Louisiana Tech Hammers New Mexico State

Louisiana Tech continued their dominance at home with a 45-7 victory over New Mexico State. Several big name recruits were on hand for the game.

The State of Arkansas was well represented in Joe Aillet Stadium on Saturday. Players from all over the south and central parts of the state made their way down for Louisiana Tech's homecoming win over New Mexico State.

A crowd of over 20,000 also witnessed a total blowout of the Aggies. Head Coach Derek Dooley had the Bulldogs running strong on Saturday. Tech had over 500 yards of offense and held NMSU to less than 150 total yards.

Ross Jenkins passed for over 200 yards and three touchdowns, including two to Tight End Dennis Morris, who had six catches for over 120 yards. Daniel Porter had over 130 yards on just 19 carries as several Bulldog players got in on the rushing attack.

Lyle Fitte had 51 yards and a touchdown on three reverse plays and R.P. Stuart also had a long first down run on a reverse. Junior Myke Compton got in the end zone in the first quarter and freshmen Tyrone Duplessis and D.J. Morrow each had multiple carries.

The Bulldog defense held their second straight opponent in Joe Aillet Stadium out of the end zone. After sacking Hawaii seven times and holding the Warriors to two field goals, Tech's defense shut out NMSU. The Aggies defense scored their team's only points off of a late fumble return.

Tech's defense completely shut down the Aggie's rushing game and kept the opposing quarterbacks from burning them deep. Tech registered 2 sacks, 2 interceptions, and a fumble recovery in the win.

The recruits at the game had to notice the intensity of Defensive Coordinator Tommy Spangler's squad. Defensive End Davidell Collins from Bearden, AR has a Louisiana Tech offer. The 6'6" 250 pound senior made the trip down with a few of his teammates. His former teammate, Eldon Thompson, also made the trip. Thompson, a Tulsa commit, now plays for Warren.

Collins talked about how recruiting has been heating up for him. "I got the Louisiana Tech offer on Wednesday," he said. "I've also been talking to Tulsa and Arkansas State. Most recently, Baylor and Kansas State have been calling." Collins said he measured in at 6'5 1/2" and 250 pounds. He also has an offer from Arkansas State and Baylor has talked about offering after seeing film on Bearden's 2009 season.

Greg White, a Missouri commit, plays running back and safety for DeQueen, AR. White made the trip with a teammate, but says he is solid to Missouri.

Dakota Mosley, from Little Rock Christian, was also in attendance. Mosley said he is being heavily recruited by Louisiana Tech, Tennessee, Tulsa, Auburn, and Florida State. He talked about what schools were saying. "I can play tight end or guard," said Mosley. "Auburn and Tennessee want me to play guard for them. I just want to build a relationship with the coaches, get a feel for what they want me to do, and see who I like the best."

Mosley said Louisiana Tech wants him at tight end and he could see himself at Tech catching passes. "Very much so," he added. "I think it would be a good fit. It's something at I'm looking at highly."

Connor Nichols from Airline High School in Bossier City was one of the top Louisiana prospects at the game. Nichols plays quarterback for the Vikings, but will play safety in college. He said he de-committed from SMU last week because he felt he had made a rushed decision.

Louisiana Tech commitments Taylor Burch, Charcandrick West, and Ryan Zeller also made it to the game. All three players will be big additions to the Bulldog offense next year.

Connor Nichols
Connor Nichols

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Davidell Collins

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