Scores

Final

Mississippi St 14

(0-1, 0-1 away)

Louisiana Tech 22

(1-0, 1-0 home)

6:45 PM ET, August 30, 2008

Joe Aillet Stadium, RUSTON, LA

1 2 3 4 T
MSST 7 7 0 014
LT 3 6 10 322

Top Performers

Passing: T. Bennett (LT) - 175 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: P. Jackson (LT) - 17 CAR, 62 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: B. McRae (MSST) - 4 REC, 60 YDS, 1 TD

Jackson's runs, Oestricher's leg power La. Tech to upset win over Miss. State

Associated Press

RUSTON, La. -- Brad Oestriecher made a career-best three field goals and Louisiana Tech took advantage of three Mississippi State turnovers in the third quarter in a 22-14 upset on Saturday.

The win by Tech was the first over a BCS conference squad in five years (at Michigan State in 2003) and first against an SEC team since an upset of No. 18 Alabama at Tuscaloosa in 1999.

The last time a current member of the SEC played in Ruston was 1908 when visitor LSU beat Tech 22-0.

Mississippi State (0-1) held a 14-9 lead at halftime, but had three turnovers in the third quarter.

Running back Patrick Jackson threw a first-half interception on a trick play, but also scored twice, including a 6-yard scamper to give Tech a 16-14 the lead for good midway through the third quarter.

Oestriecher made field goals from 48, 28 and 50 yards away for Tech. Jackson ran for 62 yards on 17 carries.

Anthony Dixon rushed for 91 yards on 18 carries for the Mississippi State. Wesley Carroll threw for 172 yards and a touchdown along with three interceptions.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MSST
LT
1st Downs1916
Total Yards322243
Passing243161
Rushing7982
Penalties10-646-35
3rd Down Conversions4-156-18
4th Down Conversions1-11-2
Turnovers52
Possession28:4131:19

Passing Leaders

Mississippi StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Carroll11/251586.314
Louisiana TechC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Bennett15/401614.010

Rushing Leaders

Mississippi StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Dixon16805.0031
Ducre3124.009
Louisiana TechCARYDSAVGTDLG
Jackson16613.8111
Livas2168.0011

Receiving Leaders

Mississippi StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Bell66711.2022
Robinson56312.6025
Louisiana TechRECYDSAVGTDLG
Livas68514.2036
Wheeler13939.0039

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERMSSTLT
TD06:18Brandon Mcrae 8 Yd Pass From Wesley Carroll (Adam Carlson Kick)
Drive: 9 plays, 94 yds, 4:13
70
FG03:49Brad Oestricher 48 Yd
Drive: 8 plays, 39 yds, 2:24
73
SECOND QUARTERMSSTLT
TD02:14Brandon Hart 1 Yd Run (Adam Carlson Kick)
Drive: 12 plays, 83 yds, 5:44
143
TD00:17Patrick Jackson 6 Yd Pass From Taylor Bennett (Pat Blocked)
Drive: 3 plays, 13 yds, :16
149
THIRD QUARTERMSSTLT
TD06:30Patrick Jackson 6 Yd Run (Brad Oestricher Kick)
Drive: 4 plays, 9 yds, 1:36
1416
FG00:09Brad Oestricher 28 Yd
Drive: 5 plays, 24 yds, 1:21
1419
FOURTH QUARTERMSSTLT
FG06:48Brad Oestricher 50 Yd
Drive: 16 plays, 57 yds, 7:12
1422