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No. 22 La Tech pulls away from UTSA in 51-27 win
LOUISIANA TECH 51, TX SAN ANTONIO 27
RUSTON, La. (AP) -- Lots of points. Lots of penalties. Louisiana
Tech and Texas-San Antonio played for the first time and it
already had the feel of a longtime rivalry.
Colby Cameron passed for 348 yards and Kenneth Dixon scored
three touchdowns as No. 22 Louisiana Tech pulled away from
Texas-San Antonio in the fourth quarter in a 51-27 victory on
The Bulldogs (8-1, 3-0 WAC) converted a fake field goal into a
touchdown midway through the fourth quarter to put away the
visitors. Tech won a record ninth consecutive WAC game on
homecoming, and the Bulldogs appear headed for a school record
third consecutive week ranked in the Top 25.
UTSA (5-4, 1-3 WAC) dropped its fourth consecutive game after
opening the season with five straight victories. Playing with
just six seniors, it was the Roadrunners first game against a
nationally ranked FCS foe.
The game featured 13 personal foul penalties between the two
clubs, including two on Tech coach Sonny Dykes in the third
quarter after he argued the ejection of offensive lineman Oscar
"I'm not sure what was going on with all the penalties or why,"
Dykes said. "That's not our team. I wasn't real fired up about
some of the stuff happening out there. (When he got flagged) I
was trying to find out what Oscar Johnson was ejected for and
went out on the field. I had to let (the officials) come to me."
Officials whistled 28 infractions for 288 yards between the two
Cameron completed 30 of 39 and had touchdown passes to Quinton
Patton, Myles White and R.P. Stuart. He was one of just two
remaining FCS quarterbacks without an interception and he
Cameron's seventh 300-yard game of his career tied him with
former NFL great Terry Bradshaw for fourth all-time in Ruston.
"I had no clue about the records," Cameron said. "It's pretty
unbelievable to be mentioned in the same category as Terry
Bradshaw. It's pretty cool."
Dixon now holds the Louisiana Tech single-season record for most
touchdowns with 20. The Strong, Ark., native is just one score
shy of tying Marshall Faulks' NCAA record for freshmen.
Playing in front of 23,645 fans under steamy conditions in Joe
Aillet Stadium, the Bulldogs (8-1, 3-0 WAC) converted a fake
field goal into a touchdown midway through the fourth quarter to
put away the visitors.
Eric Sosa completed 23 of 41 throws for 314 yards and touchdowns
to Cole Hubble (twice), Earon Holmes and Cole Hicks for UTSA.
Tech wasn't able to put the game away until wide receiver David
Gru hit Malon Lee for a 9-yard score on a faked field goal to
put the Bulldogs in front 44-27 with just under eight minutes
"We had worked on it all week and it felt like the right time to
call it," Dykes said. "(David) Gru made a good throw and (Malon)
Lee made a good catch. It was defended well. Sometimes players
overcome a bad play and bad coaching. That play justified all
the time we spent this week working on the fake field goal."
Tech added a 6-yard touchdown run from Dixon with 13 seconds
left for the final tally.
The Roadrunners pulled within 27-21 on their opening possession
of the second half when they went 80 yards in nine plays,
finishing up with a 17-yard pass from Sosa to Holmes. The
Bulldogs pushed their advantage back to 34-21 on their first
second-half possession when Dixon scored on a 7-yard run. That
lead was extended to 37-21 two plays into the fourth quarter
when Matt Nelson, who had missed five consecutive field goals,
hit one from 22 yards out.
UTSA would scrap its way to within 37-27 about three minutes
into the fourth quarter when Sosa found Hicks from 14 yards out.
The first half was a testy affair with four personal foul
penalties called on each club.
The two offenses started the game with touchdowns. The Bulldogs
got things started with a 62-yard drive, capped by Cameron to
Stuart for 1 yard. The visitors put together an 80-yard drive
that Sosa made look easy when he hit Hubble for a 33-yard score.
After Tech re-took the lead at 14-7 on a 3-yard run from Dixon,
Hubble was left all alone in the Tech secondary for a 57-yard
catch and score.
Both teams cooled a bit after that offensive onslaught, until
five minutes into the second quarter. One play after Patton sat
out with a personal foul penalty, Cameron found him over the
middle and the senior pulled away from the secondary for a
The Bulldogs would get one more score with just seconds
remaining in the first half. After a personal foul call on Tech
running back Ray Holley at the UTSA 13, Cameron hit Jon
Greenwalt for a 23-yard score. Nelson, who missed from 37 yards
out earlier in the frame, missed a point after with 8 seconds
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