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Smith leads Louisiana Tech past Hawaii 31-14 in Hawaii Bowl

HONOLULU (AP) Skip Holtz felt the need to refocus his players after they spent the better part of a week in paradise.

The sixth-year Louisiana Tech coach dressed down his team one night before the bowl game and it certainly appeared to pay off.

J'Mar Smith threw a touchdown pass and ran for another score in a big third quarter to lead Louisiana Tech to a 31-14 win over Hawaii in the Hawaii Bowl on Saturday night.

The Bulldogs (8-5) rallied from a 7-3 halftime deficit to secure their fifth bowl victory in as many seasons, a program first.

''I got a little bit upset (Friday) night, got a little emotional last night because I felt like we were here for vacation and the bowl game, not for the win, and I was wrong. These guys flipped the switch, they went out there and they played their tails off,'' Holtz said.

Defensive end Jaylon Ferguson, who had 2 1/2 sacks to become the NCAA's career leader, said Holtz's fiery talk ignited the Bulldogs.

''We thought it was just a typical meeting but he turned it up on us. He turned it all the way around on us,'' Ferguson said. ''Being in Hawaii and waking up to the ocean view is relaxing, to be honest, and it felt like everybody was a little too relaxed. But after last night we were all dialed up. Me and my roommate, we stayed up and talked about it all night. We all knew Coach was upset. We know we came here to win. We know he wants to win, and everything that was said wasn't negative at all, it was to encourage us.''

Smith threw for 285 yards on 19-of-31 passing with an interception. He tossed a 58-yard touchdown to Jaqwis Dancy and scored on a 4-yard run that was part of a 21-point third quarter.

Louisiana Tech took the lead for good on Israel Tucker's 5-yard TD run with 10:27 left in the third.

''In the first half I thought our defense played their tails off. Our offense had three turnovers, we shot ourselves in the foot, we had a number of foolish penalties, we just kept kind of shooting ourselves in the foot. But we came out in the second half, we kept banging that rock and the defense played 60 minutes. I'm proud of these guys, the way they came in, the way they competed,'' Holtz said.

Ferguson set the sacks record when he dropped Hawaii quarterback Chevan Cordeiro for a 2-yard loss late in the third quarter.

''The play that it happened on wasn't by me, but created by the effort on the back end,'' said Ferguson, who finished the season with 17 1/2 sacks.

His 45 career sacks broke the previous mark set by Arizona State's Terrell Suggs.

''Coming into the game, that wasn't my goal. The goal was to win the game in Hawaii. I could have had zero sacks tonight as long as we won the game,'' said Ferguson, selected MVP of the game along with Hawaii defensive end Kendall Hune.

Hawaii played without wide receiver John Ursua, who leads the nation with 16 touchdown catches. Ursua, sidelined with an undisclosed injury, was ruled out just minutes before the start of the game.

The Bulldogs had a Hawaii Bowl-record nine sacks, four by Willie Baker. Amik Robertson had two of their three interceptions.

It was the most sacks allowed in a game by Hawaii.

''They're really good,'' Hawaii coach Nick Rolovich said of Louisiana Tech's defensive line. ''I think that's the best defensive front we've seen. They can get home with three (pass rushers), they can get home with four, they're an extremely talented group and I think they were motivated today.''

The Rainbow Warriors (8-6) were just 2 of 14 on third down and got penalized 12 times for 140 yards.

Hawaii is 6-6 in bowl games and 4-4 in the Hawaii Bowl. The Rainbow Warriors lead the series against Louisiana Tech 8-3.

THE TAKEAWAY

Louisiana Tech: The Bulldogs entered with the 28th-best pass defense in the country, allowing just 193.6 yards per game. They held Hawaii's ninth-ranked passing offense to 168 yards, well below its average of 321.2 yards. Three of four starters in the secondary will be back for Louisiana Tech next season.

Hawaii: While the Rainbow Warriors were denied their second Hawaii Bowl victory in three seasons, they still improved by five wins from last year's 3-9 record and finished with the program's first winning season since 2010. All but three of 22 starters are expected to return next year.

''I think eight wins is a very encouraging step for this program, but we don't feel very good right now,'' Rolovich said. ''When you take a step back and think about what this team has done, I think that there's a lot of positives.''

A HAPPY RETURN

While it was the Bulldogs' first appearance in the Hawaii Bowl, it was Holtz's second win in two trips to the postseason game. He previously coached East Carolina to a 41-38 victory over Boise State in the 2007 Hawaii Bowl.

''I had the opportunity to bring one other team out here and I said to these players that this is a once-in-a-lifetime trip and we have the opportunity to make this trip and it will be a lifetime of memories,'' Holtz said.

UP NEXT

Louisiana Tech, which will have to replace three of its four starting defensive linemen and five of its 11 defensive starters next year, kicks off at Texas on Aug. 31.

Hawaii opens against Arizona on Aug. 24, its first of three consecutive Pac-12 opponents to begin the 2019 season. It will host Oregon State the following week before visiting Washington.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 3:45
34-B.Hale extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
31
14
Touchdown 3:54
15-K.McKnight runs 39 yards for a touchdown.
8
plays
99
yds
02:20
pos
30
14
Point After TD 6:14
94-R.Meskell extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
24
14
Touchdown 6:20
13-C.McDonald complete to 85-M.Armstrong-Brown. 85-M.Armstrong-Brown runs 7 yards for a touchdown.
8
plays
53
yds
02:33
pos
24
13
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:55
34-B.Hale extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
24
7
Touchdown 1:00
8-J.Smith runs 4 yards for a touchdown.
4
plays
65
yds
02:08
pos
23
7
Point After TD 4:44
34-B.Hale extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
17
7
Touchdown 4:56
8-J.Smith complete to 23-J.Dancy. 23-J.Dancy runs 58 yards for a touchdown.
8
plays
96
yds
02:56
pos
16
7
Point After TD 10:27
34-B.Hale extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
10
7
Touchdown 10:32
22-I.Tucker runs 5 yards for a touchdown.
4
plays
46
yds
00:35
pos
9
7
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 8:20
94-R.Meskell extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
3
7
Touchdown 8:29
12-C.Cordeiro complete to 89-J.Sharsh. 89-J.Sharsh runs 24 yards for a touchdown.
7
plays
71
yds
03:23
pos
3
6
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 1:56
34-B.Hale 24 yards Field Goal is Good.
8
plays
44
yds
02:23
pos
3
0
Team Stats
1st Downs 21 17
Rushing 8 6
Passing 11 8
Penalty 2 3
3rd Down Conv 6-13 2-14
4th Down Conv 0-1 3-3
Total Net Yards 426 183
Total Plays 69 66
Avg Gain 6.2 2.8
Net Yards Rushing 163 58
Rush Attempts 38 32
Avg Rush Yards 4.3 1.8
Net Yards Passing 263 125
Comp. - Att. 19-31 17-34
Yards Per Pass 8.5 3.7
Sacked - Yards Lost 3-22 9-43
Penalties - Yards 9-94 12-140
Touchdowns 4 2
Rushing TDs 3 0
Passing TDs 1 2
Other 0 0
Turnovers 3 3
Fumbles - Lost 2-2 1-0
Int. Thrown 1 3
Punts - Avg 3-42.3 9-39.9
Return Yards 74 81
Punts - Returns 1-12 2-25
Kickoffs - Returns 1-17 2-56
Int. - Returns 3-45 1-0
Kicking 5/5 2/2
Extra Points 4/4 2/2
Field Goals 1/1 0/0
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Louisiana Tech 8-5 3021731
Hawaii 8-6 070714
263 PASS YDS 125
163 RUSH YDS 58
426 TOTAL YDS 183
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
J. Smith 8 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
61.3% 285 1 1 142.7
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
57.3% 3160 15 10 121.2
J. Smith 19/31 285 1 1
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
J. Dancy 23 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
15 57 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
124 667 9
J. Dancy 15 57 0 13
I. Tucker 22 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
10 44 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
95 377 3
I. Tucker 10 44 1 9
K. McKnight 15 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 38 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
81 374 7
K. McKnight 2 38 1 39
A. Smith 4 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 16 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 16 0
A. Smith 1 16 0 16
J. Smith 8 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
7 16 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
90 154 3
J. Smith 7 16 1 25
P. Okorie 14 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 -5 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 -5 0
P. Okorie 1 -5 0 -5
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
T. Veal 9 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
8 107 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
70 716 1
T. Veal 8 107 0 41
A. Hardy 6 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
6 93 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
75 1145 6
A. Hardy 6 93 0 54
J. Dancy 23 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 63 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
16 140 1
J. Dancy 2 63 1 58
A. Smith 4 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 14 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
30 327 2
A. Smith 2 14 0 9
I. Tucker 22 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 8 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
11 69 0
I. Tucker 1 8 0 8
J. Woodard 84 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 62 0
J. Woodard 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
W. Baker 85 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 4.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 4.0
W. Baker 5-0 4.0 0
J. Baldwin 28 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 1 0.0
J. Baldwin 4-0 0.0 1
A. Robertson 21 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 2 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 4 0.0
A. Robertson 4-0 0.0 2
J. Ferguson 45 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 2.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 2.5
J. Ferguson 4-1 2.5 0
L. Sneed 24 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 3 0.0
L. Sneed 4-0 0.0 0
C. Scott 35 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 2 1.0
C. Scott 4-0 1.0 0
E. Kitchen 37 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
E. Kitchen 3-0 0.0 0
Da. Lewis 38 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 2 0.0
Da. Lewis 3-0 0.0 0
D. Washington 33 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
D. Washington 2-0 0.0 0
I. Turner 93 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
I. Turner 2-0 0.0 0
J. Bradford 94 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
J. Bradford 2-0 0.0 0
J. Andrews 26 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.5
J. Andrews 2-1 0.5 0
C. Taylor 2 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
C. Taylor 2-0 0.0 0
Da. Lewis 14 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
Da. Lewis 1-0 0.0 0
J. Jackson 10 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 1 0.0
J. Jackson 1-0 0.0 0
C. Adeola 58 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
C. Adeola 1-0 1.0 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
B. Williamson 25 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
B. Williamson 1-0 0.0 0
Z. Hannibal 18 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
Z. Hannibal 0-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
B. Hale 34 K
IN-GAME FG XP
1/1 4/4
SEASON FG XP
15/22 38/38
B. Hale 1/1 24 4/4 7
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
D. Dyer 36 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
3 42.3 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
61 41.1 2
D. Dyer 3 42.3 2 54
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
J. Jackson 10 S
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 0.0 0 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 0.0 0 0
J. Jackson 1 0.0 0 0
M. Sam 5 CB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 17.0 17 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
9 21.3 17 0
M. Sam 1 17.0 17 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
C. Powell 81 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 12.0 12 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
2 4.0 12 0
C. Powell 1 12.0 12 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
C. McDonald 13 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
50% 85 1 2 82.2
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
58.9% 3875 36 10 146.5
C. McDonald 10/20 85 1 2
C. Cordeiro 12 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
50% 83 1 1 109.1
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
61.2% 384 6 2 159.3
C. Cordeiro 7/14 83 1 1
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
F. Holly III 21 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
9 57 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
108 468 4
F. Holly III 9 57 0 21
D. Furuta 7 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 9 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
93 459 2
D. Furuta 3 9 0 7
G. Ito 29 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 8 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 8 0
G. Ito 2 8 0 5
M. Reed 26 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 4 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
30 130 0
M. Reed 1 4 0 4
C. Cordeiro 12 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
7 -9 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
23 46 0
C. Cordeiro 7 -9 0 14
C. McDonald 13 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
10 -11 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
134 359 4
C. McDonald 10 -11 0 5
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
J. Sharsh 89 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
5 67 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
9 152 1
J. Sharsh 5 67 1 24
M. Armstrong-Brown 85 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
7 59 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
50 573 2
M. Armstrong-Brown 7 59 1 16
C. Byrd 6 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 31 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
79 970 9
C. Byrd 3 31 0 22
G. Ito 29 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 6 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 6 0
G. Ito 1 6 0 6
D. Furuta 7 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 5 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
10 89 1
D. Furuta 1 5 0 5
J. Ward 19 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
51 865 9
J. Ward 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
Z. Choi 99 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 1.0
Z. Choi 6-1 1.0 0
S. Matautia 27 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-3 0 0.0
S. Matautia 5-3 0.0 0
S. Sanitoa 41 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 1.0
S. Sanitoa 4-0 1.0 0
I. Okeke 22 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
I. Okeke 4-1 0.0 0
R. Farris II 4 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 1 0.0
R. Farris II 3-0 0.0 0
K. Hune 95 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 1 0.0
K. Hune 3-1 0.0 1
K. Picanco 53 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
K. Picanco 3-0 0.0 0
K. Hicks 16 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
K. Hicks 3-0 0.0 0
P. Pavihi 33 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
P. Pavihi 3-1 0.0 0
S. Akoteu 91 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
S. Akoteu 2-0 0.0 0
Ka. Padello 96 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
Ka. Padello 2-0 1.0 0
J. Pritchard 10 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
J. Pritchard 1-0 0.0 0
M. Williams 49 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
M. Williams 1-0 0.0 0
M. Hudson-Rasmussen 14 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
M. Hudson-Rasmussen 1-0 0.0 0
P. Scott 15 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
P. Scott 1-0 0.0 0
D. Thomas 48 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
D. Thomas 1-0 0.0 0
A. Seei 69 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
A. Seei 1-0 0.0 0
K. Bethley 13 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
K. Bethley 1-0 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
R. Meskell 94 K
IN-GAME FG XP
0/0 2/2
SEASON FG XP
15/18 46/47
R. Meskell 0/0 0 2/2 2
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
S. Gaudion 99 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
7 41.7 3
SEASON NO AVG IN20
49 40.8 3
S. Gaudion 7 41.7 3 46
B. Scruton 36 DB
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
2 33.5 0
SEASON NO AVG IN20
10 36.5 0
B. Scruton 2 33.5 0 40
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
F. Holly III 21 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 10.0 10 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 10.0 10 0
F. Holly III 1 10.0 10 0
C. Byrd 6 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 46.0 46 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
3 31.0 46 0
C. Byrd 1 46.0 46 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
S. Sanitoa 41 LB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 12.0 0 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 12.0 0 0
S. Sanitoa 1 12.0 0 0
J. Ward 19 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 4.0 4 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
3 4.3 4 0
J. Ward 1 4.0 4 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:45 LATECH 13 3:16 9 32 Punt
7:57 HAWAII 46 1:41 4 3 Punt
4:19 LATECH 49 2:23 8 44 FG
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 LATECH 31 2:34 7 40 Fumble
8:20 HAWAII 35 1:19 5 -1 INT
4:31 LATECH 24 1:58 7 36 Fumble
0:17 LATECH 14 0:00 1 -1 Halftime
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
0:12 HAWAII 35 0:00 5 -5 Downs
11:07 LATECH 49 0:35 4 51 TD
7:52 LATECH 8 2:56 8 92 TD
3:08 LATECH 35 2:08 4 65 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 LATECH 22 1:55 4 3 Punt
10:34 HAWAII 40 1:27 3 9 Punt
6:14 HAWAII 35 2:20 8 65 TD
0:39 LATECH 32 0:00 1 -2
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 LATECH 35 2:06 7 24 Punt
9:19 HAWAII 5 1:16 4 13 Punt
5:42 HAWAII 10 0:49 3 -2 Punt
1:14 LATECH 35 0:57 5 -2 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:52 HAWAII 29 3:23 7 71 TD
6:35 HAWAII 34 1:31 3 -4 Punt
1:48 LATECH 40 1:27 10 -17 Punt
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:27 LATECH 30 1:35 6 15 INT
10:27 LATECH 35 2:01 6 15 Punt
4:44 LATECH 35 1:31 4 3 Punt
0:55 LATECH 35 0:51 5 -13 INT
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:00 HAWAII 25 2:06 7 29 INT
8:53 LATECH 38 2:33 8 38 TD
3:45 LATECH 35 2:30 6 -5 Punt