Louisiana Tech won the opening coin toss, and deferred to the second half. Right off the bat viewers had questions. If you want to beat a team like Boise in a place they do not lose, you have to jump on them early and often. Deferring to the second half does not allow you to do this.
On Boise State's first drive Weldon Brown intercepted Kellen Moore at the Louisiana Tech 40 yard line. On the ensuing drive for Tech, it was three and out with two draw plays up the gut. Like I said, in order to beat a team like Boise in a place they do not typically lose, you have to score early and often. Does running two draw plays in the span of a three play drive sound like a coaching staff interested in doing such a thing? No.
On the next drive, Boise State marched down the field on 11 plays and 82 yards for a Touchdown in three minutes. In the first quarter Louisiana Tech could not muster anything on their next drive and would punt. They would force Boise to punt again and with another brilliant punt by Boise State's punter keeping Tech's talented return men from returning the punt.
Tech would drive the ball 34 yards in 6 plays for a 52 yard field goal attempt by Brad Oestriecher that was missed wide right.
Boise State would take over and with a 44 yard Double Pass on the first play of the drive and a 22 yard run on the following play would score a touchdown in 24 seconds to increase their lead to 14-0.
Tech would get on the board on the following drive with a 29-yard field goal to make it 14-3. Boise and Tech would exchange punts and then Boise Scored to make the game 21-3 and two of Tech's starting linebackers would go down on the series, Quin Harris and Brian White.
Louisiana Tech would take over with 2:40 left on the clock until halftime with one timeout and no sense of urgency or use of their lone timeout. Tech would run the ball and the clock down to 14 seconds and punt to Boise. After deferring to the second half with the opening coin toss, Louisiana Tech would get the ball to start the second half. If Tech uses the 2:40 left in the second quarter to try and score and make it 21-10 before the half and score on the opening possession of the second half to make it 21-17 or even 21-13, it's a new ballgame and Louisiana Tech is right back in it.
But instead, Tech conservatively runs the clock to 14 seconds and punts at the end of the first half and with more vanilla play calling goes three and out on the opening drive of the second half.
Tech would muster one more apparent scoring drive when Daniel Porter runs the ball 4 times up the gut and gets in the end zone. A false start on 4 and goal from the 1 by Tech would set them up with 4 and goal from the 6. A quick slant to Phillip Beck on fourth and goal from the 6 is poorly thrown and Tech could not get in the end zone and would turn the ball over on downs. Are there no other plays in the play book designed for inside the 5 yard line other than a quick slant and a run up the middle? We saw this on two possessions from Tech when they were knocking on the door to score. The play calling all night was very vanilla and lacking imagination. At one point Boise had a third and short and dialed up a play action pass to the fullback, this is the kind of play calling Louisiana Tech is lacking. If it is an obvious running down, throw the defense off and run play action.
Other the one drive for Tech in the 3rd quarter, the second half was all Boise State as they scored a field goal and two touchdowns to make it a final score of 38-3. Louisiana Tech goes to 2-2 on the year and 0-1 in conference play while Boise State goes to 4-0 and 1-0 in conference play.By The Numbers:
.............................. Tech BSU
FIRST DOWNS................... 13 26
RUSHES-YARDS (NET)............ 36-118 44-132
PASSING YDS (NET)............. 202 332
Passes Att-Comp-Int........... 30-9-1 31-21-1
TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YARDS..... 66-320 75-464
Fumble Returns-Yards.......... 0-0 0-0
Punt Returns-Yards............ 0-0 4-12
Kickoff Returns-Yards......... 5-105 2-37
Interception Returns-Yards.... 1-6 1-0
Punts (Number-Avg)............ 7-43.4 4-51.8
Fumbles-Lost.................. 0-0 1-0
Penalties-Yards............... 4-34 2-20
Possession Time............... 28:00 32:00
Third-Down Conversions........ 5 of 17 6 of 13
Fourth-Down Conversions....... 0 of 2 0 of 1
Red-Zone Scores-Chances....... 1-2 4-5
Sacks By: Number-Yards........ 1-5 2-14