New Orleans Bowl Memories: 2011
The Louisiana Ragin' Cajun football team will take on the Southern Miss Golden Eagles in the 2016 R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, scheduled for Saturday night at 8 pm at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La.
The appearance will mark the 5th in 6 years in the New Orleans Bowl for coach Mark Hudspeth's squad.
All week, in anticipation of the match-up on Saturday night, we'll be re-living previous New Orleans Bowl's that Louisiana played in, from 2011-2014.
Well, what better place to start than 2011, the first New Orleans Bowl that the Cajuns played in?
In one of the most amazing finishes in Cajuns football history, Brett Baer’s 50-yard field goal gave the Cajuns their first bowl victory in program history.
Now, to be official; technically, Louisiana was forced to vacate it's win in the 2011 New Orleans Bowl (they also were forced to vacate their 2013 New Orleans Bowl win), and all 9 wins in their 2011 season, due to NCAA violations. But nobody that experienced the 2011 season, and the 2011 New Orleans Bowl, can ever have their memories taken away.
Baer’s long field goal as time expired lifted Louisiana to a 32-30 victory over San Diego State in front of a then record crowd of 42,841.
Trailing, 30-29, with 35 seconds remaining, Blaine Gautier capped off a record-setting performance of 470 yards passing by directing Louisiana into San Diego St. territory for Baer’s game clincher.
Starting at the UL 18, Gautier completed back-to-back passes to Javone Lawson that covered 39 yards and moved the Cajuns to the San Diego St. 43.
Gautier found Harry Peoples on the sideline for five yards to the SDSU 38 to move into the 50-yard field goal range, before a five-yard penalty against the Aztecs moved Baer and the Cajuns a little closer to victory.
Baer successfully converted the 50-yard field goal as time expired – his first career 50-yard field goal make – to give UL its first nine-win season since 1976.
Below, we see the memorable kick from Baer, with Jay Walker on the call:
Below, you can relive highlights from a game that few that were there will never forget: