Daniel Porter Sets School Rushing Record as LA Tech Runs Past San Jose State

Dec. 5, 2009

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RUSTON, La. - Daniel Porter ran for 199 yards and set the school's career rushing record as Louisiana Tech ran over San Jose State en route to a 55-20 victory in front of 15,324 at Joe Aillet Stadium Saturday afternoon.

Louisiana Tech (4-8, 3-5 WAC) snapped a five-game losing streak to end the season and won its third consecutive game over San Jose State as the Spartans (2-10, 1-7 WAC) struggled to stop a powerful Tech ground game.

"Overall it was a good finish [to the season]," said Louisiana Tech head coach Derek Dooley. "We were a little lethargic at first. But looking back there's a fine line between winning and losing, and we were very close a lot of times this season. In the off season that's going to be a reminder. The biggest thing I'm proud of is we put our heart into this season. It's so hard when the world is so result-oriented. I'm so proud of our team. They kept playing better, and that was a real sign of our team's character."

Porter, who entered the game needing 190 yards to set the record, also ran for three touchdowns in the dominating win for Louisiana Tech. Porter was one of 12 seniors that were honored during the pregame ceremonies on "Senior Day."

"Congrats to Daniel," Dooley said. "What a great honor and another example of never giving up. It was a good example of persevering and focusing on the little things. I was a little worried we weren't going to get it - but a good example of never giving up."

Jay Dudley led the Tech defense with 10 tackles while Tank Calais' school-record 96-yard interception return for a touchdown almost prevented Porter for reaching the record. Porter was eight yards shy of setting a new school record for most of the fourth quarter and almost lost his chance when Calais ran the ball back for the touchdown. But a successful challenge by Tech verified Josh Victorian's interception with 3:38 remaining in the game gave Porter one final chance to set the record.

Porter ran past the record mark on a 16-yard run with under two minutes left in the game and was greeted by cheers from teammates and coaches on the sideline.

Tech was able to put Porter in position to set the record as the Bulldogs got out to an early lead after scoring touchdowns on five consecutive possessions in the first half. After the Spartans opened with a touchdown on a 16-yard reception by Marquis Avery, Tech quickly drove down the field and Porter ran the ball into the end zone from eight yards out on a six-play, 66-yard drive that lasted only 2:26.

San Jose State took their final lead of the game on the ensuing possession as Jala Beauchman caught a two-yard pass from Kyle Reed. Tech responded by driving 81 yards on four plays in less than a minute and a half as Porter scored again, this time from 39 yards out.

"They were one of the best football teams we have seen all year, despite of their record," said San Jose State head coach Dick Tomey. "They've just lost a lot of close games and that just illustrates how tough it is to win in college football because they have a really good team. I think Derek (Dooley) and Louisiana Tech are on the right track."

Tech would force a turnover on downs and pulled a rabbit out of a hat for its third score and first lead of the game. Early in the second quarter, the offense went into motion giving D.J. Morrow the ball on a direct snap. Morrow then threw the ball to a wide open Dennis Morris 19 yards for a touchdown, the second touchdown reception Morris has caught from a tailback this year.

Two plays later, Deon Young ran back an interception 55 yards for a touchdown to give the Bulldogs the 28-14 lead. That marked Young's 10th career interception, ranking him eighth in school history for INTs.

After a stingy Bulldog defense forced the Spartans to go three-and-out, the quick strike Bulldogs struck again as Lyle Fitte caught a 38-yard touchdown reception from Ross Jenkins to cap a three-play, 49-yard drive that lasted just over a minute.

Porter would reach the end zone one more time on a three-yard run and Matt Nelson would kick a 39-yard field goal as time was expiring as Tech entered halftime with a 45-14 lead and the most points a Tech team has scored in one half since at least 2000 when LA Tech scored 42 in the first half of a 63-10 win over Mississippi Valley State.

The second half would not be as offensively dominated with the Spartans striking first to cut the Tech lead to 45-20 on an Avery 80-yard reception from Jorda La Secla. That would mark San Jose State's final score of the game.

With 2:40 remaining in the third quarter, D'Anthony Smith recovered a fumble on the San Jose State 11-yard line that eventually set up a 32-yard field goal as a five-yard penalty and two incomplete passes forced Tech to kick the field goal for the 48-20 lead. Two possessions later for San Jose State, the Spartans' 12-play, 69-yard drive ended quickly when Calais returned the interception for a touchdown.

For complete coverage of Bulldog Football, please visit the official home of Louisiana Tech Athletics at LATechSports.com.




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