October 2, 2011

Tech needs answers in its secondary

RUSTON, La. -- Louisiana Tech was gashed for 410 yards through the air against Hawaii. Tech gave up nearly 500 yards of total offense in the game. Prior to the game, Tech's pass defense ranked 107 in the country. This ranking will get worse before it gets better after this performance.

Senior cornerback, Terry Carter was the target of the abuse early and often. Carter said he was outplayed on the field and explained why the quick out routes worked so well.

"I guess playing off [the receiver]," said Carter. "It was man-to-man backside, mostly to my side, I guess it was just a bad night and he out competed me."

Carter said Hawaii did not do anything they didn't expect with exception to a couple of routes.

"They ran a couple of different routes. But, I thought we had a good game plan."

Hawaii attacked the middle of the Tech defense with crossing routes that seemed to always be open. Tech nickleback, Chad Boyd said that was something they did not see in their film study.

"During film, they weren't as much of a crossing team as we expected," said Boyd. "It just so happened they did a lot of things like that during the game. It caught us by surprise a little bit. I think the delayed draw play actually helped them open it up because they gashed us a couple of times. A couple of times they would play fake the draw and get behind the coverage."

Tech needs to find answers for a passing attack because the WAC is a pass-happy league. Tech will face offenses like New Mexico State and Utah State that love to pass the ball. What will they do to sure up its pass defense?

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