Broadway --  holding  his infant son, Terrance Broadway II -- gestures skyward after being named the MVP of the 2012 New Orleans Bowl after a 43-34 win over  East Carolina in December 2012 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Bowl chairman Ron Gardner is at left.

This time around, he’s unencumbered. There will neither be a protective cast nor protective play-calling. There will be no hesitation when a Nevada defensive lineman comes chugging at him with cruel intentions. UL-Lafayette quarterback Terrance Broadway will be free. The days leading up to the 2014 New Orleans Bowl are a sharp contrast to… Continue reading →

Ragin’ Cajuns defensive tackle Christian Ringo always exceeds expectations

Photo by Brad Kemp/RaginCajuns.com -- Louisiana-Lafayette defensive tackle Christian Ringo takes off on a 41 yard fumble recovery for a touchdown against Texas State in October in San Marcos, Texas.

NEW ORLEANS — Every blocker Christian Ringo has left lying in his path of destruction this season is a message. The same thing goes for every running back whose bell Ringo rung behind the backfield, every quarterback who was surprised by a big man moving that fast — man, he’s fast! — before getting trapped… Continue reading →

UL-Lafayette vs. Nevada in the New Orleans Bowl: Four Downs (Why the running game will be the focus)

Advocate file photo by BILL FEIG -- Ragin' Cajuns fans cheer during the first half of the New Orleans Bowl in December 2013 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Remember where the Cajuns were when they went to their first New Orleans Bowl four years ago? Coach Mark Hudspeth does. “We promised these kids when we signed this senior class four years ago,” Hudspeth said. “You know, we didn’t have bowl championships — we didn’t have a bowl game to show them.… Continue reading →

Who will win the New Orleans Bowl — the Ragin’ Cajuns or the Wolf Pack? The answers (well, best guesses, really) are all here.

Plenty of people are expecting offensive fireworks in the Dome, but I’m not so sure. The early kickoff might lead to a sluggish start, and both teams’ committal to the ground game might result in lengthy, time-consuming drives. The team who does the best job holding on to the ball should win, and judging by the… Continue reading →

New Orleans Bowl: Break down all the key matchups between UL-Lafayette and Nevada right here

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- University of Louisiana at Lafayette running back Elijah McGuire scores the first of his two fourth quarter touchdowns against Arkansas State in October at Cajun Field in Lafayette.

Here are the key matchups for the New Orleans Bowl on Saturday at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome: 1. Quarterback Terrance Broadway has been at his deadliest this season when he’s moving with the ball. He hasn’t been as effective as a passer, but he has made teams pay with his physical… Continue reading →

Nevada coach Brian Polian does his famous football family name proud

Associated Press photo by DAVID ZALUBOWSKI -- Nevada coach Brian Polian argues a call against his team while facing Air Force last month at Air Force Academy, Colo.

Brian Polian has plenty of reasons to feel ties to New Orleans, but he felt the Steve Gleason statue outside of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome summarizes his story perfectly. At Wednesday’s media day, Nevada’s second-year coach said he was so busy preparing his team for Saturday’s New Orleans Bowl that he never got a chance to walk outside… Continue reading →

Nevada notebook: Wolf Pack offense still hot as its pistol

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- Nevada quarterback Cody Fajardo hands off to running back Don Jackson on Thursday during practice for the New Orleans Bowl.

The Boston Red Sox have the Green Monster, Boise State has its Smurf turf and the University of Nevada has the Pistol offense. “It’s given us an identity in recruiting,” Nevada coach Brian Polian said. “We’ve been able to recruit good quarterbacks that want to play in the system, because they know they’ll be productive in… Continue reading →

Former Tulane, Texas coach Mack Brown to provide ESPN commentary on the New Orleans Bowl

Associated Press file photo by ELISABETH DILLON -- Mack Brown

After a half-century in football, there isn’t much Mack Brown hasn’t done, including win a national championship. But he’ll experience a first Saturday — working as the analyst for ESPN’s telecast of the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl. “I wouldn’t say I’m nervous about it,” said Brown, who spent his first season out of coaching as… Continue reading →

Nevada vs. UL-Lafayette in the 2014 New Orleans Bowl: What you need to know

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- The crowd heads to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome from Champion Square before the start of the New Orleans Bowl in December 2013.

Line: Louisiana-Lafayette by 1. Series Record: Nevada leads 1-0. Nevada seeks its first bowl victory since the 2010 season, when Colin Kaepernick was quarterback. A bowl victory would also be the first under second-year coach Brian… Continue reading →

UL-Lafayette men visit fast-paced Northwestern State

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- Louisiana-Lafayette guard Xavian Rimmer (3) takes the ball downcourt while being pursued by Texas-Arlington forward Vincent Dillard (13) and center Stuart Lagerson (5) in January.

When the Ragin’ Cajuns visit Prather Coliseum on Saturday, the correct mixture of aggression and caution will be a critical component. The Louisiana-Lafayette men’s basketball squad (6-4), coming off three straight home-court wins, will face Northwestern State (3-5) at 3 p.m. in its final nonconference contest of the season. “They push the ball and press a lot the… Continue reading →

Cajun women outlast Alcorn in overtime

LORMAN, Miss. — After Alcorn State erupted at the end of regulation to send Friday’s game into overtime, UL-Lafayette outscored the Lady Braves 10-3 in the extra period to pull out a 64-57 victory Friday afternoon. Cienna Rodriguez knocked down two free throws to give the Cajuns a 54-44 advantage with 3:05 to play… Continue reading →

Brett Baer’s game-winning kick a Cajuns classic

Advocate file photo by ADAM LAUUniversity of Louisiana-Lafayette place-kicker Brett Baer is lifted onto his teammates' shoulders after making the winning kick against San Diego State during the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans last season. Baer's kick with four seconds left to go put ULL up over San Diego State 32-30.

He finished off the most memorable play in Louisiana-Lafayette football history, but Brett Baer’s best memories are what happened more than an hour after the 2011 R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl. Baer’s most vivid recollections aren’t seeing his last-play 50-yard field goal sail through the Poydras Street uprights at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome — which he actually didn’t… Continue reading →

Cajuns wide receiver Jamal Robinson hoping for fifth year of eligibility

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns wide receiver Jamal Robinson (4) sits on the sideline for the New Orleans Bowl practice against the Nevada Wolf Pack in the Superdome in New Orleans, La. Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014.

Jamal Robinson isn’t even thinking about the possibility that these could be his final few days with his UL-Lafayette teammates. The senior wide receiver, who was lost for the season with a foot injury against Texas State, is confident he’ll be granted a fifth year of eligibility in the coming weeks. “I’m sure I’ll be coming back… Continue reading →

Nevada defensive end Brock Hekking loves Brian Bosworth haircut, playing style

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- Nevada Wolf Pack defensive end Brock Hekking (53) practices with Nevada Wolf Pack defensive lineman Jordan Hanson (92) at the Superdome in preparation for the New Orleans Bowl against the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns in New Orleans, La. Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014.

If you’ve been to a Nevada football practice this week, you may have had a flashback to the 1980s. Former Oklahoma linebacker Brian Bosworth’s flowing blonde mohawk was one of the most iconic looks during that era of college football. But the guy sporting a similar look in New Orleans wasn’t “The Boz.” It was Nevada defensive end… Continue reading →

Nevada quarterback Cody Fajardo proud to be compared to Colin Kaepernick

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- Nevada Wolf Pack quarterback Cody Fajardo runs in practice Thursday at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in preparation for the New Orleans Bowl against Louisiana-Lafayette. The teams play at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Not many quarterbacks can match what Cody Fajardo has done during his time at Nevada. In fact, only one other quarterback in FBS history can say he has put up the type of numbers the senior quarterback has amassed during his four years in Reno — his predecessor at Nevada, current San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin… Continue reading →

New Orleans Bowl scouting report: The coaches

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- Louisiana-Lafayette coach Mark Hudspeth is interviewed about the New Orleans Bowl on Thursday. Hudspeth's Cajuns face the Nevada Wolf Pack in the Superdome at 10 a.m. Saturday.

UL-Lafayette: Mark Hudspeth By the numbers: 101-37 career, 35-16 with Cajuns, 3-0 in bowl games The skinny: Hudspeth is a motivational master who maybe doesn’t get enough credit (and he gets a lot) for the way he’s engineered a dramatic turnaround for the Cajuns football program. He’s looking for his fourth bowl win in four seasons… Continue reading →

Ragin' Cajuns, New Orleans Bowl chat with Advocate sportswriter Luke Johnson, Friday at 10 a.m.

Advocate photo by BUDDY DELAHOUSSAYE -- Ragin Cajun quarterback Terrance Broadway (8) honored before the game as one of the graduating seniors at Cajun Field on Saturday Nov. 22, 2014.

Get the latest information and share your views about the Ragin' Cajuns and the New Orleans Bowl in this chat with Advocate sportswriter Luke Johnson on Friday at 10 a.m. Click here to join the action.Continue reading →

Video: Nevada coach Brian Polian has strong ties with the city of New Orleans

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Nevada head coach Brian Polian arrives with his son Aidan, 5,  for the New Orleans Bowl against the Ragin' Cajuns in New Orleans, La. Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014.

. Nevada coach Brian Polian, the son of former longtime NFL general manager Bill Polian, has a lot of New Orleans experiences and says the Mercedes-Benz Superdome is one of the great venues in sports. Click here to see the video.Continue reading →

Video: Nevada defensive end Ian Seau appreciates legacy from late uncle, All-Pro Junior Seau

Nevada's Ian Seau (8) pursues Fresno State quarterback Brian Burrell, (2) during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Reno, Nev., on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014. Fresno State defeated Nevada 40-20. (AP Photo/Cathleen Allison)

. Nevada defensive end Ian Seau talks about the his uncle, the late Junior Seau, and the lessons he learned from watching Junior Seau play linebacker in the NFL. Ian Seau and the Nevada Wolfpack play against the Ragin' Cajuns in the New Orleans Bowl on Saturday. Click here to see the… Continue reading →

Video: Ragin' Cajuns coach Mark Hudspeth says New Orleans Bowl gives team a national stage to help with recruiting

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- UL-Lafayette coach Mark Hudspeth

. All eyes should be on the New Orleans Bowl on Saturday when the Ragin' Cajuns play Nevada in the first game of the bowl season, and Ragin' Cajuns coach Mark Hudspeth says that should be a good thing. Click here to see the video.Continue reading →

UL-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns veterans helping bowl first-timers

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns quarterback Terrance Broadway (8) practices with the team at the Superdome in preparation for the New Orleans Bowl against the Nevada Wolf Pack in New Orleans, La. Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014.

The men poised to line up to Donovan Williams’ left and right have been here before, a few of them multiple times. On the offensive line alone, Louisiana-Lafayette have seven New Orleans Bowl starts — not appearances, starts — under their belts. Daniel Quave has started three, his younger brother Mykhael has started two, center Terry… Continue reading →

Cajuns women fall to Mississippi State

LAFAYETTE — When the University of Louisiana-Lafayette piled up points in the first half Wednesday afternoon, Mississippi State University made some changes that pulled the Cajuns out of that established comfort zone. The 20th ranked Bulldogs closed the first half with a 10-0 run and limited the Cajuns to 17 points in the second half… Continue reading →

New Orleans Bowl trip special for Nevada assistant Ron Hudson — a former Ragin’ Cajuns coach himself

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- Nevada offensive line coach Ron Hudson conducts practice with the Wolf Pack at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Wednesday. Hudson was an assistant coach at UL-Lafayette from 2005-10. The Wolf Pack and Cajuns square off at 10 a.m. Saturday in the New Orleans Bowl.

When Nevada picked up its sixth win and became bowl-eligible Nov. 1, Ron Hudson wasn’t taking anything for granted. Even after the Wolf Pack football squad drilled rival UNLV 49-27 to end November to take win No. 7, Hudson had to remind himself that there’s no such thing as a sure thing. “I told people I’d been through… Continue reading →

Nevada defensive back Kendall Johnson, a St. Thomas More graduate, relishes trip to New Orleans Bowl

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- Nevada defensive back Kendall Johnson practices with his team at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in preparation for the New Orleans Bowl. The Wolf Pack and Ragin' Cajuns square off at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Kendall Johnson came into his freshman season at Nevada knowing he was fortunate to have a veteran-laden secondary to help him adjust. Three months later, Johnson — a former resident of Lafayette and graduate of St. Thomas More High School — found himself playing tour guide for his teammates during their first few days in New Orleans as… Continue reading →

New Orleans Bowl scouting report: The kickers

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- UL-Lafayette's Hunter Stover kicks a field goal on Nov. 2 against South Alabama at Cajun Field.

UL-Lafayette: K Hunter Stover By the numbers: 15-18 FG, 42-45 PAT, 38 long The skinny: In his first year handling the Cajuns’ regular placekicking duties, Stover has been remarkably consistent, hitting every one of his attempts inside 40 yards. He didn’t get many shots at the longer field goals, and he has the leg to kick… Continue reading →

Ragin’ Cajuns’ Corey Trim holds his newborn daughter, heads off to New Orleans Bowl practice

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- UL-Lafayette coach Mark Hudspeth directs practice at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Wednesday in preparation for the New Orleans Bowl against Nevada. The game is at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Senior defensive back Corey Trim was in high spirits when he rejoined the team about one-third of the way through its first practice in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Wednesday. Trim and his fiancĂ©e, Mykeyah Grafton, celebrated the birth of their daughter, Madison Michelle Trim, in the wee hours of Wednesday morning. Trim said he was able to get… Continue reading →

Ragin’ Cajuns arrive at New Orleans bowl, ‘feel right at home’

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- UL-Lafayette offensive lineman Jonathan Lundy gets beads from Chad Rachal as the Ragin' Cajuns arrive for the New Orleans Bowl on Tuesday.

If there’s one thing New Orleans knows how to do, it’s throw a party — and that’s what greeted the Ragin’ Cajuns as they got off their team bus near the entrance to the team hotel Tuesday in advance of Saturday’s New Orleans Bowl. A jazz band was waiting for the team to arrive and started cycling through… Continue reading →

A special delivery for the Ragin’ Cajuns’ Corey Trim

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- UL-Lafayette linebacker Tyren Alexander walks past the Kinfolks Brass Band as the Ragin' Cajuns arrive Tuesday for the New Orleans Bowl. The Cajuns face Nevada at 10 a.m. Saturday.

The Louisiana-Lafayette football team’s bus made an unexpected but welcome pit stop on the way from Lafayette to New Orleans. Senior defensive back Corey Trim got off the bus at the Highland Road exit in Baton Rouge, subsequently got in his father’s car and drove to the hospital where his fiancĂ© was in labor.… Continue reading →

Nevada coaches, players excited to check out New Orleans

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Nevada head coach Brian Polian arrives with his son Aidan, 5,  for the New Orleans Bowl against the Ragin' Cajuns in New Orleans, La. Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014.

They say you never forget your first time. The University of Nevada football team’s arrival at the New Orleans Riverside Hilton on Tuesday marked the beginning of Brian Polian’s first bowl week as a head coach and he said that he will enjoy everything that comes with his first postseason game as head man of the Wolf… Continue reading →

New Orleans Bowl scouting report: In the trenches

Photo by BRAD KEMP/RaginCajuns.com -- Louisiana-Lafayette defensive tackle Christian Ringo celebrates his 41-yard fumble return for a touchdown against Texas State during their game at Bobcat Stadium in San Marcos, Texas, on Tuesday Oct. 14, 2014.

UL-Lafayette: DL Christian Ringo By the numbers: 42 tackles, 19.5 tackles for loss, 10.5 sacks The skinny: Ringo was borderline unstoppable for a stretch this season, when he racked up all of his sacks and all but one of his tackles for loss over seven weeks. But he has been held back lately… Continue reading →

Cajuns seek to continue torrid shooting vs. Milligan

LAFAYETTE — With the start of Sun Belt Conference play less than two weeks away, the University of Louisiana-Lafayette men’s basketball squad is hoping another Cajundome contest will keep its shooting skills sharp. The Cajuns (5-4) head into a 7 p.m. meeting Wednesday with the Milligan College Buffaloes coming off a 115-59 win over Centenary… Continue reading →

UL-Lafayette women begin early

LAFAYETTE — The upcoming opportunity for the University of Louisiana-Lafayette women’s basketball team to battle a Southeastern Conference opponent will be missing at least one typical ingredient: There will be no bus ride or clearance for takeoff. The Cajuns (6-0) will host 20th-ranked Mississippi State (11-0) at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Cajundome. The second… Continue reading →

UL-Lafayette punter Daniel Cadona a not-so-secret weapon

Photo provided by BRAD KEMP/RaginCajuns.com -- UL-Lafayette punter Daniel Cadona gets off a punt during their game against New Mexico State at Aggie Memorial Stadium on Saturday in Las Cruces, N.M.

Daniel Cadona had been solid with his punting duties for Louisiana-Lafayette squad throughout the 2013 season, and that was plenty good enough for the Ragin’ Cajuns considering he’d never put on a football uniform in his life before that season began. But it was in last December’s R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl that the Australian became a… Continue reading →

New Orleans Bowl scouting report: The X-factors

Advocate photo by BUDDY DELAHOUSSAYE -- Ragin Cajuns running back Elijah McGuire is wrapped up by Appalachian State defenders in the Mountaineers' 35-16 win Saturday at Cajun Field.

UL-Lafayette RB Elijah McGuire By the numbers: 1,165 yards, 14 TDs rushing; 414 yards, 2 TDs receiving The skinny: McGuire has done it all for the Cajuns since WR Jamal Robinson went down for the season with an injury against Texas State. McGuire led the team in rushing and receiving, and… Continue reading →

Ragin’ Cajuns’ Quave brothers: ‘There are not many dull moments with us’

 Photo by Brad Kemp/RaginCajuns.com -- Louisiana-Lafayette players Elijah McGuire (15), Mykhael Quave (70) and Alonzo Harris (46) sing the fight song after their 34-10 victory over Texas Stat at Bobcat Stadium in San Marcos, Texas, on Tuesday Oct. 14, 2014.

LAFAYETTE — You can hear a Quave brother before you spot one, which is hard to figure considering they check in at an average size of 6-foot-4 and 310 pounds. It’s the distinctive laugh they share. It’s deep and honest, making whoever prompted the laugh to feel like they were actually saying something… Continue reading →

New Orleans Bowl scouting report: The quarterbacks

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- The Cajuns' Terrance Broadway gets rid of the ball ahead of pressure from Appalachian State defenders Saturday at Cajuns Field.

UL-Lafayette: Terrance Broadway By the numbers: 2,068 yards, 12 TDs passing; 646 yards, 3 TDs rushing The skinny: The senior has had his worst statistical season as a starter, but his experience can’t be taken for granted. Broadway has directed the Cajuns to two straight bowl wins, and he’s the unquestioned… Continue reading →

Terry Johnson blends football and art into a beautiful scene for the Ragin’ Cajuns

Photo provided by Brad Kemp/RaginCajuns.com -- UL-Lafayette's Terry Johnson (72) leads the team onto the field for their game against New Mexico State at Aggie Memorial Stadium Saturday Nov. 8, 2014 in Los Cruces, N.M.

Those are talented hands that Terry Johnson has been putting down in the dirt, grass and artificial turf for the past three years. It’s been a good thing for Louisiana-Lafayette’s football squad, since Johnson’s shift over to center at the start of fall drills has been the most crucial offensive position move of the Ragin’ Cajuns’ season. It’s… Continue reading →

Cajuns extend home streak with romp

Any questions about Louisiana-Lafayette’s physical superiority over Centenary were dispelled early Saturday afternoon. The Ragin’ Cajun basketball squad outmanned the Gents from the start (a 25-6 lead in the first seven minutes) to finish (a 13-2 run to end the game), eventually taking their fourth straight home win in a 115-59 romp at the Cajundome. UL-Lafayette… Continue reading →

UL-Lafayette women pull away from SUNO

LAFAYETTE — A burst of speed and a bounce helped the University of Louisiana-Lafayette women’s basketball team equal the best start in school history. The Cajuns held a 54-52 advantage over Southern-New Orleans and they had possession of the ball with 38 seconds remaining. As UL-Lafayette worked down the clock, junior guard… Continue reading →

Ragin’ Cajun women look to remain unbeaten vs. SUNO

This is heady stuff for Louisiana-Lafayette’s women’s basketball team. The Ragin’ Cajun women haven’t been 5-0 since 1983, long before any of the current squad members were born. That year, UL-Lafayette began the season with six straight wins, still the program’s best-ever start, and even that 1983-84 team couldn’t beat perennial power Louisiana Tech — which this… Continue reading →

Cajuns basketball team tries to avoid letdown vs. Centenary

The Louisiana-Lafayette men’s basketball squad is in prime position for a letdown Saturday when the Ragin’ Cajuns face a third straight Louisiana opponent. The Cajuns rebounded from a disappointing loss at McNeese State one week ago with their best 40 minutes of the season Wednesday in a 94-86 win over a red-hot Louisiana Tech squad. Now, they’ll… Continue reading →