Football Notes: Tech at Kansas State


 

 
SERIES VS. KANSAS STATE: Saturday's game will mark the second meeting between Kansas State and Louisiana Tech. The Bulldogs won the only previous matchup between the two schools with a 31-28 victory in 1988, Louisiana Tech's last year as a I-AA football program. The Bulldogs rallied from a 28-7 halftime deficit to score 24 unanswered second half points to secure the victory. Current Louisiana Tech Co-Offensive Cooridinator and Wide Receiver Coach Conroy Hines led the Bulldogs, passing 24-for-48 for 357 yards and two touchdowns. Hines, who played from 1986-88 at Louisiana Tech, set a career-high with the 357-yard game. Lifford Jackson paced the Bulldog receivers with 17 receptions for 251 yards. The 17 catches still stands as the second highest single game total in Louisiana Tech history. The 251-yard performance is also the fourth highest single game total in the Bulldog record books. Current NFL kicker Matt Stover, of the Baltimore Ravens, kicked the game-winning field goal with 2:49 remaining in the contest. Kansas State quarterback, Paul Watston went 18-for-42 for 362 yards and four touchdowns. KSU's Greg Washington and David Brooks had 145 and 138 receiving yards respectively.

AP TOP 25 POLL: Louisiana Tech received votes in the Top 25 poll for the first time this season following the Bulldogs' 63-10 victory over Mississippi Valley State. The Bulldogs received 15 votes in the August 28, 2000 poll. Last season, Louisiana Tech broke into the Top 25 for the first time in school history when they were voted No. 25 in the November 8, 1999 poll.

ABOUT THE OPPONENT: Kansas State enters the contest 1-0 with a 27-7 victory over Iowa. Quarterback Jonathan Beasley went 14-for-28 for 250 yards and one touchdown. Running back David Allen collected 65 yards on 15 attempts with one touchdown before leaving the game early with a sprained ankle.

LOUISIANA TECH ON TELEVISION: Louisiana Tech's game against Kansas State will be televised nationally on Fox Sports Net. The game will mark the third season in a row in which the Bulldogs have been featured on national television. Ron Thulin will be doing the play-by-play while former NFL star James Loftin will add the color commentary. Eric Clemons will be working the sidelines for the network.

LAST TIME OUT: The Bulldogs opened the season with a 63-10 victory over Mississippi Valley State. Brian Stallworth, in his first season as the regular starter, completed 26-for-31 for 332 yards and four touchdowns in three quarters of action. Running back John Simon was his main target as the junior pulled in seven receptions for 141 yards and one touchdown. Senior Sean Cangelosi pulled down two TD grabs while junior Delwyn Daigre collected one touchdown pass. The Bulldogs opened the game by scoring touchdowns on six of their seven possesions in the first half to build a 42-10 halftime lead. Tech added 21 more points in the second half to close the door on the Delta Devils.

BRIAN'S TIME: Gone from behind the center is quarterback Tim Rattay, who was selected in the seventh round of the NFL draft by the San Francisco 491ers. Rattay finished his career No. 2 in NCAA history with 12,746 career passing yards, 12,643 total yards and 115 passing touchdowns. But waiting in the wings is junior signal caller Brian Stallworth. Stallworth is no stranger to the playing field, having played in seven games last season, including his first career start against Louisiana-Lafayette. In that game, Stallworth went 9-for-23 for 213 yards and two touchdowns. For the season, the Baton Rouge native completed 29-for-49 for 476 yards with no interceptions. But perhaps Stallworth is most famous for his last-minute heroics against the University of Alabama. With Rattay injured and the Bulldogs trailing 28-22 with just :38 remaining, Stallworth entered the game and threw the game-winning touchdown pass to Sean Cangelosi with :02 left to propel Tech to arguably the biggest win in school history over the nationally ranked Crimson Tide.

RECAPPING THE 1999 SEASON: The 1999 Bulldogs had a tall order in front of them when they opened the season with No. 1 Florida State and No. 6 Texas A&M. Louisiana Tech played tough but came away 0-2 to start the season. The Bulldogs rebounded from the losses to rattle off eight straight victories, including perhaps the biggest win in school history with a 29-28 win over the eventual SEC champion Alabama. The eight consecutive victories was the longest such streak since the 1973 and 1974 seasons. Tech ended the season with a road loss to Southern California, but came away from the season with national respect. The Bulldogs broke into the AP Top 25 poll for the first time in school history Nov. 21st. For the second consecutive year, the Bulldogs led the nation in passing yardage and finished No. 4 in total offense, while quarterback Tim Rattay led the nation in total offense for the third straight year.

WELL RECEIVED: Three of Louisiana Tech's players have recorded at least one reception in 20 or more consecutive games. Wide receivers James Jordan and Delwyn Daigre and running back John Simon all rank nationally for consecutive reception games. Louisiana Tech is the only school in the country to have more than one player on the list.

 1. Arnold Jackson, Louisville        35
 1. Mel Long, Toledo                  35 
 3. Jermale Kelly, South Carolina     33
 4. Orlando Iglesias, Houston         31
 5. Khori Ivy, West Virginia          28
 6. Margin Hooks, BYU                 25
 6. James Jordan, Louisiana Tech      24
 6. John Simon, Louisiana Tech        24
 7. Kevin Coffey, Virginia            23
 7. Roy Johnson, Minnesota            23
11. Kurt Gerling, Bowling Green       22
12. Latef Grim, Pittsburgh            21
12. Kendall Newson, Middle Tennessee  21
12. Delwyn Daigre, Louisiana Tech     21

ROAD WARRIORS: Tech finished the 1999 season 5-2 on the road defeating Alabama 29-28, UL-Lafayette 41-31, UCF 46-35, Toledo 34-17 and Alabama-Birmingham 41-20, while losing at Florida State 41-7 and Southern California 45-19. The Bulldogs continue their road philosophy by playing 8 of their 12 games on the road this season. This year the Dawgs travel to Kansas State, Penn State, Tulsa, Middle Tennessee, Auburn, Miami, Louisiana-Monroe and Hawaii.

HEADING FOR GREENER PASTURES: The 2000 Bulldogs will enjoy their last season as an Independent as Louisiana Tech heads into the Western Athletic Conference in the fall of 2001. Considered by many to be the most important move in Tech's athletic history, the WAC gives the Bulldogs three bowl tie-ins to battle for on the gridiron. The 2001 WAC will consist of the following schools: Boise State, Fresno State, Hawaii, Nevada, Rice, San Jose State, Southern Methodist, Texas-El Paso and Tulsa.

TOP 25 OPPONENTS: Each year it seems like the Bulldogs love to play some of the nation's best and the 2000 season will be no different. Three of the the Bulldogs' oppenents are ranked in the preseason AP Top 25 poll and two are ranked in the top 10. The Bulldogs second game of the season comes against Kansas State September 2. The Wildcats are listed as the No. 8 team in the nation and actually received six first place votes in the poll. On September 9, the Bulldogs travel to University Park, Penn. where they will challenge the No. 22 ranked Penn State Nittany Lions. Louisiana Tech will play its highest ranked opponent, the University of Miami, on October 28. The Hurricanes will enter the 2000 season as the No. 5 team in the nation.

ON THE ROAD AS A DIVISION I-A: Since becoming a Division I-A school in 1989, the Bulldogs have compiled a 27-42-3 mark on the road. However, Tech has defeated Baylor, 10-9 in 1992, Mississippi State 38-23 in 1996, Alabama, 26-20 in 1997, Tulsa, 35-21 in 1990, Houston, 19-7 in 1995, Alabama, 29-28 in 1999 and Central Florida, 46-35 in 1999 all on the road during that time. The Bulldogs have also registered close losses at Arkansas, 17-13 in 1997, at South Carolina, 14-13 in 1992, at Auburn, 16-14 in 1990, and at Ole Miss, 13-6 in 1992. Tech also tied South Carolina 12-12 in 1991.

BULLDOGS IN DIVISION I-A: This is the 12th season Tech has competed as a Division I-A member and the fourth straight as an independent. Tech has compiled a 65-52-4 record as a D-1 school, including six winning seasons (1989, 1990, 1991, 1996, 1997, 1999). As an independent in Division I-A, the Bulldogs are 56-30-4. Tech played as a member of the Big West from 1993-1995 and compiled a 10-23 record over that time. Note: The 1989 Bulldogs forfeited two games, and the 1998 team won a game by forfeit. However, these totals are not included in the above overall marks.

JUST FOR KICKS: The Louisiana Tech kicking game got a boost this season with the addition on new kicker Josh Scobee and punter Dustin Upton. In their first game as a Bulldog, both players made an impression upon the Bulldog faithful. Scobee tied a school record with nine extra points in the 63-10 win over Mississippi Valley State while Upton, with a 58 yard punt in his first attempt, outdistanced any punt by the Bulldogs in the 1999 sesaon.

TECH VS. STATE OF KANSAS: Louisiana Tech is 2-0-0 against the teams from the state of Kansas. The Bulldogs defeated the University of Kansas 16-11 in 1987 and Kansas State 31-28 in 1988. Both games were on the road.

99 SEASONS AND COUNTING: This year marks the 99th season in the history of Louisiana Tech football. Although the program was started in 1901, Tech discontinued football in 1943. That inaugural season, Coach Edwin Barber's Bulldogs went 0-2 with losses to LSU 57-0 and Arkansas 16-0. The Bulldogs' first win came in 1904 in a 6-0 victory over LSU.

CLOSING IN ON 500: With the victory over Mississippi Valley State, Louisiana Tech has won 499 games in its football program's history. The Bulldogs will go for win No. 500 on the road against Kansas State. Other milestone victories include: 1st - vs. LSU, 1904 (6-0); 100th - vs. Lambuth College, 1934 (41-0); 200th - vs. Florida State, 1953 (32-21); 300th - vs. Lamar, 1969 (77-40); 400th - vs. Northwestern State, 1983 (21-10).

300 YARDS OR BUST: Louisiana Tech and Kansas State will go head to head in one statistical category. The Bulldogs have passed for at least 300 yards in their last six games and hit the mark in eight of their 11 games last season. The Wildcats did not allow a 300 yard passing game at all last season and have gone 14 games without allowing their opponent to reach the mark. Brandon Stewart of Texas A&M was the last opponent to reach 300 passing yards when he threw for 324 yards on Dec. 5, 1998 in the Big 12 championship while leading the Aggies to a 36-33 double overtime victory. The highest total allowed last season by Kansas State was 271 yards by Major Applewhite of Texas.

DISAPPEARING STREAK: Brian Stallworth threw his first career interception in the third quarter of Louisiana Tech's game against Mississippi Valley State. Stallworth had thrown 92 straight passes without an interception.

SETTING NEW MARKS: Stallworth set career-highs in passing yards (332), atttempts (31), completions (26) and touchdowns (4) for a single game.

SCORING DRIVES: Louisiana Tech scored touchdowns on its first five possesions against Mississippi Valley State and six of its first seven possesions. The Bulldogs ended the evening scoring on nine of the 15 times that they held the ball.

QUICK STRIKE: When the Bulldogs get the ball, they don1t necessarily keep it for an extended period of time. In fact, Louisiana Tech scored nine touchdowns against Mississippi Valley State and the longest scoring drive lasted only 3:47. Six of the Bulldog scoring drives lasted less than 1:03 and their last two scoring drives of the game took less than thirty seconds.

RUNNING WILD: Although Louisiana Tech is known for its passing game, the Bulldogs scored five rushing touchdowns against the Delta Devils. It was the first time the Bulldogs scored five rushing touchdowns since the 1992 season when Louisiana Tech scored five against East Tennessee State. The Bulldogs also rushed for 190 yards, which surpassed 10 of last season's 11 games. Louisiana Tech notched 288 yards last season against UL-Lafayette. Running back Corey Addison set a career high with three rushing touchdowns in one game, marking the first time a Bulldog scored three touchdowns on the ground since Troy Edwards accomplished the feat in 1997.

SIMON SAYS: John Simon had a career night against MSVU. The junior running back set a career best with his 141-yard receiving game, surpassing his 136-yard effort against Toledo in 1999. He also recorded the longest touchdown reception of his career with a 60-yard score.

TECH IN THE 90S: Overall, Tech had a record of 60-49-3 in the decade of the 190s. The decade of the 90s started off with a bang for Louisiana Tech fans as the Bulldogs finished the regular season 8-3 before playing to a 34-34 tie in the Independence Bowl against Maryland. The following season the Bulldogs compiled their best record since joining Division I at 8-1-2, but were not invited to a post-season bowl. From 1992 through 1995, Tech suffered through four straight losing seasons with their best finish being 5-6 in both 1992 and 1995. However, under head coach Gary Crowton, the Dogs went 6-5 and 9-2 in 196 and 197 before falling to 6-6 in 98. In 1999, the Dawgs rebounded to a 8-3 record, including a 29-28 win over the eventual SEC champions Alabama. The 60 wins during the 90's marked the third highest win total for a decade in the school's history.

BICKNELL AT THE HELM: Jack Bicknell III is in his fourth year with the Bulldogs, and his second as the head man at Tech. After Gary Crowton's departure to become the offensive coordinator for the Chicago Bears, Bicknell was named the 30th head coach in Bulldog history. The son of NFL Europe coach Jack Bicknell Jr., the younger Bicknell coached the offensive line at Tech for two seasons before being promoted to head coach. The Boston College graduate, who was the starting center for Heisman Trophy winner Doug Flutie in the early '80s, began his coaching career at his alma mater in 1985 as a graduate assistant. From there he headed to the University of New Hampshire as the defensive line coach. In 1993, he switched over to coach the offensive line.

YOUNG GUNS: Tech head coach Jack Bicknell is the second youngest head coach in Division I-A football ranks.

 1. Chris Scelfo, Tulane     9-30-63
 2. Jack Bicknell, Tech      2-7-63
 3. Dana Dimel, Wyoming     10-9-62
 4. Rick Neuheisel, Wash     2-7-61
 5. Cam Cameron, Indiana     2-6-61
 6. Carl Franks, Duke       12-1-60
 7. Bob Stoops, Okla.        9-6-60
 8. Tom Holmoe, Calif        3-7-60
 9. Darrell Dickey, N Texas 12-6-59
10. Rick Rasnick, E. Mich    9-15-59

WINNING IN THEIR FIRST YEAR: Coach Jack Bicknell posted the best mark of any first-year head coach in the Division I-A ranks last season.

 1. Jack Bicknell (Tech)          8-3
 2. June Jones (Hawaii)           9-4
 3. David Cutcliff (Ole Miss)     8-4
 4. Dennis Erickson (Oregon St)   7-4
 4. Rick Neuheisel (Washington)   7-4
 4. Terry Hoeppner (Miami, OH)    7-4
 7. Gary Barnett (Colorado)       6-4
 7. Bob Stoopes (Oklahoma State)  6-4
 9. Tommy Bowden (Clemson )       6-5
10. Tommy Tuberville (Auburn)     5-6
10. Bobby Keasler (ULM)           5-6
12. John Robinson (UNLV)          3-8
12. Randy Walker (Northwestern)   3-8
12. Chris Scelfo (Tulane)         3-8
12. Carl Franks (Duke)            3-8
12. Andy McCollum (MTSU)          3-8
17. Jerry Baldwin (ULL)           2-9
18. Kevin Steele (Baylor)         1-10
18. Kirk Ferentz (Iowa)           1-10
20. Lou Holtz (S. Carolina)       0-11

HAIL MARY: Tech coach Jack Bicknell was the starting center for Boston College and Doug Flutie when the Eagles upset Miami on the last-second hail mary in the Orange Bowl in 1984.

HOME OPENERS: With the victory over Mississippi Valley State the Bulldogs improved the home opener record to 62-28-5. The Bulldogs have lost only two home openers since the 1987 season.

HOME, SWEET HOME: Since Joe Aillet Stadim was constructed in 1968, Tech has dominated, posting a 99-35-2 mark during those 31 years. Eight times during that period, Tech has gone undefeated at home, including two winning streaks of 18 games. Only three times has Tech not had a winning record at home (1970, 1-3; 1983, 1-3; and 1987, 1-2). The Bulldogs are currently on a eight-game winning streak at Joe Aillet Stadium.

PRESEASON ALL-INDEPENDENT: Five different Bulldog players were named to various preseason All-Independent teams. Quarterback Brian Stallworth was named to the team by Preview Sports 2000 College Football magazine and was also named Street & Smith's Independent Newcomer of the Year. Wide receiver James Jordan was selected by Lindy's, Preview Sports 2000 College Football magazine and The Sporting News. Jordan was also chosen as Lindy's Independent Offensive Player of the Year. Running back John Simon was named to the All-Independent team as a return specialist by Lindy's and The Sporting News. Wide reciever Sean Cangelosi made the Lindy's and Football News 2000 All-Independent teams. Linebacker Quincy Stewart was selected by Preview Sports 2000 College Football magazine and by The Sporting News.

TECH VS. THE BIG 12: The Bulldogs are 3-14-0 overall vs. teams from the Big 12. Louisiana Tech has played a team from the Big 12 five out of the last seven seasons (Kansas State-2000; Texas A&M-1999; Texas A&M-1988; Baylor-1996; Baylor-1994). Listed below is Louisiana Tech's record vs. Big 12 teams.

Baylor          1-5
Kansas          1-0
Kansas State    1-0
Nebraska        0-1
Texas A&M       0-7
Texas Tech      0-1

IN GOOD HANDS WITH: Tech boasts perhaps its deepest receiving corps in years. Wide receivers Sean Cangelosi, Delwyn Daigre, James Jordan and John Simon set a Divsion I-A record last year as the first foursome to catch 60 or more passes each in the same season. All four players are returning this season with Simon being moved from receiver to running back. All four players are quickly closing in on the Tech receiving record books.

Career Receptions
 1. Troy Edwards      280
 2. Chad Mackey       262
 3. Bobby Slaughter   198
 4. Tommy Spinks      182
 5. James Jordan      141
 6. Dean Jackson      139
 7. Josh Bradley      131
 8. Sean Cangelosi    126
 8. John Simon        126
10. Delwyn Daigre     121

Career Receiving Yards
 1. Troy Edwards       4,352
 2. Chad Mackey        3,763
 3. Tommy Spinks       2,963
 4. Roger Carr         2,717
 5. Bobby Slaughter    2,544
 6. Rod Fope           1,978
 7. Billy Ryckman      1,928
 8. Pat Tilley         1,887
 9. Freddie Brown      1,875
10. Sean Cangelosi     1,752
    Delwyn Daigre      1,654
    James Jordan       1,551
    John Simon         1,283

Career Receiving TDs
 1. Troy Edwards     50
 2. Chad Mackey      22
 3. Josh Bradley     20
 4. Roger Carr       19
 5. Sean Cangelosi   18
 6. James Jordan     15
 6. Tommy Spinks     15
 8. Bobby Slaughter  14
 8. Rod Fope         14
10. Pat Tilley       13
10. Ken Liberto      13
    Delwyn Daigre    12

SINGLE SEASON RECORDS: Tech wide receivers James Jordan, John Simon and Delwyn Daigre all broke into the Tech record book last year for most receptions in a season.

 1. Troy Edwards (1998)    140
 2. Troy Edwards (97)      102
 3. Chad Mackey (95)        90
 4. Chad Mackey (96)        85
 5. James Jordan  (99)      81
 6. John Simon (99)         79
 7. Bobby Slaughter (90)    78
 8. Billy Ryckman (76)      77
 8. Delwyn Daigre (99)      77
10. Corey Parham (92)       67
    Sean Cangelosi (99)     62

Jordan, Cangelosi and Daigre all broke into the Top 10 single season records for receiving touchdowns.

 1. Troy Edwards (98)    27
 2. Troy Edwards (97)         13
 3. James Jordan (99)         11
 4. Sean Cangelosi (99)       10
 4. Chad Mackey (96)          10
 4. Troy Edwards (96)         10
 4. Billy Ryckman (76)        10
 8. Delwyn Daigre (99)         9
 8. Chad Mackey (95)           9
 8. Ken Liberto (68)           9

With only the eighth 1,000-plus receiving yard season in Louisiana Tech history, Delwyn Daigre jumped into 7th place in the single-season receiving yards category during the 1999 campaign.

 1. Troy Edwards (98)    1,996
 2. Troy Edwards (97)    1,707
 3. Chad Mackey (96)     1,466
 4. Billy Ryckman (76)   1,382
 5. Rod Fope (77)        1,274
 6. Chad Mackey (95)     1,253
 7. Delwyn Daigre (99)   1,084
 8. Ken Liberto (68)     1,080
 9. Tommy Spinks (69)      995
10. Bobby Slaughter (90)   994
    Sean Cangelosi (99)    943
    James Jordan (99)      824

Cangelosi also is currently ranked fifth in the Louisiana Tech record book for career punt returns and career punt return yardage.

Career Punt Returns
 1. Wenford Wilborn    91
 2. Lawrence Anderson  87
 3. Lifford Jackson    67
 4. Dean Jackson       65
 5. Sean Cangelosi     37

Career Punt Return Yardage
 1. Lawrence Anderson  787
 2. Wenford Wilborn    742
 3. Dean Jackson       583
 4. Eddie Brown        398
 5. Sean Cangelosi     325

UPSET SATURDAY: Tech's 29-28 win over then ranked No. 18 Alabama last season was the first time in school history the Bulldogs had defeated a Top 25 Division I-A team. Alabama eventually finished No. 6 in the nation and won the SEC championship.

STORYBOOK ENDING: Tech's win against the Crimson Tide was almost too improbable to believe. During the week following the game, the Tech sports information office was informed the game would be included as a chapter in a book which was published in 2000. Notre Dame professor Ted Mandell completed a book titled, The Pass; The Catch; The Kick; The Play: 100 of the Greatest College Football Finishes.

PLAYING AT HOME AS DIVISION 1-A: Since Tech moved up to Division I-A in 1989, the Bulldogs own a home record of 39-10, including a 2-2 mark in Shreveport. The Bulldogs ran off a streak of 18 straight home wins after joining I-A before droppin a 28-23 loss to UNLV at homecoming in 1993. Tech is currently riding a four-game home winning streak and a eight-game winning streak at Joe Aillet Stadium.

POWERLIFTING PASSER: Louisiana Tech quarterback Brian Stallworth may be one of the strongest quarterbacks in the nation. The junior signal caller is considered pound-for-pound the strongest player on the Bulldogs squad and a survey of Division I-A teams found only six quarterbacks that could bench press more than 350 pounds. Stallworth was one of only two quarterbacks in the country that could bench press 400 or more pounds. Stallworth, under the direction of new stregnth coach Eric Ciano, increased his bench press by 50 pounds over the summer. The following is a list of quarterbacks that can bench press 350 or more.

1.    Mike Bath, Miami (Ohio)        425
2.    Brian Stallworth,  Tech        400
3.    Casey Printers, TCU            390
3.    C. J. Leak, Wake Forest        390
5.    Derek Dyer, UL-Lafayette       375
6.    Brad Lewis, West Virginia      370
7.    Michael Vick, Virginia Tech    350

PASSING FANCY: Since the beginning of the 1996 season, Tech quarterbacks have recorded 32 300-yard plus passing performances, 13 400-yard plus performances and 8 500-yard plus performances. That's more than any other school in the nation. The following is a list of some of the nation's top passing schools' 300, 400 and 500-yard passing performances over the last four years.

Louisiana Tech    300-yard games    32
                  400-yard games    13
                  500-yard games    8

Florida           300-yard games    30
                  400-yard games    7
                  500-yard games    0

Kentucky          300-yard games    28
                  400-yard games    9
                  500-yard games    2

UCF               300-yard games    22
                  400-yard games    3
                  500-yard games    0

Louisville        300-yard games    18
                  400-yard games    6
                  500-yard games    2

Nevada            300-yard games    17
                  400-yard games    10
                  500-yard games    2

Purdue            300-yard games    17
                  400-yard games    2
                  500-yard games    2

Tennessee         300-yard games    16
                  400-yard games    2
                  500-yard games    1

OFFENSIVE MACHINE: During the course of the past four seasons, Louisiana Tech has finished in the nation's top 15 in total offense. The Bulldogs have finished in the top 4 for total offense the last three seasons.

Total Offense
1996    14th   455.9 yards per game
1997    3rd    496.0 yards per game
1998    2nd    539.9 yards per game
1999    4th    471.0 yards per game

The Bulldogs have also ranked in the top 3 in the country for passing offense and have led the nation for the past two seasons.

Passing Offense
1996    3rd    343.5 yards per game
1997    3rd    360.5 yards per game
1998    1st    432.1 yards per game
1999    1st    403.1 yards per game

Since the start of the 1996 season, when Tech went to the wide open passing attack, the Bulldogs have outpassed 43 of their 46 opponents.

HALFTIME HAPPINESS: The Bulldogs have won 19 straight games when they were leading at halftime. Their last loss was October 12, 1996 when the Bulldogs led Arkansas 21-17 at the half before losing 38-21 at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock. Tech has also won 17 straight when entering the third quarter with the lead. The last loss was the same Arkansas contest.

YARD MARKER: Louisiana Tech has lost eight of the last nine games in which the opponent gained more total yards.

TALE OF THE TURNOVERS: Tech has won the last 17 games in which they commited fewer turnovers than their opponent. The Bulldogs' last loss when committing fewer turnovers came on Oct. 12, 1996 in a 38-21 loss against Arkansas.

ON THE SCOREBOARD: Since switching to a more wide open offense in 1996, the Bulldogs have recorded the four highest point totals for a season in the school's history. Tech reached the 400 point plateau for a season for the first time in 1996 by averaging 36.5 points per game. Since that year, the Bulldogs have notched three other record setting seasons, including the 1998 season when the team scored a school record 493 points and averaged another school record 41.1 points per game.

Year        Total Points   Points per game
1996            401        36.5
1997            364        33.1
1998            493        41.1
1999            389        35.4

FOR A GOOD CAUSE: Backup quarterback Maxie Causey got his first official snap as a Bulldog against Mississippi Valley State. The redshirt freshman from West Monroe, La. was a perfect 3-for-3 for 30 yards with no touchdowns and no INT's.

THE JEFFERSONS: The phrase 3Jefferson for a Bulldog touchdown2 may cause some confusion at Louisiana Tech. Against MVSU, running back Arthur Jefferson scored his third career touchdown with a 44-yard scamper while running back Terrence Jefferson scored his first career touchdown with an 8-yard run.

BATON ROUGE CONNECTION: Baton Rouge, La. could be a second home to the Louisiana Tech football team. Eleven Bulldog players hail from the capital city including starters quarterback Brian Stallworth, running back John Simon, wide receivers Delwyn Daigre and Sean Cangelosi, offensive linemen Randy Richard and Damian Lavergne and defensive lineman Michael Boone. The Baton Rouge connection put their mark on the Mississippi Valley State game as Brian Stallworth threw four touchdown passes to his fellow Baton Rouge natives. Stallworth connected for two strikes to Cangelosi and one apiece to Simon and Daigre.