Heading into this game, I had full faith in the Western Kentucky offense (ranked 4th nationally in scoring, at the time) to hold up their end of the bargain.
The Hilltoppers looked to be due for a good afternoon from the first play from scrimmage: a 46 yard rush from WKU running back Anthony "Ace" Wales. Fast forward two plays later and Louisiana Tech has the ball after a Brandon Doughty interception. LA Tech running back Kenneth Dixon then started off his great day on the ground (77 YD, TD) with a 48 yard touchdown run to put the Bulldogs up 7-0 with 12:14 to go in the first.
After a couple good defensive drives from each team, Western Kentucky gave up a field goal with 2:34 remaining in the first to make the score 10-0. Western Kentucky would then race down the field and score on a 46 yard Taywan Taylor touchdown reception as time expired heading into the second; the score now 10-7. Louisiana Tech answered quickly, returning the Western Kentucky kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown to extend their lead to 17-7. After a Doughty interception and a Louisiana Tech fumble, LA Tech quarterback Cody Sokol found wide receiver Trent Taylor for his first of three touchdown receptions of the game (making the score 24-7 with 9:44 left in the half).
Louisiana Tech didn't stop from there, continuing their domination on both sides of the ball to a 59-10 win over the Hilltoppers.
Notable Statistics/Facts (Unofficial Statistics)
- Western Kentucky quarterback Brandon Doughty threw four interceptions today. He had only thrown four all season prior to this game. He also completed less than 45% of his passes.
- Western Kentucky was able to force three turnovers in the first half, but only managed to score 10 points.
- Louisiana Tech held the Western Kentucky offense to less than 300 yards, while forcing 5 turnovers.
- Western Kentucky wide receiver Jared Dangerfield has been Brandon Doughty's favorite target all year, but did not catch a single pass in the first two quarters.
- Louisiana Tech quarterback Cody Sokol had an impressive day, passing for 335 YD, 5 TD and running for a score.
- Western Kentucky's 31-10 halftime deficit was the largest since their loss to Alabama in 2012.