(Saturday, October 16th)
Final Score: Louisiana Tech 48, Idaho 35
Ruston, LA (Sports Network) - Ross Jenkins threw for 422 yards and three touchdowns as he led the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs to a 48-35 win over the Idaho Vandals in a Western Athletic Conference matchup at Joe Aillet Stadium.
Jenkins completed 31-of-44 passes for the Bulldogs (3-4, 2-1 WAC) as they won their second straight outing. Working hard in the running game for LaTech was Lennon Creer who registered a game-high 179 yards and scored twice on 23 attempts for the home team.
The Vandals (3-3, 0-1) were paced by Nathan Enderle who converted 24-of-50 passes for 373 yards and three touchdowns, but he was sacked twice and intercepted once in the setback. Backup signal-caller Brian Reader chipped in with 8-of-10 passing for another 140 yards and two scores as well, but with a rushing attack that generated a mere 20 net yards on 18 attempts, Idaho was definitely at a disadvantage.
Creer got the Bulldogs off on the right foot in the opening quarter when he hit the end zone on a six-yard run as LaTech moved the ball 73 yards on eight plays and used up less than two minutes on the clock.
Enderle and the Vandals responded shortly thereafter as he found Justin Veltung with a 15-yard TD pass to tie the score at 7-7.
Just seconds into the second quarter, Tech's Matt Nelson knocked through a 31- yard field goal to put the home team back on top.
Enderle and Veltung responded six minutes later when, with a short field, the two combined on an 11-yard TD play to push the visitors ahead by a 14-10 score.
With only 38 seconds remaining in the first half, the Bulldogs bounced back and put themselves back on top courtesy of a 32-yard TD pass play between Jenkins and Ahmad Paige.
Ahead by a 17-14 score entering the third quarter, Jenkins took it upon himself to add to the Bulldogs advantage, hitting the end zone on a four-yard run. Add to that a seven-yard scoring pass from Jenkins to Paige and the Bulldogs were up by a 31-14 score late in the third period.
Veltung, who finished the day with six catches for 140 yards and four touchdowns, reeled in his third score of the day with 3:25 to go in the third, a lengthy 76-yard play with Enderle which drew the Vandals to within 10 points.
On the ensuing possession Jenkins and the Bulldogs finally made good use of Phillip Livas as the two combined on a 52-yard touchdown play to again build the Tech advantage back to 17 points.
The see-saw battle continued in the fourth as Reader stepped in for Enderle and hit Eric Greenwood with a 21-yard TD pass, capping a six-play, 58-yard drive. However, LaTech was ready to respond and came back with a 39-yard field goal by Nelson and a one-yard TD run by Creer to make the score 48-28 with less than three minutes remaining.
Reader hooked up with Veltung with 55 seconds to play, a three-yard TD pass play, but by then it was too little, too late in the 13-point decision.
Tech ran 97 offensive plays in the meeting and registered a staggering 683 yards of offense. Between the two squads they logged better than 1,200 yards.
10/16 21:31:49 ET