No. 16 La.-Lafayette tops UTSA 31-24 in First Responder Bowl

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Louisiana-Lafayette linebacker Ferrod Gardner (7), coach Billy Napier and others hold up the trophy after a 31-24 win over UTSA in the First Responder Bowl NCAA college football game in Dallas, Saturday, Dec. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Matt Strasen)

DALLAS (AP) — Trey Ragas scored on a 1-yard plunge with 7:16 left and No. 16 Louisiana-Lafayette beat UTSA 31-24 in the First Responder Bowl on Saturday at SMU’s Ford Stadium. The Ragin’ Cajuns drove 72 yards in 12 plays for the winning score after UTSA (7-5) overcame a 24-7 second-half deficit to tie it with two touchdowns and a field goal. UTSA associate head coach/offensive coordinator Barry Lunney Jr. directed the Roadrunners after first-year coach Jeff Traylor twice tested positive for COVID-19 this week and didn’t accompany the team. The Ragin’ Cajuns finished 10-1, and UTSA was 7-5.