Oct. 19, 2013
Louisiana Tech vs. North Texas Joe Aillet Stadium Oct. 19, 2013
North Texas scored 28 unanswered points to defeat LA Tech, 28-13. The win by the Mean Green ties the all-time series 6-6.
North Texas' first road win of the season also snapped a drought of 26 straight games following a win to notch their first winning streak since 2004.
The loss was the first time LA Tech has been defeated on Homecoming since a 24-14 loss to Idaho on Oct. 14, 2006.
Today's contest was the first time this season LA Tech has lost when holding a double-digit lead.
LA Tech was held to just 37 yards rushing. The last time the Bulldogs were held to under 50 yards rushing as a team was Sept. 25, 2010 in a 13-12 loss to Southern Miss (47 yards).
Today's announced attendance was 20,317. This marked the 32nd time Joe Aillet Stadium has hosted a football crowd of over 20,000.
North Texas won the coin toss and elected to defer to the second half.
Richie Casey registered a 26-yard reception in the first quarter to set up the first touchdown for LA Tech. It was his longest reception of the season.
Quarterback Ryan Higgins rushed for two yards into the endzone to give LA Tech a 7-0 lead in the first quarter. It was Higgins' third rushing touchdown of the season. He became the first Tech quarterback to ever rush for a TD versus the Mean Green.
North Texas got on the board with a 61-yard touchdown completion with 3:53 left in the first half. That was the longest amount of time the LA Tech defense has held their opponent scoreless to start a game before allowing a touchdown this season.
Redshirt freshman wide receiver Jaydrick DeClouette recorded his first career catch as a Bulldog, a five-yard reception in the second quarter.
Higgins threw an interception that resulted in a touchdown for the Mean Green. It was returned 56 yards for the score. North Texas took their first lead of the game, 14-10. That was the first pick-six LA Tech has thrown since versus Hawai'i in 2011.
Higgins threw a second interception late in the fourth quarter. It was the first time in five games played that he has thrown multiple interceptions.
Wide receiver Andrew Guillot had a career-high 10 receptions that resulted in a team-high 99 yards receiving. It was the second time this season a LA Tech receiver (D.J. Banks) had at least 10 receptions in a single game.
Defensive end IK Enemkpali snatched his second career interception. He also had an interception in the 2013 season opener at NC State.
Linebacker Mitch Villemez broke up a pass on fourth down by North Texas in the first quarter forcing a turnover on downs.
Safety Thomas McDonald had a team-high 11 tackles. It was the third time this season he has recorded at least 10 tackles in a game.
Senior Lyle Fitte returned the opening kickoff 29 yards.
Logan McPherson had five punts for an average of 35.8 yards per punt. The freshman had two punts downed inside the 20 bringing his season total to 14.
Kyle Fischer made his lone extra point attempt, improving his season total to 14-15 on PATs.
Kyle Fischer connected on 40-yard field goal with 6:13 remaining in the second quarter that gave LA Tech a 10-0 lead. He missed on a 25-yarder to end the first half. The attempt hit off the left upright. He later made a 35-yard field goal making him 10-of-15 on the season.