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Louisiana Tech beats Navy 48-45 on AF Bowl-ending field goal

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) Louisiana Tech senior quarterback Ryan Higgins was bawling like a baby even before Jonathan Barnes' game-ending kick went through the uprights to win the Armed Forces Bowl.

''As soon as (the holder) put the ball down, I felt like the kick was money,'' Higgins said. ''Each person that I hugged after that, it was just getting worse and worse. .... I just couldn't be happier to send my class and this team out on a high note.''

Higgins threw for 409 yards and four touchdowns, two each to Trent Taylor and Carlos Henderson, and Barnes' 32-yard field goal broke the game's fourth tie as the Bulldogs beat Navy 48-45 on Friday.

''Excellent win would be an understatement,'' coach Skip Holtz said.

''If you want to be a kicker, you live for that,'' Barnes said. ''I'm lucky to be able to share it with a bunch of guys that are like my brothers.''

The Bulldogs (9-5) drove for the winning score after Navy freshman quarterback Malcolm Perry ran 30 yards for a touchdown on his only play. Higgins was then 4 -for 4 for 58 yards on the final drive.

Navy (9-5), which was trying for its first consecutive 10-win seasons, instead ended with its third straight loss. The Midshipmen lost the American Athletic Conference title game before its first loss to Army since 2001.

''They made a few more plays than we did,'' coach Ken Niumatalolo said.

Taylor, the 5-foot-8 senior, set an Armed Forces Bowl record with his 12 catches for 233 yards, including a 51-yard TD just before halftime for a 31-24 lead, and joined Troy Edwards as the only Bulldogs with more than 4,000 career receiving yards. Henderson, a junior had 10 catches for 129 yards and finished this season with 19 TDs.

Perry, whose TD with 3:46 left tied the game at 45-45, came in after Zach Abey took a shot to the ribs on a play that led to a targeting ejection by Tech defensive tackle Jordan Bradford.

Abey, who made only his second start, ran for 114 yards and two scores and threw for 159 yards and another touchdown.

TAKEAWAY

Louisiana Tech: The Conference USA runner-up Bulldogs won their third straight bowl and reached nine wins for the third consecutive season, the first time as a Division I team to do that. After falling behind 21-17 early in the second quarter, the Bulldogs regained the lead on Henderson's 3-yard TD and never trailed again.

Navy: After being held to 270 yards rushing in the previous two losses, this was more like the Midshipmen triple-option offense. They had 459 total yards, 300 on the ground. Even so, it was a bitter end for Navy, which had won three straight bowl games - a streak that started with an Armed Forces Bowl victory three years ago.

PENALIZED NAVY

The Midshipmen's 70 yards on penalties (seven) were their most under Niumatalolo. ''We've been coaching nine years and we led the country in the least amount of penalties. I told those (officials) after this game we would be leading the country,'' he said. ''I thought there were a lot of bad calls.'' Jarid Ryan had an apparent third-down interception in the end zone in the fourth quarter that was instead called pass interference.

HENDERSON HIGHLIGHTS

Both of Henderson's TDs were short (3 and 4 yards) and impressive. On his 3-yarder in the first half, he made a two-handed grab over the defender and got both feet in bounds. With just over 4 minutes left in the game, he had a leaping 4-yard catch when he reached around with his right hand for the catch in the back corner of the end zone.

HIGH MARKS

The 93 combined points made for the highest-scoring Armed Forces Bowl, surpassing California's 55-36 win over Air Force last year. ... Navy's Chris High twice had tying TD runs (24 yards and 9 yards ) on long Navy drives in the second half.

UP NEXT

Louisiana Tech: After Higgins became the third senior Bulldogs QB in as many seasons to throw for more than 3,000 yards, sophomore J'Mar Smith could be starting when the Bulldogs open next season against Northwestern State. WR Taylor will be gone, but Henderson has another season of eligibility and could be a prime target.

Navy: The Midshipmen go into the offseason with their first losing streak since they had a three-game slide in the 2014 season. They have a long wait before their first chance to snap that streak, in the 2017 opener at Florida Atlantic on Sept. 2.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 0:03
10-J.Barnes 32 yards Field Goal is Good.
9
plays
20
yds
03:37
pos
48
45
Point After TD 3:46
16-B.Moehring extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
45
45
Touchdown 3:46
5-M.Perry runs 30 yards for a touchdown.
2
plays
60
yds
00:20
pos
45
44
Point After TD 4:12
10-J.Barnes extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
45
38
Touchdown 4:12
14-R.Higgins complete to 1-C.Henderson. 1-C.Henderson runs 4 yards for a touchdown.
12
plays
96
yds
04:48
pos
44
38
Point After TD 9:05
16-B.Moehring extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
38
38
Touchdown 9:05
33-C.High runs 9 yards for a touchdown.
10
plays
75
yds
04:05
pos
38
37
Point After TD 13:10
10-J.Barnes extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
38
31
Touchdown 13:10
6-B.Scott runs 12 yards for a touchdown.
5
plays
69
yds
01:50
pos
37
31
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 7:53
16-B.Moehring extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
31
31
Touchdown 7:53
33-C.High runs 24 yards for a touchdown.
14
plays
90
yds
07:02
pos
31
30
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:35
10-J.Barnes extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
31
24
Touchdown 0:35
14-R.Higgins complete to 5-T.Taylor. 5-T.Taylor runs 51 yards for a touchdown.
7
plays
88
yds
01:22
pos
30
24
Field Goal 2:02
16-B.Moehring 40 yards Field Goal is Good.
10
plays
41
yds
5:02
pos
24
24
Point After TD 7:15
10-J.Barnes extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
24
21
Touchdown 7:15
14-R.Higgins complete to 1-C.Henderson. 1-C.Henderson runs 3 yards for a touchdown.
9
plays
65
yds
04:02
pos
23
21
Point After TD 11:17
16-B.Moehring extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
17
21
Touchdown 11:17
9-Z.Abey runs 2 yards for a touchdown.
4
plays
67
yds
01:47
pos
17
20
Point After TD 14:49
16-B.Moehring extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
17
14
Touchdown 14:49
9-Z.Abey complete to 29-D.Bonner. 29-D.Bonner runs 64 yards for a touchdown.
1
plays
64
yds
00:11
pos
17
13
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:18
10-J.Barnes extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
17
7
Touchdown 0:18
14-R.Higgins complete to 5-T.Taylor. 5-T.Taylor runs 19 yards for a touchdown.
9
plays
66
yds
03:38
pos
16
7
Point After TD 4:04
16-B.Moehring extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
10
7
Touchdown 4:04
9-Z.Abey runs 3 yards for a touchdown.
8
plays
55
yds
02:46
pos
10
6
Field Goal 9:48
10-J.Barnes 22 yards Field Goal is Good.
8
plays
-13
yds
03:03
pos
10
0
Point After TD 13:35
10-J.Barnes extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
0
Touchdown 13:35
14-R.Higgins runs 1 yard for a touchdown.
4
plays
16
yds
01:11
pos
6
0
Team Stats
1st Downs 31 23
Rushing 7 17
Passing 19 5
Penalty 5 1
3rd Down Conv 7-10 6-11
4th Down Conv 0-0 1-1
Total Net Yards 520 462
Total Plays 73 61
Avg Gain 7.1 7.6
Net Yards Rushing 88 300
Rush Attempts 33 49
Avg Rush Yards 2.7 6.1
Net Yards Passing 432 162
Comp. - Att. 29-40 7-12
Yards Per Pass 10.8 13.5
Sacked - Yards Lost 3-23 2-3
Penalties - Yards 4-50 6-70
Touchdowns 6 6
Rushing TDs 2 5
Passing TDs 4 1
Other 0 0
Turnovers 1 1
Fumbles - Lost 2-1 1-1
Int. Thrown 0 0
Punts - Avg 2-47.0 3-47.3
Return Yards 177 186
Punts - Returns 0-0 2-31
Kickoffs - Returns 6-177 7-155
Int. - Returns 0-0 0-0
Kicking 8/8 7/7
Extra Points 6/6 6/6
Field Goals 2/2 1/1
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Louisiana Tech 9-5 171401748
25 Navy 9-5 71771445
432 PASS YDS 162
88 RUSH YDS 300
520 TOTAL YDS 462
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
R. Higgins 14 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
72.5% 409 4 0 191.4
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
66.8% 5026 45 8 170.3
R. Higgins 29/40 409 4 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
J. Craft 3 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
17 63 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
208 1137 9
J. Craft 17 63 0 16
B. Scott 6 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
7 33 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
77 548 7
B. Scott 7 33 1 12
R. Higgins 14 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
8 -7 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
96 270 5
R. Higgins 8 -7 1 5
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
T. Taylor 5 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
12 233 2
SEASON REC YDS TD
148 2036 14
T. Taylor 12 233 2 51
C. Henderson 1 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
10 129 2
SEASON REC YDS TD
92 1664 21
C. Henderson 10 129 2 27
C. Smith 9 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 34 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
15 169 0
C. Smith 4 34 0 19
A. Smith 21 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 7 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
17 239 1
A. Smith 1 7 0 7
R. Bonnette 86 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 5 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
19 183 0
R. Bonnette 1 5 0 5
J. Craft 3 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 1 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
43 341 4
J. Craft 1 1 0 1
M. Watts 13 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 83 1
M. Watts 0 0 0 0
K. McKnight 15 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
19 298 3
K. McKnight 0 0 0 0
B. Scott 6 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
11 125 0
B. Scott 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
X. Woods 7 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-0 5 0.0
X. Woods 7-0 0.0 0
D. Canty 50 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
D. Canty 5-0 0.0 0
R. Farris 31 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-2 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-2 0 1.0
R. Farris 5-2 1.0 0
L. Grogan 11 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-3 0 0.0
L. Grogan 4-3 0.0 0
J. Ferguson 45 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
J. Ferguson 3-1 0.0 0
B. Durman 44 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
B. Durman 3-1 0.0 0
D. Lewis 38 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
D. Lewis 3-2 0.0 0
C. Scott 35 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
C. Scott 3-1 0.0 0
A. Brown 98 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.5
A. Brown 2-1 0.5 0
C. Noland-Lewis 22 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
C. Noland-Lewis 2-0 0.0 0
L. Sneed 24 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 1 0.0
L. Sneed 2-1 0.0 0
E. Blankenship 49 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
E. Blankenship 2-0 0.0 0
P. Sam 23 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 2 0.0
P. Sam 2-0 0.0 0
M. Ydarraga 95 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
M. Ydarraga 1-0 0.0 0
D. Washington 33 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.5
D. Washington 1-1 0.5 0
J. Bradford 94 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
J. Bradford 1-0 0.0 0
C. Johnson 91 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
C. Johnson 1-0 0.0 0
D. King 8 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
D. King 1-1 0.0 0
K. Garner 99 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
K. Garner 0-1 0.0 0
J. Smith 8 QB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
J. Smith 0-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
J. Barnes 10 K
IN-GAME FG XP
2/2 6/6
SEASON FG XP
24/29 83/84
J. Barnes 2/2 32 6/6 12
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
G. Shouse 28 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
2 47.0 0
SEASON NO AVG IN20
36 43.4 0
G. Shouse 2 47.0 0 53
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
C. Henderson 1 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 45.7 82 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
28 33.6 82 2
C. Henderson 3 45.7 82 0
B. Scott 6 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 13.0 15 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
12 18.8 15 0
B. Scott 2 13.0 15 0
A. Smith 21 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 14.0 14 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
20 18.7 14 0
A. Smith 1 14.0 14 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
Z. Abey 9 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
58.3% 159 1 0 197.1
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
57.4% 511 2 4 145.8
Z. Abey 7/12 159 1 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
Z. Abey 9 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
25 114 2
SEASON ATT YDS TD
95 498 8
Z. Abey 25 114 2 30
D. Romine 28 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 47 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
48 463 1
D. Romine 3 47 0 20
C. High 33 FB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
7 46 2
SEASON ATT YDS TD
85 546 7
C. High 7 46 2 24
M. Perry 5 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 30 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
10 103 2
M. Perry 1 30 1 30
D. Bonner 29 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 22 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
33 249 2
D. Bonner 4 22 0 9
C. Cass Jr. 20 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 19 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
31 169 2
C. Cass Jr. 6 19 0 11
T. Walker 21 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 15 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
15 86 0
T. Walker 1 15 0 15
Sh. White 31 FB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 7 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
79 450 7
Sh. White 2 7 0 4
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
D. Bonner 29 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 79 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
12 357 4
D. Bonner 2 79 1 64
C. High 33 FB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 38 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 38 0
C. High 1 38 0 38
J. Tillman 4 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 16 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
40 631 2
J. Tillman 2 16 0 9
J. Brown III 35 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 16 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 32 0
J. Brown III 1 16 0 16
B. Colon 87 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 10 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
7 159 1
B. Colon 1 10 0 10
C. Scott 82 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 7 0
C. Scott 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
M. Thomas 44 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
8-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-1 0 1.0
M. Thomas 8-1 1.0 0
T. Wooten 17 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-0 2 0.0
T. Wooten 6-0 0.0 0
J. Ryan 9 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
J. Ryan 5-0 0.0 0
D. Thomasson 26 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-1 1 0.0
D. Thomasson 5-1 0.0 0
J. Norton 5 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 1 0.0
J. Norton 5-0 0.0 0
B. Jones 3 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
B. Jones 4-0 0.0 0
A. Mason 52 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
A. Mason 3-0 0.0 0
D. Palmore 45 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 1.0
D. Palmore 3-0 1.0 0
N. Uzoma 97 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
N. Uzoma 2-0 0.0 0
J. Polu 90 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
J. Polu 2-0 1.0 0
S. Williams 6 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 1 0.0
S. Williams 2-1 0.0 0
Ja. Pittman 99 NT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
Ja. Pittman 1-0 0.0 0
T. Colburn 55 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
T. Colburn 1-0 0.0 0
P. Forrestal 68 NT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
P. Forrestal 1-0 0.0 0
T. Sayles 91 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
T. Sayles 0-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
B. Moehring 16 K
IN-GAME FG XP
1/1 6/6
SEASON FG XP
9/11 71/74
B. Moehring 1/1 40 6/6 9
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
A. Barta 18 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
3 47.3 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
23 42.7 1
A. Barta 3 47.3 1 57
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
D. Romine 28 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
4 24.3 33 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
28 24.9 33 0
D. Romine 4 24.3 33 0
J. Brown III 35 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 16.5 17 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
6 19.5 17 0
J. Brown III 2 16.5 17 0
D. Bonner 29 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 25.0 25 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
3 32.0 25 0
D. Bonner 1 25.0 25 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
C. Cass Jr. 20 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 15.5 18 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
9 9.2 18 0
C. Cass Jr. 2 15.5 18 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:46 NAVY 16 1:11 4 16 TD
12:51 LATECH 48 3:03 8 -13 FG
7:49 LATECH 27 0:59 3 -6 Punt
3:56 LATECH 34 3:38 9 66 TD
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:42 LATECH 26 1:38 3 -2 Punt
11:17 LATECH 35 4:02 9 65 TD
1:57 LATECH 17 1:22 7 83 TD
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
7:53 LATECH 20 4:19 9 78
0:16 LATECH 30 0:00 1 1
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 LATECH 31 1:50 5 69 TD
9:00 LATECH 28 4:48 12 72 TD
3:40 LATECH 15 3:37 9 20 FG
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:30 NAVY 32 0:39 2 20
9:42 NAVY 26 1:53 3 7 Punt
6:50 NAVY 45 2:46 8 55 TD
0:13 NAVY 27 0:00 1 9
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 NAVY 36 0:11 1 64 TD
13:04 NAVY 48 1:47 4 37 TD
7:09 NAVY 37 5:07 10 -2 FG
0:29 NAVY 30 0:22 3 0 Punt
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:55 NAVY 10 7:02 14 90 TD
3:34 NAVY 9 3:18 5 16 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:10 NAVY 25 4:05 10 75 TD
4:06 NAVY 40 0:20 2 60 TD