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                 === Louisiana Tech edges New Mexico State ===
 
 Las Cruces, NM (Sports Network) - Ray Holley carried the ball 12 times for 130
 yards  and a touchdown  to lead 24th-ranked Louisiana Tech to a 28-14 win over
 New Mexico State at Aggie Memorial Stadium.
 
 Colby Cameron completed 29-of-44 passes for 292 yards and a touchdown and also
 ran  for a score.  Myles White had seven catches for 125 yards and a touchdown
 and  Kenneth Dixon added  a rushing score for the Bulldogs (7-1, 2-0 WAC), who
 have won nine consecutive road contests.
 
 Andrew  Manley  was 18-of-34 passing for  283 yards with two touchdowns and an
 interception,  while  Austin Franklin  had seven  catches for  139 yards and a
 score for the Aggies (1-7, 0-4), who dropped their seventh game in a row.
 
 "I  preach to the  kids every day and I say, 'Hey guys, when we stop fighting,
 then  it's over.'  And that's one thing  that I love about this football team,
 despite  our  record and despite things  haven't been perfect, these kids come
 out  and  they practice  hard every  day and they  fight hard  in the games so
 that's  all  I can ask  at this point," New  Mexico State coach DeWayne Walker
 said.
 
 After  Matt Nelson  missed  a 40-yard  field goal  on  Louisiana Tech's  first
 possession,  Dixon got  the Bulldogs on the  board on their next touch when he
 bulled his way across the goal line from 2 yards out.
 
 Nelson  missed  two more  field goals,  from 23 and  37 yards respectively, in
 the first half and Tech took a 7-0 lead into the break.
 
 The  Bulldogs added  a pair of touchdowns  in the third quarter and one in the
 fourth to go up 28-0.
 
 In the third, Cameron hooked up with White for a 44-yard catch-and-run.
 
 Cameron  did it himself  later in the frame, rushing across the goal line from
 two yards out to cap a five-play, 28-yard march.
 
 Holley  broke loose for  an 83-yard touchdown run near the midway point of the
 fourth  quarter,  weaving his way  through the  Aggies' defenders before a key
 block from Franklin gave him a clear path to the end zone.
 
 New  Mexico  State, however, didn't  go down without a  fight and added a pair
 of scores late in the fourth.
 
 Manley found Kemonte Bateman for a 19-yard touchdown pass, and after forcing a
 Louisiana  Tech punt, Manley found Austin Franklin for a 67-yard catch-and-run
 to pull within 28-14.
 
 The  Aggies forced the  Bulldogs into a 3rd-and-11 with 1:22 to play, but were
 flagged  for pass  interference  to  give Louisiana  Tech  a  first down.  The
 Bulldogs were able to take a pair of knees to run off the final seconds.
 
 "In  the  second half,  we just  didn't block  them very  well. I thought they
 played  very well  up front," Louisiana Tech coach Sonny Dykes said. "You have
 to give New Mexico State some credit. I thought they did a heck of a job."
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Holley's  83-yard  run was  tied  for  third  longest  in school  history  ...
 Louisiana  Tech will  face the University of Texas-San Antonio next week while
 New Mexico State will play at Auburn.
 
 10/28 03:10:25 ET

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