Oct. 5, 2013
EL PASO, Texas -
LA Tech at UTEP Game Notes
LA Tech is now 7-2-1 against UTEP and the Bulldogs have won four straight contests in El Paso. This also marks the first road win of the season for Louisiana Tech.
LA Tech won the opening toss and elected to defer until the second half.
With a five-yard rushing touchdown in the first quarter, Andrew Guillot recorded his second rushing touchdown of the season and his fourth touchdown overall of 2013.
UTEP opponents have averaged 13.8 yards per play on first drive versus Miners. LA Tech averaged 15.25 yards per play in the first drive of tonight's game.
UTEP came into tonight's game vs. LA Tech having won five straight homecoming games. Louisiana Tech broke that streak with a 38-35 victory over the Miners on the road.
After tonight's game, LA Tech is 2-0 against the Miners on UTEP's homecoming game. The Bulldogs defeated UTEP 38-35 in 2003 for the Miners' homecoming game.
Ryan Higgins rushed seven yards for the first rushing touchdown of his career to put the Bulldogs on top by seven with 44 seconds remaining in the first quarter. In terms of yards (93) and time (6:05), that marks the longest scoring drive of the season for LA Tech. LA Tech's last scoring drive lasting longer than six minutes was Sept. 30, 2009 vs. Hawaii and resulted in a 28-yard field goal by kicker Matt Nelson in a drive lasting 6:26.
Fourteen points is the most points LA Tech has scored in the first quarter this season.
Bulldogs were 1-2 on fourth down conversions tonight vs. UTEP. A conversion in the first quarter was the first successful attempt of the season for LA Tech and the Bulldogs are now 1-4 on fourth-down conversions in 2013.
Blake Martin recorded a 62-yard touchdown run with 10:13 remaining in the second quarter - the longest touchdown play of the season for LA Tech and the longest of Martin's career. The touchdown run also marks the first of Martin's career.
Adairius Barnes recorded his first career interception as he intercepted Showers and returned it 44 yards to the UTEP 18 yard line. That is the longest interception for a return for a Tech defender since Adrien Cole's 45-yard interception return for a touchdown against New Mexico State Nov. 26, 2011 in a game that clinched the WAC title for the Bulldogs.
Kyle Fischer hit a 24-yard field goal with 3:57 remaining in the first half. He is now 8-12 on field goals this season.
Hunter Lee recorded the first kickoff return of his career late in the second quarter and returns it 14 yards to the 26-yard line in his first return.
LA Tech led UTEP 24-14 at the half, which makes the 24 points scored the most the Bulldogs have scored in a half of football in six games this season.
With 25 carries, 206 yards rushing and one touchdown run, Kenneth Dixon recorded his second career 200-yard rushing game and his ninth career 100+-yard rushing game Saturday vs. UTEP. He is now tied for 12th in the nation among active career 100-yard rushing leaders with nine games over the century mark in his two-year career.
Kenneth Dixon had a 72-yard rush from Tech's own 2-yard line, which marks the longest rush of the season for a Tech player and the longest rush of Dixon's career. Later in the drive, Dixon runs it in for a 9-yard touchdown and his third rushing touchdown of the season (30th career rushing touchdown).
LA Tech's quarterback Ryan Higgins rushed 11 times for 31 yards and two rushing touchdowns - the first two rushing touchdowns of his career - before leaving the game late in the second half with an apparent injury. Higgins was 10-18 for 110 yards passing on the night.
With 6:27 remaining in the third quarter, UTEP quarterback Jameill Showers connected with Jordan Leslie for a 65-yard touchdown reception. That is the longest touchdown reception the Bulldog defense has given up all season.
Late in the fourth quarter, Daniel Cobb blocked a UTEP field goal attempt, which marks the first time LA Tech has blocked a field goal since Oct. 1, 2011 vs. Hawaii (Adrien Cole).