College Football
UL Lafayette 32, San Diego State 30
When: 9:00 PM ET, Saturday, December 17, 2011
Where: Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana
Temperature: Dome
Head Official: Randy Christal
Attendance: 42841

Brett Baer booted a 50-yard field goal with no time remaining to give Louisiana-Lafayette a dramatic 32-30 victory over San Diego State in Saturday’s New Orleans Bowl.

Baer’s career-long kick slid inside the left upright and gave the Ragin’ Cajuns (9-4) their first bowl victory since 1943.

Blaine Gautier threw for a career-high 469 yards and fired three touchdown passes and moved Louisiana-Lafayette 49 yards for the winning points after San Diego State (8-5) had taken a 30-29 lead with 35 seconds left on Ryan Lindley’s third scoring hookup with Colin Lockett.

Javone Lawson caught nine passes for 193 yards and two touchdowns and Darryl Surgent returned a punt 87 yards for a touchdown as the Ragin’ Cajuns were victorious in their first bowl appearance since 1970.

The teams combined for 1,048 yards - 567 by Louisiana-Lafayette and 481 by the Aztecs.

San Diego State rallied from a 16-point second-half deficit to take the lead on Lindley’s 12-yard scoring pass to Lockett. The two-point conversion attempt failed.

Lindley passed for 413 yards and guided the Aztecs to 27 second-half points on a night in which star running back Ronnie Hillman struggled with 55 yards on 24 carries. Hillman entered the contest as the nation’s third-leading rusher at 138 yards per game.

Lindley and Lockett teamed up for two 16-yard scoring passes in the third quarter as the Aztecs cut a 19-3 deficit to 19-17.

Gautier’s three scoring passes raised his season total to 23, breaking the school record accomplished twice by longtime NFL quarterback Jake Delhomme.

Louisiana-Lafayette led 13-3 at halftime and started the second half by moving 73 yards on three plays with Gautier’s 20-yard scoring pass to Ladarius Green increasing the lead to 16 points.

San Diego State was vying to win bowl games in back-to-back seasons. The Aztecs notched their first bowl victory in 41 years last December by beating Navy in the Poinsettia Bowl.
Top Game Performances
UL Lafayette   San Diego State
Alonzo Harris Player Ronnie Hillman
14 Attempts 24
62 Yards 55
4.4 Avg Yards 2.3
0 Touchdowns 0
0 Long 0
UL Lafayette   San Diego State
Javone Lawson Player Dylan Denso
9 Receptions 5
193 Yards 109
21.4 Avg Yards 21.8
2 Touchdowns 0
0 Long 0
Team Stats Summary
  Yards Scoring Defense
Team Tot Rus Pas TD FG INT Sck FF
UL Lafayette 568 76 492 3 2 0 1.0 1
San Diego State 481 68 413 4 1 1 0.0 0