HOUSTON (AP) - Colby Cameron threw for three touchdowns, Tevin King ran for three and Louisiana Tech overcame 580 yards passing by David Piland to defeat Houston 56-49 Saturday night.
The two explosive teams combined for 1,291 yards of offense and 78 first downs in a game that lasted 4 hours and 8 minutes and wasn't secured until Houston (0-2) failed on an onside kick attempt with 35 seconds remaining.
Cameron had touchdown passes of 6, 8 and 14 yards while completing 34 of 52 passes for 353 yards; King rushed for 112 yards, including TDs of 13, 9 and 59 yards; and Kenneth Dixon added 90 yards rushing and a touchdown for the Bulldogs, who were playing their first game after their opener against Texas A&M was postponed last week due to Hurricane Isaac.
Louisiana Tech needed all of that to offset Piland, who completed 53 passes in a school-record 77 attempts for 580 yards. He had touchdown passes of 32, 74, 7 and 12 yards to four different receivers.
Daniel Spencer caught seven passes for 157 yards and a score, while Dewayne Peace had 11 catches for 141 yards and a TD for the Cougars.
Louisiana Tech maintained at least a two-touchdown lead for much of the game. The Bulldogs led 14-0 after a pair of touchdown runs by King, a freshman.
After Houston pulled within 21-20 at halftime, King raced around the left end, bounced off multiple defenders and raced 59 yards for a touchdown. Dixon, also a freshman, added his first career score on a 2-yard plunge to make 35-20 with 6:09 left in the third quarter.
Louisiana Tech stretched the lead to 56-35 with 6:36 left in the game on a pair of Cameron touchdown passes and a 2-yard TD run by Ray Holley.
But Piland took less than 2 minutes to go 75 yards, hitting Peace on a fade route for a 7-yard TD with 4:45 remaining. After Houston forced a Bulldogs punt, Piland hit 8 of 10 attempts on an 80-yard drive, pulling the Cougars within 56-49 when he found Deontay Greenberry for a 12-yard score with 35 seconds left.
Houston recovered the ensuing onside kick, but it travelled only 9 yards, resulting in an illegal touching penalty, and Louisiana Tech ran out the clock.
|LATECH||Tevin King 13 yd run (Matt Nelson kick)|
|LATECH||Tevin King 9 yd run (Matt Nelson kick)|
|HOU||Matt Hogan 30 yd FG|
|HOU||Matt Hogan 42 yd FG|
|LATECH||Jon Greenwalt 6 yd pass from Colby Cameron (Matt Nelson kick)|
|HOU||Ronnie Williams 32 yd pass from David Piland (Matt Hogan kick)|
|HOU||Charles Sims 2 yd run (Matt Hogan kick)|
|LATECH||Tevin King 59 yd run (Matt Nelson kick)|
|LATECH||Kenneth Dixon 2 yd run (Matt Nelson kick)|
|HOU||Daniel Spencer 74 yd pass from David Piland (Matt Hogan kick)|
|LATECH||Ray Holley 2 yd run (Matt Nelson kick)|
|LATECH||Hunter Lee 8 yd pass from Colby Cameron (Matt Nelson kick)|
|HOU||Charles Sims 1 yd run (Daniel Spencer 2pt pass from David Piland)|
|LATECH||R.P. Stuart 14 yd pass from Colby Cameron (Matt Nelson kick)|
|HOU||DeWayne Peace 7 yd pass from David Piland (Matt Hogan kick)|
|HOU||Deontay Greenberry 12 yd pass from David Piland (Matt Hogan kick)|
|Third Down Efficiency||5-13||12-22|
|Fourth Down Efficiency||0-1||2-4|
|Kick Return Yds||89||31|
|Punt Return Yds||-11||20|
|Time of Poss.||30:31||29:29|
|LATECH: Tevin King 13-112, Kenneth Dixon 18-90, Ray Holley 5-21, Colby Cameron 4-21, Hunter Lee 1-5, Team 1--4|
|HOU: Charles Sims 21-65, Ryan Jackson 7-23, Kenneth Farrow 4-16, Daniel Spencer 1-5, David Piland 4-4, Ronnie Williams 1-0|
|LATECH: Colby Cameron 34-52-353-0|
|HOU: David Piland 53-77-580-0|
|LATECH: Ray Holley 6-41, Myles White 5-74, Jon Greenwalt 5-33, Tevin King 4-44, Hunter Lee 4-42, Quinton Patton 4-36, D.J. Banks 3-27, David Gru 2-42, R.P. Stuart 1-14|
|HOU: DeWayne Peace 11-141, Charles Sims 11-53, Daniel Spencer 7-157, Ronnie Williams 7-68, Andrew Rodriguez 5-82, Deontay Greenberry 5-34, Ryan Jackson 3-13, Darian Lazard 2-14, Mark Roberts 1-10, Chance Blackmon 1-8|
|Louisiana Tech||5th Conference USA West||3-5||4-8|
|Houston||4th American Athletic||5-3||8-4|
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