(Saturday, November 15th)
Final Score: Louisiana Tech 45, Utah State 38
Ruston, LA (Sports Network) - Ross Jenkins completed 12-of-17 for 145 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs to a 45-38 victory over the Utah State Aggies in a Western Athletic Conference bout at Joe Aillet Stadium.
Daniel Porter ran for 114 yards and a score in the Louisiana Tech (6-4, 4-2 WAC) victory, while Patrick Johnson added 65 yards and a touchdown on the ground for the Bulldogs.
Robert Turbin gained 99 yards on 17 carries and scored three touchdowns to lead Utah State (2-9, 2-5) in the losing effort, and Diondre Borel added a 56- yard, two score effort on the ground as well. But the Aggies signal-caller threw three costly interceptions in the loss, two of which were returned for touchdowns.
Louisiana Tech struck first, taking an early 7-0 lead on a 40-yard interception return by Matt Broha.
Utah State responded midway through the period following a one-yard plunge by Turbin.
The Aggies added a 19-yard Peter Caldwell field goal late in the frame to take a 10-7 lead.
The Bulldogs took a 14-10 lead early in the second quarter with a 30-yard strike from Jenkins to Jackson.
The Bulldogs found the end zone again just minutes later, as Dominique Faust returned an interception 60 yards for a score.
Utah State answered back midway through the frame with a 48-yard run from Turbin.
The Bulldogs took a 28-17 lead into the half following an 11-yard toss from Jenkins to Dennis Morris.
Jackson extended the Louisiana Tech advantage midway through the third period with a one-yard plunge.
An 11-yard Borel run minutes later pulled Utah State to within 35-24.
The Aggies added a two-yard run from Turbin late in the period but failed to convert a two-point conversion attempt.
Borel gave the Aggies a 38-35 lead early in the final period of play following a 13-yard scamper and a successful two-point conversion run.
But Louisiana Tech reclaimed its lead just minutes later, as Porter found the end zone after a 22-yard run.
The Bulldogs added a 22-yard Brad Oestriecher field goal with 2:06 left to play to seal the 45-38 victory.
11/15 18:55:10 ET