October 10, 2010
Louisiana Tech man handles Utah State
A week ago I wrote an article about how Tony Franklin needed to adapt. It appears he may have read the article.
Louisiana Tech ran the ball for nearly 300 yards in a 24-6 defensive domination of Utah State. Utah State could not even manage 200 yards of offense against Tech.
"This is a team [Utah State] who challenges you in the passing game," said head coach Sonny Dykes. As a result, Tech had to be able to run the ball and run the ball they did.
At one point, Tech ran an entire series with no quarterbacks. Dykes said all the credit goes to Franklin in being creative and getting the ball in the hands of the guys who could make plays.
One of those guys, Tim Molton, whom from early accounts seemed to be lost for the season after tearing a ligament in his knee. I have confirmed from a source close to the situation that he does indeed have a torn ligament in his knee.
The other guy who saw a lot of snaps in the "wildcat" was Lennon Creer. Creer rushed for 120 yards in the game on 18 carries and scored two touchdowns.
Tech had been one of the least penalized teams in the country going into Saturday's game. Saturday however, they were penalized 8 times for 93 yards. One of which negated a touchdown to Taulib Ikharo.
Ross Jenkins played well and the Tech offense seems to finally beginning to gel.
Defensively, C.J. Broades was out with an injury and Javontay Crowe stepped in and played well at safety. Dykes said, "he's [Crowe] a guy that gets better and better each week."
[db]Steven Ensminger got on the stat sheet for the first time as a bulldog with a seven yard run.
On Tuesday, Dykes said he could feel the team really took it to the next level.
During the third quarter, Creer was brought down by a penalized horse-collar tackle and was injured on the play. As a result, he ran the ball only that one time the entire third quarter.
Another injury note would be Phillip Livas who messed up a hamstring in walk-throughs Friday.
Tech defensive ends Matt Broha and IK Enemkpali harrassed Diondre Borel most of the game. "Broha has been a consistent a player on this team as we have right now," said Dykes.
"IK is another young guy who plays better and better each week. He will be an exciting guy to coach around," said Dykes.
Broha, joined the Tech top 10 sack list as he tied current bulldog assistant strength coach Ed Jackson at 9 career sacks. Jackson coached Broha during Broha's first season, he said Jackson used to show them highlights of himself. Also, Jackson went up to Broha after the game to congratulate him.
Dykes on the heat being a factor: "I think it was a factor for them [Utah State]. but not as much us [Tech] as we have practiced in 100 degree heat for the last 6 months."
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