Louisiana Tech defeated Illinois, 35-18, to claim the Zaxby's Heart of Dallas Bowl trophy
Marshall defeated LA Tech, 26-23, to claim the C-USA Championship on Saturday in Huntington, West Virginia
Representatives from just under 20 pro teams in attendance
Several student-athletes honored for on and off the field performances
LA Tech athletes continue to excel in the classroom
Photos from Louisiana Tech's final Western Athletic Conference football game.
Photos from the Louisiana Tech vs. Idaho football game.
Photos from the Louisiana Tech vs. Texas A&M game in Shreveport.
Photos from the Louisiana Tech vs. UNLV game.
Louisiana Tech at Illinois on Sept. 22, 2012
2012 Academic All-WAC
2011 Second Team All-WAC
2010 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District First Team
2009 Second Team All-Louisiana
2012: Set school records for career scoring (360) as he was named Academic All-WAC in his senior year ... Converted 76 of 80 PATs and was 12-for-18 on field goals on hte year scoring 112 total points ... Averaged 58.8 yards as he kicked off 103 times for 6,055 yards with 21 touchbacks ... Set a career-high eight successful PATs and kicked off nine times averaging 61.3 yards per kickoff with five touchbacks in a 56-49 win at Houston (9/8) ... Matched his career-high in PATs the following week going 8-for-8 against Rice (9/15) while averaging 63.5 yards on eight kickoffs with three touchbacks against the Owls ... Converted all seven PATs in a 52-24 win at Illinois (9/22) to set new Louisiana Tech career records in PAT conversions and PAT attempts while connecting on a 32-yard field goal and averaging 60.9 yards on his nine kickoffs ... Scored a career-high 14 points in Tech's 44-38 win at Virginia (9/29) as he was 3-for-3 on field goals with distances of 31, 40 and 45 yards and connected on all five PATs ... Set a career-high points scored with three field goals and seven PATs for a total of 16 points scored against UNLV as he was 3-for-3 on field goals, 7-for-7 on PATs and kicked off 11 times for 609 yards in Tech's 58-31 win ... Connected on a 43-yard field goal and averaged 60.3 yards on seven kickoffs but had one of his five PAT kicks blocked and returned for a conversion in a 59-57 loss to No. 22 Texas A&M (10/13) ... Kicked off 11 times, averaging 60.5 yards per kickoff and converted on all 1 of his PAT attempts in a 70-28 rout of Idaho (10/20) ... Averaged 61.0 yards on his five kickoffs and converted all four PAT attempts at New Mexico State (10/27) but missed on three separate field goal attempts ... Converted a 22-yard field goal attempt and averaged 58.9 yards on his nine kickoffs against UTSA (11/3) ... Averaged 55.2 yards on his 10 kickoffs at Texas State (11/10) ... Converted two of three field goal attempts - including a game-tying 32-yard field goal as regulation time expired - and averaged 62.3 yards per kickoff in an overtime loss to Utah State (11/17) ... Connected on a 29-yard field goal and converted four of five PAT attempts at San Jose State (11/24).
2011: A second team All-WAC selection that played in all 13 games ... Converted 15-of-21 field goal attempts with a season-long field goal of 47 yards and kicked off 77 times for 4,673 yards to average 60.7 yards per kickoff ... Made a 28-yard field goal and averaged 62.0 yards on four kickoffs with one touchback in a game played in the middle of a tropical storm at Southern Miss (9/3) ... Missed a 47-yard field goal and averaged 66.9 yards on seven kickoffs against Central Arkansas (9/10) ... Tied a career-long 47-yard field goal against Houston (9/17) while also connecting on a 30-yard field goal and averaging 61.9 yards on his seven kickoffs that included two touchbacks ... Connected on both field goal attempts while averaging 61.6 yards on his five kickoffs with two touchbacks at Mississippi State (9/24) ... Averaged 61.2 yards on his five kickoffs against Hawai'i (10/1) ... Converted on a 23-yard field goal and averaged 63.7 yards on six kickoffs with two being called for a touchback at Idaho (10/8) ... Averaged a career-best 69.4 yards on his five kickoffs and converted on a 24-yard field goal attempt at Utah State (10/22) ... Converted on one of two field goal attempts (a 25-yard field goal) and averaged 58.6 yards in his seven kickoffs against San Jose State (10/29) ... Converted on two of three field goal attempts from 26 yards and 40 yards (missing on a 48-yard attempt) and averaged 59.4 yards on eight kickoffs at Fresno State (11/5) ... Converted on two of four field goal attempts with successful field goals of 36 and 43 yards and averaged 60.8 yards on five kickoffs in a 27-7 win at Ole Miss (11/12) ... Connected on a 29-yard field goal and averaged 66.2 yards on his five kickoffs in Tech's 24-20 win at Nevada (11/19) ... Averaged 47.8 yards on his eight kickoffs and successfully converted a 32-yard field goal attempt in a 44-0 rout of New Mexico State (11/26) to clinch the WAC title ... Hit one of two field goals for 23 yards and kicked off five times for 279 yards, averaging 55.8 yards per kickoff, against No. 15 TCU (12/21) in the Poinsettia Bowl.
2010:Named to the ESPN The Magazine academic all-district first team ... Played in all 12 games as the primary field goal kicker and handled kickoffs starting with the final kickoff against Southern Miss (9/25) ... Was 14-for-18 on field goal attempts with a season-best field goal of 47 yards ... Averaged 61.4 yards on his 48 kickoffs with four touchbacks ... Was 2-for-3 on field goals against Grambling (9/4), including converting a 45-yard attempt ... Made his only field goal attempt at Texas A&M (9/11), hitting a 37-yard attempt ... Matched a career best performance against Navy (9/18) with three successful field goals ... Converted a 29-yard field goal attempt in a 13-12 loss to Southern Miss (9/25) while also recording one kickoff for 63 yards ... Did not attempt a field goal at Hawai'i (10/2) but kicked off four times, averaging 63.5 yards per kickoff with one being called for a touchback ... Converted one of two field goal attempts against Utah State (10/9), making a 38-yard attempt and having his other attempt blocked while also kicking off five times for 314 yards, averaging 62.8 yards per kickoff ... Kicked off nine times against Idaho (10/16), averaging 63.1 yards per kickoff and sending one for a touchback while converting two of his three field goal attempts ... Kicked off four times at No. 2 Boise State (10/26) and had a successful onside kick called back due to an offside penalty ... Kicked off five times against Fresno State (11/6), averaging 61.6 yards per kickoff while converting four of his five PAT kicks with the fifth being blocked ... Converted 2-for-3 field goal attempts with a career-best 47-yard field goal at New Mexico State (11/13) while averaging a season-best 63.6 yards on his eight kickoffs ... Hit one field goal from 33 yards and averaged 59.0 yards per kickoff at San Jose State (11/27) ... Averaged a career-best 68.8 yards per kickoff against No. 14 Nevada (12/4) while connecting on his lone field goal attempt from 25 yards out.
2009: An all-Louisiana second team honoree... True freshman kicker that converted 12-of-16 field goal attempts with a season-long 46 yard field goal and converted 42-of-43 PAT attempts... Averaged 56.9 yards in 64 kickoffs throughout the season... In his first collegiate appearance, nailed field goals from 20-yards and 46-yards at Auburn (9/5)... Also at Auburn, recorded four kickoffs for an average of 57.0 yards per kick... Averaged three kickoffs for 55.0 yards at Navy (9/12)... Was 2-for-2 on field goal attempts against Nicholls State (9/19), hitting from 24- and 44-yards out while averaging 62.9 yards in nine kickoffs... Missed the first field goal of his career against Hawai'i (9/30), falling short of a 58-yard attempt as time expired in the first half... Made his other two attempts against the Warriors of 28-yards and 26-yards... His six kickoffs against Hawai'i averaged 59.7 yards per kick... Missed his first normal range field goal attempt at Nevada (10/9), sending a 38-yard attempt wide while averaging 65.7 yards per kick in three kickoffs... Converted his only field goal attempt against New Mexico state (10/17), a 26-yard attempt, while averaging 58.1 yards per kickoff... Averaged a season-best 69.2 yards in four kickoffs at Utah State (10/24)... Missed a 56-yard game-winning field goal wide left at Idaho (10/31) while also failing to convert a PAT for the first and only time during the season... Converted all three field goal attempts at No. 9 LSU (11/14) while averaging 46.3 yards on three kickoffs... Ended the year by converting two of three field goal attempts against San Jose State (12/5) while averaging 60.3 yards in nine kickoffs.
High School: Lettered three years for coach Mike Jinks at Steele High School in Texas .... Helped lead the Knights to the 2008 District 27-4A title and the state playoffs ... Two-time all-district and two-time academic all-district ... Named all-area by the San Antonio Express News as a senior ... Also named academic all-state as a senior ... Hit 13-of-16 field goals as a junior with a long of 48 yards and 45-of-45 extra points ... As a senior he connected on 7-of-10 field goals and 56-of-56 extra points ... Also played soccer as a freshman and sophomore in high school ...
Personal: Full name is Matthew John Nelson ... Son of Janet and John Nelson ... Has one brother, Tyler ... Born March 8, 1991 in Spring, Texas.