Louisiana Tech 44, New Mexico St. 0
Louisiana Tech captured the school’s first Western Athletic
Conference championship since 2001 with a 44-0 victory over New
Mexico State on Saturday.
The Bulldogs (8-4, 6-1) also accepted a bid to the Dec. 21 San
Diego County Poinsettia Bowl. The bowl bid is the fifth in school
history and Louisiana Tech’s first since an Independence Bowl
victory over Northern Illinois in 2008.
”It’s been a fun ride for this football team,” Bulldogs coach
Sonny Dykes said. ”It certainly feels great to win a championship.
We started the season off kind of rough and I was proud of how our
players hung in there. They have been a fun group to coach.
”We are excited about going to San Diego for the bowl game. It
will be a great experience for our players.”
After Matt Nelson’s 32-yard field opened the scoring, Louisiana
Tech extended its lead to 9-0 on Colby Cameron’s 7-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.
A walk-on who was put on scholarship by the coaching staff this
week, Lee finished the game with a career-high 148 yards on 26
carries to go along with three touchdowns on the ground.
”It’s been a phenomenal feeling to work my way up the ladder
like I have this season,” Lee said. ”We have had guys go out and
new guys step in and now it was just my turn. To be here and win a
WAC Championship; I am just so overwhelmed right now. I am so
”The offensive line did a fantastic job tonight. Holes were
opening up left and right. I just ran through the holes that they
opened up for me. You can feel when we start to make plays as an
offensive unit. We got into our hurry-up offense and finished
drives how we wanted.”
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.