Thanks to a pair of self-inflicted wounds, the Bulldogs trailed LSU 24-0 at halftime of Saturday’s game. But, then something clicked.
“… We ended up doing the opposite of what we were doing in the first half,” says Louisiana Tech safety Daniel Lewis. “Every time they started running, we started getting them negative. Every time, they started to shy away from it. And, it helped us out a lot.”
Tech’s defense held the Tigers to under 100 yards rushing. Meanwhile, the offense scored three touchdowns.
“We kind of went in at halftime and went, ‘Ok, heres’ what we’re going to do. Here’s the game plan, ” says Bulldogs head coach Skip Holtz. “We’re going to go back and run our staples. And, let them go out and execute routine plays.”
Adrian Hardy, who fumbled in the first half, emerged in the second. J’Mar Smith targeted the sophomore for two scores. Hardy, is now the team’s leading receiver.
“He’s always been talented, now he’s learning to be consistent, ” Holtz continues. “And, that’s what great players do. Great players show up every play like you have to show up everyday in practice.”
The ‘Dogs offense is now set to meet North Texas. The Mean Green’s defense leads the nation with 10 interceptions.
“They are creating a lot of pressure, ” says Holtz. “They don’t have a keep the ball in front of us mentality. They have a very aggressive mentality in the secondary and it’s paying off.”
Last season’s heartbreaker to UNT is still on the minds of those who were there that afternoon. Unfortunately, their offense, which played well that day, is better in 2018.
“They’ve put more speed on the field, ” Holtz says. “Spread on the field. Throwing the ball a lot more. They’re more pass first, run second. That’s one of the reasons they’re putting up so many points.”
Kickoff between Louisiana Tech and North Texas is Saturday at 6:30 in Denton.