The Bulldogs more than answered the call as they held Utah State to just two field goals in a 24-6 win over the Aggies. Tech held Utah State to just 73 yards through the air and a miniscule 195 yards overall.
The defensive line set the tone early. Matt Broha continued his monster season with two tackles for loss including one sack. IK Enemkpali has emerged as a big time pass rusher and he came up with two big sacks of his own. Mason Hitt has a been a leader inside. The senior tackle has provided much needed pressure up the middle all season long.
Adrien Cole led the Bulldogs with 12 tackles. Fellow linebackers Jay Dudley, Dusty Rust, and Solomon Randle each added 6 tackles.
The pressure up front allowed the secondary to be aggressive. Olajuwan Paige and Ryan Williams have really come on strong this year. Both cornerbacks had 3 solo tackles including a tackle for loss. Chad Boyd and Javantay Crowe combined for 15 tackles at safety. The safeties really picked up their game and kept Utah State from making the big play through the air.
Ross Jenkins got the start at qaurterback and marched the offense down the field for a touchdown in his first drive. The offense stalled a little, but they bounced back with a touchdown and a field goal towards the end of the second quarter.
Tim Molton and Lennon Creer each took snaps behind center and were big keys for the offense and it's ability to keep the defense off balance. Molton had 8 carries for 93 yards and also caught a touchdown pass. Unfortunatly, Molton suffered a season ending injury after recording his biggest game as a Bulldog. Molton appeared to leave the game with a knee injury and early reports say its an ACL tear. Hopefullt Molton will have a great rehab and will return to be a big key to the offense in 2011.
Creer had 18 carries for 120 yards and two touchdowns. Offensive Coordinator came up with a great game plan and it involved getting the ball in the hands of his best players. Allowing creer to run downhill really was the key to the offense. Tech gained 278 yards rushing and it helped the offense increase its time of possession by nearly 50% over the last three games. The rushing attack kept the pressure off Jenkins to make perfect passes and it obviously was a big help in keeping the defense fresh.
Louisiana Tech hosts Idaho next week. The Bulldogs were able to shut down Utah State's dual threat quarterback Diondre Borel. Idaho comes to town with a 3-2 record and they present a different challenge. The Vandals last played two weeks ago and came up with a big 33-13 road win against Western Michigan. Nathan Enderle threw for 380 yards and three touchdowns.
The Bulldogs will have to be on their game as they attempt to slow down the Vandal's passing attack. It will take another coordinated effort as the offense has to control the ball and put up at least three touchdowns. The defense will have to repeat it's performance against the pass.
Louisiana Tech fans need to come up with a better performance. Only 16,000 fans saw the win over Utah State. That number needs to be on the good side of 20,000 when Idaho comes to town for Homecoming.