RUSTON, La. -- Ryan Moats thought he'd have a good game. But
he didn't think it would be this good.
Moats rushed for 257 yards, including three touchdowns, as
Louisiana Tech beat Nevada 38-21 on Monday.
"I never was expecting this kind of game, not in the first game
and all. But at the same time, I was confident I could have a good
game or at least a good enough one to where it would help our
offense. And, I guess, today I did that," he said.
Moats averaged 7.8 yards per carry and scored on a 12-yard run
in the first quarter and a 3-yard run in the second. He sprinted 45
yards for another score in the third.
Tech head coach Jack Bicknell wasn't as surprised as Moats by
the numbers the running back put up.
"I felt like he could come out in the first game and have this
kind of game, although I guess you never think about getting over
200 yards right out of the first game," he said. "But Ryan is
that kind of athlete. He's the best running back I've ever been
The Tech defense held Nevada to just 7 yards rushing and sacked
quarterback Jeff Rowe seven times in the opening game for both
Western Athletic Conference schools.
Rowe completed 18 of 32 passes for 181 yards and two touchdowns.
He hit Caleb Spencer for an 11-yard TD pass in the third and Dell
McGee caught an 11-yard score in the fourth.
B.J. Mitchell led Nevada rushers with 37 yards on 11 carries.
"Offensively, there wasn't much to say except that Ryan Moats
is a great running back. He was definitely the main guy for their
offense today. We got down early and it made it tough coming
back," Nevada head coach Chris Ault said. "But our team did come
back later and did some things that hopefully we can build on for
our next game."