NCAA Game Summary - Texas-San Antonio at Louisiana Tech|
(Saturday, November 3rd)
Final Score: (22) Louisiana Tech 51, Texas-San Antonio 27
Ruston, LA (Sports Network) - Colby Cameron threw for three touchdowns in
motoring the Louisiana Tech high-powered offense, as the No.22 Bulldogs
defeated Texas-San Antonio, 51-27, on Saturday.
Cameron completed an efficient 30-of-39 throws for 348 yards and Kenneth Dixon
rushed for three scores, setting a new school record for rushing touchdowns in
a single season to help Louisiana Tech (8-1, 3-0 WAC) remain undefeated in
"This was a tough, hard-fought game," said Bulldogs coach Sonny Dykes. "We
knew coming in they were well coached and would play hard. We faced some
adversity tonight and it was good to overcome that and get the win."
Quinton Patton caught a game-high 10 passes for 152 yards and a score, as the
Bulldogs captured their third straight victory following a loss to Texas A&M.
Eric Soza threw for four touchdowns and 314 yards on 23-of-41 passing, but the
Roadrunners (5-4, 1-3) dropped their fourth consecutive game. Cole Hubble
hauled in three passes for 101 yards and two touchdowns in the defeat.
"I think we did some things that showed us glimpses of how good we can be,"
said Roadrunners coach Larry Coker. "We have three games left, and if we keep
pressing like we have been, we will have a good season and be a good team."
Both teams wasted no time in putting points on the board early, as each
offense scored touchdowns on their first two possessions.
Louisiana Tech received the ball to start and struck first set up by a 20-
yard reception by Richie Casey to the Roadrunners' 1-yard line, Cameron then
found R.P. Stuart in the end zone for the score two plays later.
Texas-San Antonio answered right back, scoring on a Hubble 33-yard touchdown
catch. Soza completed a pass to Hubble for 11 yards earlier in the drive and
on the play prior to the score, he found Cole Hicks for a 15-yard completion.
The Bulldogs quickly scored on their next touch. D.J. Banks returned the
ensuing kickoff 63 yards, and a personal foul penalty moved the Bulldogs to
the Roadrunners' 18. A defensive pass interference call allowed Louisiana Tech
to advance to the 3-yard line and on the next play, Dixon punched it in for a
3-yard score to make it 14-7.
However, the Roadrunners responded yet again. On the seventh play of the
drive, Soza threw a strike to a wide-open Hubble over the middle, and the
receiver took it all the way for a 57-yard score to tie the game with 5:44 to
play in the first quarter.
"When you play defense the way we do, the safeties are going to get into a
bind sometimes," mentioned coach Dykes. "We're still a work in progress in
From there, the scoring slowed some in the first half as each defense made
two consecutive stops.
Following an exchange of punts, Louisiana Tech took over on its own 37 late in
the first quarter. After failing to pick up a first down, the Bulldogs decided
to go for it on 4th-and-1, but failed to convert when a screen pass to Dixon
was stuffed for no gain.
The Roadrunners started inside their opponent's territory following the
turnover on downs, but after losing eight yards in recovering consecutive
fumbles, they faced 3rd-and-16. Soza threw a short pass to Evans Okotcha for
an 14-yard gain and following a timeout, Texas-San Antonio decided to go for
it on 4th-and-2.
However, Soza's pass intended for Aaron Grubb fell incomplete and the
Roadrunners also turned it over on downs.
The Bulldogs needed just a minute of game clock to take advantage of the
stop. Cameron threw a deep pass down the field to Patton, who sprinted
past the nearby defenders for a 79-yard score, giving Louisiana Tech the lead
back at 21-14 with 9:56 to play in the second quarter.
Louisiana Tech wasted an opportunity to tack on three more later in the
period, as Matt Nelson's 37-yard kick sailed wide left with 4:27 to play in
the first half.
However, the Bulldogs got the ball back quickly and scored a touchdown just
Using 13 plays, Cameron capped the 76-yard march when he found Jon Greenwalt
for a 23-yard touchdown with eight seconds to play in the half. But Nelson
missed the extra point and Louisiana Tech maintained a 27-14 advantage going
The Roadrunners pulled within a score after driving 80 yards down the field in
nine plays. Soza completed three passes of over 10 yards on the drive, the
last a 17-yard throw to Earon Holmes for the touchdown. Earlier in the
possession, he completed a 12-yard strike to Brandon Freeman to cross midfield
and later hit on a 26-yard pass to Jeremiah Moeller.
But Louisiana Tech also scored on its first touch of the half, relying heavily
on the running game. Dixon ran the final three times of the Bulldogs' eight
rushes on the march, crossing the goal line for a 7-yard touchdown on the 12th
play of the drive to extend the hosts' advantage to 34-21.
Early in the fourth, the Bulldogs added three on a Nelson 22-yard field goal
to make it 37-21.
The Roadrunners refused to go away, though, and marched 65 yards down the
field for a touchdown. Soza completed a pass to Brian Vaughn for 29 yards to
cross midfield before finding Hicks for a 14-yard score.
In an attempt to make it a one-score game, Texas-San Antonio went for the two-
point conversion, but Ryan Polite could not sneak it into the end zone and the
Roadrunners remained down by 10.
The Roadrunners did not get any closer, as Louisiana Tech put the game out of
reach on its next touch.
After Matt Nelson missed a 39-yard attempt, the Bulldogs kept possession after
Texas-San Antonio was flagged for roughing the kicker. The Roadrunners again
stopped the Bulldogs on third down, bringing Nelson out for another attempt,
but Louisiana Tech ran a fake and holder David Gru connected with Malon Lee in
the right side of the end zone for a 44-27 advantage.
Soza moved the ball to midfield on the ensuing possession, but threw three
straight incompletions and the Roadrunners turned it over on downs.
Dixon added his third score of the game from six yards out with 14 seconds to
play to account for the final margin.
The Bulldogs scored 40 points in a game for the eighth time this season ...
Dixon passed Ryan Moats for most rushing scores in a single season. Moats ran
for 18 in 2004 ... There were 29 total penalties in the game, with Texas-San
Antonio being flagged 14 times for 142 yards and Louisiana Tech penalized 15
times for 157 yards.
11/03 21:25:43 ET