April 5, 2012
RUSTON, La. - Both the first and second team offenses came alive for a handful of big plays and Matt Nelson kicked a 50 yard field goal as Louisiana Tech hosted its third spring scrimmage at Joe Aillet Stadium Thursday evening.
Colby Cameron was 15-for-23 for 186 yards and two touchdowns while Zach Griffith was an impressive 11-for-17 for 143 yards and a touchdown in his first scrimmage with the second team offense. Neither quarterback threw an interception in the scrimmage.
"It was another competitive scrimmage," head coach Sonny Dykes said. "I thought we made some big plays offensively and thought our defense did a good job early. The first team flew around and made plays on third down. It was a good, competitive, hard fought scrimmage."
Quinton Patton was his usual self with six catches for 83 yards and a touchdown but Scott Cathcart was the receiver that caught everyone's eye has he caught five passes for 83 yards, including a 27-yard touchdown reception that fooled the entire defense and most spectators with an impressive play-action sequence.
"I think the older guys who have been in it have excelled that much more," Cameron said of the wide receivers. "They are fast and much more dynamic in their routes. They are working on the details instead of the basics of the offense. The young guys are starting to see the leadership in the older people and working on the details of their routes. As a whole group we are getting better."
Defensively, Rufus Porter and Beau Fitte led with six tackles each while Porter assisted on a sack. Jamel Johnson added four tackles while Javontay Crowe was credited with a sack as one of his two solo tackles in the game.
Both offenses concentrated on a passing attack as teams combined for only 13 rushes out of 53 plays from scrimmage. The main use of running backs came on the second team offense's first drive, running the ball four times with Rickey Courtney ending the drive with a three-yard score.
The first team offense struck back quickly as Cameron found Myles White over the middle with White breaking away for a 33-yard touchdown reception.
Cathcart's 27-yard reception was the second and last score by the second team offense.
"It was good to see some guys that we had been waiting on to make plays final make some plays," Dykes said. "Scott made a couple of long runs. He showed some things we have been waiting on. It was good to see him execute and make some plays."
The first team offense struck again as Cameron found Patton streaking down the sideline and beating his defender for a 33-yard touchdown reception.
In the first team's next drive, the offense stalled but relied on Matt Nelson's leg as Nelson kicked a 50-yard field goal. Nelson's career-long field goal is 47 yards.
Louisiana Tech returns to action Monday evening for the team's 13th practice of the spring. The Bulldogs practice Monday evening (7 p.m.) and again Wednesday afternoon (4 p.m.) before hosting the T-Day Spring Game on Saturday, April 14 at 1 p.m. at Joe Aillet Stadium to conclude the spring practice sessions.
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