He's Louisiana Tech's version of Superman. Ryan Moats, the 5-9,
Game One—Louisiana Tech jumps out to a 21-0 lead on
and holds off the Wolf Pack 38-21 behind Moats' 257 yards and 3 touchdowns. The Bulldogs gained 434 yards on total offense, with the stingy La Tech defense allowing just 251. When the final gun sounded, Nevada had 7 rushing yards. The Tech win was despite 3 fumbles lost and an interception. Nevada
Game Two—Chalk up another 257 yards and a touchdown for Moats against Louisiana-Lafayette. Again Tech scored the first 17 points only to have to hold on for a 24-20 victory. Donald Allen completed 17 of 28 passes and the Bulldogs held
to just 4 of 16 3rd down attempts. Lafayette
and Moats ran 14 times for 81 yards against the Hurricanes vaunted defense. But, he was kept out of the end zone as was the entire Bulldog team in a 48-0 Miami win. Louisiana Tech also lost 3 more fumbles and Miami punt returners combined on 4 returns for 192 yards to give the ‘Canes great field position for the entire game. Miami
Game Four—Continuing their tough stretch, Louisiana Tech tackled
next in Neyland Stadium with Moats carrying 21 times for 97 yards and a touchdown against the Volunteers. It was Moats' 37-yard scamper that propelled La Tech to a 14-7 lead after the 1st quarter, but Tennessee ran away from there 42-17. The Vol's gained 595 yards in controlling the line of scrimmage. Tennessee
Game Five—Needing a win desperately, La Tech hosted then-#17
and won a big conference game 28-21. Moats ran reckless, gaining 236 yards and reaching the end zone 4 times, accounting for all of his team's touchdowns. Fresno State totaled 269 yards rushing themselves, but could only manage 104 through the air. Fresno State
Game Six—The Bulldogs were smack dab in the middle of their tough schedule that now called for a game against the powerful Auburn Tigers. La Tech was never in it and lost 52-7. Moats was injured on just his 3rd carry of the game and did not gain any yardage. Without him, the team managed just 37 yards rushing and were just 2-14 on 3rd downs.
Game Seven—Moats and company went down to Dallas and defeated SMU 41-10. Louisiana Tech outgained the Mustangs 590-350 as Moats ran for 186 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Game Eight—A tough 44-27 loss at home to UTEP, with Moats just a yard short of the century mark in rushing and another touchdown. Again, the Bulldogs were ineffective on third downs, converting just 1 of 14 tries and quarterback Matt Kubik was 9-28 passing with 3 interceptions.
Game Nine—A demoralizing 34-23 loss at
eliminated Louisiana Tech from the WAC title hunt. Moats did his part, gaining 228 yards and hitting paydirt 2 more times. La Tech outgained the Rainbow Warriors in total offense, but could not stop Timmy Chang when it counted. Hawai'i
Game Ten—In preparation for
, the Bulldogs turned back Boise State 38-21 as Moats ran for 205 yards and 2 touchdowns. Tulsa
Ryan Moats has
been nothing short of sensational and were he not injured against