Sept. 2, 2017
Final Stats |
Louisiana Tech vs. Northwestern State
Sept. 2, 2017
Joe Aillet Stadium
• Louisiana Tech captains were Teddy Veal, Jarred Craft, Deldrick Canty, Secdrick Cooper and Jonathan Barnes.
• Announced attendance: 24,002.
• LA Tech improved to 1-0 on the season with a 52-24 victory, scoring 28 unanswered points in the second half.
• The 52 points was the second most the Bulldogs have scored against the Demons in the series that dates back to 1907.
• With the victory, LA Tech now leads the all-time series with Northwestern State, 54-20-5.
• LA Tech improved to 12-1-2 all-time against Northwestern State in Ruston.
• This marked the 50th season opener inside Joe Aillet Stadium. LA Tech is 41-8-1 in home openers at Joe Aillet Stadium.
• The Bulldogs have won six straight home games and 15 of the last 16.
• The Bulldogs won the coin toss and elected to defer to the second half.
• Sophomore J'Mar Smith made his second career start at quarterback for the Bulldogs, completing 18-of-35 passes for a career-high 276 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed 10 times for a career-high 72 yards.
• Senior Jarred Craft led the way on the ground with 16 carries for 86 yards and two touchdowns. It marked the second time in his career he has had two rushing TDs in the same game (last time was Nov. 25, 2016 at Southern Miss). He also had one reception that went for 17 yards and a touchdown, tying his career high for total TDs with three (last time was Oct. 6, 2016 vs. WKU).
• Senior Boston Scott had nine rushing attempts for 55 yards. He also led the team in receiving with a career-high in receptions (four) and yards (55).
• Sophomore Jaqwis Dancy came into the game in the third quarter and had two rushes for eight yards. On his second rushing attempt, he scored his first career touchdown which also was the game-winner.
• Junior Teddy Veal registered three catches for 40 yards in his Bulldog debut.
• Sophomore Rhashid Bonnette registered his first career touchdown as a Bulldog, grabbing a career-long 36-yard reception.
• Sophomore Javonte Woodard came into the game with just one career reception. He tied it tonight but this one went for 53 yards and his first career touchdown.
• Senior Jarred Craft pinballed his way into the end zone from two yards out for the score, giving LA Tech a 24-10 lead with 1:02 remaining in the first half.
• With the score tied 24-24, sophomore Jaqwis Dancy broke multiple tackles and dove into the end zone for the touchdown to give the Bulldogs a seven-point lead with 58 seconds left in the third quarter.
• Senior Jarred Craft powered the ball in from the 2-yard line for the touchdown, giving the Bulldogs a 38-24 advantage with 11:39 to play in the fourth quarter.
• Sophomore Rhashid Bonnette caught a 36-yard pass from J'Mar Smith for a touchdown, giving LA Tech a 45-24 lead with 9:40 left in the fourth quarter.
• Senior Jarred Craft caught a pass over the middle from J'Mar Smith and took it 17 yards for the touchdown, giving the Bulldogs a 52-24 edge with 3:33 remaining in the game.
• The LA Tech defense registered two interceptions, both coming by junior linebacker Dae'Von Washington. It marked the first time the defense recorded multiple interceptions in a single game since Sept. 3, 2016 at Arkansas.
• Washington was the first Bulldog with two interceptions in a single game since Nov. 26, 2014 (Adairius Barnes at Old Dominion). The first INT came off a tipped pass early in the fourth quarter. The second INT came on the Demons next offensive drive, jumping into the passing lane.
• The Bulldogs totaled three sacks, one each by junior defensive tackle Jordan Bradford (4.5 career sacks), senior defensive end Deldrick Canty (career sack No. 7) and sophomore defensive tackle Courtney Wallace (first career sack).
• Senior Deldrick Canty also registered a force fumble and two quarterback hurries.
• Senior Elliot Blankenship led the way with a career-high six tacklese.
• Amik Robertson became the first true freshman to start in the opening game since Xavier Woods in 2013.
• Jonathan Barnes connected on a 31-yard field goal with 3:58 left in the first quarter to put the Bulldogs on the scoreboard. It was career made FG No. 57 for the senior.
• Senior Jonathan Barnes was a perfect 7-for-7 on extra-point attempts. He remains in second in program history in career extra points made (183) and career extra points attempted (187).
• Freshman Reggie Cleveland forced a fumble on an NSU kickoff. The ball was picked up by senior DeJuawn Oliver and returned 26 yards for the Bulldogs first touchdown of the game at the 3:46 mark in the first quarter. It was Cleveland's first career action and Oliver's third career touchdown.
• Junior Teddy Veal returned a punt for 66 yards and the touchdown with 9:46 left in the second quarter, giving LA Tech a 17-7 lead. It was his first game and first career TD as a Bulldog.
• Sophomore Brady Farlow handled all of the punting duties in his first career game, recording four punts for 180 yards (average of 45.0 per kick).