What a difference a year makes.
The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs were 4-8 last year, with a few blowouts scattered in between wins over Conference USA doormats UTEP, FIU and Southern Miss, after a 2012 which saw the team almost knock off Texas A&M in the Heisman season of Johnny Manizel. The Mean Green defense was able to hold Louisiana Tech at bay as it won in Ruston last year, 28-13 in Skip Holtz's debut season as coach for the Bulldogs.
Enter Cody Sokol. The senior transfer from Iowa led the Bulldogs to their second straight win on the road, throwing for 243 yards, five touchdowns, and one interception, a week after his performance of 295 yards, two touchdown and no interceptions to lead the Bulldogs over the Mean Green, 42-21. The Mean Green helped Sokol's cause, as the offense only mustered one first down at halftime, and 27 yards total, a performance reminiscent of the season opener against Texas.
Josh Greer struggled again for the Mean Green, going 13/27 for only 77 yards, an average of 2.9 yards per play. The rushing offense totaled 104 yards, with most of that coming late on two scoring drives led by third string quarterback Dajon Williams (who actually finished with more passing yards than Greer). The Mean Green also lost two key fumbles in the second half that led to Louisiana Tech points.
The next games for both teams next week are against FCS opponents, with Louisiana Tech playing Northwestern State, and Nicholls State visiting Denton to play North Texas.