Louisiana Tech at Virginia

Louisiana Tech 44, Virginia 38


CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Colby Cameron threw for one touchdown and ran for another, and Louisiana Tech scored 34 unanswered points to rally from an early deficit and beat penalty-riddled Virginia 44-38 Saturday.

Ray Holley ran for two touchdowns for the Bulldogs (4-0), who trailed 24-10 midway through the second quarter. They then intercepted Michael Rocco three times and converted each one into a touchdown on their way to their eight consecutive road victory and 11th win in a row during the regular season.

The Cavaliers (2-3) came out seemingly intent on getting into a wide-open game, and flourished into the second quarter. Tailback Perry Jones threw a 36-yard touchdown pass, and Rocco made scoring throws of 73 yards to Khalek Shepherd and 2 yards to Paul Freedman until the Bulldogs' defense made some plays.

The first came with a big assist from Virginia wideout Dominique Terrell, who got hit in the hands by a pass from Rocco, couldn't pull it in and deflected it to Quinn Giles, who returned it to Virginia's 25.

The play came right after the Cavaliers put on a goal-line stand, denying the nation's No. 3 scoring team any points after a 94-yard kickoff return by D.J. Banks had set them up at the Virginia 3.

Two plays after Giles' interception, Holley ran it in from the 16 to make it 24-17.

A field goal by Matt Nelson, one of three for him in the game, made it 24-20 at halftime.

The Bulldogs took command in the third quarter, taking the opening kickoff and driving 73 yards in hurry-up mode to Holley's 11-yard scoring run. After an exchange of punts, Dave Clark intercepted Rocco and returned it to Virginia's 43, setting up a four-play drive capped by Cameron's 14-yard scoring run.

Two plays later, Rocco hit linebacker Chip Hester, who took it 32 yards for a touchdown.

The play gave the Bulldogs 31 unanswered points on the home field of a BCS-level school for the second week in a row. They did it in beating Illinois 52-24 of the Big Ten last week in Champaign, Ill.

Rocco, who threw for 265 yards in the first half, was replaced by Alabama transfer Phillip Sims. He threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Jake McGee, and then a 23-yarder to Adrian Gamble with 2:08 to play, but after Virginia seemingly held and forced a likely punt, the Cavs sent their punt return team out on the field during a timeout, and when the Bulldogs sent their offense back out onto the field after a timeout, the Cavaliers were called for illegal substitution, giving a game-ending first down.

It was the Cavaliers' 16th penalty for 145 yards in the game.

Cameron finished 23 for 36 for 218 yards and a 3-yard first-quarter touchdown to R.P. Stuart. It was Cameron's 12th touchdown pass of the season, and he still has not thrown an interception.

Virginia's halftime lead came despite being penalized 10 times for 95 yards and giving up 10 points in the final 3:02.

The Cavaliers also tried a surprise onside kick after going ahead 14-3, but Louisiana Tech recovered, got a 15-yard personal foul penalty to set them up at Virginia's 39 and drove for a TD that made it 14-10.

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Scoring Summary
UVATim Smith 36 yd pass from Perry Jones (Drew Jarrett kick)
LATECHMatt Nelson 31 yd FG
UVAPaul Freedman 2 yd pass from Michael Rocco (Drew Jarrett kick)
LATECHR.P. Stuart 3 yd pass from Colby Cameron (Matt Nelson kick)
UVAKhalek Shepherd 73 yd pass from Michael Rocco (Drew Jarrett kick)
UVADrew Jarrett 35 yd FG
LATECHRay Holley 16 yd run (Matt Nelson kick)
LATECHMatt Nelson 40 yd FG
LATECHRay Holley 11 yd run (Matt Nelson kick)
LATECHColby Cameron 14 yd run (Matt Nelson kick)
LATECHChip Hester 32 yd interception return (Matt Nelson kick)
LATECHMatt Nelson 45 yd FG
UVAJake McGee 3 yd pass from Phillip Sims (Drew Jarrett kick)
UVAAdrian Gamble 24 yd pass from Phillip Sims (Drew Jarrett kick)
Team Stats
First Downs2124
Third Down Efficiency6-177-15
Fourth Down Efficiency1-22-2
Plays-Net Yards76-38580-625
Passing Yds218480
Kick Return Yds152124
Punt Return Yds-25
Time of Poss.25:1334:47
Individual Stats
LATECH: Kenneth Dixon 16-78, Ray Holley 14-69, Colby Cameron 6-23, Quinton Patton 1-9, Team 3--12
UVA: Perry Jones 18-82, Kevin Parks 19-60, Phillip Sims 2-3
LATECH: Colby Cameron 23-36-218-0
UVA: Michael Rocco 14-23-278-3, Phillip Sims 10-17-166-0, Perry Jones 1-1-36-0
LATECH: Quinton Patton 7-88, D.J. Banks 3-59, Richie Casey 3-18, Myles White 3-14, Ray Holley 2-13, Jon Greenwalt 2-12, Hunter Lee 1-8, R.P. Stuart 1-3, Andrew Guillot 1-3
UVA: Perry Jones 7-100, Darius Jennings 6-136, Jake McGee 4-41, E.J. Scott 2-56, Khalek Shepherd 1-73, Tim Smith 1-36, Adrian Gamble 1-24, Colter Phillips 1-9, Dominique Terrell 1-3, Paul Freedman 1-2
Louisiana Tech1st Conference USA West7-19-5
Virginia5th Atlantic Coast Coastal3-55-7