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(Saturday, October 27th)
Final Score: (24) Louisiana Tech 28, New Mexico State 14
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."
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 03:10:06 ET
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