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Turnovers Help Louisiana Tech Take Bowl Win In Dallas

Dec 27, 2014
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Call it a bad game and great victory for Louisiana Tech.

The Bulldogs used big plays to make up for an uneven overall effort to take a 35-18 victory over Illinois at the Heart of Dallas Bowl on Dec. 26. Louisiana Tech finished the season 9-5 overall, while the Fighting Illini dropped to 6-7.

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The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs and the Illinois Illini will close out the 2014 season in style at the Heart of Dallas Bowl. Kick off is this Friday at noon on ESPN.

Mark Haslett, of NPR member station KETR in Dallas, says the Bulldogs are six-point favorites over Illinois.

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LSU football is worth $103 million, according to a new valuation in Forbes magazine, NOLA.com reports.

That makes the Tigers the 5th-most valuable team in college football.

Texas led the way with a team worth $131 million, followed by Notre Dame, Michigan and Alabama.

Forbes said the team has revenue of $88 million and a profit of $50 million. The magazine gave LSU high marks for its contract, which sends $7.2 million back to the school each year.

The New Orleans Saints were eliminated from playoff contention on Sunday afternoon in a 30-14 loss to the Atlanta Falcons at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

It was their second loss to the Falcons this year.

The Saints needed the win, or a Carolina loss to the Cleveland Browns, to keep their playoff hopes alive. They got neither.

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The University of Louisiana at Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns won their fourth straight R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl on Saturday, beating the Nevada Wolf Pack 16-3.

Winning in the New Orleans Bowl has become an annual tradition for the Cajuns, who inspire tens of thousands of their fans to come along, making it essentially a home game for UL.

Lafayette is now the first team ever to win the same bowl game in four straight seasons. Eight other teams have three consecutive wins in the same bowl.

The 2014 New Orleans Saints season can be boiled down to one word: inconsistency.

A week and a day after getting steamrolled at home to the Panthers, the Saints flew off to Chicago and beat down the Bears. In the cold, outside, in the rain. On the road.

But those old narratives don’t really mean much anymore.

Following back-to-back turnovers to start the game, a Brees fumble, two botched field goal attempts and some other assorted messes from both teams, the Saints took over in the second and third quarters and closed the Bears down.

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The Superdome has long been known as hostile territory for visiting teams. The crowd prides itself on the cacophonous din raised when their beloved Saints need their help — drowning out visitors' play calls and forcing false starts and bad matchups.

That is, until this year. Now, a great many fans are saying it is they who are being drowned out — by an egregiously bad Superdome sound effect.

It's the Dome Siren, a piped-in air raid alarm-style noise played at ear-splitting intensity each time an opposing team gets ready to play a third down.

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The wheels have come off the 2014 New Orleans Saints.

In a tight race with the Atlanta Falcons for “first place” in the sorry NFC South, on Sunday afternoon the Saints rolled over at home to the woeful Carolina Panthers.

It was a sullen, almost sordid affair for a Saints game. A nasty on-field fight spilled through the end zone wall. A fan threw a beer onto the field. The crowd booed an entreaty by the PA announcer to “Please remember our Fan Code of Conduct." By the start of the fourth quarter there were — maybe — a couple thousand people left in the stands.

Sometimes the 2014 New Orleans Saints show glimmers of the team they could have been.

Kenny Stills caught 5 passes for 162 yards and a touchdown, and the much-maligned New Orleans defense picked off Ben Roethlisberger twice.

The Saints tried to give it away late, but left Pittsburg with a 35-32 win over the Steelers.

The LSU Tigers wrapped up their regular season with a win over Texas A&M.

And in the Bayou Classic, Grambling University fought back until the last moment, but Southern University took the game, 52-45.

The Baltimore Ravens came into New Orleans on Monday night and became the third team in a row to beat the Saints at home.

The final score: 34-27.

It’s the first time in 13 years the Saints have lost three straight in the Superdome.

New Orleans managed to take a lead into the half, but the Ravens tied it up with a field goal… and then Drew Brees threw a pick-6 (an interception returned for a touchdown) right to Baltimore safety Will Hill.

Opposing teams have not missed a field goal against the Saints all year.

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