Postgame Notes

Sept. 5, 2015

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RUSTON -

Louisiana Tech-62, Southern-15

Sept. 5, 2015

Joe Aillet Stadium

POSTGAME NOTES

• LA Tech captains were Kentrell Brice, Vernon Butler, Kenneth Dixon and Jeff Driskel.

• Tonight’s announced attendance: 27,905. It marked the second largest attendance in stadium history.

• LA Tech won the coin toss and elected to defer to the second half.

• With the 62-15 win, LA Tech now leads the all-time series over Southern, 1-0.

• LA Tech is now 5-0 all-time against teams from the Southwestern Athletic Conference.

• LA Tech has now won seven straight season openers at home, dating back to 1996.

• The 24 points scored in the first quarter was the most in the opening quarter since Oct. 20, 2012 when the Bulldogs scored 35 against Idaho.

• The 52 points scored in the first half is the most in a half since Oct. 20, 2012 when the ‘Dogs scored 56 in the first half against Idaho.

• The 62 points scored by LA Tech is the most in a season opener since Aug. 26, 2000 when the Bulldogs scored 63 in a victory over Mississippi Valley State.

• With the 62 points scored, LA Tech has now registered 60+ points in three of the five games played against SWAC opponents.

Shane Carpenter, Marlon Watts, Cedric Johnson and Deldrick Canty made their first career starts.

OFFENSE

Jeff Driskel is now 4-0 all-time in season opening games as the starting quarterback.

Jeff Driskel played 25 minutes of action and was 12-of-15 passing for 274 yards while tying a career high with four touchdown passes. He also tacked on one rushing touchdown in his Bulldog debut. The five total TDs is a career high while the 274 passing yards was the third most of his career.

Kenneth Dixon finished the night with nine rushing attempts for 106 yards and two receptions for 65 yards. It marked the fewest rushing attempts to reach 100 yards for his career. His long rush of 65 yards was the third longest and his long pass of 55 yards was the second longest.

Kenneth Dixon registered a rushing and receiving touchdown. It marked the sixth time in his career he has done so.

Kenneth Dixon now has 63 overall touchdowns in his career. He is now tied for 10th in NCAA history with Ron Dayne (Wisconsin, 1996-99).

Jeff Driskel hit Kenneth Dixon for a 55-yard touchdown completion on the Bulldogs opening drive of the game with just 9:16 remaining in the first quarter to give LA Tech an early 7-0 lead. It was a dump-off pass on third down which Dixon went untouched into the end zone. It marked Driskel’s first touchdown pass as a Bulldog and Dixon’s ninth career touchdown reception.

• This was the first opening drive touchdown for LA Tech since Nov. 8, 2014 at UAB.

Trent Taylor recorded three receptions for 60 yards and a touchdown. The junior has now registered at least one reception in 24 of the 27 games he has played in.

• Driskel completed a 22-yard pass to Trent Taylor for a touchdown with 1:18 remaining in the first quarter which gave the Bulldogs a 24-0 lead. It marked Driskel’s second touchdown of the day and Taylor’s 12th career touchdown reception which leads the team.

• Driskel connected with Marcus Gaines for a 27-yard completion for a touchdown to give LA Tech a 31-8 lead with 13:47 left in the second quarter. It was Driskel’s third touchdown pass of the game. It marked Gaines’ second career touchdown reception and his longest reception of his career. It marks Driskel’s fourth career game with at least three touchdown passes.

• Driskel hit Paul Turner for a 58-yard touchdown with 12:35 left in the second quarter to give LA Tech a 38-8 lead. Driskel has tied his career high of four touchdown passes and Turner recorded his longest reception of his career. It was also Turner’s fifth career touchdown reception.

Kenneth Dixon sprinted for a 65-yard touchdown run with 11:51 left in the second quarter to give LA Tech a 45-8 lead. It marked his 54th career rushing touchdown and his 63rd overall touchdown which ties for 10th in NCAA history.

Kenneth Dixon has now rushed for over 100 yards in 18 games.

• Walk-on DeJuawn Oliver pulled in a 37-yard reception in the second quarter. It marked his third career reception and the longest reception.

Jeff Driskel rushed it from six yards out for a touchdown with 6:33 left in the second quarter to give LA Tech a 52-8 lead. It marked his fifth total touchdown of the game, a career high.

Grant Childress recorded a nine-yard reception late in the second quarter. It marked his first career reception as a Bulldog.

• True freshman Jaqwis Dancy rushed for six yards on his first career rush as a Bulldog. It came on the first offensive play of the second half.

• Redshirt freshman Kameron McKnight pulled in a 20-yard reception in the third quarter for his first career reception.

Ryan Higgins connected with Marlon Watts with a 22-yard touchdown reception with 3:12 left in the third quarter to give LA Tech a 59-15 lead. It was Watts’ first career touchdown reception for the sophomore. It was Higgins’ first touchdown pass since Nov. 23, 2013 versus Tulsa.

Sanford Seay registered a six-yard reception late in the third quarter. It marked the first career reception for the redshirt senior.

• Redshirt freshman Price Wilson saw his first career action at quarterback.

Price Wilson hit Jaqwis Dancy for a 30-yard reception midway through the fourth quarter. It was the first career completed pass and first career reception for the two Bulldogs.

DEFENSE

• LA Tech defense has gone 10 straight games with recording an interception.

• LA Tech recorded at least one interception in the last 11 home games. The last time they did not was Nov. 17, 2012.

Cedric Johnson made his first career start.

Tyler Porter sacked the Southern quarterback for a loss of four yards in the first quarter. That was his first career sack.

Vontarrius Dora picked up a solo sack on a third-and-long by Southern. He now has 8.5 career sacks as a Bulldog.

• LA Tech’s defense totaled 66 tackles as a team with 6.0 tackles for a loss of 19 yards.

Lloyd Grogan led LA Tech’s defense with six total tackles (3 solo, 3 assisted), while David Mahaffey led with 1.5 tackles for a loss 3 yards.

Xavier Woods picked off a pass midway through the first quarter and returned it 18 yards. It marked his seventh career interception as the junior had six last year.

Nick Thomason recorded an interception with 13:54 left in the second quarter. It marked his third career interception.

Courtney Wallace recovered a fumble midway through the fourth quarter. It was the first career fumble recovery for the freshman.

SPECIAL TEAMS

Jonathan Barnes connected on the first PAT attempt.

Paul Turner returned a 43-yard punt for a touchdown with 7:28 left in the first quarter to give LA Tech a 14-0 advantage. That is the first punt return for a touchdown since Craig Johnson did so since Nov. 26, 2011.

• It was Turner’s second career punt return and his first punt return for a touchdown. His previous one went for 11 yards.

Jonathan Barnes connected on a 35-yard field goal with 5:36 left in the first quarter to give LA Tech a 17-0 lead. The redshirt sophomore is now 13-of-18 for his career.

Gerald Shouse hit a 32-yard punt early in the second quarter.

• On a 44-yard field goal attempt by Southern, Bryson Abraham was credited with the block. It marked the first blocked field goal attempt for LA Tech since Nov. 8, 2014 at UAB (Xavier Woods).

• True freshman Jaqwis Dancy returned the opening kickoff of the second half for 47 yards. It was his first career kickoff return as a Bulldog.

Jonathan Barnes hit on a 43-yard field goal with 5:26 left in the fourth quarter to give LA Tech a 62-15 lead.


 

 

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