Scores

Final

Louisiana Tech 56

(1-0, 1-0 away)

Houston 49

(0-2, 0-2 home)

Coverage: CBS Sports Network

8:00 PM ET, September 8, 2012

Robertson Stadium, HOUSTON, TX

1 2 3 4 T
LT 14 7 21 1456
HOU 6 14 7 2249

Top Performers

Passing: D. Piland (HOU) - 580 YDS, 4 TD

Rushing: T. King (LT) - 13 CAR, 112 YDS, 3 TD

Receiving: D. Peace (HOU) - 11 REC, 141 YDS, 1 TD

Louisiana Tech 56, Houston 49

Associated Press

HOUSTON -- 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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Team Stat Comparison

 
LT
HOU
1st Downs3840
Total Yards598693
Passing353580
Rushing245113
Penalties11-8815-138
3rd Down Conversions5-1312-22
4th Down Conversions0-12-4
Turnovers02
Possession30:3129:29

Passing Leaders

Louisiana TechC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Cameron34/523536.830
HoustonC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Piland53/775807.540

Rushing Leaders

Louisiana TechCARYDSAVGTDLG
King131128.6359
Dixon18905.0132
HoustonCARYDSAVGTDLG
Sims21653.129
Jackson7233.3010

Receiving Leaders

Louisiana TechRECYDSAVGTDLG
White57414.8031
King44411.0021
HoustonRECYDSAVGTDLG
Spencer715722.4174
Peace1114112.8129

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERLTHOU
TD12:07Tevin King 13 Yd Run (Matt Nelson Kick) 70
TD09:40Tevin King 9 Yd Run (Matt Nelson Kick) 140
FG06:19Matt Hogan 30 Yd 143
FG01:35Matt Hogan 42 Yd 146
SECOND QUARTERLTHOU
TD13:34Jon Greenwalt 6 Yd Pass From Colby Cameron (Matt Nelson Kick) 216
TD04:28Ronnie Williams 32 Yd Pass From David Piland (Matt Hogan Kick) 2113
TD00:53Charles Sims 2 Yd Run (Matt Hogan Kick) 2120
THIRD QUARTERLTHOU
TD10:40Tevin King 59 Yd Run (Matt Nelson Kick) 2820
TD06:09Kenneth Dixon 2 Yd Run (Matt Nelson Kick) 3520
TD05:52Daniel Spencer 74 Yd Pass From David Piland (Matt Hogan Kick) 3527
TD03:36Ray Holley 2 Yd Run (Matt Nelson Kick) 4227
FOURTH QUARTERLTHOU
TD12:33Hunter Lee 8 Yd Pass From Colby Cameron (Matt Nelson Kick) 4927
TD09:36Charles Sims 1 Yd Run (David Piland Pass To Daniel Spencer For Two-Point Conversion) 4935
TD06:36R.P. Stuart 14 Yd Pass From Colby Cameron (Matt Nelson Kick) 5635
TD04:45Dewayne Peace 7 Yd Pass From David Piland (Matt Hogan Kick) 5642
TD00:35Deontay Greenberry 12 Yd Pass From David Piland (Matt Hogan Kick) 5649