Fresno St. 34, Louisiana Tech 27
RUSTON, La. (AP)—Dwayne Wright’s 33-yard touchdown run with just 0:53 seconds on the clock propelled Fresno State to a 34-27 win over Louisiana Tech Friday night.
The win was sealed when Tech quarterback Zac Champion threw an interception to Damon Jenkins at the Fresno State 42 with 00:27 to play. It was Jenkins’ second pick of the night.
Wright rushed for a Fresno State school record 295 yards on 25 carries, his final carry of the night proving to be the game-winner.
Wright’s heroics were set up when Louisiana Tech tied the game at 27-27 with just 2:20 to play on a three-yard Patrick Jackson touchdown run set up after a 60-yard Champion completion to Josh Wheeler.
The Bulldogs had an opportunity to take the lead but Danny Horwedel’s extra point hit the left upright and the game remained tied.
Fresno State took the ensuing kickoff and drove 75 yards on five plays in 1:27 with the big play being a 15-yard completion from Tommy Brandstater to Joe Fernandez on third down and 10 immediately prior to Wright’s touchdown run.
After the two teams traded touchdowns early in the second quarter, Jackson put Louisiana Tech ahead on a 100-yard kickoff return, the first by a Bulldog player since Eddie Brown accomplished the feat against Louisiana-Lafayette in 1989.
Brandstater completed 14-of-23 for 142 yards, one interception and three touchdowns.
Champion led Tech with 189 yards passing and one score while adding a career-high 77 yards rushing on 13 carries and one score.
Jackson set a career-high 277 all-purpose yards for the Tech, including the school record-tying kickoff return.