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Familiar faces lead Louisiana Tech to win in New Orleans bowl

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Remember this guy?

Why, it’s Jeff Driskel.

Certainly, they remember Driskel at the University of Florida, a team that struggled without a quarterback for most of the season. Well, Driskel is a quarterback, although he had begun to represent disappointment for the Gators.

But Driskel has found new life at Louisiana Tech, a team he led to a 47-28 victory over Arkansas State in the New Orleans Bowl Saturday night. Driskel hit 26 of 37 passes for 457 yards and three touchdowns, suggesting it might not have been all on him while at Florida.

Remember this guy?

Why, it’s Skip Holtz, who brings to mind some disappointment of his own while at South Florida. But Holtz led the the Bulldogs to a remarkably easy victory. Louisiana Tech had 676 yards total offense in the easy win.

Kenneth Dixon had 112 receiving yards and 91 rushing — plus four touchdowns —  to help the Bulldogs. Trent Taylor had 149 receiving yards and Paul Tanner had 97. Boston Scott had 106 yards.

The game was tied at 17 at the half, but Tech outscored Arkansas State 30-11 in the second half.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit

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