Scores

Final

Louisiana Tech 28

(7-1, 2-0 C-USA)

Coverage: GamePlan

8:00 PM ET, October 27, 2012

Aggie Memorial Stadium, LAS CRUCES, NM

1 2 3 4 T
LT 7 0 14 728
NMSU 0 0 0 1414

Top Performers

Passing: A. Manley (EIU) - 283 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: R. Holley (LT) - 12 CAR, 130 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: A. Franklin (NMSU) - 7 REC, 139 YDS, 1 TD

No. 24 Louisiana Tech 28, New Mexico St. 14

Associated Press

LAS CRUCES, N.M. -- Louisiana Tech missed three field goals in the first half. The 24th-ranked Bulldogs had no big runs or passes, and carried a slim lead into the locker room.

Colby Cameron and Co. picked it up in time to earn a landmark win for the school.

Cameron passed for a touchdown and ran for a score in the third quarter, helping Louisiana Tech beat New Mexico State 28-14 on Saturday night for the Bulldogs' first victory as a ranked team.

"We did what we had to do to win," coach Sonny Dykes said. "It wasn't a real pretty game. Anytime you go on the road and come out with a win, it's a good game."

New Mexico State lost two fumbles and Andrew Manley threw an interception, damaging the Aggies' chances of springing the upset.

Cameron tossed a 44-yard touchdown pass to Myles White and had a 2-yard TD run after Louisiana Tech led 7-0 at halftime. Ray Holley extended the lead to 28-0 with a career-long 83-yard run in the fourth.

The slow start was quite the contrast to last week, when the Bulldogs rolled up a school-record 839 yards of offense in a 70-28 victory against Idaho.

"I guess we are human," said Cameron, who completed 29 of 44 passes for 292 yards. "It was kind of like a gut check to us that we need to get better."

Louisiana Tech (7-1, 2-0 WAC) has won consecutive games since its only loss of the season against Texas A&M. It's hoping to remain in the Top 25 for consecutive weeks for the first time in school history.

Safety Chad Boyd, whose interception in the fourth quarter led to a touchdown, said the defense was glad it stepped up on a night the offense was struggling early on.

"It's a confidence booster," he said.

Holley had 130 yards rushing for the Bulldogs, who failed to win a game as a ranked team in two previous tries.

Louisiana Tech was No. 25 when it lost to Southern California in 1999. The Bulldogs weren't ranked again until this season, when they were No. 23 when they lost 59-57 to Texas A&M.

Louisiana Tech continued its streak of breaking records Saturday when Ryan Allen recorded a school-record 85-yard punt in the first quarter.

But it was the lowest scoring total for the season for the Bulldogs, who host UTSA in their next game.

New Mexico State (1-7, 0-4 WAC) has dropped seven consecutive games. This will be the 52nd consecutive year that the Aggies failed to make it to a bowl game.

Aggies coach DeWayne Walker said despite the loss, he was pleased NMSU's defense was able to slow down Tech's high-powered offense. Walker said the team feared giving up 70 points and focused on stopping the running game.

"No question this was our best defensive game played this year," Walker said. "We definitely didn't want to be part of the 70 club."

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Team Stat Comparison

 
LT
NMSU
1st Downs2620
Total Yards530405
Passing292283
Rushing238122
Penalties4-355-45
3rd Down Conversions7-191-11
4th Down Conversions3-41-2
Turnovers03
Possession29:2830:32

Passing Leaders

Louisiana TechC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Cameron29/442926.610
New Mexico StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Manley18/342838.321

Rushing Leaders

Louisiana TechCARYDSAVGTDLG
Holley1213010.8183
Dixon20693.5121
New Mexico StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Morrison16925.8013
Colwell6203.3010

Receiving Leaders

Louisiana TechRECYDSAVGTDLG
White712517.9144
Patton6427.0025
New Mexico StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Franklin713919.9167
Bateman56713.4119

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERLTNMSU
TD06:10Kenneth Dixon 2 Yd Run (Matt Nelson Kick) 70
THIRD QUARTERLTNMSU
TD09:13Myles White 44 Yd Pass From Colby Cameron (Matt Nelson Kick) 140
TD04:34Colby Cameron 2 Yd Run (Matt Nelson Kick) 210
FOURTH QUARTERLTNMSU
TD08:50Ray Holley 83 Yd Run (Matt Nelson Kick) 280
TD06:35Kemonte Bateman 19 Yd Pass From Andrew Manley (Marcus Johnson Kick) 287
TD02:06Austin Franklin 67 Yd Pass From Andrew Manley (Marcus Johnson Kick) 2814

Research Notes

Colby Cameron threw 44 passes without an interception in Louisiana Tech's win over New Mexico State. That extends his single-season record for consecutive passes without an interception to 319. He's also closing in on Russell Wilson's record of 379 straight passes without an interception over multiple seasons; Cameron did not have an interception in his last 16 passes last season, so his two-season streak is 335 passes.
Louisiana Tech entered the week first in FBS in scoring with 56.1 PPG. New Mexico State entered 100th in scoring defense (34.3 PPG). So it should have been obvious that the Aggies would hold the Bulldogs to seven points in the first half. That's the fewest points that Louisiana Tech has scored in a half this season (previous low: 14 in second half vs Idaho ... after scoring 56 in 1st half).

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