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Dec 18, 2012 7:55 PM by Erin Steuber

Ragin' Cajuns Leave for New Orleans

"Just our boys, especially our seniors, going out on such a big bang and with success so imminent for us, it's exciting," said fan Roxan Goudeau.

Ragin' Cajun fans are proud to see the team off as they prepare to take on the East Carolina Pirates in this weekend's bowl game. Ragin' Cajun fans from across Acadiana gathered near Cajun Field for today's send-off. For the second year in a row, the Cajuns are in New Orleans getting ready for Saturday's bowl game.

Last year, more than 18,000 Cajun fans were in the crescent city for the New Orleans Bowl. And this year, the university predicts it will be bigger and better.

Fans young, and old, gathered near Cajun Field anxiously waiting to send off the Ragin' Cajuns.

"It's tough to go through the work week knowing there's a ball game on Saturday," said fan Paul Vedros.

Everyone lined up along Reinhardt Dr. holding their 'Geaux Cajuns' signs, wishing players good luck as they walked towards the buses.

"We wanted to see them having fun going to New Orleans and show everybody this team, that no one thought would go, and we're going again," said fan Susan Bellomy.

Sue Bourque is excited for two reasons, not only is she a proud UL alum, but also a proud mom.

"I'm so proud of our Ragin' Cajuns and especially my son," said Bourque. "he plays on the football team. Go Zach Bourque #36, we're so proud of you."

So far, the Cajundome has sold more than 21,000 tickets for the game. About 50,000 people are expected to fill the Superdome Saturday, shattering last year's record-setting crowd.

"That's what makes this so special is we're doing this together as a community, as a university, as a football team, and everybody has to hold the rope," said Coach Mark Hudspeth.

For the seniors, this will be their last game for UL. But they say the last two years has been an unbelievable journey.

"Just get ready to be loud in the Superdome," said Senior Kicker Brett Baer. "It's going to be a great experience, and we can't wait."

Don't have your tickets yet? It's not too late, tickets are still available.

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