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Louisiana QB Levi Lewis gives away New Orleans Bowl MVP to his running back Emani Bailey

Erik Hall, The Advertiser, Dec. 19, 2021

Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns quarterback Levi Lewis was selected the MVP of the 2021 New Orleans Bowl

Lewis had thrown for 270 yards and one touchdown while also rushing for 74 yards as he helped the UL Ragin’ Cajuns defeat Marshall 36-21. 

UL running back Emani Bailey had accounted for two touchdowns in the win, and Lewis wanted him to have the MVP award. 

"I want to give it to the O-line, and EB had two tuddies," Lewis said. "This is for EB and the O-line."

As soon as Lewis received the award, he handed it to Bailey, and it was Bailey that posed with the trophy on the stage during the postgame ceremony. 

"He was true to his word," Jay Walker said on the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns radio broadcast after Lewis gave Bailey the trophy. "He just handed it off."

"Pretty groovy," Gerald Broussard said on the radio broadcast.

"And pretty Levi," Walker said.

"The least surprising thing we’ve seen tonight," Broussard added.

The UL Ragin’ Cajuns, ranked No. 17 in the USA Today Sports AFCA Coaches Poll, improved to 13-1 overall. Marshall University went to 7-6 overall. 

The New Orleans Bowl marked the first meeting between the Louisiana and Marshall football programs.

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