Bulldogs Enter Open Week, Following Heart Breaker in Birmingham

Saturday was frustrating for the Bulldogs. 

The defense surrendered two early touchdowns in the span of three minutes. 

While the "D" settled down in the final 30, the team was flagged for seven penalties, with a total of 10 for 95 yards on the afternoon.

"One of them was a taunting penalty, which was just stupid, " says Louisiana Tech head coach Skip Holtz. "I mean, those are things that hurt your football team."

"You know, the penalties that bother me are the focus penalties, " says Bulldogs' Defensive Coordinator Blake Baker. "The hands to the face can happen. Targeting call was unfortunate with Secdrick Cooper. But, the ones that get me are the offsides."

The obvious salt-in-the-wound moment was Jonathan Barnes' blocked field goal with three ticks remaining in the game. It was a contest that included two missed point after attempts from the senior.

"I kind of saw the air come out of his balloon a little bit, " says Holtz. "I told him, 'Keep your head up. You're going to have a chance to win this game.' He did, and he put it, it was going right through the uprights. They reached their hands up there and got a piece of it."

Following that heart breaker in Birmingham, and five other grueling weeks on the gridiron, the open date maybe coming at the right time. 

The Dogs hope to get all of their ducks in a row before facing Southern Miss in a couple of Saturdays.

"...With how upset they are, how determined they are with how frustrated they are with the way they performed, I'd love to go play this week, " Holtz continues. "Having eight starters out, I need the open date."



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