The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs were in complete control as they defeated the UTEP Miners for their seventh win in a row.
J’Mar Smith had one of his best games to lead Tech to a 42-21 win. Tech now stands as the only team in C-USA without a conference loss. The Bulldogs’ winning streak extends to seven games, their longest streak since 2016.
Smith threw 29/35 for 338 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions. Running back Justin Henderson only had 65 yards, but he scored two touchdowns.
After both teams punted on their first drives, the scoring opened up. With Tech leading 14-7, UTEP made it into Tech territory but fumbled on a bad snap. UTEP made it into the red zone on its next drive, but fumbled yet again. The Bulldogs took advantage of the turnovers to take a 28-7 lead into the locker room.
Tech would then put the game away in the second half by stretching the lead to 42-7. UTEP would score a couple of late touchdowns to make the score more respectable, but the outcome was never really in doubt.
Not only did the Bulldog offense continue its hot streak, but the Tech defense continued to be disruptive and force turnovers. Although the first fumble was an unforced error, the Dawgs forced two more in the game. UTEP was able to move the ball throughout the game, but Tech made plays when needed.
Amik Robertson continued to shine. Although he didn’t have an interception, he forced one of the fumbles by strip sacking UTEP quarterback Kai Locksley.
Locksley threw for 227 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed for a score, although both came in garbage time. Treyvon Hughes scored on the ground in the first quarter, but was held to 60 yards.
Louisiana Tech has clinched a winning season for the sixth consecutive year, and is on track to potentially reach another C-USA title game. The Bulldogs have a bye week next before homecoming against North Texas.
As for UTEP, although the result was disappointing, the Miners did a few good things they can build from. UTEP gets a shot at North Texas next week.