Post-Game Notes

Oct. 21, 2017

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Louisiana Tech vs. Southern Miss
Oct. 21, 2017
Joe Aillet Stadium

POST-GAME NOTES
• Louisiana Tech captains were Deldrick Canty, Secdrick Cooper, Jarred Craft, Teddy Veal and Jonathan Barnes.
• Announced attendance: 17,845.
• With the 34-27 overtime loss, LA Tech is now 3-4 on the season and 1-2 in C-USA play.
• LA Tech now trails in the all-time series with Southern Miss, 34-15. The Golden Eagles have won three straight in the series.
• LA Tech is now 5-4 all-time in Red Out games. The Bulldogs had won three straight in such games coming into Saturday.
• It was the first overtime game for LA Tech since Sept. 19, 2015 at Kansas State. The Bulldogs have lost four straight OT games, dating back to 2011.
• The Bulldogs won the coin toss and elected to defer to the second half.
• There was a 50-minute lightning delay. It has rained five of the last seven times LA Tech and Southern Miss have faced each other on the gridiron.

OFFENSE
• After coming for just six total yards on the ground in the last two games versus Southern Miss, LA Tech rushed for 161 yards.
• Offensive lineman Ethan Reed and running back Jarred Craft have started 21 straight games.
J'Mar Smith finished the game 11-of-28 passing for 194 yards. He also recorded his first rushing touchdown of the season.
Marlon Watts registered a career-tying five receptions for a career-high 121 receiving yards. His previous career high was 72 yards at Southern Miss in 2014.
Teddy Veal had three grabs for 56 yards, including a 40-yard reception in the first quarter. He now has three receptions this season of 40+ yards.
Boston Scott led the way on the ground, posting a game-high 106 rushing yards on 11 carries. It was his first 100+ rushing game this season and the third of his career.
Jarred Craft had 45 rushing yards, giving him over 2,000 for his career. He became the 14th running back in program history to accomplish the feat.
• Bulldogs tallied 86 yards on the ground on the opening drive, including a 45-yard rush by Boston Scott which was a season long.
Boston Scott took a handoff straight up the middle for 15 yards and the touchdown, giving the Bulldogs a 10-3 advantage with 14:18 left in the second quarter.
J'Mar Smith kept the ball on a zone read and scored easily from two yards out to give the Bulldogs a 27-16 lead with 4:08 to play in the fourth quarter.

DEFENSE
• Defensive end Jaylon Ferguson has now made 21 straight starts.
Dae'Von Washington posted a career-high and game-high 14 tackles. It was the most tackles in a single game by a Bulldog this season (previous best was nine).
Amik Robertson registered a career-high 10 tackles, two that went for a loss, as well as picking off his second pass of the season.
Jordan Baldwin, who got the start in place of Secdrick Cooper, recorded a career-high 10 tackles. His previous career high was three in the last game at UAB.
Darryl Lewis intercepted the pass and took it 63 yards for the pick-six, giving the Bulldogs a 17-10 edge with 2:32 to go in the second quarter. It was the first interception returned for a touchdown since L'Jarius Sneed did it on Dec. 3, 2016 at WKU in the C-USA Championship game.
• It was the defense's seventh interception this season.
• With Southern Miss one-yard away from a touchdown midway through the fourth quarter, Jordan Bradford forced a fumble that was recovered by Secdrick Cooper

SPECIAL TEAMS
Jonathan Barnes was 2-of-3 on field goals and 3-of-3 on extra point attempts. For the season he is now 14-of-19 on FG attempts and 19-of-22 on extra point tries.
• On the opening drive of the game, Jonathan Barnes connected on a 23-yard field goal, giving the Bulldogs an early 3-0 lead with 9:58 left in the first quarter.
Jonathan Barnes hit on a 45-yard field goal, giving the Bulldogs a 20-16 lead with 11:38 remaining in the fourth quarter.
Jonathan Barnes came up just a couple of yards short on a 64-yard field goal try at the end of the fourth quarter.
Brady Farlow had five punts for a total of 197 yards (average of 39.4). • Davan Dyer had one punt that went for 23 yards and was downed inside the 20.


 

 

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