Army West Point at Louisiana Tech

Baggett carries Army past Louisiana Tech 35-16

AP Sports Writer

DALLAS (AP) Terry Baggett rushed for 143 yards and two touchdowns, and Army beat Louisiana Tech 35-16 in game delayed twice by lightning and rain Saturday.

Baggett finished Army's 85-yard opening drive with a 9-yard score after the start of the game was pushed back an hour when a storm hit the Cotton Bowl about 30 minutes before kickoff. He scored again five plays after a 45-minute delay late in the first quarter.

Army (2-3) had 414 yards rushing and won again, 46 years after its last trip to the historic Fair Park stadium, this time on the opening weekend of the Texas State Fair. The Black Knights beat SMU in October 1967, when it was the home field of the Mustangs and one of the biggest New Year's Day bowl games.

Ryan Higgins threw for 320 yards and a touchdown to Andrew Guillot, who had 123 yards receiving for Louisiana Tech (1-4).

The teams were warming up in sunny conditions about an hour before the game but were sent to the locker rooms after a lightning strike and stayed there for more than an hour while heavy rain fell.

Conditions were pleasant at kickoff, and the Black Knights were driving again after their opening TD when a lightning strike stopped the game with 2:10 remaining in the first quarter. Another rainstorm followed.

Soon after play resumed, Army quarterback Angel Santiago ran 1 yard to convert a fourth down, and Baggett went around right end for a 14-yard score on the next play.

Santiago had 77 yards rushing and a touchdown, and Trenton Turrentine added 81 yards on the ground.

Baggett had 102 yards in the first half, getting most of them outside on pitches out of Army's triple option. He had a 25-yard run on third-and-8 on Army's opening drive, and went 12 and 15 yards early in a 90-yard drive that ended with Aaron Kemper's 3-yard run for a 21-6 lead with 59 seconds left in the first half.

Higgins hustled the Bulldogs to the Army 34 with 23 seconds left, but they got just two plays off in that time despite having two timeouts. After an incompletion in the end zone with 2 seconds left, Louisiana Tech settled for Kyle Fischer's 31-yard field goal and a 21-9 halftime deficit.

Army defensive back Josh Jenkins was ejected on a targeting penalty when he hit Guillot on an incompletion at the goal line in the third quarter. The 15-yard penalty put the Bulldogs at the Army 16, and Kenneth Dixon scored two plays later on a 7-yard run to pull Louisiana Tech within 28-16.

The Bulldogs were driving again after Higgins' 29-yard completion to D.J. Banks, but Higgins was sacked on back-to-back plays by Colin Linkul for 21 yards in losses, forcing a punt on fourth-and-30.

Army lined up to go for it on fourth-and-1 early in the fourth quarter, and Louisiana Tech's Malcolm Pichon jumped offsides. The Black Knights scored six plays later for a 35-16 lead on Kelvin White's 1-yard plunge.

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Scoring Summary
ARMYTerry Baggett 9 yd run (Daniel Grochowski kick)
ARMYTerry Baggett 14 yd run (Daniel Grochowski kick)
LATECHAndrew Guillot 29 yd pass from Ryan Higgins (missed kick)
ARMYAaron Kemper 3 yd run (Daniel Grochowski kick)
LATECHKyle Fischer 31 yd FG
ARMYAngel Santiago 1 yd run (Daniel Grochowski kick)
LATECHKenneth Dixon 7 yd run (Kyle Fischer kick)
ARMYKelvin White 1 yd run (Daniel Grochowski kick)
Team Stats
First Downs2820
Third Down Efficiency8-156-12
Fourth Down Efficiency2-20-1
Plays-Net Yards80-43059-377
Passing Yds16320
Kick Return Yds48134
Punt Return Yds14
Time of Poss.39:5720:3
Individual Stats
ARMY: Terry Baggett 18-143, Trenton Turrentine 12-81, Angel Santiago 19-77, Larry Dixon 17-70, Lawrence Scott 3-24, Hayden Tippett 3-10, Aaron Kemper 4-8, Kelvin White 1-1
LATECH: Kenneth Dixon 16-71, Ryan Higgins 7--14
ARMY: Angel Santiago 1-3-16-0
LATECH: Ryan Higgins 20-36-320-1
ARMY: Hayden Tippett 1-16
LATECH: Andrew Guillot 5-123, Trent Taylor 3-34, Jon Greenwalt 3-23, D.J. Banks 2-45, Richie Casey 2-33, Hunter Lee 2-15, Jacarri Jackson 1-23, Eddie Johnson 1-20, Sterling Griffin 1-4
Army1st FBS Independents 0-04-8
Louisiana Tech1st Conference USA West7-19-5