|Kenneth Dixon (No. 28) celebrates one of his four touchdowns in Louisiana Tech's 62-55 win on Saturday. (US Presswire)|
LOUISIANA TECH WON. Despite the best efforts of Texas State to play keep up, there was no stopping Louisiana Tech on a record-breaking day for quarterback Colby Cameron and running back Kenneth Dixon. Dixon ran for 144 yards and four touchdowns on 21 carries, setting a new NCAA freshman record with 24 rushing touchdowns on the season, breaking Marshall Faulk's FBS record that has stood since 1991.
Cameron became the last starting quarterback without an interception earlier in the day - when AJ McCarron threw two picks in the loss to Texas A&M, but set a new NCAA record for consecutive pass attempts without an interception. The star quarterback has now attempted 419 passes without a pick, breaking the previous record of 379 set by Russell Wilson in 2008. Cameron completed 31 of 45 passes for 337 yards and three touchdowns in the win, including a touchdown on the record-breaking sixth attempt in the first quarter.
HOW LOUISIANA TECH WON: The Bulldogs simply outscored Texas State. Neither team brought much of a defense to the table, and Louisiana Tech got some great breaks thanks to 13 accepted Texas State penalties and some timely touchdown drives. Louisiana Tech barely outgained Texas State (627-577) and if they had not recovered the Bobcats' onsides attempt in the final minute there would definitely have been a good chance we saw overtime. Texas State found a majority of their success on the ground, riding an option attack led by quarterback Shaun Rutherford (234 yards passing, 90 yards rushing, 3 total touchdowns) and running back Marcus Curry (134 yards rushing, 54 yards receiving, 3 total touchdowns).
But Texas State's offensive success was not enough to keep up with a Louisiana Tech team that scored touchdowns on seven of their first eight possessions. Running back Ray Holley also enjoyed the stat friendly shootout, rushing 27 times for 145 yards and a touchdown.
WHEN LOUISIANA TECH WON: Both teams were scoring at a such frantic pace, the game did not feel anywhere close to over until Louisiana Tech recovered Texas State's onsides kick with 1:07 remaining. The Bobcats had just pulled off a 12 play, 75 yard drive in just over two minutes to cut the lead to seven, and if they had recovered there would certainly be an opportunity to tie the game in the final minute.
WHAT LOUISIANA TECH WON: The BCS bowl dream stays alive for Louisiana Tech, improving to 9-1 as they prepare for their two toughest tests in conference play. It is possible that Louisiana Tech was looking past the now 3-6 Bobcats with Utah State (8-2, 4-0 WAC) and San Jose State (8-2, 4-1) left on the schedule. The game was on the Longhorn Network, so we will see how the Coaches Poll and Harris Poll voters react to the win. If they see another 50+ point Louisiana Tech performance - their eighth of the season, they may continue to climb and be in play for a non-AQ spot in the Bowl Championship Series.
WHAT TEXAS STATE LOST: The Bobcats did not have a ton to lose, hosting the nationally ranked Bulldogs at home as 20+ point underdogs, and played as such on the heightened stage. Playing keep up with Tony Franklin's Louisiana Tech offense is not easy, but Texas State came as close as they could have considering the flow of the game. It's their first season of FBS play, so the expectations are not too high for Dennis Franchione's squad. If anything, they only lost the opportunity to give the coach a signature win for his second season at the helm.
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