(Saturday, October 18th)
Final Score: Louisiana Tech 46, Idaho 14
Ruston, LA (Sports Network) - Daniel Porter ran for 145 yards and a pair of touchdowns to help give the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs a commanding 46-14 win over the Idaho Vandals in Western Athletic Conference action at Joe Aillet Stadium.
Porter carried the ball 23 times for the Bulldogs (3-3, 1-2 WAC) as they snapped a two-game slide. Quarterback Ross Jenkins completed 13-of-20 passing as he added 192 yards through the air.
The Vandals (1-7, 0-4) were paced by Nathan Enderle who hit on 19-of-33 passing for 203 yards and a pair of touchdowns, but was also sacked five times and picked off twice in the team's sixth consecutive setback.
Enderle and the Vandals began the game's scoring with a 33-yard pass play to Kama Bailey just 2:15 into the contest, but from there the night belonged to the home team as they ripped off 30 unanswered points.
On the ensuing possession LaTech capped a 10-play, 66-yard drive with a seven- yard scoring run by Jenkins, but with a failed PAT the Bulldogs were left with a 7-6 deficit.
Tech made up for the miscue as kicker Brad Oestriecher booted the first of his four field goals from 21 yards out late in the first frame.
In the second quarter R.P. Stuart reached the end zone on a 14-yard effort, followed by Porter's one-yard TD run and a 72-yard scamper by wideout Phillip Livas to make the score 30-7.
With 3:39 left on the clock in the first half Enderle and Bailey combined for a second time on a 27-yard touchdown play to cut the score to 30-14.
A 32-yard field goal at the end of the second period by Oestriecher left the home team with a 33-14 advantage at the break.
Oestriecher added field goals of 24 and 39 yards in the second half after Porter reached the end zone on a 17-yard run, giving Louisiana Tech a resounding 32-point home win.
LaTech produced 364 yards rushing on the night, compared to a mere 15 yards on 19 attempts for the Vandals. Despite converting just 4-of-12 on third down, the Bulldogs controlled the ball for nearly 36 minutes as they rolled up 556 yards of total offense.
10/18 23:57:48 ET