RUSTON — In-game changes will be advanced and layered in lots of instances.
After Louisiana Tech (2-0) felt its means by the primary 11-plus minutes of the competition with Houston Baptist (0-3), each defensive and offensive staffs had what it wanted to do found out.
Defensive coordinator David Blackwell dialed up the stress on HBU quarterback Bailey Zappe, who threw two fast landing passes early within the opening quarter, from the perimeters and had the secondary drop again in additional zone protection after the third collection.
On offense, Skip Holtz ratcheted up the tempo, mainly outrunning the Huskies and being extra environment friendly within the hurry up with junior quarterback Luke Anthony orchestrating the assault and mixing in intermediate throws and deep balls. The mixture of these late, first-quarter changes paved the best way for a Louisiana Tech 66-38 runaway victory in its house opener over Houston Baptist at Joe Aillet Stadium Saturday evening.
Here is what we realized from Tech’s second straight win:
Quarterback race’s finale
After a two-week pattern measurement, it is clear to see who the full-time beginning quarterback is for Louisiana Tech. To nobody’s shock after I say this, the reply is Anthony. Here is why: Final week, he demonstrated to knack to step up and make the play when the sport’s on the road. Towards HBU, sure in opposition to an inferior opponent, however that does not discredit Anthony’s administration of the offense at totally different speeds. Saying Tech was imagined to win additionally does not bear in mind how correct the graduate switch quarterback was with the deep throws, finishing six passes 20 yards and longer. He threw three, 40-plus yard scoring strikes, two to sophomore huge out Wayne Toussant — the primary two profession TDs of the receivers’ profession — and one to Juwaun Johnson.
Anthony put collectively a monumental evening in his second recreation in a Louisiana Tech uniform. His six complete touchdowns are essentially the most scored in a recreation since 2014 by Cody Sokol and his 5 landing passes was the seventh time in program historical past that is occurred. Anthony completed the evening 17-of-30 for 314 yards and 5 scores, together with two strikes to senior Isaiah Graham, with an interception.
Stress zapped Zappe
One of many stronger offenses in all of school soccer no matter division, FCS’s Houston Baptist was a formidable take a look at for Louisiana Tech, who’s favored by 23.5 factors in its house opener. Houston Baptist quarterback Bailey Zappe got here out sturdy, waving passes to his receiving corps and after two drives, the Huskies led, 14-10, with 3:42 remaining within the first quarter
That was the final time HBU held the lead because the Tech protection picked up the urgency. Junior defensive lineman Milton Williams and junior linebacker Levi Bell turned the fire-starters for a Bulldog protection that pressured up entrance whereas the defensive backfield sat in zone and browse. After Houston Baptist amassed 160 yards by its first three collection, it managed to realize simply 430 yards in 11 collection the remainder of the best way.
Sophomore security Bee Jay Williamson was the benefactor on one play specifically, intercepting Zappe early within the second quarter for his first choose of his profession and practically returning it for a landing.
Freshman kicker Jacob Barnes lined up for his solely discipline aim try within the first quarter. He stepped as much as strive a 51-yard kick and as soon as snapped, painted the soccer by the uprights. It was the longest discipline aim a Tech kicker has made since his older, Jonathan Barnes, made one 50-plus yarder again in November 2017.
Look, why that is necessary is as a result of Jacob Barnes nailing this discipline aim provides confidence not solely inside himself but additionally in Holtz working him on the market when a drive stalls out across the 30-yard line. Barnes’ means to hit 50-yard discipline objectives offers Tech extra possibilities to attain factors.
Extra out of the run recreation
For the second straight week, the Bulldogs could not actually get issues happening the bottom behind seniors Justin Henderson and Israel Tucker.
Tech gained 163 yards and averaged lower than 4 yards per carry final weekend in Hattiesburg however the group’s main rusher, Henderson managed simply 69 yards on 18 makes an attempt. The run recreation as a complete struggled to succeed in that mark in opposition to Houston Baptist. Whereas Henderson picked up extra yards, XX rushes for XX yards, Louisiana Tech’s speeding assault has seemed to haven’t fairly gained its footing by two video games.