Dykes on WAC loss: ‘A car wreck’
Sonny Dykes called it a “car wreck.”
At the very least, his Louisiana Tech University football team seemed to be involved in a “demolition derby” at Joe Aillet Stadium on Saturday night.
In what the second-year head coach described as “probably the poorest performance we’ve had since I’ve been here,” the Bulldogs stumbled in their Western Athletic Conference opener with a 44-26 loss to preseason favorite Hawaii.
“I was really disappointed in our performance,” Dykes said. “It was like we panicked to do the things we needed to do and stayed that way for most of the night. We lost our composure. We didn’t handle things very well. We made too many mistakes. This game certainly wasn’t a microcosm of our team.”
And the Bulldogs had entered the contest with so much hope, even though they had gone 1-3 in their first four games and had suffered all of their defeats by a combined nine points.
One ESPN commentator had called Tech “the best 1-3 team in the country” earlier in the week.
“I really thought we were moving forward,” Dykes said. “I felt good going into the game and I know our players did. We came out in the second half and got a quick touchdown to make it 20-13, but we couldn’t sustain it.”
But from there, it was downhill for the Bulldogs, much of the rough stumble coming about with two crucial turnovers in less than a minute during the third quarter. On each mistake, Hawaii cashed in to take a 41-13 advantage with just under eight minutes to go in the quarter.
“Those were back breakers,” Dykes said of the turnovers. “They made the difference. We made some bad decisions.”
Once the fall occurred, Tech couldn’t pick itself back up.