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This Friday, the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs are hoping to patch up the holes in a defense that has allowed an average of 39.29 points per game. Louisiana Tech and the FIU Panthers will face off in a Conference USA battle at 8 p.m. ET on Friday at Riccardo Silva Stadium. FIU should still be riding high after a victory, while the Bulldogs will be looking to right the ship.
Louisiana Tech fought the good fight in their overtime matchup against the Rice Owls this past Saturday but wound up with a less-than-desirable result, falling 42-41. A silver lining for Louisiana Tech was the play of WR Tre Harris, who caught eight passes for three TDs and 92 yards.
Meanwhile, while not quite a landslide, the contest between FIU and the Charlotte 49ers this past Saturday was still a pretty decisive one as the Panthers wrapped it up with a 34-15 win on the road. The team accrued 27 points in the first half and coasted on those for the win. FIU QB Grayson James was slinging it as he passed for one TD and 302 yards on 33 attempts in addition to rushing for two TDs and 53 yards.
FIU’s defense was a force to be reckoned with, as it collected three interceptions and two fumbles. Those interceptions were spread across their defensive unit.
The Bulldogs are the favorite in this one, with an expected 6.5-point margin of victory. Those who got lucky with them against the spread this past Saturday might want to hold off on placing bets this time since the squad has yet to string together back-to-back wins against the spread.
Louisiana Tech was able to grind out a solid victory over the Panthers when the teams previously met three seasons ago, winning 43-31. The rematch might be a little tougher for Louisiana Tech since the team won’t have home-field advantage. We’ll see if the change in venue makes a difference.
Phew 😅 We’ve tied it at 27. pic.twitter.com/9ky6wzjX8o
Fourth. Down. Stop. @BeejaayW 🚫 pic.twitter.com/bTD5GgEU2s
32-yard FG is tried and true from Barnes. Back on top.
LA Tech 27 | FIU 24
⏰ 5:31 4th Q
LA Tech takes the lead on a field goal. 27-24 with 5:31 left to go.
On the move pic.twitter.com/gDGEe0Kupm
Moving the 🏈 on the ground for 6⃣ pic.twitter.com/3NA1CpxHO2
Tie Game!!!@Charvis_T_22 bolts to the 🏠 from nine yards out!
3Q | 13:01
LA Tech 24, FIU 24 pic.twitter.com/8aRuVPojmG
Bulldogs tie it up. Knotted at 24.
In control. Time to finish. pic.twitter.com/bjW4cl3jFq
In FIU territory with one quarter to go pic.twitter.com/YnGReN8geu
200 and counting for Smoke 💯💯 pic.twitter.com/qPQWYwQ4OB
Up by 7️⃣! 24-17 us. pic.twitter.com/4E2vBHN2Ap
Group effort for the TFL! pic.twitter.com/pMH9m9MSzO
Turnover on downs! We’ve got the ball in LA Tech territory 😤
Turnover on downs! We stop LA Tech on their first two possessions of the second half 😤
Special teams, special teams, special teams. 😌 pic.twitter.com/TJ9ABiHBWJ
In front after 30. Keep it locked. pic.twitter.com/3eJgogL8t5
Halftime in Miami pic.twitter.com/DOIUPrBbk8
BLOCKED THE BULLDOG FIELD GOAL. What a way to end the half ‼️
Grayson James has three touchdown passes rn, btw.
Both birthday boys get into the endzone! Back-to-back possessions 👏@_BigTime0 🥳 @jalenbracey_ pic.twitter.com/8G7tY7lFZx
And just like that. WE UP.
21-17 us 👏 pic.twitter.com/aiXWnqVhs0
The Panthers recover an onside kick and then two plays later, score on an 18-yard touchdown pass.
2Q | 6:41
FIU 21, LA Tech 17
ONSIDE KICK!! We got it back 😤
We strike back 💥
Grayson to Bracey tuddy through the air! pic.twitter.com/ultgZrMICQ
FIU capitalizes on good field position and finds the end zone on a 16-yard pass.
2Q | 7:19
LA Tech 17, FIU 14
🔨@myles_brooks10 with a big tackle for loss!
2Q | 8:34
2Q | 7:18
LA Tech 17, FIU 7 pic.twitter.com/W7SqsvsVID
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