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Terrance Broadway passed for 227 yards and a touchdown, Hunter Stover kicked three field goals and Louisiana-Lafayette defeated Nevada in the New Orleans Bowl 16-3 on Saturday.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Terrance Broadway passed for 227 yards and a touchdown, Hunter Stover kicked three field goals and Louisiana-Lafayette defeated Nevada in the New Orleans Bowl 16-3 on Saturday.

Stover made a career-long 46-yard field goal in the first half and added kicks of 35 and 30 yards for the Ragin' Cajuns (9-4), who completed their fourth consecutive nine-victory season with their fourth straight New Orleans Bowl win.

Cody Fajardo passed for 124 yards and rushed for 49 more for Nevada (7-6), marking the second time he'd passed for more than 2,000 yards and rushed for more than 1,000 in a season.

But the Wolf Pack, who had 200 or more yards rushing in each of their previous five games, gained only 89 yards on the ground against ULL and failed to score a touchdown for the first time since being shut out at Notre Dame in 2009.

Broadway set an NCAA Division I bowl record by completing his first 14 passes, but it didn't amount to many points.

The Cajuns scored their only touchdown on their opening possession, capped by Broadway's 17-yard pass to C.J. Bates. Stover's first field goal was the only other ULL score in the opening half.

Broadway's first incompletion didn't come until 44 seconds remained in the first half, when the Cajuns were on the edge of field goal range. But Brock Hekking's sack of Broadway took ULL out of range, and Broadway's second incompletion came next as he threw for the end zone as time expired.

Broadway finished 26 of 31 with no interceptions. Fajardo completed 14 of 29 passes, and his incompletions included a pair of key fourth-down passes in the fourth quarter. Both quarterbacks were sacked four times.

Louisiana-Lafayette running back Elijah McGuire rushed for 99 yards and also caught five passes for 54 yards, and ULL outgained Nevada 411-213. Louisiana-Lafayette also possessed the ball for 36:54.

One of Nevada's best drives didn't result in any points. The Wolf Pack went 69 yards in 11 plays, but receiver Wyatt Demps fumbled on a hit by Sean Thomas just after a completion to the ULL 10, and the ball was recovered by Cajuns linebacker Dominique Tovell at the 11.

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