Post-Game Notes

Oct. 29, 2016

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Louisiana Tech vs. Rice
Oct. 29, 2016
Joe Aillet Stadium


• Louisiana Tech captains were Ryan Higgins, Trent Taylor, Lloyd Grogan and Xavier Woods.

• Announced attendance: 22,058.

• LA Tech improved to 6-3 on the season and 4-1 in C-USA play with a 61-16 victory over Rice.

• The Bulldogs are now riding a five-game winning streak. A victory would mark the longest winning streak since 2014.

• LA Tech is now 17-4 in C-USA games since 2014, the best winning percentage in the league during that span.

• Since 2014, LA Tech is 13-2 at Joe Aillet Stadium. During that same time, the Bulldogs are 10-1 at home in league games.

• LA Tech now leads the all-time series over Rice, 6-4. The Bulldogs have won three straight over the Owls with the 45-point victory tying the largest margin ever (won 76-31 in 2014).

Skip Holtz is now 28-20 as head coach at LA Tech. The victory ties him for the fifth most victories in program history (A. L. Williams, 1983-86).

• Rice won the coin toss and elected to receive the ball to begin the game.


• The LA Tech offense put up a season-high 61 points. It was the most points since scoring 62 versus Southern in the season opener of 2015.

• The offense totaled 735 yards, the third most in a single game in program history.

• LA Tech took its opening drive of the game for a touchdown. They have now scored on the opening drive in all nine games this season (seven touchdowns, two field goals).

• The Bulldogs scored 28 points in the first quarter. It was the most points scored in a quarter this season.

• The Bulldogs scored 41 points in the first half, the most in a half this season.

• The offense had a season-high four plays for 70+ yards.

• In just one half of action, Ryan Higgins was 18-of-25 passing for 292 yards and two touchdowns. In his last 26 quarters, he is 184-of-269 passing (68.4%) with 2,660 yards, 24 touchdowns and one interception.

Ryan Higgins has thrown 26 touchdowns this season which currently ranks ninth in program history.

Ryan Higgins has thrown multiple touchdowns in all eight games he has played in this season.

Ryan Higgins became the first quarterback in program history to rush for 100 yards in a single game. He finished with 106 rushing yards, including a career-long 71-yard rush that went for a touchdown, his third of the season.

J'mar Smith played all of the third quarter and some in the fourth, going a perfect 6-of-6 passing for 142 yards and a touchdown. It was his second career touchdown pass.

J'mar Smith had his longest pass of his career, going for 89 yards to DeJuawn Oliver. It tied for the sixth longest pass in program history and the longest since Oct. 29, 2011 versus San Jose State that went for 90 yards from Colby Cameron to Quinton Patton.

Boston Scott had a career night with 15 rushes for 137 yards and three touchdowns. The three rushing TDs are the most by a Bulldog this season. He now has five touchdowns on the season.

Jarred Craft had eight attempts for 23 yards and one touchdown. It was his fifth rushing touchdown of the season (10th of his career) and the eighth overall this season.

Trent Taylor broke the program record for receptions with 285 (previous record was held by Troy Edwards (1996-98) -- 280).

Trent Taylor has caught a pass in 36 straight games.

Trent Taylor has 93 catches on the season which currently ranks sixth in program history. His season high is 99 from last season.

Trent Taylor led the Bulldogs in receiving yards with 131. It marks the 17th time he has eclipsed 100 receiving yards and the 21st time in his career he has led the team.

Trent Taylor has 1,274 receiving yards on the season which is currently tied for seventh most in program history. His season high is 1,282 from last season.

• With 83 yards receiving, Carlos Henderson became the 10th wide receiver in program history to hit 1,000 receiving yards in a single season. This marks the first time in program history that two WRs have done that in the same season (Trent Taylor).

Carlos Henderson reeled in touchdown catch No. 11 of the season. It is tied for the fifth most in a single season in school history.

DeJuawn Oliver had a career night with four catches for 117 yards and one touchdown. It was his second career touchdown reception and the first time he has gone over 100 yards in a single game.

Kam McKnight recorded his eight touchdown of the season (second receiving touchdown).


Carlos Henderson was in the right place at the right time, catching a deflected ball in the end zone for a 26-yard touchdown reception. The score gave the Bulldogs an early 7-0 lead with 11:23 left in the first quarter.

• On third and short, Boston Scott received the delay handoff and powered his way into the end zone for the touchdown, giving the Bulldogs a 14-0 advantage with 6:51 to go in the first quarter.

Jarred Craft received the handoff in the T-Bone formation and got into the end zone from 1-yard out, giving the Bulldogs a 21-0 lead with 4:05 left in the first quarter.

Ryan Higgins kept the zone read and took it 71 yards to the house, giving the Bulldogs a 28-0 lead with 1:15 left in the first quarter.

Ryan Higgins faked right and threw left to Kam McKnight who walked into the end zone for a 7-yard touchdown, giving the Bulldogs a 35-0 advantage with 12:08 remaining in the second quarter.

Boston Scott juked one defender and got into the end zone from six yards out for the touchdown, giving the Bulldogs a 47-0 lead with 10:55 left in the third quarter.

J'mar Smith connected with DeJuawn Oliver for an 89-yard touchdown, giving the Bulldogs a 54-2 lead with 7:41 left in the third quarter.

Boston Scott rushed up the middle and outran everyone for a 70-yard touchdown, giving the Bulldogs a 61-9 lead with 14:42 remaining in the game.


• The Bulldog defense came up with an interception and a fumble recovery. It marks the fifth time this season they have registered multiple turnovers in a single game.

• LA Tech has now forced at least one turnover in five straight games.

• The defense shutout Rice in the first half. It is the defense's first shutout in a half since North Texas on Nov. 7, 2015.

Jordan Harris led the team in tackles with seven. It is the fifth time this season the senior linebacker has had the most tackles in a single game.

Xavier Woods came up with his 14th career interception of his career, putting him all alone in fifth in program history. It was also the fifth of the season, one short of his season high which he had his sophomore year in 2014.

• Elliott Blankenship came up with a sack on third down early in the second quarter. It was his second career sack.

Dalton Santos forced a fumble early in the second quarter and it was recovered by Deldrick Canty. It was the first forced fumble of Santos' career and the first fumble recovery of Canty's career.

Jaylon Ferguson came flying off the edge and registered a sack late in the second quarter. The defensive end now has 7.5 sacks on the season (tied for eighth most in school history) and 13.5 of his career (tied for seventh most in school history).

Russell Farris came on a blitz on third down and got to the Rice quarterback midway through the third quarter. It was his first solo sack of the season. The junior now has 2.5 sacks for his career.

• Freshman defensive end Eric Kendzior came up with the first sack of his Bulldog career as time expired to end the third quarter. He added another sack in the fourth quarter.


Jonathan Barnes went 2-for-2 on field goals, running his streak of made field goals to 13. He is now 15-of-17 on the season and 49-of-60 in his career.

Jonathan Barnes' streak of consecutive extra points made came to an end at 112. His 113th attempt came early in the third quarter and was blocked and ran back for two points by Rice for their first score of the game.

Jonathan Barnes moved up to second in program history in career made extra points. He passed Josh Scobee (2000-03) with now having 149 for his career. He is also tied for second in school history in career extra point attempts with 152.

Gerald Shouse had two punts that went for 105 total yards, an average of 52.5 per punt.


Jonathan Barnes hit on a 43-yard field goal, giving the Bulldogs a 38-0 lead with 4:38 to go in the second quarter.

Jonathan Barnes nailed a 32-yard field goal as time expired in the first half, giving the Bulldogs a 41-0 advantage at the half.




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