April 14, 2012
RUSTON, La. - Sonny Dykes’ high octane offense has truly arrived. Louisiana Tech’s offense (White Team) racked up 54 points and 830 yards in 111 total offensive plays Saturday as the White Team defeated the Blue Team (Defense), 54-25, at Joe Aillet Stadium.
The White Team took advantage of several big plays – eight explosive plays of 20 yards or more in all – in a one-sided scrimmage that wrapped up Louisiana Tech’s spring football “season.”
White had 21 players in all make a catch with three – Jon Greenwalt, D.J. Banks and Quinton Patton – recording 100 yards or more receiving. Greenwalt led the receiving corps with six catches for 161 yards while Myles White had two of the team’s five touchdown receptions among his 87 yards receiving in all.
The White Team had a normal game’s scoring system in place while the Blue Team (Defense) could score 10 points for a touchdown, four points on a turnover, one point for a three-and-out and one point for a sack. The defense recorded six sacks in all Saturday.
Zach Griffith was 38-for-44 with three touchdown passes for 419 yards but took five sacks while Colby Cameron was 20-for-27 for 263 yards with two touchdowns and one interception, only taking one sack. Most of the first team offense did not play in the second half.
Banks had four catches for 102 yards with most of that coming on an 80-yard touchdown reception from Griffith for the longest play from scrimmage of the day. Most of the yards came after the catch as he continuously eluded defenders throughout the game.
Patton also was one to elude defenders with four catches for 100 yards, recording two catches for 50 yards in each of the two quarters.
The defense recorded 86 tackles in all with 11 coming for a total loss of 49 yards. Two fumbles were forced, both recovered by the defense. Dirk Tanner and Shakeil Lucas provided a powerful middle front with a combined three tackles for a loss of 16 yards, two of which were sacks for a loss of 14 yards.
Marlon Seets led the ground game with six carries for 88 yards including a 67-yard touchdown run late in the second quarter.
The two teams were tied at the end of the first quarter, 14-14, before the offense outscored the defense 40-11 over the next three quarters, most of which included a running clock.
The T-Day Spring Game was the 15th and final spring session for the Bulldogs. The team will not return to practice until fall camp opens in August.
Louisiana Tech will open the 2012 season on Aug. 30 against Texas A&M in a home game played at Shreveport’s Independence Stadium.
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