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Gerald Herbert, Associated Press
San Diego State running back Ronnie Hillman (13) rushes past Louisiana-Lafayette cornerback Jemarious Moten (2) and linebacker Lance Kelley (21) during the first quarter of their New Orleans Bowl NCAA college football game in New Orleans, Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011.

NEW ORLEANS — Brett Baer kicked a 50-yard field goal as time ran out, lifting Louisiana-Lafayette to 32-30 victory over San Diego State in the New Orleans Bowl on Saturday night.

Playing in their first bowl game as a Division I FBS team, the Ragin Cajuns led most of the way but fell behind, 30-29, when Aztecs quarterback Ryan Lindley connected with Colin Lockett on a 12-yard touchdown strike with 35 seconds to go.

Louisiana-Lafayette was able to drive to the Aztecs 38 to set up what was initially a 55-yard attempt, but a pre-snap penalty moved the winning kick 5 yards closer.

Cajuns quarterback Blaine Gautier passed for 470 yards and three touchdowns. He finished with 2,958 yards passing and 23 TDs on the season, breaking Jake Delhomme's single-season school records.