Post-Game Notes

Nov. 25, 2017

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Louisiana Tech vs. UTSA
Nov. 25, 2017
Joe Aillet Stadium

POST-GAME NOTES
• LA Tech captains were Deldrick Canty, Secdrick Cooper, Jarred Craft, Teddy Veal and Jonathan Barnes.
• Announced attendance: 15,651.
• With the 20-6 victory over UTSA, LA Tech improved to 6-6 on the season and 4-4 in Conference USA play while becoming bowl eligible for the fourth straight year.
• The Bulldogs now lead the all-time series with the Roadrunners, 5-1, while being winners of four straight. LA Tech is also 4-0 against UTSA in Ruston.
• With the victory, it marked the first time the Bulldogs won back-to-back games this season.
• Tonight's victory marked win No. 125 for head coach Skip Holtz.
• LA Tech won the coin toss and elected to defer to the second half.

OFFENSE
• The offense totaled a season-low 294 yards. The last time the Bulldogs had less than 300 total yards and won was Oct. 28, 2014 against UTSA.
• For the third straight game, the Bulldogs rushed for over 185 yards. They went for 193 on the ground, led by senior running back Boston Scott who had 20 carries for a career-high 138 yards and one touchdown. It marked the sixth straight game he has registered a TD.
• Quarterback J'Mar Smith finished 7-of-21 with one interception that he threw on his first pass of the second half. He had gone 154 straight passing attempts without throwing an INT.
J'Mar Smith also rushed the ball 10 times for 25 yards and one touchdown. It was his fifth rushing TD of the season and the seventh of his career.
• Sophomore wide receiver Rhashid Bonnette had a game-high four receptions for 64 yards. It marked the third time this season he led the Bulldogs in receiving yards in a single game.
• After back-to-back penalties by UTSA put the ball at the half-yard line, J'Mar Smith did a quarterback sneak into the end zone on the opening drive of the game to give the Bulldogs an early 7-0 lead with 6:41 left in the first quarter.
• With the Bulldogs driving, Boston Scott put an exclamation point on the game by breaking off a 35-yard touchdown run up the middle to give his team a 20-6 edge with 2:23 left to play in the game.

DEFENSE
• The LA Tech defense held UTSA to a season-low six points. It was the fewest points allowed by the Bulldogs since Oct. 4, 2014 versus UTEP (three).
• The defense only allowed 201 total yards, the fewest since Oct. 26, 2013 at FIU (197).
• The defense had a season-high eight tackles-for-loss in the game, including three sacks which all came in the first half.
• For the second straight game and the third time this season, the Bulldog defense shutout their opponent in the first half.
• The Bulldogs came up with two interceptions in the game. It marked the sixth time this season they have recorded multiple interceptions in a single game. They now have 16 total for the year, the most since 2014.
• Senior linebacker Russell Farris posted a game-high and career-high 13 tackles, two of which were TFLs.
• Redshirt junior defensive end Jaylon Ferguson registered five sacks, including 1.5 sacks which increased his career total to 26.5, second most in program history.
Jaylon Ferguson and Keonatye Garner combined for a sack on UTSA's opening drive which resulted in a loss of eight yards.
Jaylon Ferguson had a solo sack on UTSA's second drive of the game that was a loss of four yards. On the very next play, he and Russell Farris blew up a rush play for a tackle-for-loss.
Immanuel Turner registered his second-career sack on the final play of the first half.
• After UTSA returned an interception to the LA Tech 13-yard line at the start of the third quarter, the Bulldogs allowed one first down but stopped the Roadrunners from the two-yard line on three straight plays to force a field goal.
• After a fumble recovery by UTSA from a botched punt gave them the ball inside the red zone, freshman cornerback Amik Robertson came up with the interception on a fade route in the end zone. It was his team-high fourth interception of the season.
• Redshirt sophomore Darryl Lewis picked off UTSA's Dalton Sturm on the Roadrunners last drive of the game late in the fourth quarter. It was his third interception of the year.

SPECIAL TEAMS
• Redshirt senior Jonathan Barnes finished the day 2-of-2 on field goals and 2-of-2 on extra-point attempts. He improved to 22-of-29 on FG attempts and 37-of-40 on PATs.
Jonathan Barnes has made at least 22 field goals in three straight seasons.
Jonathan Barnes sent one through the uprights on a 26-yard field goal, giving the Bulldogs a 10-0 advantage with 36 seconds left in the first half.
Jonathan Barnes drilled a season-long 53-yard field goal to give the Bulldogs a 13-3 lead with 6:45 remaining in the third quarter. It was his fifth career 50+ made field goal, tied for the second most in program history. The 53-yarder is tied for the fifth longest in program history.
Jaqwis Dancy took a kickoff from the goal line for a career-long 53-yard return in the fourth quarter. It was the longest kickoff return of the season for the Bulldogs.
• Freshman punter Davan Dyer had three punts on the day that totaled 98 yards with a long of 36. One of the three punts was downed inside the 20.


 

 

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