Oct. 26, 2013
LA Tech at FIU
Oct. 26, 2013
Alfonso Field at FIU Stadium
With the 23-7 victory, LA Tech notched the first win over FIU in what was the first ever meeting on the gridiron between the two schools.
This marked the first win for LA Tech in the state of Florida since Oct. 23, 1999 when the `Dogs had a 46-35 win over Central Florida. The Bulldogs rushed for negative seven yards that game but Tim Rattaythrew for 561 yards in the victory. That remains the second most yardage thrown by a Bulldog quarterback in program history.
LA Tech is now 5-6 playing in the Sunshine State.
With the victory, LA Tech is now 2-0 in Conference USA road games.
LA Tech is now 3-0 this season when tying or scoring more than their opponent in the fourth quarter.
LA Tech is now 3-0 this season when scoring 20+ points.
LA Tech won the coin toss and deferred to the second half.
Kenneth Dixon had a long rush of 20 yards early in the first quarter. That was his 10th rush attempt of 20 yards or more this season.
D.J. Banks had a 20-yard rush for his first rushing attempt of his career as a Bulldog. His second attempt came on the very next play where he was stopped for a loss of one. The West Monroe native ended the night with five rushes for 27 yards.
Paul Harris took his first career snap for the Bulldogs after Higgins had his helmet come off on a rush, forcing him to miss a play. Harris handed off to Kenneth Dixon. It was his first action since playing for Northwestern State in 2011. Harris saw action in a series later on in the game after Higgins was shaken up on a rushing play.
Paul Harris had his first career rush on a keeper, losing nine yards on the play followed by his first career pass which was incomplete.
Kenneth Dixon registered a 21-yard reception in the second quarter, the longest of his career, which was until he caught a 39-yard reception on a screen pass for a touchdown in the fourth quarter. His previous long prior to tonight was 14 yards against Texas State on Nov. 10, 2012.
The touchdown by Dixon was the 32nd of his career.
Kenneth Dixon finished the night with a game-high 119 rushing yards, the 10th time he has gone over 100 in his early career. He also had a game-high 64 receiving yards, a new career-high.
Sterling Griffin made a diving grab on a two-point conversion, putting LA Tech up 20-7 in the fourth quarter. That was the first successful attempt at a two-point conversion this season for the Bulldogs and the first since Texas A&M on Oct. 13, 2012.
The Bulldog defense held FIU to zero points in the first quarter. That marked the fourth time this season they have held their opponent scoreless in the first quarter.
The LA Tech defense held FIU to just 69 total yards in the first half, never allowing the Panther offense to get past midfield.
The LA Tech defense held FIU to just 197 total yards on the game, the fewest yards allowed since Oct. 9, 2010 when they held Utah State to 195 total yards.
Defensive tackle Shakeil Lucas recovered a fumble on a bad snap by FIU. That was the fifth fumble recovery by LA Tech this season and the first since Tulane on Sept. 12. It was the second recovery of Lucas' career.
Malcolm Pichon registered a sack in the second quarter for a loss of six yards. That was Pichon's first career solo sack. He assisted on a sack versus Utah State on Nov. 17, 2012. The defensive tackle had another sack with just 30 seconds left until halftime, his second of the night.
Cornerback Bryson Abraham went up high for his first career interception with 14:52 remaining in the second quarter. It did not take long for Abraham to notch his second career interception as he made a diving grab in the fourth quarter.
Linebacker Beau Fitte registered a sack in the third quarter for a six-yard loss, the first of his career.
Cornerback Le'Vander Liggins broke up a pass play on 4th-and-12 to stop FIU. It was his second pass breakup of the night.
Safety Terrell Pinson recorded his first career sack on a key third down for FIU to end the third quarter. It resulted in a loss of five yards.
Kyle Fischer made field goals of 26, 35, 33, 30 and 35 yards to go 5-for-5 on the night, breaking his career-high for most makes in a game which was previously three versus Tulane earlier this year. He is now 15-of-20 on field goal attempts this season.
It was the first time a Bulldog kicker has made at least four field goals in a single game since Oct. 18, 2008 versus Idaho.
McPherson recorded a 41-yard punt, the first of the game, which was downed at the one-yard line thanks to Connor Nichols who prevented the ball from going into the endzone. He ended the night with three punts for an average of 41 yards.
FIU scored on their first offensive possession of the second half after an interception off Ryan Higgins. It was a 38-yard touchdown reception from Jake Medlock to Jonnu Smith with 14:11 on the clock in the third quarter.
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