Louisiana Tech won the first ever meeting versus UTSA, 51-27, bringing their season record to 8-1 (3-0 in WAC play). Both teams will continue as conference opponents next year as they will enter Conference USA together.
The announced attendance of 23,645 is the largest crowd at Joe Aillet Stadium this season and the eighth largest in Joe Aillet Stadium history. It also marked the 29th time of over 20,000 in attendance at the stadium.
LA Tech is now 63-21-2 in Homecoming games, currently on a six-game winning streak in Homecoming contests.
The Bulldog victory was the first ever as a top-25 ranked member in the BCS standings.
Louisiana Tech won the coin toss and elected to receive the ball to start the game.
The Bulldogs scored a touchdown on the opening drive. This was the fifth time in the nine games played this season that they have scored on their opening drive.
Each team scored seven points in the third quarter. LA Tech is now outscoring their opponents 139-34 in the third quarter.
LA Tech scored 50+ points for the seventh time this season.
The Bulldog offense had 537 total yards on the day. This marked the eighth time in nine games this season they have gone for over 500 yards.
The Bulldogs had two scoring drives that took under one minute giving the team 19 for the season.
The LA Tech offense went 6-for-6 in redzone conversions. The Bulldogs have now converted on 54 of 62 redzone attempts (49 touchdowns and 5 field goals).
The Bulldog defense failed to get a turnover from the Roadrunners, ending a 16-game streak of recovering at least one turnover.
Linebacker Mike Schrang was credited with the lone Bulldog sack on the evening.
Cornerback Dave Clark and linebacker Chip Hester led the defense with six tackles each. Two of Clark’s were tackles for loss.
Matt Nelson made six extra points in the game, giving him 59 made on the season which breaks the previous single-season LA Tech record for PAT’s made set back in 1998.
Matt Nelson now has 334 total points putting him third all-time behind Troy Edwards and Josh Scobee. He is second all-time in career scoring for kickers only behind Josh Scobee who has 339.
Matt Nelson’s 22-yard field goal gave him 50 made for his career which ties him for third all-time in made field goals with Chris Boniol and Marty Kent.
Ryan Allen had two punts for an average of 62 yards. His long was 65 yards and was his 15th downed punt inside the 20.
Colby Cameron threw three touchdown passes of one, 23 and 79 yards, giving him 24 touchdown passes on the season.
Colby Cameron continues his single-season NCAA record of consecutive pass attempts without an interception with 358 attempts.
Colby Cameron passed for over 300 yards marking the fifth time he has done so this season and the seventh time of his career, tying him with Terry Bradshaw for fourth all-time.
David Gru threw a nine-yard touchdown pass on a fake field goal. It was his first ever pass attempt as a Bulldog.
Running back Malon Lee had his first career touchdown reception on the nine-yard pass from the fake field goal.
Wide receiver R.P. Stuart caught a one-yard reception for a touchdown, his third of the season.
Wide receiver Jon Greenwalt had a 23-yard touchdown reception, his third of the season.
Quinton Patton was on the receiving end of a 79-yard touchdown pass, his 11th touchdown reception of the season. This matches his total from last season and moves him into a tie for third all-time with Chad Mackey in career TD receptions with 22.
Patton finished the game with 152 receiving yards, going over 100 for the fifth time this season. This gives him nine career 100-yard receiving games which ties him for fifth all-time with Bobby Slaughter.
Kenneth Dixon had three rushing touchdowns of three, seven and six yards on the game, giving him 20 on the season. The 20 rushing touchdowns give him the LA Tech single-season record for most in a season passing Ryan Moats who had 18 in 2004.
UTSA Postgame Notes
Today’s game versus No. 22 Louisiana Tech marked UTSA’s first against a ranked FBS opponent. The Roadrunners faced one ranked FCS foe last year in No. 16 Sam Houston State.
Junior QB Eric Soza made the most of his return after missing the last two games due to a hip injury, as he established a pair of school records with 314 passing yards and four touchdown passes.
Sophomore TE Cole Hubble hauled in his second and third touchdown passes of the season with 33- and 57-yard receptions on UTSA’s first two drives. The Bandera native became the first Roadrunner to catch more than one TD pass in the same game and finished the day with 101 yards on three catches. It also marked the fourth overall and first 100-yard receiver in 11 games (Kam Jones at McNeese State; 8-120; 11/12/11).
Junior WR Cole Hicks hauled in his third touchdown reception of the season on a 14-yard pass from Eric Soza in the fourth quarter. He shares the team lead of three TD catches with former high school teammate Cole Hubble.
Sophomore WR Earon Holmes caught a season-high five passes, the most by a Roadrunner this season, for 57 yards. It marked the second straight game that the Brackenridge High product led the team in receptions, as he had four catches for 54 yards against Utah State last week to give him 111 receiving yards over the last two contests.
UTSA recorded 438 yards of total offense (124 rush/314 pass), its highest output since rolling up 445 in the Northwestern Oklahoma State victory on Sept. 22.
Sophomore S Nic Johnston registered a career-high 12 tackles (six solos). That also matched senior LB Brandon Reeves’ individual season high in stops.
UTSA captains were sophomore RB David Glasco II, sophomore DT Ferrington Macon, senior LB Brandon Reeves and junior QB Eric Soza