Former Haughton star Jarred Craft had a career-high 151 yards rushing on 21 carries in the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs’ 59-45 loss to the Texas Tech Red Raiders on Saturday night in Lubbock Texas.
Craft scored one touchdown on a 1-yard run.
Louisiana Tech (1-2) racked up 572 yards of total offense, but the Texas Tech (2-1) put up 666 in front of 57,515 at Jones AT&T Stadium.
Louisiana Tech’s Ryan Higgins was 20-for-32 passing on the night for 311 yards for three touchdowns.
Trent Taylor led the Bulldog receivers with seven catches for 166 yards and two touchdown receptions, while Carlos Henderson also impressed with nine catches for 130 yards and a touchdown catch.
Texas Tech quarterback Pat Mahomes ended the night 26-for-36 for 470 passing yards and five touchdowns, while he also carried the ball 12 times and rushed for 37 yards and a score.
“I was proud of the way we fought and did not give up until the end,” Bulldogs head coach Skip Holtz said. “There was not any quit in these guys. There were an awful lot of bright spots on the offensive side of the ball. I think we scored every time we had the ball in the second half. I was really proud of the way we competed in the second half. There are definitely some things we have to get straight. I don’t want to take anything away from Texas Tech and what they were able to do tonight. I think [Patrick Mahomes] is a really talented player. I was really impressed with him tonight.”
Holtz was not happy with the play of his defense, though.
“That was as bad of a defensive performance as I’ve ever seen, as I’ve ever been a part of. I’m embarrassed,” Holtz told reporters in his postgame press conference.
Louisiana Tech returns to action at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24 when the Bulldogs continue their road stretch and open Conference USA play at Middle Tennessee in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
— Staff Reports