At a Glance: Louisiana Tech

A quick look at Illinois' Week Four opponent - the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs

Now in his third season in charge, coach Sonny Dykes' Bulldogs were tabbed by many this season as a potential BCS buster.

Much of the preseason hype centered around the Bulldogs offense, which has lived up to it's top billing thus far. The offense, which boasts seven senior starters, has scored 56 points in each of it's first two games - wins over Houston and Rice.

The defending WAC champions run a fast-paced attack that gives them a shot in any game and helps negate a defense that has allowed over 44 points a game this season.

Leading passer: Colby Cameron: 53-of-76, 629 yards, seven TDs
Leading rusher: Tevin King: 35 attempts, 316 yards, three TDs
Leading receiver: Quinton Patton: 11 catches, 155 yards, two TDs
Offensive players of note:
Tailback Kenneth Dixon: 32 carries, 203 yards, four TDs
Wideout Hunter Lee: Seven catches, 88 yards, two TDs
Leading tackler: Rufus Porter: 21 total tackles (one for loss), one sack
Defensive players of note:
Linebacker Solomon Randle: 16 total tackles
Defensive end I.K. Enemkpali: seven total tackles, two sacks, one forced fumble

The stats clearly point to a team predicated on offensive explosives. Defense -- eh, not so much.

- Rushing, at 289 yards per game, ranks ninth nationally.
- Passing, at 314.5 yards per, ranks 17th.
- Total offense, at 603.5 per, ranks fifth.
- Scoring offense, at 56 per, ranks third.
- Red zone success is staggering: In two games, the Bulldogs have had 14 drives enter the red zone - all ended with a touchdown.
- Against Houston, NCAA records were set for: Most plays, both teams in regulation (209), most first downs, both teams (78), most passes completed, both teams (87), most passes attempted with an interception, both teams (129).

In turn: - Total defense, at 585 yards per game, ranks 120th, or last, in the country.
- Scoring defense, at 43 points per, ranks 118th.
- Passing defense, at 392.50 yards per, ranks 120th.
- Rushing defense, at 192 yards per, ranks 96th.


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