Scores

Final

Louisiana Tech 35

(7-4, 5-2 C-USA)

New Mexico St 31

(3-8, 1-6 Sun Belt)

Coverage: GamePlan

4:00 PM ET, November 22, 2008

Aggie Memorial Stadium, Las Cruces, NM

1 2 3 4 T
LT 7 21 0 735
NMSU 0 17 7 731

Top Performers

Passing: C. Holbrook (NMSU) - 486 YDS, 4 TD

Rushing: D. Porter (LT) - 17 CAR, 130 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: C. Williams (NMSU) - 10 REC, 189 YDS, 2 TD

Louisiana Tech 35, New Mexico St. 31

Associated Press

LAS CRUCES, N.M. -- Daniel Porter ran for 130 yards on 17 carries Saturday to lead Louisiana Tech to a 35-31 win against New Mexico State in Aggie Memorial Stadium.

Louisiana Tech (7-4, 5-2 Western Athletic Conference) claimed its first-ever victory in Las Cruces against the Aggies (3-8, 1-6 WAC) and tied the series between the conference foes at 4-4.

Phillip Livas delivered a 68-yard catch-and-run touchdown with four minutes remaining to regain Louisiana Tech's lead, 35-31, after NMSU's Chris Williams caught a 34-yard scoring pass from Chase Holbrook to go up 31-28 seven minutes before.

Williams' TD was the 32nd of his career and broke the previous NMSU record held by Lucious Davis.

A largely scoreless third quarter ended with an 8-yard TD catch by Marcus Anderson, allowing New Mexico State to pull within four points of Louisiana Tech at 28-24.

The teams traded blows through the first two quarters, and with two minutes left in the first half, Keith Brown blocked an NMSU punt by Kyle Hughes. Alex Anderson recovered the ball and stepped into the end zone for an 18-point advantage against the Aggies at 28-10.

NMSU narrowed the margin to 28-17 at halftime with a 12-yard pass to running back Ronald Opetaia, who dove for the TD.

Livas kept his team on top in the second quarter as he ran for a 14-yard touchdown to take a 14-7 lead three minutes after an 80-yard TD catch by Williams.

Ross Jenkins completed 132 yards passing for the Bulldogs.

Holbrook threw for a season-high 486 yards as he went 45-for-60 and moved to 22nd on the NCAA all-time career TD pass list.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
LT
NMSU
1st Downs1527
Total Yards358523
Passing132486
Rushing22637
Penalties7-665-32
3rd Down Conversions1-87-17
4th Down Conversions0-11-4
Turnovers01
Possession23:5436:06

Passing Leaders

Louisiana TechC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Jenkins12/201326.610
New Mexico StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Holbrook45/604868.140

Rushing Leaders

Louisiana TechCARYDSAVGTDLG
Porter171307.6132
Jackson11625.6113
New Mexico StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Glynn10191.907
Lee284.006

Receiving Leaders

Louisiana TechRECYDSAVGTDLG
Livas48822.0168
Beck3227.3011
New Mexico StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Williams1018918.9280
Harris10757.5025

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERLTNMSU
TD04:05Daniel Porter 1 Yd Run (Brad Oestriecher Kick) 70
SECOND QUARTERLTNMSU
TD14:50Chris Williams 80 Yd Pass From Chase Holbrook (Kyle Hughes Kick) 77
TD11:47Phillip Livas 14 Yd Run (Brad Oestriecher Kick) 147
FG04:26Kyle Hughes 22 Yd 1410
TD02:30Patrick Jackson 10 Yd Run (Brad Oestriecher Kick) 2110
TD01:55Alex Anderson 2 Yd Return Of Blocked Punt (Brad Oestriecher Kick) 2810
TD00:44Ronald Opetaia 12 Yd Pass From Chase Holbrook (Kyle Hughes Kick) 2817
THIRD QUARTERLTNMSU
TD01:28Marcus Anderson 8 Yd Pass From Chase Holbrook (Kyle Hughes Kick) 2824
FOURTH QUARTERLTNMSU
TD10:44Chris Williams 34 Yd Pass From Chase Holbrook (Kyle Hughes Kick) 2831
TD03:52Phillip Livas 68 Yd Pass From Ross Jenkins (Brad Oestriecher Kick) 3531