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LA Tech Blitzes Rice 42-17, Becomes Bowl Eligible

Jeff Driskel was 17-26 for 320 yards and 4 touchdowns and Louisiana Tech beat Rice 42-17. Trent Taylor and Carlos Henderson each had over 100 yards receiving and 2 touchdowns. Kenneth Dixon added 92 yards on 19 carries and 2 touchdowns.

Carlos Henderson had a big game for the Bulldogs.
Carlos Henderson had a big game for the Bulldogs.
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Louisiana Tech jumped out to a 14-7 lead over Rice after one quarter. The Owls started to settle down, but a costly penalty gave Tech a jumpstart just before halftime. Rice had Tech stopped near the goal line, but an unsportsmanlike penalty gave the Bulldogs a fresh set of downs. Kenneth Dixon took advantage of the second chance and punched it in with 3:45 left before halftime to put Tech up 21-7.

Tech got the ball back and Dixon scored again with 1:05 left before halftime to give the Bulldogs a commanding 28-7 lead. Jeff Driskel hit Carlos Henderson for a touchdown to start the second half and the route was on.

Henderson finished with 6 catches for 115 yards and the two scores. Trent Taylor added 5 catches for 142 yards and two scores of his own. Dixon's two rushing touchdowns put him within 8 of the all time NCAA touchdown record held by Montee Ball.

The Tech defense held Rice to just 281 total yards. Defensive End Jaylon Ferguson had 3 tackles for loss, including 1 sack.

LA Tech moves to 6-3, 4-1 on the season while Rice falls to 4-4, 2-2.