Post-Game Notes

Sept. 30, 2017

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Louisiana Tech vs. South Alabama
Sept. 30, 2017
Joe Aillet Stadium

POST-GAME NOTES
• LA Tech captains were Teddy Veal, Jarred Craft, Secdrick Cooper, Deldrick Canty and Jonathan Barnes.
• Announced attendance: 22,013. Through three home games, the total attendance is 74,115 with an average of 24,705 per game.
• The Bulldogs have now finished non-conference play. With the 34-16 victory, they are 3-2 on the season.
• The Bulldogs improved to 16-2 in Joe Aillet Stadium in their last 18 home games.
• LA Tech outscored South Alabama, 17-0, in the fourth quarter. They have held four of the five opponents this season to zero points in the fourth quarter.
• LA Tech has now won 10 straight games against current Sun Belt opponents, going back to 2010.
• LA Tech now leads the all-time series versus South Alabama, 1-0. The Bulldogs will play at the Jaguars to open the 2018 season next year.
• The Bulldogs won the coin toss and deferred to the second half.

OFFENSE
• The offense was a perfect 3-for-3 inside the redzone. They are now 18-of-21 (86%) on redzone scores.
• Center Ethan Reed and running back Jarred Craft each made their 19th straight start.
• Quarterback J'Mar Smith set new career highs in completions (24), passing yards (317) and touchdowns (3). Four different wide receivers caught at least four balls. He also had a career-high 11 carries.
• Wide receiver Teddy Veal led the Bulldogs in receiving for a second straight game, hauling in five catches for 88 yards and a touchdown. The TD came on a 40-yard reception which was his second longest of the season. He leads the team in receptions this season with 30.
• Freshman wide receiver Adrian Hardy registered career highs with four grabs for 68 yards (came into the game with three total receptions). He also recorded his first career touchdown reception which went for a career-long 30-yard grab.
• Wide receiver Marlon Watts posted season highs in receptions (four) and receiving yards (56).
• True freshman wide receiver George Scott recorded his first career reception, a 3-yard grab in the first quarter.
• Running back Boston Scott had six carries for 76 yards and one touchdown (first of the season and seventh of his career). The senior averaged 12.7 yards per carry on the ground. He also had two catches for 26 yards and 60 kickoff yards for a total of 162 yards from scrimmage.
• Running back Jarred Craft had 14 carries for 49 yards. He also had a season-high four receptions for 21 yards and a touchdown. It was his first TD since the season opener and his seventh career TD reception.
J'Mar Smith hit Teddy Veal who broke a tackle and outraced the Jaguars for a 40-yard touchdown, tying the game up at 7-7 with 7:17 to go in the first quarter.
J'Mar Smith ran play action out of the T formation and hit Jarred Craft in the corner of the end zone for the touchdown, giving the Bulldogs a 14-7 lead with 4:18 left in the first quarter. It is Craft's second receiving touchdown this season.
J'Mar Smith threw it up to Adrian Hardy who grabbed it in the end zone for a 30-yard touchdown, giving the Bulldogs a 24-16 advantage with 12:17 to go in the fourth quarter. It was his first career touchdown reception.
Boston Scott went untouched up the middle for a 27-yard touchdown run, giving the Bulldogs a 34-16 lead with 3:17 to play in the game.

DEFENSE
• The Bulldogs defense allowed just 16 points. In the last three games, their opponents are scoring an average of 18.3 points per game.
• The defense allowed a season-low 333 total yards. The Jaguars only averaged 5.0 yards per play and were forced into five 3-and-outs.
• The defense registered two interceptions, both by senior safety Secdrick Cooper which were the first INTs of his career. LA Tech has registered at least one interception in four of five games this season.
• The defense has recorded six total interceptions through five games this season. They have nine total all of last season.
• Defensive end Jaylon Ferguson made his 19th straight start.
• Defensive end Matthew Ydarraga made his first career start. He ended up registering the lone sack of the night for the Bulldogs. It was his first career solo sack that was also a first career forced fumble.
Secdrick Cooper snagged his first career interception, taking advantage of an overthrow by the South Alabama quarterback late in the first quarter.
L'Jarius Sneed came on a corner blitz and forced the South Alabama to throw the ball early which allowed Secdrick Cooper to come up with his second interception as the Jaguars were inside the red zone.
L'Jarius Sneed got the start at cornerback and posted a game-high and career-high eight tackles. He also had a career-high three pass breakups.

SPECIAL TEAMS
• With the 31-yard field goal made early in the second quarter by Jonathan Barnes, the senior set the program record for career made FGs. It was the 66th of his career, passing Josh Scobee's (2000-03) mark of 65.
Jonathan Barnes also connected on a 29-yard field goal late in the fourth quarter. He finished the night 2-of-3 on field goals. He is now 11-of-14 (79%) on the season and 67-of-84 (80%) for his career.
Davan Dyer registered the first two punts for the Bulldogs, totaling 77 yards. His first punt went for a career-long 52 yards.
Brady Farlow recorded the final two punts for the Bulldogs, totaling 71 yards for an average of 35.5 yards per punt.


 

 

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