D.J. Curry sparks La. Tech offense

Updated: October 15, 2003, 11:43 AM ET

RUSTON, La. -- Louisiana Tech's offense and receiver D.J. Curry are clicking.

During Tech's last two games, the Bulldogs averaged 37.5 points and 526 yards per game. In those games -- a 43-37 loss to Boise State and a 38-35 win over UTEP -- Curry caught 16 passes for 258 yards and two touchdowns.

Tech averaged 17.25 points and 378 yards in its first four games. Curry caught just 11 passes for 88 yards and two touchdowns during that span.

"No question he's done a great job and made some big plays," Tech coach Jack Bicknell said. "He's got real good quickness and a burst to get away from people."

Last year, nagged by ankle and foot injuries, Curry caught 57 passes for 730 yards, but scored just three touchdowns. Now fully healthy again, Curry has that old zip back in his step.

"I feel good and that's made a big difference," Curry said. "I've been fortunate to get the ball a couple of times and made a few big plays."

Curry's hot streak began with a nine-catch, 144-yard performance against Boise State and came one game after he caught just one pass for 4 yards at Fresno State.

"The last two weeks the defense has kind of dictated that he get more touches," offensive coordinator Conroy Hines said. "That little bubble pass we throw, he's the best at running it and he has a great knack for getting outside when nothing is there. I have a lot of faith in him and he makes plays."

In last week's come-from-behind win over UTEP, Curry had several big plays, including a critical 25-yard reception with 23 seconds left in the second quarter that set up a 1-yard touchdown run by Ryan Moats to cut the UTEP lead to 28-20. It also changed the momentum of the game and helped set up Tech's second-half blitz.

"When I get the ball in his hands, something's going to happen," Tech quarterback Luke McCown said. "When I get him the ball on that little swing pass he can get on the edge."

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