Simulating the 2013 Football Season: Part II


 

 

July 16, 2013

Part I

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 second 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 6 - UTEP 31, LA Tech 21 - Oct. 5 - Sun Bowl, El Paso, Texas

 UTEP 31, LA Tech 21
 Team 1 2 3 4 - Score
 LA Tech  7 7 7 0  - 21
 UTEP 7 3 3 18  - 31

LA Tech drops its second consecutive game as UTEP scores 18 unanswered points in the fourth quarter for the 31-21 win over the Bulldogs. The simulation has a digital Scotty Young sustaining an injury that keeps him out several weeks forcing the Bulldogs to lean heavily on their running game. A digital Kenneth Dixon steps up with 94 yards rushing and two touchdowns.

Overall UTEP notches 421 yards of offense and goes 5-for-5 in red zone scoring while three different defensive linemen are credited with eight total tackles and combined for eight tackles for a loss.

 Scoring Summary
 FIRST QUARTER
 14:27  UTEP  D. Smith 27yd INT return (J. Price kick)
 4:00  LA Tech  S. Cathcart 27yd pass from S. Young
(J. Barnes kick)
 SECOND QUARTER  
 13:04  UTEP  J. Price 35yd field goal
 9:07  LA Tech  K. Dixon 6yd run (J. Barnes kick)
 THIRD QUARTER
 5:21  UTEP  J. Price 26yd field goal
 1:10  LA Tech  K. Dixon 8yd run (J. Barnes kick)
 FOURTH QUARTER
 10:12  UTEP  J. Bell 4yd run (2 point conversion)
 5:54  UTEP  J. Price 23yd field goal
 2:01  UTEP  J. Bell 4yd run (J. Price kick)
 Game Stats

Team Stats

LA Tech

UTEP

Score

21

31

First Downs

13

22

Total Offense

242

421

Rushing

32-107

44-159

Passing

18-28, 136

18-35, 262

Red Zone

2-for-3

5-for-5

Turnovers

2

1

 

 

 

Individual Leaders

Rushing

K. Dixon 16-94

J. Showers 20-77
J. Bell 16-78

Passing

S. Young 10-28-1, 135, 1 TD

J. Showers 18-35-0, 262, 0 TDs

Receiving

S. Cathcart 4-53

D. Patterson 6-98

Defense
(Solo-Ast)

S. Lucas 1-7 (3 TFL, 1 sack)
IK Enemkpali 5-3 (1 TFL)
J. Ellis 3-5 (4 TFL, 1 sack)

T. Brown 8-2
M. Bagley 4-3 (6 TFL, 3 sacks)

 

 

  Game 7 - LA Tech 24, North Texas 17 (Homecoming) - Oct. 19 - Joe Aillet Stadium, Ruston, La.

 LA Tech 24, North Texas 17 (Homecoming)
 Team 1 2 3 4 - Score
 North Texas  0 7 3 7  - 24
 LA Tech 3 0 14 7  - 24

LA Tech climbs back into the win column as a digital Ryan Higgins finds his footing after replacing a digital Scotty Young after an injury. The Bulldogs register 399 yards of total offense - including 300 yards passing - and go 4-for-4 in the red zone.

LA Tech's run game struggles against a tough Mean Green defense but the passing game is impressive as the digital Higgins throws for 300 yards in a 23-for-39 performance. A digital Jon Greenwalt registers 169 yards receiving on nine catches while a digital D.J. Banks (DigJi Banks) and a digital Hunter Lee both find the end zone.

 Scoring Summary
 FIRST QUARTER
 4:08  LA Tech  J. Barnes 25yd field goal
 SECOND QUARTER  
 0:52  NT  B. Chancellor 24yd pass from B. Berglund
(Z. Olen kick)
 THIRD QUARTER
 11:58  LA Tech  D.J. Banks 3yd pass from R. Higgins
(J. Barnes kick)
 1:17  NT  Z. Olen 52yd field goal
 FOURTH QUARTER
 13:55  LA Tech  H. Lee 2yd run (J. Barnes kick)
 2:24  NT  R. Pegram 2yd run (Z. Olen kick)
 Game Stats

Team Stats

NT

LA Tech

Score

17

24

First Downs

15

21

Total Offense

307

399

Rushing

36-120

33-99

Passing

15-30, 187

23-39, 300

Red Zone

1-for-1

4-for-4

Turnovers

0

0

 

 

 

Individual Leaders

Rushing

R. Pegram 16-55

R. Higgins 15-23
K. Dixon 10-33

Passing

B. Berglund 15-30-0, 187, 1 TD

R. Higgins 23-39-0, 300, 1 TD

Receiving

B. Chancellor 7-129

J. Greenwalt 9-169

Defense
(Solo-Ast)

Z. Orr 3-7 (1 TFL)
W. Wright 5-3 (3 TFL, 1 sack)

B. Fitte 3-4
IK Enemkpali 2-3 (4 TFL, 1.5 sacks)


  Game 8 - FIU 17, LA Tech 7 - Oct. 26 - FIU Stadium, Miami, Fla.

 LFIU 17, LA Tech 7
 Team 1 2 3 4 - Score
 LA Tech 0 7 0 0  - 7
 FIU 0 10 7 0  - 17

LA Tech's offense only manages one score and can't stop the Panthers in Miami as the Bulldogs fall at FIU, 17-7. LA Tech took the lead as a digital Richie Casey caught a 19-yard pass from a digital Ryan Higgins early in the second quarter but that would be the only time the Bulldogs would see the scoreboard.

A digital K. Rhodes for FIU ran for 133 yards on 24 carries and FIU scored twice in the second quarter and added another touchdown in the third quarter as they claimed the win in south Florida.

 

 Scoring Summary
 SECOND QUARTER  
 13:06  LA Tech  R. Casey 19yd pass from R. Higgins
(J. Barnes kick)
 6:21  FIU  S. Sroka 24yd field goal
 2:45  FIU  K. Rhodes 6yd run (S. Sroka kick)
 THIRD QUARTER
 3:24  FIU  K. Rhodes 1yd run (S. Sroka kick)
 Game Stats

Team Stats

LA Tech

FIU

Score

7

17

First Downs

18

25

Total Offense

273

362

Rushing

35-142

47-228

Passing

12-30, 131

14-29, 134

Red Zone

1-for-2

3-for-5

Turnovers

3

2

 

 

 

Individual Leaders

Rushing

R. Higgins 19-66

K. Rhodes 24-133

Passing

R. Higgins 12-30-3, 131, 1 TD

J. Medlock 14-29-2, 134, 0 TD

Receiving

K. Dixon 4-19
R. Casey 3-53

Y. Griner 5-65

Defense
(Solo-Ast)

J. Prewitt 5-6 (4 TFL, 2 sacks)
B. Fitte 1-5
IK Enemkpali 1-5 (4 TFL, 1.5 sacks)

G. Hickman 3-5 (6 TFL, 2.5 sacks)

 

  Game 9 - LA Tech 37, Southern Miss 24 (A Rivalry in Dixie) - Nov. 9 - Joe Aillet Stadium, Ruston, La.

 LA Tech 29, Kansas 21
 Team 1 2 3 4 - Score
 Southern Miss 0 14 0 10 - 24
 LA Tech 7 10 10 10  - 37

LA Tech gets back on track in a shootout befitting this age-old rivalry with a 37-24 win over Southern Miss in the latest installment of A Rivalry in Dixie. Holding a slight 17-14 advantage at half it would be the 20 unanswered points in the third and fourth quarter that pushes the Bulldogs over the top.

A digital Ryan Higgins steps into his own, throwing for 395 yards and three touchdowns in a 22-for-36 appearance while a digital Scott Cathcart (10 catches, 174 yards) and a digital Jon Greenwalt (three catches, 120 yards) both notch top performances.

 Scoring Summary
 FIRST QUARTER
 7:37  LA Tech  H. Lee 14yd pass from R. Higgins
(J. Barnes kick)
 SECOND QUARTER  
 10:50  LA Tech  L. Liggins 42yd INT return (J. Barnes kick)
 7:25  USM  R. Bradley 15yd pass from A. Bridgford
(C. Acosta kick)
 4:38  LA Tech  J. Barnes 35yd field goal
 0:23  USM  J. Richard 80yd run (C. Acosta kick)
 THIRD QUARTER
 9:19  LA Tech  D.J. Banks 5yd pass from R. Higgins
(J. Barnes kick)
 2:30  LA Tech  J. Barnes 28yd field goal
 FOURTH QUARTER
 13:06  LA Tech  J. Greenwalt 42yd pass from R. Higgins
(J. Barnes kick)
 7:18  LA Tech  J. Barnes 28yd field goal
 3:40  USM  C. Acosta 24yd field goal
 0:41  USM  J. Richard 58yd pass from A. Bridgford
(C. Acosta kick)
 Game Stats

Team Stats

USM

LA Tech

Score

24

37

First Downs

15

16

Total Offense

428

482

Rushing

21-172

30-87

Passing

18-51, 256

22-36, 395

Red Zone

2-for-2

5-for-5

Turnovers

1

0

 

 

 

Individual Leaders

Rushing

J. Richard 5-106

R. Higgins 17-14

Passing

A. Bridford 18-51-1, 256, 2 TDs

R. Higgins 22-36-0, 395, 3 TDs

Receiving

J. Sims 5-52

S. Cathcart 10-174
J. Greenwalt 3-120

Defense
(Solo-Ast)

A. Howze 9-6 (6 TFL, 2 sacks)

J. Ellis 3-4 (2 TFL, 1 sack)
L. Liggins 4-2 (1 INT)

 

  Game 10 - LA Tech 44, Rice 24 - Nov. 16 - Rice Stadium, Houston, Texas

 LA Tech 44, Rice 24
 Team 1 2 3 4 - Score
 LA Tech 7 10 7 20 - 44
 Rice 7 3 7 7  - 24

The Bulldog offense is hitting on all cylinders in this big win over Rice, a game that could have a say in the final Conference USA West Division standings. The two teams traded scores throughout the game until LA Tech went on a 24-0 run over the span of 14 minutes in the third and fourth quarters, something the Owls would not recover from.

The quarterback situation became fluid again as a digital Scotty Young returned from his digital injury and split time with a digital Ryan Higgins. DigJi Banks caught 10 passes for 147 yards and a digital Paul Turner came on the scene with four catches for 85 yards.

 Scoring Summary
 FIRST QUARTER
 11:06  LA Tech  P. Turner 10yd pass from S. Young
(J. Barnes kick)
 1:44  Rice  T. Petersen 3yd run (C. Boswell kick)
 SECOND QUARTER  
 12:34  LA Tech  S. Young 2yd run (J. Barnes kick)
 1:29  Rice  C. Boswell 29yd field goal
 0:02  LA Tech  J. Barnes 28yd field goal
 THIRD QUARTER
 8:44  Rice  T. McHargue 1yd run (C. Boswell kick)
 6:10  LA Tech  R. Higgins 1yd run (J. Barnes kick)
 FOURTH QUARTER
 15:00  LA Tech  K. Dixon yd run (J. Barnes kick)
 9:45  LA Tech  J. Barnes 33yd field goal
 7:45  LA Tech  D.J. Banks 51yd pass from R. Higgins
(J. Barnes kick)
 5:51  Rice  D. Moore 23yd pass from T. McHargue
(C. Boswell kick)
 1:57  LA Tech  J. Barnes 40yd field goal
 Game Stats

Team Stats

LA Tech

Rice

Score

44

24

First Downs

24

18

Total Offense

560

495

Rushing

31-139

29-97

Passing

27-47, 421

19-34, 398

Red Zone

7-for-7

3-for-4

Turnovers

0

2

 

 

 

Individual Leaders

Rushing

R. Higgins 9-33
H. Lee 7-40

T. McHargue 14-36

Passing

R. Higgins 13-24-0, 233, 1 TD
S. Young 14-23-0, 188, 1 TD

T. McHargue 19-34-1, 398, 1 TD

Receiving

D.J. Banks 10-147
P. Turner 4-85

D. Moore 4-119
J. Taylor 4-100

Defense
(Solo-Ast)

B. Fitte 4-3
M. Schrang 3-4 (1 TFL)

A. Lyons 2-6 (1 TFL)
T. Leland 5-3

 

  TOMORROW

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