Simulating the 2013 Football Season: Part I


 

 

July 15, 2013

LATechSports.com took advantage of the recent release of EA Sports NCAA Football 14 and ran a simulation of the 2013 Louisiana Tech football season. With kickoff at NC State less than two months away, take a look at what the video game’s projection of LA Tech’s 2013 season will look like.

This is the first of three parts looking at the 2013 season. What do you think of the simulation? Use the Facebook comments section below to give your input on this simulated portion of the season.

Note: This simulation is for entertainment purposes only and is just a computer-generated simulation.

 

A Simulated 2013 Season with EA Sporst NCAA '14

 

  Game 1 - NC State 24, Louisiana Tech 17 - Aug. 31 - Carter-Finley Stadium, Raleigh, N.C.

 NC State 27, LA Tech 24
 Team 1 2 3 4 - Score
 LA Tech  7  7  3  7  -  24
 North Carolina State  13  0  7  7  -  27

NC State jumps out to an early10-point lead in the first five minutes and holds on for the three-point victory. DigiDixon - that's a digital Kenneth Dixon - runs for 94 yards on 16 carries with two touchdowns, including one with 1:12 remaining, but Tech's on-side kick fails and the Wolfpack hang on for the win.

A digital Scotty Young passed for 200 yards and three touchdowns in an 18-for-37 day while a DigJi Banks (digital D.J. Banks) caught six passes for 57 yards. DigiDixon also added five catches for 80 yards.

 Scoring Summary
 FIRST QUARTER
 14:07  NCST  T. Creecy 25yd pass form B. Mitchell
(N. Sade kick)
 10:42  NCST  N. Sade 20yd field goal
 6:45  LA Tech  K. Dixon 2yd run (J. Barnes kick)
 0:59  NCST  N. Sade 20yd field goal
 SECOND QUARTER  
 7:26  LA Tech  S. Cathcart 5yd run (J. Barnes kick)
 THIRD QUARTER
 12:06  NCST  A. Watson 19yd pass from B. Mitchell
(N. Sade kick)
 3:20  LA Tech  J. Barnes 23yd field goal
 FOURTH QUARTER
 14:18  NCST  S. Thornton 4yd run (N. Sade kick)
 1:12  LA Tech  K. Dixon 8yd run (J. Barnes kick)
 Game Stats

Team Stats

LA Tech

NC State

Score

24

27

First Downs

26

19

Total Offense

361

395

Rushing

38-161

37-136

Passing

18-37, 200

15-33, 259

Red Zone

4-for-4

4-for-5

Turnovers

3

1

 

 

 

Individual Leaders

Rushing

Kenneth Dixon, 16-94

S. Thornton 15-76

Passing

Scotty Young, 18-37-0, 200, 3 TDs

B. Mitchell 15-33-0, 259, 2 TDs

Receiving

D.J. Banks 6-57
K. Dixon 5-80

A. Watson 3-36

Defense
(Solo-Ast)

J. Ellis 2-6 (5 TFL, 2 sacks)
M. Schrang 3-4 (2 TFL)

D. Green 4-3, 3 TFL, 1 Sack, 1 INT

 

 

  Game 2 - Louisiana Tech 35, FCS Southeast (Lamar) 14 - Sept. 7 - Joe Aillet Stadium, Ruston, La.

 LA Tech 35, FCS Southeast (Lamar) 14
 Team 1 2 3 4 - Score
 FCS Southeast (Lamar)  7  7  0  0  -  14
 LA Tech  14  7  7  7  -  35

Game two for the Bulldogs showcases a much improved defense with two defensive scores in a 35-14 win over an unnamed FCS Southeast team (we'll assume EA Sports meant Lamar in this case). A digital Kendall Hayes steps up with a 10-yard interception return in the second quarter but early on in the first quarter a rookie makes a name for himself as a digital Xavier Woods gets a 24-yard pick-six. FCS Southeast (Lamar) netted a pick-six of its own.

Offensively, the Bulldogs rack up 302 total offensive yards, going 3-for-3 in the red zone and showcasing a methodical but effective passing game led by a 21-for-46 passing performance by a digital Scotty Young with two scores, one interception and 228 yards.

 Scoring Summary
 FIRST QUARTER
 12:46  LA Tech  R. Casey 5yd pass from S. Young
(J. Barnes kick)
 9:02  LA Tech  X. Woods, 24yd INT return (J. Barnes kick)
 6:41  FCS SE  FS #21 14yd INT return (#30 kick)
 SECOND QUARTER  
 15:00  FCS SE  HB #34 4yd run (#30 kick)
 8:55  LA Tech  K. Hayes 10yd INT return (J. Barnes kick)
 THIRD QUARTER
 9:31  LA Tech  D.J. Banks 9yd pass from S. Young
(J. Barnes kick)
 FOURTH QUARTER
 6:52  LA Tech  S. Young 3yd run (J. Barnes kick)
 Game Stats

Team Stats

FCS SE

LA Tech

Score

14

35

First Downs

9

17

Total Offense

198

302

Rushing

35-115

26-74

Passing

10-30, 83

21-46, 228

Red Zone

1-for-1

3-for-3

Turnovers

3

1

 

 

 

Individual Leaders

Rushing

Stats not provided

S. Young 14-12

Passing

Stats not provided

S. Young 21-46-1, 228, 2 TDs

Receiving

Stats not provided

D.J. Banks 7-105
S. Cathcart 7-54

Defense
(Solo-Ast)

Stats not provided

M. Schrang 2-5, 1 TFL
IK Enemkpali 3-3


  Game 3 - Louisiana Tech 35, Tulane 13 - Sept. 12 - Joe Aillet Stadium, Ruston, La.

 LA Tech 35, Tulane 13
 Team 1 2 3 4 - Score
 Tulane  3  7  3  0  -  13
 LA Tech  7  14  0  14  -  35

The Bulldogs easily net their first league win as a member of Conference USA as the Green Wave fall behind early and never recover. LA Tech holds a 21-10 lead at halftime thanks to two touchdown passes to DigJi Banks and a run by DigiDixon. A digital Banks and a digital Hunter Lee add two scores in the fourth quarter as LA Tech only outgains Tulane 327-306 but takes advantage of four Green Wave turnovers and goes 5-for-6 in the red zone.

Banks leads the team with 61 yards on eight catches while Dixon runs for 78 yards on 14 carries. Young pases for 176 yards and three touchdowns in a 21-for-46 performance with no interceptions.

 Scoring Summary
 FIRST QUARTER
 11:56  LA Tech  D.J. Banks 3yd pass from S. Young
(J. Barnes kick)
 9:35  Tulane  C. Santos 37yd field goal
 SECOND QUARTER  
 5:18  LA Tech  K. Dixon 7yd run (J. Barnes kick)
 2:25  LA Tech  D.J. Banks 16yd pass from S. Young
(J. Barnes kick)
 0:39  Tulane  R. Kelley 5yd run (C. Santos kick)
 THIRD QUARTER
 6:13  Tulane  C. Santos 26yd field goal
 FOURTH QUARTER
 11:43  LA Tech  D.J. Banks 1yd pass from S. Young
(J. Barnes kick)
 7:37  LA Tech  H. Lee 3yd run (J. Barnes kick)
 Game Stats

Team Stats

Tulane

LA Tech

Score

13

35

First Downs

16

20

Total Offense

306

327

Rushing

28-98

33-151

Passing

16-35, 208

21-46, 176

Red Zone

2-for-3

5-for-6

Turnovers

4

0

 

 

 

Individual Leaders

Rushing

R. Kelley 16-82

K. Dixon 14-78

Passing

N. Montana 10-20-1, 128

S. Young 21-46-0, 176, 3 TDs

Receiving

R. Grant 7-122

D.J. Banks 8-61

Defense
(Solo-Ast)

M. Bailey 6-4 (3 TFL, 1 Sack)
A. Bryant 3-5 (4 TFL, 1.5 Sack)

L. Liggins 5-4
M. Schrang 4-4 (2 TFL)

 

  Game 4 - Louisiana Tech 29, Kansas 21 - Sept. 21 - Memorial Stadium, Lawrence, Kan.

 LA Tech 29, Kansas 21
 Team 1 2 3 4 - Score
 LA Tech 10 13 3 3 - 29
 Kansas 0 14 0 7  - 21

Louisiana Tech makes it three consecutive years the Bulldogs have upset an AQ team on the road with a 29-21 win at Kansas. LA Tech runs out to a 16-point lead with a 35-yard touchdown catch by Banks and three field goals by a digital Jonathan Barnes before Kansas has a chance to respond. The two teams score a combined three touchdowns in an exciting final 3:17 in the first half.

LA Tech racks up 387 yards of offense and takes advantage of five KU turnovers but the ground game is halted, running for only 75 yards on 31 carries. A digital Scotty Toung is 24-for-48 for 312 yards with two touchdowns and two picks while all five turnovers on the KU side came from interceptions of a digital Jake Heaps.

 Scoring Summary
 FIRST QUARTER
 10:44  LA Tech  J. Barnes 43yd field goal
 5:35  LA Tech  D.J. Banks 35yd pass from S. Young
(J. Barnes kick)
 SECOND QUARTER  
 9:59  LA Tech  J. Barnes 34yd field goal
 5:54  LA Tech  J. Barnes 43yd field goal
 3:17  KU  N. Harwell 26yd pass from J. Heaps
(R. Doherty kick)
 1:53  LA Tech  J. Greenwalt 26yd pass from S. Young
(J. Barnes kick)
 0:27  KU  T. Pierson 10yd run (R. Doherty kick)
 THIRD QUARTER
 3:13  LA Tech  J. Barnes 37yd field goal
 FOURTH QUARTER
 10:06  KU  A. Turzilli 3yd pass from J. Heaps
(R. Doherty kick)
 5:11  LA Tech  J. Barnes 38yd field goal
 Game Stats

Team Stats

LA Tech

Kansas

Score

29

21

First Downs

21

13

Total Offense

387

325

Rushing

31-75

25-130

Passing

24-48, 312

15-31, 195

Red Zone

1-for-4

2-for-2

Turnovers

2

5

 

 

 

Individual Leaders

Rushing

K. Dixon 9-45

T. Pierson 20-122

Passing

S. Young 24-48-2, 312, 2 TDs

J. Heaps 15-31-5, 195, 2 TDs

Receiving

S. Cathcart 6-56
R. Casey 6-69

A. Turzilli 4-16
N. Harwell 3-79

Defense
(Solo-Ast)

J. Prewitt 0-9 (3 TFL)
IK Enemkpali 5-2 (1 TLF, 0.5 sacks)

B. Heeney 3-8 (3 TFL, 1.5 sacks)
J. Tavai 2-6 (6 TFL, 0.5 sacks)

 

  Game 5 - Army 31, Louisiana Tech 24 (Heart of Dallas Classic) - Sept. 28 - Cotton Bowl, Dallas, Texas

 Army 31, LA Tech 24 (Heart of Dallas Classic)
 Team 1 2 3 4 - Score
 Army 7 3 7 14 - 31
 LA Tech 10 0 7 7  - 24

Army and LA Tech trade blows throughout the game but the Cadets are able to pound in one final touchdown with less than 30 seconds left in the game to edge the Bulldogs, 31-24, in a thrilling Heart of Dallas Classic game played at the Cotton Bowl. A digital Jon Greenwalt steps up on Tech's side with two touchdown catches as part of a 233-yard receiving day. A digital IK Enemkpali led the Bulldog defense with 15 total tackles, eight tackles for a loss and three sacks.

However the mechanical and powerful Army offense churned out 463 yards of offense including 301 yards rushing as the Cadets had two players rush for over 100 yards in the game.

 Scoring Summary
 FIRST QUARTER
 11:48  LA Tech  J. Greenwalt 14yd pass from S. Young
(J. Barnes kick)
 5:53  Army  R. Maples 6yd run (B. Fisher kick)
 2:05  LA Tech  J. Barnes 32yd field goal
 SECOND QUARTER  
 0:14  Army  B. Fisher 36yd field goal
 THIRD QUARTER
 5:52  Army  R. Maples 1yd run (B. Fisher kick)
 0:23  LA Tech  S. Young 4yd run (J. Barnes kick)
 FOURTH QUARTER
 8:08  Army  R. Maples 2yd run (B. Fisher kick)
 2:02  LA Tech  J. Greenwalt 1yd pass from S. Young
(J. Barnes kick)
 0:26  Army  A. Schurr 5yd run (B. Fisher kick)
 Game Stats

Team Stats

Army

LA Tech

Score

31

24

First Downs

25

15

Total Offense

463

388

Rushing

64-301

23-99

Passing

11-21, 162

16-25, 289

Red Zone

5-for-6

4-for-4

Turnovers

0

0

 

 

 

Individual Leaders

Rushing

A. Schurr 27-123
R. Maples 24-115

K. Dixon 10-53

Passing

A. Schurr 11-21-0, 162, 0 TDs

S. Young 16-25-0, 289, 2 TDs

Receiving

A. Stephens 11-162

J. Greenwalt 14-233

Defense
(Solo-Ast)

H. Tippett 5-1 (2 TFL)
T. Holloway 3-3 (2 TFL)

IK Enemkpali 4-11 (8 TFL, 3 sacks)
N. Thomason 3-10

 

  TOMORROW

Check back at LATechSports.com tomorrow to see Part II of this three-part series in a simulation of Louisiana Tech's 2013 season.