Scores

Final

Louisiana Tech 23

(3-10, 1-7 away)

New Mexico St 50

(4-8, 3-4 home)

3:00 PM ET, December 2, 2006

Aggie Memorial Stadium, Las Cruces, NM

1 2 3 4 T
LT 7 0 0 1623
NMSU 7 7 17 1950

Top Performers

Passing: C. Holbrook (NMSU) - 514 YDS, 3 TD

Rushing: P. Jackson (LT) - 23 CAR, 136 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: C. Williams (NMSU) - 12 REC, 140 YDS

More history for Holbrook in New Mexico State rout

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) -- Quarterback Chase Holbrook had another record-setting game and one of the country's most downtrodden programs built a little momentum for next season.

Holbrook passed and ran for four touchdowns and set a pair of NCAA records by a sophomore in New Mexico State's 50-23 win over Louisiana Tech on Saturday.

Holbrook, who broke numerous school records this season, set NCAA records by a sophomore for passing yards and total offense in a season. His 4,619 passing yards surpassed the previous mark of 4,560 by Ty Detmer of BYU in 1989 and Holbrook's total offense of 4,541 yards broke the previous mark of 4,469 by Hawaii's Timmy Chang in 2002.

"We thought we had a shot at it this year," Holbrook said of his two latest records. "We just had to go out and get it. I'm excited about it, but really, I'm just excited about the win."

Holbrook completed 41 of 54 passes for 514 yards.

"Obviously he's a fantastic player," Louisiana Tech coach Jack Bicknell said. "When you're in that type of offense, you've got to be accurate and you've got to have good receivers."

Holbrook is good on both accounts.

He completed nearly 70 percent of his passes this season and his stable of receivers, led by sophomore Chris Williams, also put up big numbers. Williams, who caught 12 passes for 150 yards Saturday, caught 92 passes for 1,425 yards and 12 touchdowns this season. His catch total and yardage are school records and he went into the game leading the nation in receiving yards per game (115.9).

In a meeting of Western Athletic Conference also-rans, New Mexico State (4-8, 2-6 WAC) finished the season with a two-game winning streak, the Aggies' first in two years. Louisiana Tech (3-10, 1-7 WAC) lost its fourth straight.

Holbrook extended his school record for TD passes in a season to 34 with scoring passes of 63 and 6 yards to Derek Dubois and 15 yards to A.J. Harris. Holbrook, who scored on a short run in the fourth quarter, accounted for 38 TDs this season and set another school record with his 10th 300-yard passing game.

The Aggies also had three rushing TDs, two by David Romaka and another by Chris Nwoko.

The Aggies even kicked a field goal, an adventurous play much of this season. Matt Pratt's 30-yarder in the third quarter was the first field goal by the Aggies in five games and the first attempt in four games.

Louisiana Tech, which led 7-0 early, got a pair of fourth quarter touchdown passes from backup quarterback Michael Mosley to Bryan Carroll and Dennis Morris; a 3-yard TD run by Patrick Jackson and Anthony Moss' return of a blocked PAT attempt by NMSU.

The Bulldogs trailed 14-7 at halftime, but fell apart with three interceptions and a lost fumble.

"It's ridiculous," Bicknell said. "It was 14-7 at halftime and we probably should have been better than that. We come out in the second half and don't do anything. We just didn't play hard in the second half."

Holbrook, taking advantage of the expanded 12-game schedules in college football, also became the first New Mexico State quarterback to throw a touchdown pass in 12 games in a season.

Louisiana Tech took a 7-0 lead on Jackson's run in the first quarter. It was set up by Quin Harris' recovery of a fumble by NMSU receiver Brandon Allen at midfield.

The Aggies tied it with an 80-yard, seven-play drive. Nwoko scored after Holbrook hit wide receiver Chris Williams with a 21-yard pass to the 1. It was all NMSU after that.

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