Post-Game Notes



Nov. 16, 2013

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Louisiana Tech at Rice (Rice Stadium)

Nov. 16, 2013

Post-Game Notes

• With the 52-14 loss to Rice, the Owls took the series lead over Louisiana Tech, 4-3, and snapped the Bulldogs two-game winning streak.

• LA Tech fell to 4-6 (3-3 C-USA) on the season while Rice improved to 7-3 (5-1 C-USA).

• The 52 points allowed was the most ever scored by Rice in the series and the most points allowed this season by LA Tech.

• Rice led at the half, 24-0. The last time LA Tech was held scoreless in a half was Nov. 19, 2011 at Nevada. The Bulldogs came back to defeat the Wolfpack, 24-20.

• LA Tech captains were D.J. Banks, IK Enemkpali, Matthew Shepperd and C.J. Cleveland.

• Rice won the coin toss and elected to receive in the first half.


Scotty Young, Paul Harris and Ryan Higgins all saw action at quarterback. The last time LA Tech had three quarterbacks play in a single game was Oct. 2, 2010 at Hawai'i.

Paul Harris had a 26-yard run, converting a third down play on the Bulldogs opening drive to the five-yard line. Harris fumbled on the next play and Rice recovered.

Scotty Young threw an interception in the second quarter, the first of his career.

Sterling Griffin beat man coverage for a 74-yard touchdown catch from Ryan Higgins in the third quarter to put the Bulldogs on the scoreboard. That marked the longest play of the year for LA Tech.

• Griffin's touchdown reception was his career-long, beating his previous high by one yard (73 yards) versus Florida State while he was with USF.

Connor Smith recorded his first career reception as a Bulldog, a nine-yard catch in the fourth quarter.

Marlon Seets scored on a nine-yard rush late in the fourth quarter. It was his first career touchdown.


Daniel Cobb recovered a fumble, his second of the season, in the first quarter with the Owls in the red zone, but then fumbled himself giving the ball back to Rice.

Thomas McDonald led the Bulldog defense with 10 tackles and two pass breakups. It is the fourth time this season he has had at least 10 in a single game.


Logan McPherson had a successful fake punt in the first quarter, the first of the season for the Bulldogs. He carried it five yards just beyond the first down marker.

Kyle Fischer converted both extra point attempts, making him 19-of-20 this season.


• Rice's Charles Ross rushed for 215 yards and five touchdowns. He was the first opponent to rush for over 200 yards against LA Tech since De'Leon Eskridge of San Jose State rushed for 217 on Nov. 24, 2012.

• Rice had six rushing touchdowns for the game. It tied for the fourth most ever given up by the Bulldogs in a single game.

• Rice rushed for 415 total yards, marking the second time this season an opponent has rushed for at least 400 yards (Army).