Game update: Cajuns 13, Aztecs 3, halftime

by Dan McDonald

The Cajuns controlled play in most areas of the first half of the New Orleans Bowl, and one big play helped them forge a 13-3 halftime lead.

Game Update: Cajuns 13, Aztecs 3, halftime

NEW ORLEANS UL missed on a golden scoring opportunity in the final three minutes of the first half, but the Ragin' Cajuns still took a 13-3 lead over San Diego State into halftime of the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl.

The Cajuns had taken that 13-3 lead early in the second period on Darryl Surgent's 87-yard punt return for a touchdown, and then turned the Aztecs away midway through the second quarter when SDSU drove to the UL six-yard-line with two no-gain stops on third and fourth down.

UL then drove fromĀ its own 6 all the way to San Diego State's one-yard-line thanks in great part to a 22-yard pass from Brad McGuire to Dwight "Bill" Bentley on a fake punt but were stopped four times inside the 3 and Blaine Gautier's fourth-down pass was intercepted by SDSU's Dey Juan Hemmings with 2:32 left in the half.

Gautier had hit Javone Lawson with an 18-yard scoring pass with 25 seconds left in the first quarter after SDSU's Abelardo Perez had a 27-yard field goal on the Aztecs' first possession.

Gautier was 10-for-17 for 162 yards in the first half.