Saturday, November 26, 2011

Poinsettia Bowl officials invite Louisiana Tech

Updated: 11/26/2011 - 8:32 PM - Note: all times are Eastern Time

logo  Louisiana Tech 44, New Mexico St. 0  logo

Joe Aillet Stadium - Attendance: 17,458

Box score


First quarter summary

Time LeftTeamScoring Detail
9:15Louisiana TechField-goal - 32-yarder by Matt Nelson.
5:24Louisiana TechTouchdown - 7-yard pass from Colby Cameron to Taulib Ikharo. (kick failed)

Second quarter summary

Time LeftTeamScoring Detail
0:28Louisiana TechTouchdown - 1-yard run by Hunter Lee. (Matt Nelson kick)
0:07Louisiana TechTouchdown - 45-yard interception return by Adrien Cole. (Matt Nelson kick)

Third quarter summary

Time LeftTeamScoring Detail
11:37Louisiana TechTouchdown - 6-yard run by Hunter Lee. (Matt Nelson kick)
5:19Louisiana TechTouchdown - 82-yard punt return by Craig Johnson. (Matt Nelson kick)
0:13Louisiana TechTouchdown - 7-yard run by Hunter Lee. (Matt Nelson kick)

Fourth quarter summary

Time LeftTeamScoring Detail
No Scoring

logoNew Mexico St. passing

Travaughn Colwell15/2511960%03

logoLouisiana Tech passing

Colby Cameron19/3421755.9%11
Nick Isham0/10000
Myles White0/10001

logoNew Mexico St. rushing

Kenny Turner291495.10
Travaughn Colwell15120.80

logoLouisiana Tech rushing

Hunter Lee261485.73
Colby Cameron66711.20
Tyrone Duplessis6-3-0.50
Rickey Courtney221.00
Nick Isham1-1-1.00

logoNew Mexico St. receiving

Taveon Rogers55611.20
Jackson KaKa3103.30
Kemonte Bateman22512.50
Austin Franklin252.50
Todd Lee11212.00
Kenny Turner133.00
Trevor Walls188.00

logoLouisiana Tech receiving

Taulib Ikharo810513.11
David Gru33612.00
Quinton Patton35418.00
Hunter Lee221.00
Myles White2157.50
Jacarri Jackson155.00

logoNew Mexico St. team stats

Total First Downs15
Total yards279
Yards per offensive play4.0
Passing (comp/att - yards)15/25 - 119
Yards per attempt4.8
Rushing (carries - yards)45 - 160
Yards per carry3.6
Fumbles lost1
Interceptions thrown3
Penalties - yards5 - 40

logoLouisiana Tech team stats

Total First Downs25
Total yards419
Yards per offensive play5.3
Passing (comp/att - yards)19/36 - 217
Yards per attempt6.0
Rushing (carries - yards)43 - 202
Yards per carry4.7
Fumbles lost1
Interceptions thrown2
Penalties - yards3 - 25

Louisiana Tech Accepts Bid to Poinsettia Bowl




Nov. 26, 2011

RUSTON, La. - Following Louisiana Tech's win over the New Mexico State Aggies to clinch a Western Athletic Conference Championship Saturday, head coach Sonny Dykes and the Louisiana Tech football team accepted an invitation to play in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl. The game, televised on ESPN, kicks off at 5 p.m. PT/7 p.m. CT on Wednesday, Dec. 21st at San Diego's Qualcomm Stadium.

"It is a great honor to represent the Western Athletic Conference in the Poinsettia Bowl," said Louisiana Tech head coach Sonny Dykes. "San Diego is one of the premier cities in the U.S. Our players and fans will have a great experience there. I have been to two Holiday Bowls and know that the city and the stadium are great and the hotels in San Diego are fantastic. I am excited about the opportunity to play a very good Mountain West team."

"The entire San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl family can't wait to welcome the Bulldogs football team and their fans to San Diego next month," said Chuck Wasker, president of the 2011 game. "Coach Dykes has put together a team that makes for some exciting, high-scoring football. We expect they will put on quite a show."

With today's win the Bulldogs clinched at least a share of the WAC championship. Their overall record improved to 8-4 for the season, 6-1 in conference. Today's victory also marks the first time Louisiana Tech has won seven consecutive games since they won ten straight during the 1974 campaign.

A fast-paced attack that continuously keeps opponents on its heels, Louisiana Tech's offense has the ability to drive down the field behind a powerful rushing attack led by Doak Walker Award candidate Lennon Creer or strike quickly with the big play ability of Quinton Patton. Led by two-time Manning Award Star of the Week Colby Cameron, Tech's balanced offense has multiple weapons in its arsenal to strike with.

Tech's stingy, opportunistic defense has forced opposing teams to make mistakes and then capitalized on them. This "GATA" squad has scored five touchdowns this year off the miscues of others and held every opponent below their rushing average each game.

A Ray Guy Award Finalist, Ryan Allen has consistently been one of the nation's top punters this year with an NCAA best 36 punts inside the 20-yard line and 17 punts inside the 10-yard line this season entering today's game. Allen, ranking fourth in the nation with over 46 yards per punt, has been a steady force in flipping the field and pinning opposing teams deep in their own territory throughout the year.

This will mark the sixth bowl appearance in the program's history. Louisiana Tech is 2-2-1 in bowl games, most recently beating Northern Illinois in the 2008 Independence Bowl. This year's Bulldog senior class is just the second senior class to play in multiple bowl games in LA Tech history.

Tech won the WAC Championship with the win Saturday after being projected to finish fourth in a vote by the league's coaches and media. It is the second WAC title Louisiana Tech has won since joining the league in 2001.

Louisiana Tech's opponent will be a team from the Mountain West. The Poinsettia Bowl gets the second selection of bowl eligible teams from the conference. The MAACO Bowl Las Vegas gets the first pick.

"Louisiana Tech is honored to be WAC Champions and to accept an invitation to the Poinsettia Bowl," said Louisiana Tech Athletics Director Bruce Van De Velde. "With great anticipation we look forward to traveling to San Diego with our football team, alumni, family and friends and playing on a national stage against a nationally ranked opponent."

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La. Tech wide receiver Quinton Patton catches a pass against New Mexico State.
La. Tech wide receiver Quinton Patton catches a pass against New Mexico State. / AP
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RUSTON — Louisiana Tech captured the school’s first Western Athletic Conference championship since 2001 with a 44-0 victory over New Mexico State Saturday.

The Bulldogs (8-4, 6-1) also accepted a bid to the San Diego County Poinsettia Bowl on Dec. 21. The bowl bid is the fifth in school history and Louisiana Tech’s first since an Independence Bowl victory over Northern Illinois in 2008.

After Matt Nelson’s 32-yard field opened the scoring, Tech extended its lead to 9-0 on Colby Cameron’s seven-yard touchdown pass to Taulib Ikharo.

Following Hunter Lee’s 1-yard touchdown run, Adrien Cole intercepted a Travaughn Colwell pass and returned it 45 yards for a touchdown and a commanding 23-0 lead.

After starting the season 1-4, Louisiana Tech has won seven straight games. The Bulldogs now await their opponent in the Poinsettia Bowl to be announced.
New Mexico State (4-8, 2-4) concludes its season next week against Utah State.

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