4. The Louisiana Tech D had a little bit to do with this
Yes, the Louisiana Tech defense was able to dominate a whole slew of weak and sad Conference USA teams, but it did a nice job overall allowing fewer than 400 yards and 24 points per game.
Yes, this was hardly a brick wall of a D, and it wasn’t the killer pass rushing machine of last season when it blew up Hawaii, but it was fine.
Yes, the Independence Bowl was mostly about the Miami problems, but Louisiana Tech’s defense generated consistent pressure, got four sacks, bothered the horrible Cane quarterbacks throughout, stuffed the run, and overall allowed just 227 yards of Miami offense and came up with three takeaways.
There wasn’t anywhere for the Miami quarterbacks to go with the ball, but again, give the Bulldog defense some love. The secondary was solid, and the group did its part when the offense was struggling.