Auburn Football: Opponent Breakdown – Louisiana Tech

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Sep 6, 2014; Lafayette, LA, USA; Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns dance in the first half at Cajun Field. Louisiana Tech defeated Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns 48-20. Mandatory Credit: Crystal LoGiudice-USA TODAY Sports

2014 Record: 2-2 (1-0, Conference USA)

Last Week: Lost to Northwestern State 30-27

It started just like one would expect. It just didn’t end that way.

Louisiana Tech –the FBS School playing an FCS opponent in the home opener of the 2014 season in Ruston, Louisiana – took the opening kickoff and promptly drove for a touchdown after six plays covered 65 yards.

Then, Tech forced Northwestern State to punt. The Bulldogs added a field goal on their following drive and forced the Demons to throw an interception shortly thereafter. Five minutes and 38 seconds into the game, LA Tech led 10-0 and was in complete control. The rout was on – right?

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  • However, Louisiana Tech could never pull away because the Bulldogs could not keep hold of the football, twice fumbling it away and throwing three interceptions. After leading 13-3 at halftime and 20-10 after three quarters, the Northwestern State Demons stormed back for 20 points in the fourth quarter, which were aided by three Bulldogs turnovers in the final 15 minutes of the contest.

    Star running back Kenneth Dixon ran for 103 yards and two touchdowns, but his fourth quarter fumble led to Chris Moore’s 29-yard field goal that tied the game at 27 with 1:05 remaining. On the very next offensive play for the Bulldogs, Louisiana Tech quarterback Cody Sokol was intercepted for the third time. The senior finished with 280 yards on 20-for-34 passing, including a 38-yard touchdown to Dixon on the game’s opening drive.

    “We were certainly our own worst enemy,” LA Tech head coach Skip Holtz said following the game. “Even as bad as all the mistakes were and as bad as we played, if we hold on to the ball in the fourth quarter, if we catch a punt, if we make a first down, you’re not in that position. But we didn’t and we weren’t able to finish it.”

    With 0:52 left on the clock in the fourth quarter, the Demons moved the ball into field goal position. After five plays and 21 yards, Moore kicked a 47 yards field goal as the final seconds ticked off the clock to hand the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs and head coach Skip Holtz an embarrassing 30-27 loss.

    “We laid the egg,” Holtz said. “They can’t beat us without our help. We certainly gave it to them tonight. We have nobody to blame but ourselves.”