La. Tech gets first win vs. Hawaii in four games

RUSTON, La. (AP) -- Louisiana Tech's ground game was so strong that the Bulldogs' biggest challenge was how to divide carries between running backs fairly.

Mark Dillard stood out most, rushing for 155 yards and two touchdowns to help Tech take a 46-14 win over Hawaii on Saturday night.

"We have three good backs, which is unbelievable," Tech coach Jack Bicknell said. "We are trying to figure out how to separate them but they all do a good job. That's a good dilemma to have."

Running back Freddie Franklin had two touchdown runs of four yards each for Tech (2-2, 2-0), which stacked up 476 yards total offense, including 327 on the ground. Patrick Jackson ran for 75 yards on 14 carries.

Tech beat Western Athletic Conference rival Hawaii (1-4, 1-2) for the first time in four meetings.

"Tech was physically sound and we just didn't play well," said Hawaii head coach June Jones. "We were tired and worn out. We made mistakes right off the bat and some penalties that should have never happened. We are a 1-4 team right now and I know we are better than that. We have to deal with it and move on."

Dillard's 59-yard touchdown run in the first put the Bulldogs up 9-7 and his 32-yard carry into the end zone in the third gave them a 37-14 lead.

Quarterback Matt Kubik threw for two touchdowns for the second straight week for Tech and ended the night 14-of-20 for 149 yards.

Hawaii quarterback Colt Brennan finished 23-of-33 for 236 yards and wideout Devone Bess had eight receptions for 79 yards for the Warriors.

Tech trailed just once in the game, after Hawaii went up 7-3 on a 28-yard touchdown pass from Brennan to Bess in the first. After Dillard sprinted past several Hawaii defenders for his 59-yard touchdown, Tech never trailed again.