With the victory over New Mexico State, Louisiana Tech has clinched the 2011 WAC championship. Louisiana Tech’s last WAC championship was in 2001.
With the victory Louisiana Tech has a 7 game win streak, six in the WAC. The seven game win streak ranks fifth nationally.
Louisiana Tech has accepted an invite to play in the 2011 San Diego County Poinsettia Bowl.
Louisiana Tech recorded a 44-0 shutout against New Mexico State. That was the first shutout since Louisiana Tech defeated San Jose State 21-0 on November 8, 2008.
Cole’s pick-six was Louisiana Tech’s fifth of the season which is second in the nation, behind Louisiana-Lafayette who have returned six interceptions for touchdowns
Louisiana Tech now leads the all-time series 7-4 against New Mexico State.
Tech has defeated New Mexico State in the last five meeting, including a 5-0 mark all-time against the Aggies in Ruston.
The official attendance was 17,458.
The single season average attendance this season at Joe Aillet Stadium was 21,518, a new single season average attendance record.
The total home attendance for the 2011 season was 107,592, which marks the fourth consecutive season Tech has had a total attendance over 100,000.
Craig Johnson’s 82 yard punt return was the first of his career and the first Tech punt return for a touchdown since Phillip Livas returned a punt 88 yards for a touchdown November 27, 2010 against San Jose State.
Chad Boyd recorded his second interception of the day in the 4th quarter. The last time a Tech player intercepted two passes in one game was Ryan Williams on November 27, 2010 when he intercepted two passes as well.
Matt Nelson’s 33 yard field goal moved him into a tie at 6th overall for most field goals made in Louisiana Tech history. Nelson has 40 field goals in his career even with George Benyola.
Hunter Lee scored his third touchdown of the day with 13 second remaining in the third quarter. Lee is the first Tech player to rush for three touchdowns in one game since Lennon Creer ran for three against Central Arkansas on September 10, 2011.
Nick Isham lined up at receiver for the first time this season. Isham was a receiver in high school as well.
Taulib Ikharo’s touchdown reception in the first quarter marks his third consecutive game with a touchdown reception.
Colby Cameron’s touchdown pass to Taulib Ikharo in the first quarter marked the fifth consecutive game that Tech threw a touchdown pass.
Matt Nelson’s missed PAT in the first quarter moves him into a tie at fourth overall for most PATs attempted in Louisiana Tech history.
Dave Clark’s forced fumble at 3:29 in the first quarter was the first forced fumble of his career.
Louisiana Tech has a turnover margin of +15 during the winning streak. Tech’s turnover margin for the entire season is +11.
Hunter Lee’s fumble in the first quarter was the first of his career.
Matt Broha recorded 2 sacks in the first half, Broha has 21.5 career sacks which is second all-time in Louisiana Tech history.
Chad Boyd’s interception with 9:40 remaining in the second quarter was his second interception of the season.
Philip Longino recorded the first sack of his career in the second quarter.
Hunter Lee scored his second career rushing touchdown with 28 seconds remaining in the second quarter.
Louisiana Tech recorded their longest scoring drive of the season, a 96 yard touchdown drive.
Louisiana Tech is second in the nation with five 90+ yard scoring drives. Georgia Tech leads the nation with seven.
Adrien Cole returned an interception for a touchdown for the first time in his career..
Cole’s interception return of 45 yards was the longest an interception has been returned by Louisiana Tech against New Mexico State.
Louisiana Tech has intercepted a pass in seven consecutive games.
Hunter Lee capped off Tech’s 3rd quarter opening drive with a 6 yard touchdown run. This is Lee’s first multiple rushing touchdown game.
Hunter Lee rushed for 148 yards and three touchdowns. Both are career highs for the freshman.
Ryan Allen had a 51 yard punt downed on the four yard line. Allen now has 25, 50+ yard punts, 37 punts downed inside the 20, and 20 punts downed inside the 10.
Colby Cameron rushed for 67 yards on 6 rushes, a new career high for Cameron.
Taulib Ikharo caught eight passes for 105 yards. The 105 yards marks a career high for Ikharo.