Louisiana Tech is one of those teams that never seems to go away. The Bulldogs are regularly on the cusp of upsetting teams or actually upsetting them, like this year when they were a point away from upsetting Arkansas. The Bulldogs have faltered down the stretch this year, they took two losses to Southern Miss and Western Kentucky that dropped a very impressive 8-3 record to 8-5. Today, they take on the Navy Midshipmen, fresh off their first loss to Army in 15 years.
One of the young men that will have to play well if the Bulldogs are going to win is senior quarterback Ryan Higgins of Hutto, Texas. Higgins didn’t start the first game of the season due to a DWI arrest before the season, but quickly became the go-to guy in the pocket. He’s slung 37 TDs to only 8 picks so far this season, with 4,208 yards to boot.
Stats don’t tell the full story, but he’ll need to preform better than he preformed against Southern Mississippi, when he threw three interceptions and only completed 56.4 percent of his passes. That won’t cut it today, not against a Navy team that can score quickly. Navy’s defense isn’t the best against the pass, in fact they’re very vulnerable, so Higgins should have Louisiana Tech scoring in this one.
The Bulldogs’ season isn’t all lost, especially if they can take home this win over a tough Navy squad. Navy isn’t healthy at quarterback, a very huge part of any offense, but especially a triple option offense. There aren’t many people who can cover Louisiana Tech’s Trent Taylor at any level, and that will help Higgins out in big ways.
Higgins won’t need to be perfect, but he’ll likely need to be prolific. He’s been the catalyst for what’s been an explosive Bulldog offense under Skip Holtz, and he’s going to need to sling it around a few more times if Louisiana Tech is going to take this one home.
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