EAST LANSING, Michigan (Ticker) -- Louisiana Tech's first
victory over a Big Ten Conference school turned out to a
Luke McCown capped a spectacular day by throwing two touchdown
passes in the final 69 seconds as the Bulldogs rallied from a
12-point deficit to post a stunning 20-19 victory over Michigan
McCown pulled Louisiana Tech (2-1) within 19-14 with a four-yard
TD pass to Julius Cosby with 1:09 to go. The Bulldogs failed on
the two-point conversion attempt but recovered an onside kick
on the ensuing kickoff.
McCown, who completed 35-of-61 yards for 436 yards and three
touchdowns, then drove Louisiana Tech 55 yards in six plays for
the winning score.
The Bulldogs held a 497-361 edge in total offense but managed
only one touchdown in the first 58-plus minutes - a 76-yard pass
to Shawn Piper with 5:15 left in the first quarter.
Jaren Hayes scored Michigan State's only touchdown on a two-yard
run just 46 seconds earlier.
Dave Rayner kicked field goals of 51 and 49 yards in the second
quarter to give the Spartans (2-1) a 13-7 halftime lead. He
added kicks of 37 and 30 yards in the fourth quarter to make it
Hayes rushed for 140 yards on 30 carries, but Jeff Smoker was
held in check, completing just 12-of-19 passes for 138 yards.
The Bulldogs improved to 1-2 against the Big Ten, with their two
losses coming against Penn State.