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With the Louisiana Bulldogs fumbling on its first series, the tone was set for a 64-14 road defeat at the hands of the rival Bowling Green Bobcats on Friday, Sept. 13. The Bulldogs are now 0-3 on the season.
The Mayor’s Cup ballgame was actually over at halftime, when the Bobcats were leading 50-0, having amassed over 400 yards of offense in only two quarters.
Bowling Green ended up with eight touchdowns and 486 yards on the ground, averaging 15 yards per carry.
Bobcat running back Adam Holt had a huge day, running for 239 yards and three touchdowns on only eight carries for a gaudy average of 30 yards per haul. Holt scored on runs of 90 yards, 78 yards and 12 yards in the first half, mostly on pitches or sweeps to the right side of the Louisiana defense.
“I was surprised by their size and speed,” said Bulldogs Head Coach Greg Purdum.
“They outplayed us and we didn’t come ready to play. We’re still learning how to play.
“We’ll pick up the intensity in practice and work on mistakes by watching film.”
The highlight of an otherwise dismal game for the Bulldogs was a 49-yard punt return for a touchdown by junior wide receiver Elijah Oblinger with 3:32 left to go in the third quarter. Junior running back Cody Brown scored a two-yard touchdown with 4:50 left in the game.
Brown led the team with 54 yards on 12 attempts. Senior running back Austin Rule had 37 yards on five carries.
Sophomore quarterback Zach Richardson had a rough night, completing only five of 14 passes for 26 yards and running for nine yards on 10 carries. Junior wide receiver Tyler Francis caught three passes for 16 yards.
Brown also led the team with seven tackles from his defensive back spot. Rule had five tackles while Francis had four tackles at defensive back. Oblinger and junior linebacker Dallas Castagna had three tackles apiece.
The Bulldogs are back home at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 20 against Mark Twain.