(Wednesday, September 30th)
Final Score: Louisiana Tech 27, Hawaii 6
Ruston, LA (Sports Network) - Daniel Porter rushed for 160 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries, as the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs handled the Hawaii Warriors, 27-6, in a battle between these two Western Athletic Conference foes at Joe Aillet Stadium.
Myke Compton added a rushing touchdown for the Bulldogs (2-2, 1-0 WAC), who ran for a total of 352 yards. It was the most rushing yards LaTech had since compiling 364 yards on the ground against Idaho on October 18, 2008.
Ross Jenkins completed 13-of-22 passes for 97 yards while Tyrone Duplessis caught four passes for 42 yards for Louisiana Tech, which was coming off a 48-13 win over Nicholls State on September 19.
Greg Alexander completed 20-of-24 passes for 199 yards and two interceptions for the Warriors (2-2, 0-1), who were coming off a tough 34-33 defeat to UNLV. Alexander left the game at the end of the third quarter after taking a hard hit along the sidelines. Bryant Moniz took over the QB duties and connected on 5-of-11 passes for 109 yards. Greg Salas caught five balls for 122 yards. Hawaii had negative seven rushing yards in the tilt.
The Bulldogs failed to score after Lyle Fitte returned the opening kickoff of the game 53 yards to the Hawaii 41. After two straight offensive holding penalties, LaTech went three-and-out. Hawaii took over and orchestrated a 12- play, 69-yard drive, which ended with a 36-yard Scott Enos field goal for a 3-0 edge with about 6 1/2 minutes left in the first.
Louisiana Tech kept the ball on the ground during its next possession, and it proved to be very effective. Porter's three-yard TD run capped off an 11-play, 72-yard drive, giving LaTech a 7-3 lead. The Bulldogs called eight running plays during the march.
The Warriors turned the ball over during their first possession of the second quarter. Deon Young intercepted an Alexander pass at the Bulldogs nine-yard- line. LaTech capitalized as Matt Nelson drilled a 28-yard field goal to top off a drive that lasted a lengthy 17 plays, making it a 10-3 game.
Hawaii marched down the field in the final minutes of the first half, and set up a 1st-and-goal at the LaTech two-yard-line. The Warriors, though, had to settle for an 18-yard Enos field goal. Nelson's 58-yard attempt with two seconds left in the half was short, but Louisiana Tech held onto a 10-6 lead heading into the locker room.
The Bulldogs scored a pair of touchdowns in the third frame to take control of the contest. Defensive lineman Kwame Jordan intercepted a deflected Alexander pass on the first play of the second half, giving LaTech the ball at the Hawaii 26. Six plays later, Porter rushed into the end zone from a yard out for a 17-6 margin.
Compton's six-yard TD run with 2:22 left in the third put Louisiana Tech ahead 24-6.
Nelson's 26-yard field goal in the early stages of the fourth accounted for the final margin.
09/30 23:39:10 ET