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ULL downs Tulane in New Orleans Bowl

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Playing with a cast on his broken throwing arm, Louisiana-Lafayette quarterback Terrance Broadway wasn't as prolific as usual. Fortunately for the Ragin' Cajuns, they had Corey Trim to make a game-changing play on defense.

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Trim returned an interception 82 yards for a touchdown, Hunter Stover hit a go-ahead 27-yard field goal in the fourth quarter, and Louisiana-Lafayette held off Tulane 24-21 on Saturday night for its third straight New Orleans Bowl victory.

Tulane set up for a 48-yard field goal try in the final seconds, but Cairo Santos, the 2012 Lou Groza award winner as the nation's best kicker, missed just left.

Elijah McGuire and Alonzo Harris each had touchdowns runs for the Ragin' Cajuns (9-4), who led 21-0 on Trim's interception - the longest in the bowl game's history - against Nick Montana. But Tulane rallied to tie it at 21 on three TD runs by Orleans Darkwa.

Broadway passed for 143 yards and ran for 33, but took a lot of hits in the second half before being replaced by Jalen Nixon in the fourth quarter.

Devin Powell replaced Montana in the first half and passed for 223 yards for Tulane (7-6), but had a pass intercepted by Sean Thomas, a play that set up ULL's winning field goal.

It wasn't clear until kickoff who was going to play quarterback for either team. ULL coach Mark Hudspeth had all but ruled out Broadway, who broke his right (throwing) arm Nov. 30. Tulane coach Curtis Johnson said he was unsure if he could start Montana, who had struggled much of the season with injuries, including to his throwing shoulder.

Both quarterbacks ended up starting, but only Broadway took the majority of his team's snaps.

Ragin' Cajuns needed six plays to produce the game's opening score. Broadway completed his first two passes for first downs, and McGuire capped the drive with a 27-yard run in which he reached for the pylon as he was knocked out of bounds.

Tulane crossed midfield on its third drive before running a trick play in which receiver Ryan Grant took a reverse handoff and threw deep, but it was intercepted by Thomas and returned to the ULL 27. That set up a six-play 73-yard scoring drive that ended with Alonzo Harris' 15-yard scoring run.

The Wave was in position to halve its deficit when Montana drove Tulane inside the ULL 20, but Trim's interception along the sideline made it 21-0 early in the second quarter.

Desperate for points, Tulane sought to convert on fourth-and-3 from its own 47. Powell threw deep and Devon Breaux made an adjustment to haul in an underthrown pass for a 42-yard gain, setting up Darkwa's first TD from the 1.

Jordan Sullen's interception at the Tulane 35 set up the Green Wave's second scoring drive, which began with Powell's 49-yard pass to Grant. That led to Darwka's second score on a 7-yard run up the middle to make it 21-14 shortly before halftime.

Darkwa's tying touchdown came on a 22-yard run shortly after Derrick Strozier intercepted Broadway's attempted throw-away along the sideline, returning it 20 yards to the 17.

Sullen was later knocked out by a knee to the head and carted off the field, but was expected to be OK.

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