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|Tech whips Fresno State|
FRESNO - A bank of lights at Bulldog Stadium went out late in the fourth quarter of Saturday night's Western Athletic Conference match-up between Louisiana Tech and Fresno State.
It was fitting.
After all, Louisiana Tech had turned out the lights on Fresno State well before that point.
Colby Cameron passed for a career-high 358 yards and four touchdowns and the LA Tech defense held Robbie Rouse and Co. in check as the Louisiana-based Bulldogs won for the fourth straight time with a 41-21 victory in what is the final game scheduled against Fresno State, which departs for the Mountain West next year.
Tech gave Fresno State an emphatic sendoff.
With the win, Tech (5-4, 4-1 WAC) remained one game behind Western Athletic Conference leader Nevada with two league games remaining. LA Tech will step out of WAC play next week when it travels to Ole Miss before finishing the year at Nevada Nov. 19 and at home against New Mexico State Nov. 26.
On its way to winning for the fifth consecutive time on the road in a WAC stadium, the Bulldogs offense torched Fresno State early and often as Tech racked up 400 yards of total offense in the first half while building a 34-7 halftime lead.
Tech jumped out to an early 14-0 lead on a pair of scoring tosses from Cameron to wide receiver Quinton Patton, the first covering 45 yards and the second 22 yards. Patton finished the game with 97 yards on six receptions and his two scores gave him nine for the year, which moved him into a tie for ninth with Chad Mackey, Ken Liberto, and Delwyn Daigre for touchdowns in a single season.
Matt Nelson tact on a 26-yard field goal early in the second quarter to push the lead to 17-0 before Fresno State responded with its first drive of the night. Derek Carr hit Victor Dean on a six-yard strike, culminating an eight-play, 82 yard drive.
It was the first time all night that the announced crowd of 27,965 Fresno State fans had an opportunity to make some noise for the home team.
Tech running back Lennon Creer soon silenced them. With Tech leading 17-7, the Bulldogs drove 90 yards on six plays and grabbed the momentum back when Creer ripped off a 53-yard touchdown run untouched. Nelson's extra point made the score 24-7 with 7:38 to play. Creer ended the night with 113 yards on 17 carries.
After another stellar defensive stop by the Tech defense on Fresno State's ensuing possession, the Bulldogs struck again as Cameron rolled out and hit Myles White for a 75-yard touchdown - the final 35 yards covered with Patton giving him an escort to the endzone.
Nelson hit a 40-yard field goal with nine seconds to play in the opening half as Tech took a 34-7 lead - and all the momentum - into the locker room.
Any chance of a second half comeback by Fresno State was doused early in the third quarter when the Bulldogs drove 80-yards on seven plays and took a 41-7 lead on a six-yard pass from Cameron to Richie Casey.
Fresno State scored a couple of meaningless touchdowns - one in the third and one in the fourth - while the Tech defense recorded a pair of second half interceptions as both Jay Dudley and Dave Clark registered their third of the year.
Tech is now plus 11 in turnover margin in its last four games and the Bulldogs 15 interceptions leads the WAC.
Making just his second start of the year, Cameron completed 18-of-32 passes in the game. David Gru (4-72), Casey (3-58-1) and White (2-130-1) were Tech's top receiving threats.
Defensively, Tech held the WAC's leading rusher Robbie Rouse to only 97 yards on 24 carries with a long of nine yards. Rouse rushed for 286 yards against the Bulldogs last season.
Tech returns to action Saturday when it travels to Oxford to take on Ole Miss at 6:30 p.m.
Report courtesy latechsports.com