I-A College Football
                   === Lousiana Tech outslugs Texas State ===
 San  Marcos, TX (Sports Network) - Colby Cameron threw for 337 yards and three
 touchdowns  and  ran for  the decisive score  in the fourth  quarter as No. 19
 Louisiana Tech outslugged Texas State, 62-55, on Saturday at Bobcat Stadium.
 Kenneth  Dixon had a huge day, running for 144 yards and four touchdowns on 21
 carries  and catching  another touchdown pass for the Bulldogs (9-1, 4-0 WAC),
 who have won four consecutive games.
 Ray  Holley ran for  145 yards on 27 carries, while D.J. Banks and R.P. Stuart
 each caught touchdown passes in the victory.
 "We  knew coming  in that we were going  to get a good shot from Texas State,"
 Louisiana  Tech  coach Sonny  Dykes said.  "I was  really impressed with their
 offense. They did a really good job of keeping us off-balance all night."
 Shaun Rutherford threw for 234 yards and two scores on 21-of-37 passing, while
 Tim  Hawkins completed  a 47-yard touchdown strike for Texas State (3-6, 1-3),
 which has dropped three in a row.
 Marcus  Curry  ran for 134  yards and two touchdowns  on 13 carries and caught
 another  touchdown  pass, while Rutherford added  90 yards on the ground and a
 score.  Bradley  Miller caught five  balls for 65  yards and two touchdowns in
 the loss.
 "What  a  game. It seems like  it lasted a year  in a half," Texas State coach
 Dennis  Franchione said.  "It was  a long  one, but  I'm really  proud of  our
 players.  I thought  they played and fought  their tails off. We took the 19th
 ranked team down to the end."
 With  the  contest tied  at 48,  the Bulldogs  began their  first drive of the
 fourth  quarter at  their own 25. After  two rushes for a combined 15 yards by
 Holley, Cameron hit Quinton Patton over the middle for 36 yards.
 Holley  capped the 6-play drive with a 6-yard touchdown run, putting Louisiana
 Tech ahead, 55-48.
 Later  in the  frame, Cameron put the finishing touches on an 11-play, 85-yard
 march  with a 2-yard plunge into the end zone which put the Bulldogs in front,
 62-48 with 3:23 left.
 Texas State responded with a 12-play, 75-yard scoring march that culminated in
 a Rutherford 1-yard TD run, making it a 62-55 game, but Louisiana Tech got the
 ball back with 1:07 to play and ran out the remaining time.
 Texas  State got  off to a quick start  as Rutherford led his team 75 yards on
 10 plays on the opening drive of the game before capping the drive with an 11-
 yard  lateral  pitch  to Terrence  Franks  for  the  score  and an  early  7-0
 Louisiana  Tech  answered on its  ensuing possession as Cameron completed five
 passes during a 12-play, 76-yard trek before finishing the drive with a 4-yard
 TD strike to Stuart, tying the game, 7-7.
 Texas  State  responded on its next  touch with a quick 5-play, 75-yard march,
 which  Curry put an exclamation point on with a huge 55-yard gallop to the end
 zone, giving his team a 14-7 advantage.
 The Bulldogs were forced to punt on their ensuing possession, but responded on
 the following touch to tie the game at 14 late in the first quarter.
 Starting  from their own  44 with 3:59 on the clock, Cameron connected on four
 passes during a 9-play, 56-yard drive before capping it with a 14-yard TD pass
 to Dixon.
 Texas  State bridged  the first  and second  quarters with  a 4-play,  35-yard
 drive, which was capped by a 19-yard strike to Miller, putting the Bobcats up,
 But,  the Bulldogs again had an answer in the form of a 10-play, 75-yard march
 to  the Texas  State 4-yard line before  Dixon finished the trek with a 4-yard
 push into the end zone, tying things at 21 early in the second quarter.
 After  forcing  a three-and-out  Louisiana Tech  took a  28-21 lead when Dixon
 capped  a  7-play drive  with a 1-yard  touchdown run, his  third score of the
 On  the  next Bobcats drive,  Hawkins hit Curry  for a 47-yard touchdown pass.
 Will  Johnson's extra-point try was blocked, leaving the Bulldogs with a 28-27
 Louisiana  Tech  again took a  one-score lead  on its ensuing possession after
 Dixon finished a 10-play march with a 13-yard sprint to the end zone.
 Curry's  5-yard touchdown  sprint with less 48  seconds to go in the half made
 it  34-34, but the Bulldogs got the last laugh in a wild first half as Cameron
 connected  with Banks  for a 49-yard TD pass, putting Louisiana Tech up, 41-34
 at halftime.
 The  teams  continued to trade punches  in the third quarter as Dixon's fourth
 score  of  the night -- a  16-yard run to the  end zone -- gave the Bulldogs a
 48-34  lead,  but  Franks capped  a  70-yard  drive  with  a 22-yard  TD  run,
 pulling Texas State within 48-41 after three quarters.
 Texas  State began  the fourth quarter with  the ball at the Louisiana Tech 12
 and Rutherford hit Miller for a 12-yard TD strike, tying the game at 48.
                                   Game Notes
 Dixon  has 24 touchdowns this season, which pushed him past Marshall Faulk and
 Ryan  Williams' FBS  freshman record of 21 ... Cameron passed Russell Wilson's
 FBS  record of  379 consecutive pass attempts without an interception. He last
 threw  a pick  in last season's Poinsettia Bowl against TCU ... Louisiana Tech
 outgained Texas State, 627-577.
 11/11 01:03:48 ET

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