Sept. 3, 2016
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Louisiana Tech vs. Arkansas
Sept. 3, 2016
Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium
- LA Tech captains were Ryan Higgins, Trent Taylor, Xavier Woods and Lloyd Grogan.
- Today's announced attendance: 69,132.
- With the 21-20 loss, LA Tech now trails the all-time series against Arkansas, 4-0.
- Arkansas won the coin toss and elected to receive to start the game.
- J'mar Smith became the first freshman to start the season opener at quarterback since 2011. He finished the game 19-of-31 passing for 212 yards. He also added a rushing touchdown.
- Jarred Craft led the Bulldogs in rushing with 12 attempts for 68 yards and a touchdown. He also had two receptions for 28 yards to have 96 total yards from scrimmage.
- Trent Taylor led the way in the receiving category with eight receptions for 78 yards. The senior brought his career receptions total to 199, moving into sixth on the all-time career receptions list (passing Bobby Slaughter -- 1987-90).
- Carlos Henderson tied his career high with six receptions that went for 71 total yards.
- On the Bulldogs opening drive of the game, they marched 62 yards down the field that was capped off by a 9-yard rushing touchdown by J'mar Smith which gave the team an early 7-0 lead. It was the redshirt freshman's first career touchdown.
- Jarred Craft punched it into the end zone from 1-yard out with 2:48 left in the second quarter which tied it up at 14-14. It was career rushing touchdown No. 6 for the junior running back.
The Bulldog defense held the Razorbacks to 297 yards of total offense (-4 yards alone in the third quarter). Only Alabama was able to hold Arkansas to under 300 total yards last season.
- LA Tech registered two interceptions in the game. The Bulldogs had five games last season with multiple interceptions. It was the first time an opponent had picked off Arkansas more than once in a single game since Oct. 18, 2014.
- LA Tech registered four total sacks in the game. That was the most sacks by an opponent versus the Arkansas since Alabama recorded four on Oct. 11, 2014.
- In Jordan Harris' first career game as a Bulldog, the linebacker posted a game-high 11 tackles.
- Xavier Woods tied his career high with 10 tackles.
- Xavier Woods came up with his 10th career interception to stall Arkansas' first offensive drive of the game. He is now tied for eighth in program history in career INT's, becoming only the 11th Bulldog to ever have double-digit interceptions in their career.
- Prince Sam came up with an interception with less than five minutes to go in the second quarter. He returned it for 34 yards and was his first career interception.
- Secdrick Cooper registered a sack on Arkansas' first offensive drive of the game. It was his second career solo sack and it resulted in a loss of eight yards.
- Xavier Woods registered his second career sack to stop the Razorbacks on a third down early in the second quarter.
- On Arkansas' first play in the second half, Deldrick Canty registered a sack (fifth of his career). On the very next play, Jordan Bradford and Aaron Brown combined for a sack.
- Prince Sam forced a fumble midway through the second quarter, but the ball stayed with the Razorbacks as it went out of bounds.
- Carlos Henderson had three kickoff returns for 84 yards. He now has 1,373 career kickoff returns which tied him for sixth most in program history (Derrick Douglas -- 1986-89).
- Jonathan Barnes went 2-for-4 on field goals and 2-for-2 on extra points.
- Trent Taylor had a career-long punt return of 32 yards late in the third quarter. His previous career-high was 26 yards.
SPECIAL TEAM SCORES
- Jonathan Barnes connected on a 43-yard field goal on the Bulldogs opening drive of the second half, giving the team a 17-14 lead with 11:15 left in the third quarter.
- Jonathan Barnes hit on a 20-yard field goal with 4:58 to play in the third quarter, giving the Bulldogs a 20-14 advantage.