They say bowl games are decided by effort. To get to a bowl, you have to be at least an OK team or UCLA, but so many bowls pit teams with nothing much to play for against teams with reasons to care. Louisiana-Lafayette has reason to care, playing in its first I-A bowl ever in front of a wildly stacked crowd, and the halftime score reflects that: it's 13-3, Ragin' Cajuns.
For one thing, they've held San Diego St. Aztecs star running back Ronnie Hillman to a 1.9 yards-per-carry average on 17 attempts. Minus one 13-yard burst, he's compiled only 19 yards. The good news for SDSU: they're down at the half. Five times this year, that's resulted in an Aztecs win.
UL-Lafeyette's last offensive drive shows where their heads are at, even though it didn't result in points. The Cajuns went for two fourth down conversions, converting one -- a fake punt pass from Brad McGuire to Dwight Bentley -- and getting picked off at the goal line on the second. Along the way, Javone Lawson achieved this one-handed, diving grab:
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