POSTGAME NOTES

Jan. 4, 2017

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POSTGAME NOTES

  • Louisiana Tech captains wereRyan Higgins,Trent Taylor, Lloyd Grogan and Xavier Woods.
  • Louisiana Tech won the coin toss and chose to receive the opening kickoff.
  • With Ryan Higgins rushing touchdown to open the game, Louisiana Tech has scored on its opening possession in all 14 games of the 2016 season.
  • Louisiana Tech defeated a ranked opponent, #25 Navy, for the first time since 2005 when the Bulldogs took down #23 Fresno on the road 40-28.
  • Louisiana Tech has won three consecutive bowl games for the first time in school history.
  • Louisiana Tech and Navy combined for 93 points which was a new Armed Forces Bowl Record. The previous record was 91 by Cal and Air Force in 2015.
  • Louisiana Tech and Navy combined for 56 first down which also set an Armed Forces Bowl record.

OFFENSE

  • Trent Taylor became just the second player in Louisiana Tech history to eclipse 4,000 receiving yards. The only other Bulldog to achieve that feat was Troy Edwards.
  • Ryan Higgins now has 329 completions this season which ranks fourth in Louisiana Tech history for completions in a single season.
  • Ryan Higgins now has six 400-yard passing games which ranks third in Louisiana Tech history.
  • Trent Taylor finished 2016 with 1,803 receiving yards which ranks second in Louisiana Tech history for receiving yards in a single season.
  • Ryan Higgins now has 329 completions this season which ranks fourth in Louisiana Tech history for completions in a single season.
  • Ryan Higgins now has six 400-yard passing games which ranks third in Louisiana Tech history.
  • Carlos Henderson finished the season 1,535 receiving yards which ranks fourth in Louisiana Tech history for receiving yards in a single season.
  • Carlos Henderson shattered the Louisiana Tech bowl record of 215 all-purpose yards by Kenneth Dixon, racking up 266 in the win over Navy.
  • Carlos Henderson broke a Louisiana Tech bowl record with 137 kickoff return yards, breaking the previous record of 136.
  • Trent Taylor has now caught a pass in 41 straight games.
  • Trent Taylor became the first player in Armed Forces Bowl history to haul in 10 receptions in the Armed Forces Bowl, he finished the contest with 12. Carlos Henderson also had 10 receptions in the win over Navy.
  • Trent Taylor set a new Armed Forces Bowl record with 233 yards receiving in the game.
  • Trent Taylor now has 20 games with 100 or more yards receiving. That ranks second in Louisiana Tech history, behind only Troy Edwards.
  • Ryan Higgins set an Armed Forces Bowl record with 29 pass completions, those 29 completions also broke a Louisiana Tech bowl record, previously held by Jeff Driskel who had 26 in last seasons New Orleans Bowl against Arkansas State.
  • Ryan Higgins four passing touchdowns broke a Louisiana Tech bowl record that was previously held by Jeff Driskel who threw for three touchdowns against Arkansas State in the New Orleans bowl.
  • Trent Taylor set a Louisiana Tech bowl record with 12 receptions, breaking his own record of 10 last season in the New Orleans Bowl.
  • Trent Taylor set a Louisiana Tech bowl record with 233 receiving yards, shattering the previous record for 178 by Delwyn Daigre in the 2001 Humanitarian Bowl against Clemson.
  • Trent Taylor and Carlos Henderson tied a Louisiana Tech bowl record with two receiving touchdown. They joined Kenneth Dixon as the only Bulldogs to achieve that mark.
  • Louisiana Tech set an Armed Forces Bowl team record with 31 first downs, breaking the previous record of 29 by Kansas.
  • Louisiana Tech tied an Armed Forces Bowl record with seven-of-eight scoring on Red Zone scoring.

OFFENSIVE SCORES

  • On Louisiana Tech’s opening drives, Ryan Higgins rolled to the outside and fought his way into the end zone for a two-yard rushing touchdown with 13:35 remaining in the first quarter. It was the quickest score to open a game in Armed Forces Bowl history.
  • Trent Taylor hauled in a 19-yard touchdown reception with 18 seconds remaining in the first quarter to put LA Tech ahead 17-7. It was Taylor’s first touchdown since November 12 against UTSA.
  • Carlos Henderson went up and over a Navy defender on a fade route to the corner of the end zone, putting the Bulldogs back in front 24-21 with 7:15 remaining in the second quarter.
  • Higgins found Trent Taylor for a 51-yard touchdown reception with 35 seconds remaining in the half. That touchdown catch gave the Bulldogs a 31-24 lead going into the locker room.
  • The Bulldogs scored their first touchdown of the second half with 13:10 remaining in the fourth quarter on a 12 yard rush by Boston Scott. The touchdown gave LA Tech a 28-31 lead.
  • Carlos Henderson pulled in another crucial touchdown on a fade route on third and long, this one for 4 yards to put the Bulldogs back ahead 45-38.

DEFENSE

  • On Navy’s opening drive, Prince Sam jumped on a loose football for his first fumble recovery of the 2016 season.
  • Xavier Woods forced his first fumble of the season.
  • Collin Scott entered the game with three career tackles … He had six tackles in the Armed Forces Bowl alone.
  • Deldrick Canty tied a career high with five tackles in Armed Forces Bowl.
  • Darryl Lewis registered a career-high five tackles in the Armed Forces Bowl.
  • Aaron Brown registered a season-high 1.5 tackles for loss in the Armed Forces Bowl.
  • Elliot Blankenship was credited with his first career quarterback hurry.

SPECIAL TEAMS

  • Jonathan Barnes is now responsible for 344 points in his career which moves him into second all-time amongst Louisiana Tech kickers.
  • Jonathan Barnes finishes the season with 22 made field goals which ties his career high and ranks second in Louisiana Tech history for field goals in a single season.
  • Jonathan Barnes set a school record with 77 extra points made this season.
  • Jonathan Barnes was responsible for 143 points this season which is a new Louisiana Tech school record.

SPECIAL TEAMS SCORES

  • Jonathan Barnes knocked in a 22-yard field goal to put Louisiana Tech ahead 10-0 with 9:48 remaining in the first quarter.
  • Jonathan Barnes hit a 32-yard game-winning field goal as time expired to give Louisiana Tech a 48-45 win in the Armed Forces Bowl.

 


 

 

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