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Post-Game Notes

Nov. 8, 2014

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -
Louisiana Tech - 40, UAB - 24
Nov. 8, 2014
Legion Field

POST-GAME NOTES

• LA Tech captains were Kenneth Dixon, Hunter Lee, Houston Bates and Tony Johnson.

• Today's announced attendance: 9,457

• After a 40-24 win over UAB today, LA Tech is now a perfect 5-0 against the Blazers, including a 3-0 mark against UAB at Legion Field in Birmingham.

• The Bulldogs improved their overall record versus the state of Alabama, which now stands at 9-17-1, including a 5-0 mark against UAB.

• With the win, LA Tech has won five straight and improves to 7-3 on the season, including a 6-0 record in Conference USA. The five straight victories is a first since 2012 when LA Tech started the season 5-0.

• LA Tech also improved to 6-0 in league play for just the third time in school history, only having done so in 1931 and 1955. The Bulldogs remain in first place in the C-USA West Division.

• Skip Holtz picked up win No. 99 of his head coaching career with a victory over UAB today.

• LA Tech won the coin toss and elected to defer to the second half.

• At halftime, LA Tech led UAB, 24-10, thanks to three rushing touchdowns by Kenneth Dixon and a 23-yard field goal by Jonathan Barnes. LA Tech is now 5-1 this season when leading at the half.

OFFENSE

• With just over nine minutes remaining in the first quarter, Kenneth Dixon scored his 50th career touchdown and his 43rd career rushing touchdown, a 12-yard rush, to put LA Tech up 7-0 over UAB.

• For the fourth time this season and the 11th time in his career, Kenneth Dixon had multiple rushing touchdowns today versus UAB.

• Cody Sokol ended the day 19-of-33 passing with 200 yards and two touchdown passes, while also rushing five times for 31 yards. With two touchdowns versus the Blazers, Sokol is now tied for seventh in LA Tech history with 24 touchdowns in a single season. It was Trent Taylor's sixth touchdown reception of the season, which leads all LA Tech receivers.

• With three rushing touchdowns today, Dixon became the first LA Tech player to score at least three rushing touchdowns in a game since he did so as a freshman at Texas State on Nov. 10, 2012.

• Dixon passed John Henry White for fourth all-time in LA Tech history with 2,948 career rushing yards after totaling 79 rushing yards today versus UAB.

• Kenneth Dixon's third touchdown of the day, a 6-yard rush, tied him for second all-time in LA Tech history with Charles McDaniel for with 52 career touchdowns (overall). Dixon also has 45 career rushing touchdowns, which is second all-time for the Bulldogs.

• Dixon is now two points away from moving into a tie for fourth place all-time on LA Tech's career scoring list as the junior running back now has 312 career points after scoring three touchdowns today versus the Blazers.

• Carlos Henderson caught an 11-yard touchdown pass from Cody Sokol with 7:42 left in the game to put LA Tech up 40-17 over UAB. The pass was Sokol's 24th touchdown of the season, which moves him into a tie for seventh place all-time in LA Tech history for touchdowns in a season.



DEFENSE

• On UAB's first possession of the second half, Michael Mims recorded his first career sack when he took down Blazer QB Devon Brown for a loss of 12 yards to force a 4th-and-25 from UAB's own seven-yard line.

• With over 10 minutes left in the fourth, Xavier Woods picked off Cody Clements and returned it 34 yards to the UAB nine-yard line for his fifth interception of the season.

• Vernon Butler recorded his first career fumble recovery when UAB RB Jordan Howard fumbled on LA Tech's five-yard line with a little over 10 minutes remaining in the third quarter.

• In addition to recovering a fumble on a muffed punt by UAB in the third quarter, Tony Johnson led the LA Tech defense with 10 total tackles (5 solo) and a quarterback hurry.

• Kentrell Brice had six total tackles (6 solo), one tackle for loss and a sack, his third of the season, in the win over UAB. Brice also forced a fumble in the game, his fourth of the season.

SPECIAL TEAMS

• With 12:11 remaining the in the second quarter, Xavier Woods blocked a 45-yard field goal attempt by UAB's Ty Long. That is the second blocked field goal of the season for LA Tech as the Bulldogs blocked one earlier in the season against UTEP.

• Jonathan Barnes hit a 23-yard field goal as time expired to put LA Tech up 24-10 over UAB at halftime. Barnes is now 11-15 on field goals this season and is now 4-4 on field goals between 20-29 yards.

• LA Tech's Tony Johnson recovered a fumble by JJ Nelson on a 33-yard punt by Logan McPherson, which allowed the Bulldogs to take over at the UAB 33-yard line. Tech eventually scored after the turnover, which gives the Bulldogs 116 points off turnovers this season, a mark that ranks first in the nation.

• Kyle Fischer hit a 48-yard field goal with 12:45 left in the fourth quarter to put LA Tech up 33-17 over UAB. Fischer is now 3-4 on field goals this season and is 2-3 on 40-yard or longer field goals.



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