RUSTON, La. (AP) -- Louisiana Tech rushed for a season-high 344
yards in a 48-35 victory over Utah State Saturday night.
Tech (2-5, 1-2 WAC) bounced back after a disappointing loss last
week to Idaho and dominated against the Aggies (1-7, 1-3)
statistically. The Bulldogs tallied a season-high 570 yards of
offense to Utah State's 373.
Freshman running back Daniel Porter, making his first career
start, ran for a career-high 178 yards on 24 carries and scored his
second career touchdown -- a 5-yarder for Tech's final score of the
night. Running back Patrick Jackson added 91 yards and one score on
seven carries and true freshman William Griffin had 37 yards on
Quarterback Zac Champion set a career mark with four touchdown
passes in the game, completing 13-of-18 for 226 yards.
Utah State quarterback Riley Nelson was 12-of-28 for 249 yards,
two touchdowns and two interceptions.
Tech jumped on top of Utah State early with a field goal by
Danny Horwedel and touchdown passes to Johnathan Holland and Brian
Jackson. The Bulldogs opened up a 17-0 lead after the first
Tech led 24-14 at the half and Utah State never got closer than
13 points the rest of the game.
Kevin Robinson led the Aggies' receiving, getting 141 yards and
two touchdowns on six catches, while Marcus Cross led the ground
game with 70 yards on 16 carries. Cross also had two touchdowns.
Defensively, Tech forced two turnovers, including an
interception on the Aggies' first play from scrimmage. Antonio
Baker got the first pick of his career on the play, which set up
Horwedel's first field goal.