Post-Game Notes

Nov. 4, 2017

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Louisiana Tech vs. North Texas
Nov. 4, 2017
Joe Aillet Stadium

POST-GAME NOTES
• LA Tech captains were Jarred Craft, Teddy Veal, Secdrick Cooper, Deldrick Canty and Jonathan Barnes.
• Announced attendance: 18,504.
• With the 24-23 loss, LA Tech is now 4-5 on the season and 2-3 in Conference USA play.
• This marks the first time since 2013 that the Bulldogs have suffered three home losses.
• North Texas ended the three-game winning streak by LA Tech coming in. The Bulldogs still lead the all-time series with the Mean Green, 9-7.
• LA Tech is now 67-23-2 all-time in homecoming games. The Bulldogs had won three straight and nine of the last 10 such games.
• This marked the third game this season that the Bulldogs have lost by one point.
• This was the seventh straight game that LA Tech has been in a one-possession game with 4:30 left in the fourth quarter. The Bulldogs are 3-4 in those games.
• LA Tech won the coin toss and elected to defer to the second half. North Texas received to start the game.

OFFENSE
• The LA Tech offense tied for a season low in total yards with 315.
• The Bulldogs were a perfect 4-for-4 in the red zone, coming away with two touchdowns and two field goals.
• LA Tech was 2-for-2 on fourth-down conversions, both leading to points. Coming in, the Bulldogs were 3-of-7.
J'Mar Smith was 16-of-28 passing for 168 yards. He also ran the ball for a career-tying 11 times for 29 net yards and one touchdown. It marked his second rushing TD of the season.
• Wide receivers Rhashid Bonnette and Teddy Veal each hauled in six receptions for 77 and 50 yards, respectively. The six receptions for Bonnette tied a single-season high.
• For the fifth straight game, running back Boston Scott led the Bulldogs in rushing. The senior had 16 carries for 64 yards and a touchdown. It marked the third straight game he has scored on the ground.
J'Mar Smith pitched it to Boston Scott and the running back walked in for a 4-yard touchdown, putting the Bulldogs ahead 10-7 with 12:17 left in the second quarter.
J'Mar Smith kept the ball on a bootleg and rushed it into the end zone for a 7-yard touchdown on a third-and-goal, giving the Bulldogs a 17-7 advantage with 46 seconds to go in the first half.

DEFENSE
• The LA Tech defense held North Texas to 24 points, the second fewest points scored by the Mean Green this season. NT came into the game averaging 37.4 points per game.
• The Bulldogs held NT's Mason Fine to just 203 passing yards. He came into the game averaging 302.8 yards through the air.
Trey Spencer intercepted a pass in the end zone, marking the second straight game with an INT. The Bulldogs have registered an interception in six of the eight games this season and have 12 total on the season.
• LA Tech came in with just three total sacks in the last four games combined. The Bulldogs had two against the Mean Green -- a sack fumble by Matthew Ydarraga in the first quarter and a combined sack by Dae'Von Washington and Courtney Wallace in the second quarter.
Jordan Baldwin and Dae'Von Washington each had a game-high nine tackles.

SPECIAL TEAMS
Jonathan Barnes went 3-of-4 on field goals and 2-of-2 on extra-point attempts. For the season he is now 17-of-23 on FGs and 27-of-30 on PATs.
• With four field goal attempts, Barnes now has 93 for his career which set a new program record. It was previously held by Josh Scobee (2000-03).
• Barnes set the career program record for extra points made (now has 203).
Cee Jay Powell registered his first career kickoff return, returning it 28 yards to open up the second half.
Brady Farlow punted all four times for a total of 168 yards. His second punt of the day went for a career-long 55 yards.
Jonathan Barnes made a 47-yard field goal with 46 seconds remaining in the first quarter, slicing the deficit down to 7-3. It was his second longest FG made this season.
Jonathan Barnes hit on a 37-yard field goal to give the Bulldogs a 20-17 edge with 6:50 left in the third quarter.
Jonathan Barnes knocked in his third field goal of the day, connecting for a 35-yard field goal to give the Bulldogs a 23-17 advantage with 13:35 left in the fourth quarter.
Jonathan Barnes missed a 53-yard field goal wide left with 2:39 to play in the game.


 

 

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