Nov. 9, 2013
Louisiana Tech vs. Southern Miss Nov. 9, 2013 Post-Game Notes
With the 36-13 win by Louisiana Tech, the Bulldogs snapped a three-game series winning streak by Southern Miss in what is the third oldest rivalry in program history. USM now leads the all-time series 31-14. The last win over the Golden Eagles prior to tonight was on Nov. 16, 1991 in a 30-14 victory in Ruston.
LA Tech improved to 4-5 on the season and 3-2 in Conference USA play. Southern Miss fell to 0-9 on the season and 0-5 in Conference USA play.
Mother Nature has not been kind to the LA Tech-Southern Miss series and was not again tonight. This marked the third straight game that it has rained during the game.
The announced attendance for tonight's game was 18,571.
After scoring 36 points, the Bulldogs are now 4-0 this season when scoring at least 20 points.
With the win, the Bulldogs have now won back-to-back games for the first time this season. It also marked the first home win since the home opener versus Lamar (Sept. 7).
Louisiana Tech won the coin toss and elected to defer to the second half.
The first penalty did not occur until the 11:04 mark of the third quarter. It was an illegal kick out of bounds by Kyle Fischer.
Scotty Young got the start at quarterback in place of an injured Ryan Higgins. It was his first start since against Tulane (Sept. 12). He finished the game 22-for-37 for 158 yards and two touchdowns.
Trent Taylor had a team-high 51 yards receiving to add to his one touchdown.
Scotty Young found Sterling Griffin on a fade route in the corner of the end zone for a three-yard touchdown pass to give the Bulldogs a 16-3 lead with 27 seconds remaining in the first half. It was Griffin's first touchdown grab as a Bulldog.
An eight-yard touchdown rush by Hunter Lee came out of the wildcat formation, the first game this season the Bulldogs have used the formation. It was his first rushing touchdown of the season on only his second rush attempt of the season and his first since Nov. 17, 2012 versus Utah State.
Kenneth Dixon went off for 207 yards on the ground, the third time in his career he has rushed for at least 200 yards in a game. It also marked the fifth game this season of at least 100 rushing yards and the 11th game of his career, the fifth most in Bulldog history. He is also now tied for 13th among active career 100-yard rushing leaders in the nation.
Kenneth Dixon broke off a long rush up the middle for 51 yards in the third quarter. He also had a 27-yard rush down the left sideline on the Bulldogs first offensive possession of the game. He now has 14 plays this season of at least 20 yards.
The 207 rushing yards is the most ever by a Bulldog versus Southern Miss.
Kenneth Dixon eclipsed the 2,000-yard career rushing mark tonight. The 207 rushing yards gives him 2,099 rushing yards.
Kenneth Dixon capped off his incredible night with a one-yard rushing touchdown, his fifth touchdown of the season. It was his 33rd career touchdown and 31st career rushing touchdown.
Justin Ellis recorded a sack on the first play of the game, his first solo sack of the season.
DeAngelo Brooks registered a tackle for loss in USM's end zone for a safety with 11:48 remaining in the first quarter. It was the first safety recorded by LA Tech since the last time they played Southern Miss at Joe Aillet Stadium in 2010.
Adairius Barnes came up with two excellent interceptions, the second and third of his career. The first was in man-to-man coverage on a deep pass by USM which was intercepted at the one-yard line. The second came after USM forced and recovered a fumble, and the Golden Eagles attempted a wide receiver pass on their next possession but Barnes came up with the catch in the end zone for the touchback.
Beau Fitte recorded the third interception of the night by the Bulldogs off a deflected pass, the first of his career.
Thomas McDonald picked off USM in the fourth quarter, his second interception of the year, and the fourth by the Bulldogs in the game. The last time LA Tech had four interceptions in a game was on Oct. 29, 2011 versus San Jose State. It was the most interceptions thrown by USM since Oct. 3, 2007 against Rice.
Logan McPherson delivered a 39-yard punt that was downed at the one yard line on his first punt of the night. It was his 17th punt downed inside the 20.
Kyle Fischer connected on all three extra point attempts, making him 16-of-17 on the season.
Kyle Fischer made a 38-yard field goal after the Bulldogs opening possession in the second half drove them into range. He later booted a 43-yard field goal in the third quarter. He is now 17-of-22 on field goal attempts this season and has made eight straight.
With the defeat, Southern Miss has now lost 21 consecutive games.
Southern Miss got on the board with a 22-yard field goal from Corey Acosta in the second quarter. He later connected on a 50-yarder to end the first half which was just one yard short of his career-long.
Nic Bekkers blocked a Louisiana Tech punt by Gerald Shouse in the fourth quarter, marking the first time this season the Golden Eagles blocked a punt. The last punt blocked by USM was Jeremy Hester against UAB on Nov. 3, 2012.
Kyle Sloter recorded his first career reception in the second quarter against Louisiana Tech. Sloter was moved to wide receiver in preseason camp after starting his Southern Miss career as a quarterback. The redshirt freshman scored his first collegiate touchdown in the fourth quarter - an 8-yard reception from quarterback Nick Mullens.