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Sokol starts strong at 2-1

September 19, 2014
Senior quarterback Cody Sokol took control of the Bulldogs with 243 passing yards, five touchdowns and one interception against North Texas September 11. –Photo by Donny J. Crowe

Senior quarterback Cody Sokol took control of the Bulldogs with 243 passing yards, five touchdowns and one interception against North Texas September 11. –Photo by Donny J. Crowe

Will Trahan
Staff Reporter 

 

The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs are a quarter of the way through their second season in Conference USA and have looked impressive through three games, with their only loss coming against No. 4 ranked Oklahoma Sooners in Norman, Oklahoma.

 

Second-year head coach Skip Holtz credits the team’s confident demeanor and poise on the field to his coaching staff – specifically strength and conditioning coach Kurt Hester.

 

“For this football team right now, I think that confidence has been built over the last eight months, which I think is a testament to Kurt Hester and these players with how good they want to be and how hard they have worked,” Holtz said.

 

The Bulldogs played the University of Louisiana at Lafayette on the road in week two. The Bulldogs were down two touchdowns, but that did not stop them from defeating the Ragin’ Cajuns 48-20.

 

The offense, led by senior quarterback and Iowa transfer Cody Sokol, racked up 533 yards while the defense forced three turnovers highlighted by a 46-yard interception returned for a touchdown by sophomore defensive back Xavier Woods.

 

Former freshman All-American running back Kenneth Dixon scored the first points of the game on a C-USA and Louisiana Tech record 99-yard rush.

 

“You go from being backed up on the 1-yard line to all of a sudden it’s seven to nothing,” Holtz said. “I don’t know what the total yards were before that run, but we weren’t doing much on offense.”

 

The Bulldogs had a short week to prepare for their conference opening game against the University of North Texas Mean Green in a Thursday night matchup.

 

Tech lost to the Mean Green last year 28-13 in Joe Aillet Stadium, but this year was a different story as the Bulldogs put on a show by beating North Texas 42-21.

 

“Offensively, we got off to a slow start, but Cody Sokol settled down after he got hit a couple of times and came out here and played well,” Holtz said.

 

The Bulldogs will host the Northwestern State University Demons Saturday in their home opener after playing their first three games on the road.

 

The Demons are 1-2 on the season notching their first win of the season last week against Southern University 51-27.

 

 The game is scheduled to kick of at 6:05 p.m. at Joe Aillet Stadium in Ruston.

 

 

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