Taylor Bennett was 15-27 on the night, improving his completion percentage, but he still badly missed on a handful of throws. The offensive line continues to show it's youth. The big guys up front really need to develop some consistency. Cudahy Harmon is nursing sore knees and it showed on a few plays that saw him get beat around the end.
Nolan Darby was not dressed out and I looked for freshman Adrian Cole to back up Brannon Jackson at middle linebacker. Instead, Quin Harris moved inside and Dominique Faust took his play on the outside. Harris, Faust, and Brian White form one of the fastest linebacker units I have seen in a long time at Tech. Harris drilled SLU's quarterback on one play, and just a few plays later, Faust forced him to throw early after coming on a blindside blitz.
Terry Carter got his first start at cornerback and Darius Terry, a true freshman out of Lufkin, Texas, played for the first time. Those two will likely be the starting cornerbacks next season. Josh Victorian will also be in the mix.
Louisiana Tech controlled the running game, and it showed in the stats. Daniel Porter rushed for 97 yards, Patrick Jackson had over 5 yards per carry, and Myke Compton had 40 yards of his own. Tech held Jay Lucas to 67 yards and forced Babin to throw 59 times.
Anthony Harrison caught two balls, and four freshman receivers all caught passes. Livas led the team with 58 yards receiving and Porter added 53.
A few recruits were at the game. Bennie Logan from Red River HS in Coushatta, LA was there and so were several players from El Dorado, AR. Dexter Toney and Justin Billings were both there as well as Greg Carter and a few more teammates. El Dorado beat Magnolia on Friday and Toney and Billings combined for over 250 yards rushing in a win over Camden. Big Justin Ellis from Neville HS in Monroe, LA was also in attendance.
On Friday night, Ruston easily beat Captain Shreve. As expected, Javontay Crowe was all over the field. He lined up in more than one place to confuse the defense and he had the hit of the night just before halftime. Crowe is a beast. Nick Rome threw a perfect bomb to Cole Richardson. Rome hit Richardson in stride for a 77 yard score. Reid Brasher looks much improved. The Ruston kicker hit two field goals from around 40 yards and reached the end zome with his kickoffs.
Tech commit DJ Morrow sat out for the second straight week with a groin injury according to the Palestine Herald.
Tech will have their hands full as the Bulldogs travel to Boise next week to take on the Broncos. Boise went to Oregon and knocked off the #17 Ducks 37-32. Tech and Boise will play next Wednesday on ESPN.