LAFAYETTE, La. (KPEL News) - Today, we take you back to October 7, 2012, when the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns football team was playing during what was a fun time to be a Ragin' Cajun!

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In 2011, the Cajuns were finally awarded a bowl opportunity in the modern era as Coach Mark Hudspeth brought the Cajuns to national attention during his time at the university. And the Cajuns made the most of that opportunity as they won the New Orleans Bowl in thrilling fashion against San Diego State with Brett Baer kicking the game-winning field goal as time ran out.

R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl - San Diego State v Louisiana-Lafayette
R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl - San Diego State v Louisiana-Lafayette

One of the top players during that time was wide receiver Javone Lawson. During that thrilling New Orleans Bowl win, Lawson had a monster game: catching nine passes for 193 yards according to Well, in 2012, the Cajuns played Tulane and Javone Lawson did something incredible as a touchdown catch he made against the Green Wave not only landed Lawson on ESPN's top plays, but put Louisiana's football program on the map.

It's hard enough to get on ESPN's Top 10 Plays. But to do so at number one was that much more amazing for the University!

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