Scores

Final

(19) Louisiana Tech 62

(9-1, 4-0 C-USA)

Texas State 55

(3-6, 1-3 Sun Belt)

Coverage: Longhorn Network

7:00 PM ET, November 10, 2012

Bobcat Stadium (TX), San Marcos, TX

1 2 3 4 T
#19LT 14 27 7 1462
TXST 14 20 7 1455

Top Performers

Passing: C. Cameron (LT) - 337 YDS, 3 TD

Rushing: K. Dixon (LT) - 21 CAR, 144 YDS, 4 TD

Receiving: B. Miller (TXST) - 5 REC, 65 YDS, 2 TD

No. 19 Louisiana Tech 62, Texas St. 55

Associated Press

SAN MARCOS, Texas -- Trying to beat Louisiana Tech in a high-scoring game is one tough task.

Kenneth Dixon scored five touchdowns to set three single-season NCAA freshman record and No. 19 Louisiana Tech scored on all but two possessions to beat Texas State 62-55 on Saturday night.

"We've had a lot of this," Louisiana Tech coach Sonny Dykes said. "It was just hard to get off the field on defense. When they're scoring like they were, it's hard to have a whole lot of confidence. Obviously we've got to play better and get better."

The Bulldogs (9-1, 4-0) have won 10 straight in the Western Athletic Conference. They racked up 627 yards, while allowing 577, and kept slim hopes for a BCS bid alive.

"(A shootout) wasn't the plan necessarily," Bobcats coach Dennis Franchione said. "When you go from last week making 158 yards, as a coach you're struggling a little bit to find out what we can put our hand on and say whether or not we're going to be able to do this or that. Nothing really changed, our guys just started scoring."

Texas State (3-6, 1-3) had a season high in points and total yardage (577), but it wasn't enough against one of the NCAA's most prolific offenses.

Louisiana Tech has scored at least 52 points in all but two games this season and its only loss was a 59-57 shootout to Texas A&M, which upset No. 1 Alabama earlier in the day.

The teams combined for 1,204 yards Saturday and the average scoring drive was only 2 minutes, 26 seconds.

The Bobcats (3-6, 1-3) scored a season high in points, but it wasn't enough to overcome the record-setting efforts of Dixon and Colby Cameron.

Dixon set NCAA single-season records for touchdowns, rushing touchdowns (24) and total points (150) by a freshman. San Diego State's Marshall Faulk set the record for TDs in 1991 with 23, and rushing TDs with 21, a mark that was matched by Virginia Tech's Ryan Williams in 2009. Faulk had 140 points in 1991.

Cameron completed 31 for 45 passes and improved his current streak of passes without an interception to 419. He broke the NCAA of 379 set by North Carolina State's Russell Wilson in 2008.

"He's done a great job of taking care of the ball," Dykes said. "When you do that, there's so many people involved -- the protection up front, it's receivers catching the ball, it's running backs catching the ball and a lot of it is Colby being accurate."

A second effort gave Dixon the record after his initial leap was stopped on fourth-and-goal at the 1 with three minutes left in the first half. He lunged forward into the end zone after landing on a pile of linemen, giving the Bulldogs a 28-21 lead.

He also scored on runs of 4, 13 and 16 yards and had a 14-yard TD reception from Cameron.

Louisiana Tech needed just 25 seconds to take a 41-34 lead at the half. It was the 20th touchdown the Bulldogs have scored in one minute or less this season.

Texas State took an early 14-7 lead when Louisiana Tech struggled defending the option attack. The Bobcats rushed for 126 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries in the opening quarter.

Terrence Franks opened the scoring with an 11-yard run for Texas State, and Marcus Curry scored six minutes later on a 55-yard run to make it 14-7.

Louisiana Tech kept pace behind Cameron, who threw two of his three touchdowns in the first quarter.

Curry rushed for 131 yards and two touchdowns and Franks had 34 yards and two touchdowns.

Shaun Rutherford finished 21 for 37 for 234 yards and two touchdowns.

Louisiana Tech kept pace behind Cameron, who threw two of his three touchdowns in the first quarter. In addition to his touchdown pass to Dixon, Cameron also had a 4-yarder to R.P. Stuart and a 49-yarder to D.J. Banks.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
LT
TXST
1st Downs3831
Total Yards627577
Passing344281
Rushing283296
Penalties5-6113-125
3rd Down Conversions10-189-15
4th Down Conversions2-21-1
Turnovers00
Possession31:3428:26

Passing Leaders

Louisiana TechC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Cameron31/453377.530
Texas StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Rutherford21/372346.320

Rushing Leaders

Louisiana TechCARYDSAVGTDLG
Holley271455.4118
Dixon211446.9425
Texas StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Curry1313410.3255
Rutherford20904.5119

Receiving Leaders

Louisiana TechRECYDSAVGTDLG
Banks59619.2149
Patton88610.8036
Texas StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Miller56513.0222
Harper46115.3043

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERLTTXST
TD12:07Terrence Franks 11 Yd Run (Will Johnson Kick) 07
TD08:21R.P. Stuart 4 Yd Pass From Colby Cameron (Matt Nelson Kick) 77
TD06:27Marcus Curry 55 Yd Run (Will Johnson Kick) 714
TD01:10Kenneth Dixon 14 Yd Pass From Colby Cameron (Matt Nelson Kick) 1414
SECOND QUARTERLTTXST
TD13:51Bradley Miller 19 Yd Pass From Shaun Rutherford (Will Johnson Kick) 1421
TD11:04Kenneth Dixon 4 Yd Run (Matt Nelson Kick) 2121
TD07:19Kenneth Dixon 1 Yd Run (Matt Nelson Kick) 2821
TD05:28Marcus Curry 47 Yd Pass From Tim Hawkins (Pat Blocked) 2827
TD02:38Kenneth Dixon 13 Yd Run (Pat Failed) 3427
TD00:48Marcus Curry 5 Yd Run (Will Johnson Kick) 3434
TD00:23D.J. Banks 49 Yd Pass From Colby Cameron (Matt Nelson Kick) 4134
THIRD QUARTERLTTXST
TD11:17Kenneth Dixon 16 Yd Run (Matt Nelson Kick) 4834
TD03:11Terrence Franks 22 Yd Run (Will Johnson Kick) 4841
FOURTH QUARTERLTTXST
TD14:55Bradley Miller 12 Yd Pass From Shaun Rutherford (Will Johnson Kick) 4848
TD12:51Ray Holley 6 Yd Run (Matt Nelson Kick) 5548
TD03:23Colby Cameron 2 Yd Run (Matt Nelson Kick) 6248
TD01:07Shaun Rutherford 1 Yd Run (Will Johnson Kick) 6255

Research Notes

Louisiana Tech freshman running back Kenneth Dixon broke the FBS record for rushing TDs by a freshman. He had 4 rush TDs on Saturday.
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Kenneth Dixon scored five touchdowns for Louisiana Tech. Dixon has 25 this season, breaking Marshall Faulk's freshman FBS record of 23 touchdown in season.
Colby Cameron threw 45 passes without an interception Saturday against Texas State. That stretches his streak to 419 passes since his last interception. That breaks the previous NCAA record of 379 straight attempts without an interception, set by Russell Wilson.

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