Big Plays by Offense Highlight Louisiana Tech Scrimmage

Aug. 23, 2009

RUSTON, La. - Ross Jenkins completed 11-of-22 passes for 229 yards and one touchdown and three receivers recorded more than 50 yards receiving as the offense made several big plays in Louisiana Tech's scrimmage Sunday evening at Joe Aillet Stadium. Tight end Dennis Morris led the receivers with 101 yards receiving on three catches.

Most of Morris' receiving yards came on an 85-yard touchdown reception early in the scrimmage. Phillip Livas caught three passes for 86 yards and Adrian Linwood caught three passes for 76 yards in a series of situations where the offense and defense faced close scores in the last few minutes of the game.

"We had seven situations where we were working on the last four minutes of the game," said head coach Derek Dooley. "I think the story of the day was a little bit of feast or famine for both sides of the ball until the last drive. The good news, offensively, is we had a lot of big plays by the guys we're counting on to make big plays - Daniel Porter, Phillip Livas, Dennis Morris, Adrian Linwood and Lyle Fitte. The bad news is we can't be giving those plays up. Our defense was gutted up the middle twice, we missed a tackle that resulted on a big play and couldn't make a play down the sideline. That is the hard thing about these scrimmages - what looks good for the offense is disappointing for the defense and vice-versa."

The offense made big plays with several potential playmakers for Louisiana Tech in 2009, including Lyle Fitte's 33-yard touchdown run and Daniel Porter's seven carries for 97 yards and one touchdown. D.J. Morrow added a touchdown on his 21 rushing yards on four carries. Freshman kicker Matt Nelson went 3-for-3 on field goal attempts including a 48-yard field goal made kicking from near the left hash mark.

 

 

"I thought the offense did a nice job on the last drive of the scrimmage," commented Dooley. "Up 17 [points], they took it all the way down and kicked a field goal to win the game. Matt Nelson continues to show that he has a chance to be a very good kicker here at Tech, going 3-for-3 with two game-winners.

Morris' 101 yards receiving marked one of his more successful days in camp this fall.

"Dennis [Morris] is a guy we need to get the ball to because he is big and he is fast," said Dooley. "Against Idaho last year he caught for over 100 yards and we need to continue to find a way to get him the ball down the field."

Jenkins, LA Tech's starting quarterback, was 11-for-22 with a touchdown and an interception with 229 yards passing. Randy Hardin went 3-for-5 with 73 yards passing, a touchdown and two interceptions while Colby Cameron threw for 74 yards in his 5-for-13 day.

"One good thing to take away from today was Ross Jenkins was about 10 yards per attempt and our goal is about seven-and-a-half yards per attempt in a game," explained Dooley. "I think we might have only made that goal once or twice last season but we made that goal tonight and that was the result of big plays. That is an encouraging sign and I hope we can continue that."

"Overall, we have more guys with the ability to make big plays on offense and we're going to need that," Dooley said. "Defensively, I think we could be a good defensive unit when we play together as a unit and play with a lot of energy. When we don't have a lot of energy and we don't play together as a unit, we can be a very bad looking defensive team."

Louisiana Tech continues fall camp on Monday. All practices and scrimmages are closed to the public.

Season tickets are currently on sale as the Bulldogs play five home games at Joe Aillet Stadium, including Nicholls State (Sept. 19), Hawaii (Sept. 30), New Mexico State (Oct. 17), Boise State (Nov. 6) and San Jose State (Dec. 5).

Tech ticket manager Zach Williams also said season tickets will continue to be sold up to the Bulldogs first home game against Nicholls State.

One of the best deals is the Family Pack. For only $275, the Family Pack consists of two adult and three children tickets for all five home games.

Single game tickets and season tickets can both be ordered by logging onto www.LATechSports.com or www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-745-3000.

Choice tailgating spaces are also still available and parties interested in upgrading their gameday experience at Joe Aillet Stadium can reserve their tailgating spot by contacting Bill Graham at (318) 257-2056.

Williams also said group single game ticket rates for the east side of the stadium are being offered. Groups can purchase 20 to 49 tickets for $8 each, 50 to 99 tickets for $7 each and 100-plus tickets for $6 each.

Single game tickets for road games at Auburn ($40) and Navy ($32) are on sale to the general public as well while LSU ($45) tickets are available only to season ticket holders and LTAC members.

Tech fans with youngsters are encouraged to sign them up for the inaugural LA Tech Kids Club. For only a $30 fee for the year, LA Tech Kids Club members receive free admission to all Tech home regular season sporting events as well as additional benefits such as club t-shirt and more.

To sign up for the LA Tech Kids Club, contact Nicki Brostek at 318-257-2507 or e-mail nbrostek@latech.edu.

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

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