Louisiana Tech closes out season at home vs. UAB

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LA Tech Football 2022

RUSTON – The Louisiana Tech football team looks to finish its season with a win when they welcome UAB to Joe Aillet Stadium on Saturday at 2:30 p.m.

The game will be broadcast nationally on CBS Sports Network and before kickoff LA Tech will honor its 14-member senior class. Fans that bring a new packaged toy to the game will receive a ticket for $5 admission as part of the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation promotion.

Date: Saturday, Nov. 26
Time: 2:30 p.m. (CT)
Location: Ruston, La. (Joe Aillet Stadium)
Live Stats: LaTechSports.com/stats
Radio: LA Tech Sports Network (KXKZ 107.5 FM)
TV: CBS Sports Network

Series: LA Tech leads, 6-4
In Ruston: 3-1
In Birmingham: 3-3

The Bulldogs are coming off a 26-21 setback at Charlotte. Marquis Crosby topped the century mark in rushing with 105 yards on 21 carries and three touchdowns. It was Crosby’s fourth 100+ yard game this season, while his three touchdowns were the most by a LA Tech back since Marcus Williams ran for four last year against Charlotte (Nov. 13, 2021). It marked the fifth consecutive game in which LA Tech had broke triple digits in rushing.

Quarterback Parker McNeil leads Tech in passing with 1,908 yards and 18 touchdowns this season. During his last appearance in a win over Middle Tennessee, the senior threw for 285 yards and three touchdowns. McNeil did not appear in the last two games due to an injured throwing hand.

Starting in place of McNeil has been true freshman Landry Lyddy, who has thrown for 687 yards and three touchdowns this season.

The Bulldogs receiving core is led by the duo of Tre Harris and Smoke Harris.

Tre Harris leads LA Tech this season with 59 receptions, 872 receiving yards and nine receiving touchdowns. Harris ranks 11th in the FBS in receiving touchdowns (9) and 30th (872) in receiving yards. Harris was added to the 2022 Biletnikoff Award Watch List on Nov. 9, becoming the first LA Tech receiver since Adrian Hardy in 2019.

Smoke Harris has tallied 60 receptions, 588 yards receiving and five touchdowns. Harris has recorded a reception in 31 consecutive games, which is the 18th longest streak in the country and is the only Bulldog to score a touchdown in every season dating back to 2018.

On the ground, running back Marquis Crosby leads the way with 846 total yards and eight touchdowns this season. Crosby ranks fifth nationally among all freshmen in total rushing.

LA Tech ranks sixth nationally in scrimmage plays over 30 yards (35) and 40 yards (18) while ranking 13th in scrimmage plays over 50 yards (9).

Defensively, LA Tech has had a knack for taking the ball away from opposing offenses. The Bulldogs lead the country in forced fumbles (15) while ranking seventh in fumble recoveries (12) and 10th in turnovers gained (22). The Bulldogs have forced a turnover in 15 of their last 17 games dating back to last season.

Linebacker Hugh Davis leads the LA Tech defense with 71 tackles and is tied for third on the team with four tackles for loss.

Willie Roberts and Myles Brooks lead the LA Tech secondary with three interceptions apiece, tied for the second most in the conference. Brooks has been named C-USA Defensive Player of the Week twice this season (Oct. 10, and Nov. 7)

Kershawn Fisher is the Bulldogs leading tackler on the defensive line with 41 total stops, followed by Deshon Hall with 26.

Sonny Cumbie is in his inaugural season at the helm of the LA Tech football program. LA Tech is one of 29 FBS programs with a new coach this season.

Before kickoff LA Tech will honor its 14-member senior class of Tristan Allen (Defensive Lineman / Atlanta, Texas) Jaiden Cole (Defensive Back / Monroe, La.), Abraham Delfin (Offensive Lineman / Plaquemine, La.), Griffin Hebert (Tight End / Lafayette, La.), DJ Jackson (Defensive Lineman / Dallas, Texas), Myles Mason (Defensive Back, Trussville, Ala.), Parker McNeil (Quarterback / Austin, Texas), Joshua Mote (Offensive Lineman / Oak Grove, La.), Praise Okorie (Wide Receiver / Houston, Texas), Calvin Rhines (Defensive Lineman / Gonzales, La.), Steven Shaw (Defensive Lineman / Houston, Texas), Marquallius Turner Jr. (Defensive Back / Shreveport, La.), Noah White (Holder/ Ruston, La.), BeeJay Williamson (Defensive Back / Dallas, Texas).

Bowl eligibility is on the line for UAB when they visit Joe Aillet Stadium on Saturday. The Blazers are 5-6 this season and 3-4 in C-USA play, with wins over North Texas (41-21), Charlotte (34-20) and Middle Tennessee (41-14).

UAB is averaging 30 points a game while allowing 23.1 points per game.

Running back DeWayne McBride has rushed for 1,474 yards and 18 touchdowns on 217 carries this season. McBride is averaging 144.1 yards per game which ranks second nationally.

The Blazers are quarterbacked by Dylan Hopkins, who has completed 113 of 177 passes for 1,618 yards and eight touchdowns while throwing two interceptions.
Wide receivers Trea Shropshire and TJ Jones are Hopkins top targets. Shropshire has 34 receptions for 666 yards and four touchdowns, while Jones has collected 28 receptions for 234 yards and a touchdown.

Safety Jaylen Key is the leading tackler for UAB with 55 stops, including 2.5 for loss. Key also has two interceptions. Safety Keondre Swoopes follows with 44 tackles, an interception and four pass breakups.

The Blazers are led by Interim Head Coach Bryant Vincent who has led UAB the entire season after Bill Clark retired in June. Vincent served under Clark for five seasons (2014, 2018-21) as quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator.

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