Tech Loses Heart-breaker
By: Dustin Nothnagel
Intern, Louisiana Gridiron Football
Louisiana Tech played in one of the most fun and intense games in this weekend’s action. The Bulldogs were match up against conference opponent Old Dominion. Tech came into Saturday’s game with a 7-3 record and 6-0 in conference play; that would change in dramatic fashion.
For weeks, LGF has discussed the possibility of C-USA member, Marshall, playing in the college football playoffs because of their unbeaten record. Had Tech remained unbeaten in conference play, they would have had the opportunity to squash that discussion because they would get to play Marshall in the C-USA championship game. However, getting to that C-USA championship game is a privilege that must be earned.
Old Dominion is a good football team, but has struggled recently with a less than .500 record. Things just haven’t come together for Old Dominion this season, but they have the firepower to be a threat in C-USA. Tech was able to score first at the very end of the first quarter giving the Bulldogs a 7-0 lead. The second quarter of Saturday’s action was explosive by both teams as 31 points were scored with Tech clinging to a 24-14 lead at half-time. Old Dominion took over the second-half by scoring 10 unanswered points tying the game at 24. In the first possession of overtime, Tech’s offensive struggles continued as the Bulldogs were forced to settle for a field goal. Old Dominion responded with a touchdown pass from Taylor Heinicke to stud wide-out David Washington sealing the deal.
Tech’s first loss in C-USA play could not come at a worse time. As teams begin preparing for bowl games, it is important to capture momentum late in the season. Tech’s offense just wasn’t clicking like it has been this season. Quarterback Cody Sokol didn’t play as efficiently as he has only throwing one touchdown and one interception. Running back Kenneth Dixon was able to reach the 100 yard mark Saturday, but it took him 23 carries. In clutch moments, the Tech defense has come up with big plays all season which made the Old Dominion touchdown in overtime feel surreal. Hopefully, the Bulldogs can bring it back together next week as they play host to the Rice Owls.