Louisiana Tech entered Saturday's contest against Northwestern State feeling very good about things. It was the first home game of the season and the Bulldogs were coming off back to back blow out wins over Louisiana-Lafayette and North Texas. A huge crowd was gathered around the stadium, tailgating was in full effect, and he construction in the end zone was on display.
Tech jumped out to a 10-0 lead in the first quarter behind a 38 yard pass from Cody Sokol to Kenneth Dixon, but the Bulldogs missed opportunities to put the Demons away. Carlos Henderson dropped a long pass hat would have seen him walk into he end zone. Dixon's second touchdown pass was called back by a penalty, and the very next play that went for double digit yards was also called back.
Still Tech went in to halftime up 13-3. The general feeling inside the stadium was that Tech had let the Demons hang around and now there was going to be an actual ball game.
Louisiana Tech was sloppy in the game. The home team was penalized 8 times for 74 yards and they turned the ball over 5 times. The last two turnovers for Tech would cost them the game.
The two teams traded touchdowns in the third quarter and again in the fourth. With Tech up 27-17 with 8:35 o go, it appeared the Bulldogs would outlast the Demons. However, Zachary Adkins led NSU down the field and pulled his team within 3 points with 4:20 left in the game.
Louisiana Tech needed a couple of first downs and they migh have been able to hold on to the win. Kenneth Dixon fumbled on a 3rd and short and Northwestern State tied the game at 27 with 1:05 to play.
With 57 seconds to play, Cody Sokol needed to move his team approximately 45 yards with only one timeout. Instead his first pass of the drive was tipped and intercepted. The Demons again made the necessary plays tomes up the game winning kick.
Louisiana Tech had great momentum to start the season and he first game had all the pageantry to go with it. Skip Holtz warned his team this week hat two wins wouldn't get them into a bowl game. They sure weren't able o beat Northwestern State by simply stepping on the field.
Whatever momentum Tch had is gone and Auburn is looming on the Horizon. Holtz has to find away to get his team ready for UTEP in two weeks. The crowd and the atmosphere won't be near as amped up as I was today, but the fans that do show up deserve a better effort. The Bulldogs still have a ton to play for, but they are going to have to fight for everything they get. Nothing will be handed to them.