UTSA-Louisiana Tech Preview

Louisiana Tech might be in the midst of one of the best seasons

in school history, but it collectively understands it can’t take

anything for granted.

After a lackluster performance in their last contest, the No. 22

Bulldogs hope to maintain full focus when they try for a third

consecutive victory Saturday against visiting Texas-San Antonio in

a Western Athletic Conference matchup.

Louisiana Tech (7-1, 2-0) moved back into the Top 25 by piling

up a school-record 839 yards during a 70-28 rout of Idaho on Oct.

20. However, the Bulldogs held a 7-0 halftime lead against a

one-win New Mexico State squad before totaling 530 yards in a 28-14

road victory last Saturday for their first-ever win as a ranked

team.

“I guess we are human,” said senior Colby Cameron, who was 29

of 44 for 292 yards with a touchdown. “It was kind of like a gut

check to us that we need to get better.”

Though the Bulldogs rank in the top 10 in the FBS averaging 52.6

points and 328.6 passing yards, they learned last weekend that even

the most favorable matchups can be a challenge.

“We are not taking any team lightly,” receiver Myles White, who

had season highs of seven receptions for 125 yards and a touchdown

last Saturday, told Louisiana Tech’s official website. “We have to

step our game up some more. (This last game showed) anything can

happen. We expect to be great so we have to execute at all

times.”

Cameron has certainly done that while ranking among the national

leaders completing 70.5 percent of his passes for 2,598 yards with

21 TDs and throwing an NCAA single-season record 319 passes without

an interception. Dating back to last season, Cameron has thrown 335

passes without a pick and is in position to break the national

record of 379 set by Russell Wilson over the 2008 and 2009 seasons

while at North Carolina State.

Cameron’s top target, Quinton Patton, has 65 receptions for 848

yards and 10 TDs, but has been limited to 10 for 83 yards and a

score in the last two games.

While the Bulldogs’ offense sputtered some at New Mexico State,

it got back on track thanks to 130 rushing yards and a touchdown

from senior Ray Holley.

Whether through the air or on the ground, the Bulldogs pose a

major challenge to a Texas-San Antonio team playing its second full

season of football and first in the WAC. The Roadrunners (5-3,

1-2), guided by former Miami coach Larry Coker, have been outscored

134-55 during a three-game skid after winning their first five

contests – three against non-FBS schools.

“(UTSA) is actually a good football team, and you can see them

improving,” Louisiana Tech coach Sonny Dykes said. “I think what

has happened is they played a pretty favorable schedule early and

gained a little confidence. I really think they did a smart thing

scheduling and got some confidence, and then they played some of

the better teams in the WAC.”

Freshman Ryan Polite has completed 60.3 percent of his passes

for 550 yards with three TDs and three INTs over the last two games

in place of Eric Soza, who could return from a fractured hip

suffered during a 34-14 loss at Rice on Oct. 13. Polite threw for

248 yards with a touchdown and two picks during last Saturday’s

48-17 loss to Utah State.