LA Tech Downs North Texas, 45-24, for Sixth Straight Win
Nov. 5, 2016
DENTON, Texas - Louisiana Tech (7-3, 5-1 C-USA) used five touchdowns by Carlos Henderson to propel the Bulldogs to their sixth straight win in a 45-24 victory over North Texas (4-5, 2-3 C-USA) Saturday night at Apogee Stadium in Denton.
LA Tech’s six-game winning streak is the longest for the program since the 2011 season, while the Bulldogs have now won three straight over North Texas to lead the all-time series, 9-6, over the Mean Green.
Carlos Henderson posted eight catches for 133 receiving yards and four receiving touchdowns, while he also had two rushing attempts for 28 yards and a touchdown (second of his career) on the ground. 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) and also 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.
Quarterback Ryan Higgins finished the day 18-of-30 for 253 passing yards and four touchdowns, while the senior became the seventh quarterback in program history to throw for 3,000 yards in a single season (third straight season a Bulldog quarterback has done it – Jeff Driskel and Cody Sokol). Higgins now has 30 passing touchdowns on the season, which is tied for sixth most in program history.
Less than two minutes into the game, Ryan Higgins connected with Carlos Henderson for a 52-yard touchdown reception, his 12th of the season, to give the Bulldogs an early 7-0 lead over the Mean Green in the opening quarter.
After LA Tech’s defense forced a North Texas punt on its first drive, the Mean Green received a gift when Henderson bobbled a catch on Tech’s next drive before a North Texas defender took it away for an interception at the 30-yard line. From there, the Mean Green drove down to the 1-yard line, where Jeffrey Wilson ran it in for the touchdown to tie the game at 7-7 in the first quarter.
Henderson found the end zone for the second time on an end-around where he out-ran the North Texas defense for a 24-yard rushing touchdown to put the Bulldogs ahead, 14-7, late in the first quarter.
North Texas tied the game at 14-14 on the next drive with a 77-yard scoring drive that ended with a 32-yard touchdown pass from Mason Fine to Terian Goree at the start of the second quarter of play.
Later in the second, Higgins connected with Kam McKnight for a 50-yard gain before the Bulldogs followed up by driving the rest of the way and scoring on a 10-yard touchdown catch by Henderson, his third score of the game, to give LA Tech a 21-14 lead over North Texas.
The Bulldogs took advantage of a couple of personal foul penalties against North Texas on its next offensive drive and extended their lead to 28-14 thanks to a two-yard rushing touchdown by Jarred Craft with 4:14 left in the first half.
North Texas followed up that score by driving 75 yards down the field and making it a one-score game on a four-yard rushing touchdown by Willy Ivery to cut LA Tech’s lead to 28-21.
LA Tech was able to extend its lead to 10 at the end of the first half when Jonathan Barnes connected on his 14th consecutive field goal, a 48-yarder to give the Bulldogs a 31-21 lead over North Texas at the break.
Tech had a chance to extend its lead early in the third quarter when Prince Sam intercepted Mason Fine to set up a field goal, but Jonathan Barnes could not connect on the 27-yard attempt to keep it a 31-21 ball game.
On the Mean Green’s next drive, North Texas kicker capitalized on LA Tech’s mistake with a career-long 51-yard field goal by Trevor Moore to cut the Bulldogs’ lead to 31-24 with 9:32 remaining in the third quarter.
LA Tech made up for missed opportunities on its next offensive possession when the Bulldogs drove 75 yards in just over two minutes and took a 38-24 lead over North Texas on Henderson’s fourth touchdown of the game, this one a 12-yard score for the Bulldogs.
Henderson registered his fifth touchdown of the game at the start of the fourth quarter on a nine-yard pass from Higgins to extend LA Tech’s lead to 45-24 over the Mean Green.
The Bulldogs return home next week for Homecoming versus UTSA Saturday, Nov. 12 at Joe Aillet Stadium in Ruston.
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