Offense and Defense Play to 44-44 Tie in 2010 T-Day Spring Game

Richie Casey catches a 12-yard touchdown pass from Ross Jenkins.
 
Richie Casey catches a 12-yard touchdown pass from Ross Jenkins.
 

April 10, 2010

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RUSTON, La. - Louisiana Tech's offense and defense played to a 44-44 tie Saturday in front of several thousand fans at Joe Aillet Stadium.

Due to injuries, the game was set up as offense vs. defense with a modified scoring system that awarded points for select achievements during the game, as well as the normal touchdowns, field goals and extra points.

Steven Ensminger was 13-for-21 for 148 yards and a touchdown Saturday in a game that saw no interceptions. Ross Jenkins, battling Ensminger for the top spot, was 7-for-12 for 58 yards and a touchdown while Colby Cameron was 11-for-14 for 81 yards. Doak Raulston also performed well, going 10-for-21 for 106 yards.

Most of Ensminger's passing yards came on an 81-yard touchdown pass to Tim Molton, Molton's only catch of the day. Eric Harper led all receivers with five catches for 62 yards while Richie Casey caught a touchdown pass from Jenkins as a part of his 31 receiving yards on five catches. Casey's touchdown came late in the first quarter, completing a three-minute drive that spanned 61 yards on nine plays.

"It's been a while since I played," said Casey. "Just getting out there, I was so excited I had to find some way to calm myself down. I was just excited to be able to be out there and playing. It feels good that they [the coaches] have confidence in me and they aren't holding my legs against me. It makes me feel good that they are going to be looking for me and to be able to come to me [to make a play]."

Lennon Creer and Lyle Fitte paced the rushing game as Creer ran the ball 12 times for 53 yards and a touchdown while Fitte recorded 46 yards on 10 carries. Creer's touchdown came on a one yard run that capped off a 13-play, 74-yard drive that lasted over four and a half minutes.

"The thing I was really happy about offensively was that we only made one turnover today," said Louisiana Tech head coach Sonny Dykes. "We did a much better job taking care of the football. We have to continue to develop a little more continuity, offensively. This summer for us is going to be a very critical time. It will give our quarterbacks and receivers a chance to improve."

The defense put constant pressure on the offense throughout the game and recorded seven total sacks for a loss of 57 yards in the game. Solomon Randle, who led the defense with nine total tackles, was credited with three tackles for a loss and one sack. Tank Calais had seven tackles with one for a loss of two yards.

"I feel really good about where we stand defensively," Dykes said. "Several guys stood out today, like Solomon Randle who was very active. Our middle linebacker position between Solomon Randle and Adrien Cole is a strength of our defense. Both of those guys are pretty good. Tank Calais is as consistent as a defensive player that we have right now. He is playing really well at that nickel position and that is the perfect position for him to play. It gives him a lot of freedom to make some plays."

Randy Grigsby led the sack category, recording two sacks for a total loss of 20 yards for the offense while also forcing and recovering a fumble. Of his five tackles on the day, Christian Lacey made 2.5 of those stops for a loss of 12 yards for the defense.

Overall, the defense had 17 tackles for a total loss of 77 yards.

Saturday's T-Day Spring Game was Louisiana Tech's 14th practice session during the spring workout season. The Bulldogs will wrap up the spring season with one final practice on Tuesday at 4 p.m. in full pads at Joe Aillet Stadium.

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