Quarterback Terrance Broadway passed for 316 yards and ran for 108, leading Louisiana-Lafayette to a 43-34 victory over East Carolina in the New Orleans Bowl.
NEW ORLEANS — Whether Terrance Broadway was throwing, running or throwing on the run, he gave East Carolina fits and justified Louisiana-Lafayette coach Mark Hudspeth’s decision to let his sophomore quarterback finish the season as his starter.
Broadway passed for 316 yards and ran for 108, helping Louisiana-Lafayette repeat as winner of the New Orleans Bowl. The Ragin’ Cajuns beat East Carolina 43-34 Saturday.
The performance capped a season that opened with Broadway backing up senior Blaine Gautier, who broke a bone in his throwing hand in late September.
“Terrance comes in and just has a phenomenal season,” said Hudspeth, describing the difficult decision not to give Gautier — the most valuable player in last year’s 32-30 New Orleans Bowl victory over San Diego State — 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.”
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Broadway had to sit out last season after transferring from Houston.
Alonzo Harris rushed for 120 yards, including touchdowns of 6 and 68 yards, for the Ragin’ Cajuns (9-4).
Shane Carden passed for 278 yards and two TDs for East Carolina (8-5).
• UCLA junior safety Tevin McDonald, second on the team in tackles at 79, will not play in Thursday’s Holiday Bowl because he violated team policy, Bruins coach Jim Mora said.
McDonald tested positive for marijuana, according to a person familiar with the situation who was not authorized to comment. Under UCLA policy, a player is suspended for one game after testing positive for a third time.
“We had to leave Tevin McDonald at home for a violation of team policy,” said Mora, a former Seahawks coach. “I can’t discuss it any further than that.”
Mora said McDonald’s position would be filled by “committee” against Baylor in the Holiday Bowl, which is played in San Diego.
• USC quarterback Matt Barkley, who sprained his shoulder in a Nov. 17 loss to UCLA, has attended practices but not participated in them since his injury.
Will Barkley play in the Dec. 31 Sun Bowl against Georgia Tech in El Paso, Texas?
“We’re going to look at it when we get down there and see if he can practice,” Trojans coach Lane Kiffin said.
• Cody Vaz will be Oregon State’s starting QB against Texas in Saturday’s Alamo Bowl in San Antonio. Coach Mike Riley picked Vaz over Sean Mannion.
Compiled from The Associated Press, Los Angeles Times
and The Orange County Register.