Nov. 5, 2016
Louisiana Tech vs. North Texas
• Announced attendance: 21,873.
• With the 45-24 victory, LA Tech improved to 7-3 on the season and 5-1 in C-USA play.
• The Bulldogs have now won six straight which is the longest winning streak since 2011.
• LA Tech is now 18-4 in C-USA games since 2014, the best winning percentage in the league during that span.
• LA Tech now leads the all-time series over North Texas, 9-6. The Bulldogs have won three straight versus the Mean Green.
• Skip Holtz is now 29-20 as head coach at LA Tech.
• North Texas won the coin toss and elected to defer to the second half.
• The Bulldog offense put up 45 points, marking the fifth straight game they have recorded 40+ in a single game. That is the longest streak since 2012.
• The 45 points was the most scored against North Texas this season (previous high was 35 to Rice in double overtime).
• The Bulldogs put up 31 points in the first half alone. It marked the fourth time this season the team has scored at least 30 in a single half.
• LA Tech has scored on their opening drive in all 10 games this season (eight touchdowns, two field goals). Ryan Higgins connected with Carlos Henderson for the score on the opening drive against the Mean Green.
• The Bulldogs tallied 226 rushing yards, the fourth time this season of recording 200+ in a single game.
• Ryan Higgins finished the day 18-of-30 for 253 passing yards and four touchdowns.
• Ryan Higgins became the seventh quarterback in program history to throw for 3,000 yards in a single season (third straight season a Bulldog QB has done it -- Jeff Driskel and Cody Sokol). He now has 3,167 passing yards on the season.
• Ryan Higgins has thrown for 4+ touchdowns in a single game four times this season. He now has 30 passing touchdowns on the season which is tied for sixth most in program history. He is also up to 33 total touchdowns which ranks fifth in school history.
• Carlos Henderson posted eight catches for 133 receiving yards and four touchdowns. He also had two rush attempts for 28 yards and a touchdown (second of his career).
• Carlos Henderson became the second player in C-USA history to have multiple games with 4+ touchdowns in a single season (Patrick Edwards of Houston, 2011).
• Carlos Henderson became the second player in C-USA history to have multiple games of scoring five touchdowns in a season (Matt Forte of Tulane, 2007). He is also the only player in the country to do it this season.
• Carlos Henderson has a team-high 15 receiving touchdowns this season, the second most in a single season in program history. He has scored a touchdown in seven straight games he has played in.
• Carlos Henderson registered his fourth game this season of 100 receiving yards. It is also the eighth time in his career, ranking seventh in school history.
• Carlos Henderson caught a 52-yard pass on the opening drive. It was the ninth play of 50+ yard for Henderson this season.
• Trent Taylor hauled in five receptions for 44 yards. He now has 98 career receptions, one shy of his single-season high and two shy of becoming the fourth WR in program history to have 100.
• Jarred Craft had a career-high 24 rushing attempts for 120 yards and one touchdown as well as four catches for 26 yards. It marked the third time this season he has rushed for 100+ yards in a single game and the seventh time this season he has had over 100 yards from scrimmage.
• Jarred Craft recorded his sixth rushing touchdown of the season and his ninth overall.
OFFENSIVE SCORING PLAYS
• Carlos Henderson took an end-around for a 24-yard rushing touchdown, giving the Bulldogs a 14-7 lead with 39 seconds remaining in the first quarter.
• Ryan Higgins extended the play in the red zone on a third down, and fired it to Carlos Henderson in the back of the end zone for a 10-yard touchdown, giving the Bulldogs a 21-14 advantage with 9:10 left in the second quarter.
• From the T-Bone formation, Jarred Craft punched it in from two yards out for the touchdown, giving the Bulldogs a 28-14 lead with 4:14 left in the second quarter.
• Carlos Henderson caught a missile screen and took it into the end zone from 12 yards out, giving the Bulldogs a 38-24 advantage with 7:13 to go in the third quarter.
• Carlos Henderson juked his defender and got into the end zone for a 9-yard touchdown grab, giving the Bulldogs a 45-24 lead with 14:13 remaining in the game.
• After allowing 210 yards and three touchdowns in the first half, the Bulldog defense stepped up to allow only 79 total yards and a field goal in the second half. In all, LA Tech allowed a season-low 289 yards of offense by the opponent.
• The defense allowed the fewest points in the second half this season.
• The Bulldog defense recorded five sacks in the game, marking the fourth straight game of having four or more.
• With an interception in the third quarter, the defense has now forced a turnover in six straight games.
• Jaylon Ferguson tied his career high with 2.5 sacks (did it earlier this season at UMass). He now has 10 for the season which is tied for the fourth most in school history. The redshirt sophomore now has 16 for his career, tied for the fourth most in program history.
• Xavier Woods recorded a career-high two sacks in the game, both coming on the same drive for the Mean Green. He came into the game with three total sacks for his career. He also had a team-high seven tackles.
• Prince Sam undercut the slant route on the Mean Green's first offensive play of the second half and came up with the interception, his second of the season.
• Ephraim Kitchen tied his career high with six tackles.
• Jonathan Barnes streak of made field goals ended at 14 with a miss from 27 yards early in the third quarter.
• Gerald Shouse had two punts that were both downed inside the 5-yard line. He previously only had one coming into this game.
SPECIAL TEAMS SCORING PLAYS
• Jonathan Barnes connected on a 48-yard field goal, giving the Bulldogs a 31-21 lead with 14 seconds remaining in the first half. He is now 8-of-9 on field goals of 40 yards or more.
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