Post-Game Notes

Sept. 9, 2017

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Louisiana Tech vs. Mississippi State
Sept. 9, 2017
Joe Aillet Stadium

POST-GAME NOTES
• Louisiana Tech captains were Teddy Veal, Jarred Craft, Secdrick Cooper, Deldrick Canty and Jonathan Barnes.
• Announced attendance: 28,100. It is the second largest attendance in Joe Aillet Stadium history.
• With the 57-21 loss, LA Tech now trails the all-time series versus Mississippi State, 10-3.
• LA Tech is now 1-1 against Mississippi State in Ruston.
• Mississippi State won the coin toss and elected to defer to the second half.

OFFENSE
• Aside from the crazy 87-yard loss play, the Bulldogs gained 239 total yards on the ground.
Ethan Reed and Jarred Craft each made their 16th straight start.
• Guard O'Shea Dugas made his 25th start as a Bulldog, the most on the team.
• Wide receiver DeJuawn Oliver made his first career start as a Bulldog.
J'Mar Smith was 10-of-23 on the night for 140 yards.
Westin Elliott saw his first career action as a Bulldog, completing three passes for 23 yards. The junior college transfer registered his first touchdown pass as well on a 9-yard completion.
Boston Scott led LA Tech in rushing with 13 attempts for 96 yards (third most of his career). Through two games, he the senior is averaging 6.9 yards per carry.
Jarred Craft led the team with 18 rushing attempts, going for 81 yards on the ground.
Jaqwis Dancy posted career highs with seven rushes for 45 yards.
• Freshman Israel Tucker saw his first career action as a Bulldog, registering three rushing attempts for 25 yards.
Kam McKnight scored his eighth career rushing touchdown (has only 17 total rushing attempts).
Marcus Gaines had a game-high 104 receiving yards on three catches. It was his second career 100-yard receiving game.
Marcus Gaines hauled in a 58-yard reception on the opening drive of the game which helped set up a field goal. It was the second longest reception of the senior's career.
• Freshman Cee Jay Powell caught his first pass as a Bulldog, ending the night with two catches.
• Freshman Zach Cousar saw his first career action as a Bulldog while also catching his first ever pass that went for a touchdown.
Kam McKnight took a handoff out of the T-Formation and walked into the end zone for the touchdown, giving LA Tech a 9-0 lead with 6:46 left in the first quarter (extra point was blocked).
• With 15 seconds to go in the game, Westin Elliott connected with Zach Cousar for a 9-yard touchdown.

DEFENSE
Jaylon Ferguson made his 16th consecutive start.
Amik Robertson registered his first career interception which he returned 61 yards to the two-yard line. The Bulldogs scored two plays later.
Amik Robertson also had four tackles, one for loss, and a pass break-up in just his second career game.
Brandon Durman led the team with eight tackles which tied his career high.

SPECIAL TEAMS
• With two made field goals and one extra point, Jonathan Barnes became the all-time career scoring leader at LA Tech for kickers (361). He passed Matt Nelson (2009-12).
Jonathan Barnes moved into fourth all-time in career FG attempts. After two attempts on the night, the senior now has 73 for his career.
Jonathan Barnes connected on a 27-yard field goal on the Bulldogs opening drive of the game.
Jonathan Barnes nailed a 45-yard field goal as time expired in the first half.
Brady Farlow had  seven punts for the Bulldogs, averaging 37.0 per punt with a long of 47.
• Special teams blocked two extra points on the night, one of which was returned for a safety by Amik Robertson.


 

 

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