Recap: Louisiana Tech vs. Western Ky
Ruston, LA (SportsNetwork.com) - Cody Sokol threw for 335 yards and accounted for a career-high six touchdowns, as the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs routed the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers, 59-10, in a Conference USA clash at Joe Aillet Stadium.
Sokol completed 30-of-42 throws with five passing touchdowns and one rushing for Louisiana Tech (6-3, 5-0 C-USA), which continued its undefeated reign atop the C-USA West Division. Trent Taylor registered nine catches for 113 yards and three touchdowns, Paul Turner (nine receptions, 84 yards, TD) also had a big day receiving and Kenneth Dixon tallied 126 total yards (77 rushing, 49 receiving) and two scores.
For WKU (3-5, 1-4), Brandon Doughty had his worst game of the season, completing just 14-of-35 passes for 134 yards, a touchdown and four interceptions. Leon Allen contributed 76 rushing yards on 14 carries.
After forcing a Doughty interception on the game's first drive, Louisiana Tech cashed in five plays later with a 48-yard touchdown run by Dixon. Kyle Fischer drilled a 51-yard field goal later in the opening frame to give the Bulldogs a 10-0 lead.
WKU got on the board as time expired in the first quarter when Doughty hooked up with Taywan Taylor on a 46-yard touchdown. Louisiana Tech responded on the ensuing kickoff, however, as Carlos Henderson ran back a 96-yard score.
The Bulldogs extended their lead to 24-7 five minutes later on a 7-yard scoring strike from Sokol to Taylor.
The Hilltoppers stalled in the red zone with under five minutes to play in the half and had to settle for a 31-yard Garrett Schwettman field goal.
Louisiana Tech orchestrated an eight-play, 79-yard drive at the end of the half, culminating in another Sokol-to-Taylor scoring hookup (19 yards) in the final minute to carry a 31-10 lead into intermission.
The Bulldogs picked up where they left off early in the third quarter, as Sokol connected on a 18-yard touchdown pass to Dixon to finish off a 10-play, 86-yard drive. Less than three minutes later, Sokol connected with Taylor again, this time from nine yards out. The Bulldogs' signal caller added one more passing score before the third quarter was out, an 11-yarder to Paul Turner.
Sokol continued his career day with his legs early in the fourth quarter, rushing in a 3-yard score.
Louisiana Tech outgained WKU, 507-297, and converted 7-of-13 third-down attempts.Game Notes