October 18, 2021

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Louisiana Tech football outlasts Southeastern Louisiana in home opener

RUSTON — Louisiana Tech survived a scare at Joe Aillet Stadium, defeating FCS opponent Southeastern Louisiana 45-42 on Saturday night.

The Bulldogs (1-1) squandered a 10-point lead late in the fourth quarter. Southeastern quarterback Cole Kelley, an Arkansas transfer, moved the Lions (1-1) to within three points as 4:22 remained. 

Cedric Woods recovered Kelley’s fumble with 52 seconds left to seal the victory. 

Tech improved to 8-1 under coach Skip Holtz in home openers and has won nine of the last 10 overall. Here are five takeaways from the home opener. 

Garner answers for the Bulldogs

Tech only put the ball in running back Greg Garner’s hands seven times, but three of those carries were for touchdowns. He caught a 33-yard pass from wide receiver Kyle Maxwell on a trick play for the first points of the second half.

Garner finished with six carries for 14 yards and two touchdowns.

Austin Kendall, a West Virginia transfer, completed 20 of 28 passes for 250 yards and two touchdowns. Southeastern outgained Tech 556 to 435. 

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