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Mean Green blown out by La. Tech at home

Mean Green blown out by La. Tech at home

Mean Green blown out by La. Tech at home
September 12
00:27 2014

Ehsan Azad / Staff Writer

The Mean Green football team lost its conference opener against Louisiana Tech University 42-21 on Thursday night at Apogee Stadium.

“We made a lot of mistakes, whether it was technique, fundamentals, communication, or ability to make plays,” head coach Dan McCarney said. “We have a long way to go with this team.”

The Mean Green (1-2, 0-1) offense was not able to gain any momentum in the first half and sophomore quarterback Josh Greer struggled, going 13 of 27 for 88 yards for the game.. The offense went 1-8 on third-down conversions in the first half, and went three-and-out on six-consecutive drives.

“They had a loaded box, they wanted to take away the run game, and we didn’t execute the way we can,” senior offensive lineman Mason Y’Barbo said.

Louisiana Tech senior quarterback Cody Sokol was able to move the ball efficiently in the second quarter on the Mean Green defense. Sokol threw three touchdowns on three-consecutive drives, giving the Bulldogs (2-1, 1-0) a 21-0 halftime lead. He threw for five touchdowns in the game and had 243 passing yards.

“They were well-coached receivers,” senior defensive back James Jones said. “Things are going to happen, so don’t focus on the last play, focus on the next one. That is our mentality.”

The offense played better to start the second half, but a fumble by senior receiver Carl Caldwell was returned by the Bulldogs to the Mean Green 2-yard line. That set up a two-yard touchdown run by La. Tech junior running back Kenneth Dixon that extended the Bulldog lead to 28-0.

The Mean Green put together a scoring drive on their second possession of the half. Greer completed a 23-yard pass to junior receiver Carlos Harris on a fourth-down play that got UNT out to the La. Tech 28-yard line. The drive would end after a five-yard touchdown run from Greer.

The Mean Green would score two-more times before the game was over, but the Bulldog lead was too much for the team to overcome.

The offense finished the night with 255 total yards, while the defense gave up 371 yards and 21 first downs for the game.

“We don’t like this, we aren’t used to it, it’s not any fun, but we have to handle it and figure out a way to improve on it and make sure this doesn’t happen again,” McCarney said.

The Mean Green will host Nicholls State University at Apogee Stadium at 2:30 p.m. next Saturday to try and rebound from the loss.

Featured photo: Junior wide receiver Carlos Harris runs with the ball during Thursday night’s game against Louisiana Tech University. The Mean Green fell 42-21. Photo by – Ben Regalado

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