After looking oddly inconsistent for way too long, the Louisiana Tech defense finally took control in the second half, leading the Bulldogs to a 56-28 win over the Massachusetts Minutemen. It was the fifth time in the last six games that the Bulldogs scored 38 or more points.
Make no mistake, the defense made some plays but it was all about the offense with Ryan Higgins again putting up video game numbers, passing for 484 yards and five touchdowns. That marked his second straight five touchdown performance after tossing five against WKU last week. Higgins is sitting at 2,353 passing yards and 22 touchdowns on the year, both good for second in the nation. All of that is despite not even attempting a pass in the season opener versus Arkansas.
Not only has Higgins been spectacular, receivers Trent Taylor and Carlos Henderson have been downright filthy. The duo have combined for 42 catches, 792 yards, and eight touchdowns in the last two weeks.
UMass was solid on the day offensively, scoring 28 points and getting solid production from quarterback Andrew Ford. 10 different Minutemen caught passes on the day with Adam Breneman leading the way with seven catches.
Massachusetts falls to 1-6 on the season and are likely staying home for the postseason once again with South Carolina, Troy, BYU, and Hawaii left on the schedule.
Louisiana Tech continues their assault on Conference USA with a trip to Florida International before ending the season with four straight games versus fellow west division opponents. The final is a rematch of a loss to Southern Miss that cost the Bulldogs a trip to the CUSA title game.