We Aren't Who We Thought We Were... Or Are We? Louisiana Tech went in to this week's game with BYU with heads held high and a ton of confidence. They walked out of Utah with a better understanding. BYU absolutely HAMMERED Louisiana Tech, forcing 4 turnovers and being just unstoppable on Offense. Still, that didn't stop Louisiana Tech from giving it one hell of an effort down the stretch. The Bulldogs, down 52-21 at the start of the 4th quarter, decided that they weren't ready to roll over just yet. After receiving the first punt of the game from BYU, Louisiana Tech put together an efficient 2 minute drive, capitalized by a 16 yard scramble by new starting quarterback, Cameron, his only scramble of the game. This put the score at 52-28. Then, Louisiana Tech was ALMOST able to stop the BYU offense for a three and out, but BYU was able to get a first down just over the line. After running the clock down to 2:40, Louisiana Tech was eventually able to get the stop and a touchback punt. On the ensuing drive, Cameron came out and truly showed some class. In 5 attempted passes (4 complete), Cameron was able to target 4 and hit three different receivers on route to another Bulldogs touchdown to bring the score to 52-34. The Bulldogs went for 2 and converted to yet another receiver, the 4th receiver to catch a ball on the drive. The Bulldogs would then attempt an onside kick, which they recovered, but were unfortunately two yards shy of the 10 yard requirement. Thus, BYU took over is 1:53 to go. La Tech still had all 3 timeouts, so they began to use them and were able to force a fumble with 1:05 to go! Now, left with 1 time out, the Bulldogs knew they had to score quickly, get the two point conversion, and manage to get an onside kick just to have a chance to send this one to overtime. So, Cameron came out again, looked to his primary target, Stuart down the field and found him open on a streak. Stuart caught the ball, made a spin move to get out of a tackle and tumbled down the field, where he would eventually be caught at about the 15 yard line with 55 seconds to go. Cameron's next two passes would be tipped at the line of scrimmage before he would be picked off on 3rd down, seemingly ending the game with 46 seconds to go. However, the pick happened at the 1 yard line, so the BYU Cougars couldn't kneel the ball just yet. Feeling confident in their running game (why wouldn't they, they rushed for over 250 yards), the Cougars lined up in a 4 WR set and Louisiana Tech sent the house, nabbing the BYU running back in the back field for a safety with 40 seconds to go to pull Louisiana Tech to within 14 points (52-38). Cameron came out and hit another major Bulldogs receiver, Williams, for a huge 40 yard pass down the field, setting the Bulldogs up at the 19 yard line. Immediately after, the Bulldogs completed two more passes to score yet again, making the game 52-45 with 16 seconds to go. The few fans that remained in the stadium were starting to get anxious. Could this really happen? Could Louisiana Tech really score 31 unanswered points in the 4th quarter to come back and send this thing in to overtime? Unfortunately, no. The fairy tale came to an end after a muffed onside kick attempt eventually landed harmlessly in the hands of a BYU Cougar, finally allowing the Cougars to exhale and sealing the nail on the coffin for the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs. Cougar and Bulldog fans alike were seen waiting at the Louisiana Tech bus post-game to pay respects for the herculean 4th quarter effort. BYU's JJ Di Luigi was the player of the game amassing 239 yards on 29 attempts and officially recording 16 broken tackles. Backup Bryan Kariya also garnered 5 broken tackles. I'm not sure if there's an official record on team broken tackles in a game, but this had to be the new record in what had to be the worst example of tackling I have ever seen. BYU's QB Riley Nelson went 24-34 for 281 yards on route to a 169.1 QB rating. Impressive. Louisiana Tech's Colby Cameron went 9 for 23 in the first half, but got his legs under him in the second half, going 18 for 29. On a real note, this felt really good as far as the sliders go. Much better. I'm going to have to do some work to figure out a way to run the ball.