The Bowl – Louisiana Tech Bulldogs vs. Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders


Louisiana Tech and Middle Tennessee State were left out when all the 2012 bowl invitations were issued so we decided to create The Bowl and invite them to play in our simulated college football bowl game.  Here’s how it went:
Both teams lit up the scoreboard as they drove up and down the field all game. Here’s a quarter by quarter breakdown of the 2012 Bowl:

First Quarter
Louisiana Tech drove 74 yards before Kenneth Dixon rushed in from the 6-yard line to put the Bulldogs up 7-0. Middle Tennessee State then took the ball 68 yards before Logan Kilgore connected with Kyle Griswould for a 12 yard TD to tie the game at 7. The Bulldogs took back the lead with 1:02 left in the first quarter as Kenneth Dixon got his second TD of the game from 3 yards out.
At the end of the First Quarter: Bulldogs 14 – Blue Raiders 7

Second Quarter
The Blue Raiders drive stretched from the end of the first into the second before they were stopped short on a fourth and 1 deep in Bulldogs’ territory. Louisiana Tech took over and hit a huge pass play for 71 yards on the next play as Colby Cameron passed it to Quinton Patton. Middle Tennessee State came out and was able to move the ball heavily on the ground in driving 76 yards for a score as Logan Kilgore rushed from a yard out to close the distance with the Bulldogs. Getting the ball back with 2:08 left in the half, Louisiana Tech was unable to move into scoring range as the half end.
At the Half: Bulldogs 21 – Blue Raiders 14

Third Quarter
Having made their half time adjustments, the teams returned for the second half of the 2012 bowl. The Blue Raiders again came out and ran the ball at the Bulldogs taking nearly half of the third quarter off the clock. They tied the game at 21 following a Jordan Parker run from three yards out. The Bulldogs came out and sped the tempo of the game up as they let Colby Cameron sling it. He connected with five different receivers as he threw it to D.J. Banks for the score. Middle Tennessee State returned the kickoff 68 yards to setup a quick scoring drive as Jordan Parker caught a pass out of the backfield to take it 14 yards for a score.
At the End of the Third Quarter: Bulldogs 28 – Blue Raiders 28

Fourth Quarter
Louisiana Tech stretched the drive from the waning moments of the third quarter to score less than two minutes into the fourth as Logan Kilgore tossed it to D.J. Banks again for a score to retake the lead. Neither team has used a punter in the game as Middle Tennessee State converted a fourth and two in Louisiana Tech territory to keep a drive going that tied the game at 35 with 6:39 remaining. Louisiana Tech fumbled the kickoff and had to start at their own 18 yard line. Colby Cameron again drove them down the field and hit Kyle Quinton Patton for a 42 yard touchdown with 3:48 left in the 2012 bowl. Logan Kilgore leads his team back on the field needing 69 yards to tie the game. He works the ball to different receivers as they get in inside the 10 yard line with 32 seconds remaining. After a draw to Jordan Parker that took them to the four on third and goal, Kilgore tossed it into the end zone before it was knocked away on fourth down. The Bulldogs take over on downs and after one kneel they wrap up victory in the first ever Bowl.

Final Score
Louisiana Tech Bulldogs – 42
Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders – 35

Statistical Leaders
Louisiana Tech
Passing: Colby Cameron – 34/42 for 361 yards, 4 touchdowns
Rushing: Kenneth Dixon – 128 yards, 2 touchdowns
Receiving: Quinton Patton – 152 yards, 1 touchdown

Middle Tennessee State
Passing: Logan Kilgore – 21/30 for 274 yards, 4 touchdowns
Rushing: Jordan Parker – 179 yards, 2 touchdowns
Receiving: – Kyle Griswould – 78 yards, 2 touchdowns


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