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Congratulations to the 2022 R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl Champions!

The results are in, congratulations to the 2022 R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl champions! After a clash between players from the Sun Belt Conference and Conference USA, the Hilltoppers emerged victorious. The game was a blowout, with a score of 44-23 sealing the win for Western Kentucky. Additionally, Hilltoppers’ quarterback Austin Reed set an R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl single-game record for passing yards at 497, dethroning the previous 470 record from 2011. It also marked the first appearance from both teams at the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, as well as the Hilltopper’s first win at this event. Overall, this game was the 22nd edition of the New Orleans Bowl and the 17th year R+L Carriers has served as its title sponsor.

Road to the 2022 Champions

As the week began, two enthusiastic teams arrived in the Big Easy, eager to be crowned the 2022 R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl Champions. Greeted by representatives of the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation, the Jaguars and Hilltoppers settled into the Crescent City. Shamrock Bar hosted both team parties, complete with food and party games. After much fun, players prepared for the December 19 Day of Service.

A Time to Give Back

Each year, teams volunteer a moment of their time in the lead up to the bowl game. Ochsner Children Hospital, Sunrise Senior Living and Pontchartrain Conservancy were among the places players visited for this year’s Day of Service. Many such organizations have been long-time staples of the player’s Day of Service events. Thank you to all the football players who volunteered their time, your service brought many smiles to the city of New Orleans.

The Players and Coaches Luncheon

December 7, New Orleans Saints Linebacker Demario Davis was announced as the luncheon keynote speaker. Two weeks later, Jaguars, Hilltoppers and media figures alike piled into the room to hear Davis speak just one day before the Battle in the Bayou. Western Kentucky Head Coach Tyson Helton and South Alabama Head Coach Kane Wommack also shared their thoughts ahead of the competition. Altogether, the day was a successful celebration of both conference teams.

Fans Support the 2022 Champions

Before the Hilltoppers secured victory at the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, fans of both teams peppered social media with school spirit. All week, proud University of South Alabama and Western Kentucky University supporters were eager to cheer on their school’s football players. After all, the best of football doesn’t come from just the competitors, but the fans, too! Check out our highlights featuring some of the most notable fan and team engagement.

Return Next Year!

R+L Carriers returns in 2023 as the New Orleans Bowl title sponsor for the 18th consecutive year. Furthermore, thank you to everyone who tweeted #RLBowl and #neworleansbowl; your support brings recognition to the hardworking athletes on both teams.

Join us next December for the 2023 R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, until then, let the good times bowl!

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