Post-Game Notes

Sept. 23, 2017

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Louisiana Tech vs. South Carolina
Sept. 23, 2017
Williams-Brice Stadium

POST-GAME NOTES
• LA Tech captains were Teddy Veal, Jarred Craft, Deldrick Canty, Secdrick Cooper and Jonathan Barnes.
• Announced attendance: 71,821.
• With the 17-16 loss, LA Tech falls to 2-2 on the season.
• LA Tech now trails in the all-time series versus South Carolina, 0-5-1.
• The Bulldogs held a 6-0 advantage at halftime. It marked the first time the Gamecocks have been shutout at home in the first half since Oct. 9, 2016 versus Georgia.
• South Carolina won the coin toss and elected to receive.

OFFENSE
• Center Ethan Reed and running back Jarred Craft each made their 18th straight start.
• Quarterback J'Mar Smith was 23-of-33 on the day for 281 yards and one touchdown. The 23 completions is a new career high.
• Running back Jarred Craft led the Bulldogs on the ground with 14 carries for 48 yards.
• Wide receiver Teddy Veal posted a career-high 10 receptions for 110 yards and a touchdown. It was his first 100-yard receiving game as a Bulldog.
• Wide receiver Rhashid Bonnette registered a season-high six grabs for 94 receiving yards.
• Wide receiver Kam McKnight matched his season-high with two catches. They totaled 33 yards.
• On the Bulldogs lone touchdown of the day, J'Mar Smith hit Teddy Veal for a 3-yard pass on third-and-goal, giving the Bulldogs a 13-0 edge with 8:54 left in the third quarter. The two players hooked up four times on the opening scoring drive of the second half.

DEFENSE
Jaylon Ferguson made his 18th consecutive start at defensive end.
• Cornerback Aaron Roberson and linebacker Russell Farris led the defense with eight tackles apiece. Roberson now has 17 total tackles in the last two games (both starts). For Farris, it was a season-high in tackles.
Russell Farris pounced on a bad snap on third down, sacking the SC quarterback for a loss of11 yards. It was his first sack of the season. He now has 4.5 sacks for his career.
• On third and long, Aaron Roberson cut in front of the SC wide receiver and picked off the pass. He returned in 19 yards to the SC 42-yard line midway through the second quarter. It was his first INT this season and the second of his career.
Amik Robertson came on a corner blitz and sacked the SC quarterback for a loss of seven yards, forcing the Gamecocks to attempt a field goal with 54 seconds to go in the first half. It was the true freshman's first career sack.
• As the Gamecocks were driving, DeMarion King forced a fumble (first of his career) which was recovered by Deldrick Canty (first of his career).
Jaylon Ferguson came up with a sack, forcing a loss of five yards, late in the third quarter. He now has a team-high three for the season and 23.5 for his career.

SPECIAL TEAMS
• Kicker Jonathan Barnes was 3-of-4 on field goals, making FGs of 25, 33 and 52 yards (seventh time in his career he has made 3+ in a single game). The redshirt senior is now 9-of-11 on the season and now has 65 made field goals in his career which ties Josh Scobee (2000-03) for the most in program history.
• The 52-yard field goal was the second longest ever made by Barnes. It also tied for the ninth longest made FG in school history.
• Barnes has now made four career field goals of 50+ yards which is the third most in program history behind only Josh Scobee (2000-03) and Chris Boniol (1986-89).
• Punter Davan Dyer registered his first career punts for the Bulldogs. The first one went for 47 yards and the second went for 40 yards.


 

 

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