Louisiana Tech at Houston

Louisiana Tech 56, Houston 49


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.

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Scoring Summary
LATECHTevin King 13 yd run (Matt Nelson kick)
LATECHTevin King 9 yd run (Matt Nelson kick)
HOUMatt Hogan 30 yd FG
HOUMatt Hogan 42 yd FG
LATECHJon Greenwalt 6 yd pass from Colby Cameron (Matt Nelson kick)
HOURonnie Williams 32 yd pass from David Piland (Matt Hogan kick)
HOUCharles Sims 2 yd run (Matt Hogan kick)
LATECHTevin King 59 yd run (Matt Nelson kick)
LATECHKenneth Dixon 2 yd run (Matt Nelson kick)
HOUDaniel Spencer 74 yd pass from David Piland (Matt Hogan kick)
LATECHRay Holley 2 yd run (Matt Nelson kick)
LATECHHunter Lee 8 yd pass from Colby Cameron (Matt Nelson kick)
HOUCharles Sims 1 yd run (Daniel Spencer 2pt pass from David Piland)
LATECHR.P. Stuart 14 yd pass from Colby Cameron (Matt Nelson kick)
HOUDeWayne Peace 7 yd pass from David Piland (Matt Hogan kick)
HOUDeontay Greenberry 12 yd pass from David Piland (Matt Hogan kick)
Team Stats
First Downs3840
Third Down Efficiency5-1312-22
Fourth Down Efficiency0-12-4
Plays-Net Yards94-598115-693
Passing Yds353580
Kick Return Yds8931
Punt Return Yds-1120
Time of Poss.30:3129:29
Individual Stats
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 Tech1st Conference USA West0-00-0
Houston1st American Athletic West0-00-0

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