The Louisiana Tech-Rice game earlier today essentially served as a play-in game to the Conference USA title tilt. What it also ended up doing was serving as a woodshedding for one of the combatants.
Thanks in large part to a 48-point explosion in the second half, Louisiana Tech was able to roll to a 76-31 win over Rice and stake its claim to the Conference USA West title. The Bulldogs came into the game at 6-1 in conference play, while the Owls were 5-2.
Tech will now move on to play East winner Marshall, which suffered its first loss of the season Friday. The game location is still to be determined by the league office.
In addition to winning the division, it also marked the 100th career win for Bulldogs head coach Skip Holtz.
“One hundred wins is huge,” Holtz said in quotes distributed by the school. “This football team is really special to me because I do not know that I have had a football team that has had to overcome so much, with the schedule, new faces, new coaches and everything to make this year work. This group of guys is really special. They will always have a special place in my heart.”
The Bulldogs posted 677 yards of offense, led by the 387 yards passing from quarterback Cody Sokol. Sokol also threw four touchdowns, while running back Kenneth Dixon rushed for three more scores.
Tech’s defense even got in on the scoring action, returning a pair of fumbles for touchdowns in the second half.