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LAFAYETTE – Louisiana Football claimed its first outright Sun Belt Conference Championship in program history after securing a thrilling 24-16 victory over App State in front of a record crowd of 31,014 on Saturday.

With the win, the Ragin' Cajuns secured their 12th-straight victory, extending their record-breaking streak and bagging the most wins a single season in program history. The win was also the 40th of head coach Billy Napier's career.

Louisiana now heads to the 2021 New Orleans Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 18, to take on Conference USA's Marshall. Kickoff is slated for 8:15 p.m. CT. The game will be broadcast on ESPN.

The primetime matchup will be Louisiana's first trip to New Orleans for the postseason contest since 2016 and the sixth time since 2011. With the invitation, the Ragin' Cajuns will be appearing in their 11th bowl game and own an official record of 6-2.

Marshall finished the 2021 regular season with a 7-5 overall record and a 5-3 record in C-USA play. It will be the first meeting between the two teams.

For ticket information and to learn more about the 2021 New Orleans Bowl, visiting the Louisiana Bowl Central page.

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