Nov. 21, 2009
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - Kevin Goessling's 35-yard field goal on the game's final play lifted Fresno State to a 30-28 victory over Louisiana Tech on Saturday.
Ryan Colburn completed just 17 of 42 passes for 182 yards but marched Fresno State (7-4, 6-2 Western Athletic Conference) 68 yards in the final 2 minutes, 21 seconds to set up Goessling's winning kick.
Ross Jenkins threw four touchdown passes and Daniel Porter rushed for 137 yards for Louisiana Tech (3-8, 2-5).
Colburn completed 4 of 8 passes on Fresno State's winning drive, including a 19-yard toss to Chastin West on fourth-and-10 from the Louisiana Tech 46. A 9-yard completion to Jamel Hamler then moved Fresno into field-goal range.
Goessling's game-winner was the second of his young Bulldog career as he also kicked a 58-yarder last year to defeat Utah State by the same score of 30-28.
The first two quarters were highly entertaining. After Louisiana Tech scored the game-opening touchdown two plays into the game, Fresno State marched five played and 41 yards in 1:24 to tie the game at seven on a Seyi Ajirotutu 23-yard reception.
Ben Jacobs then recovered a fumble and ran it 21-yards for a touchdown to give Fresno State a 14-7 20 seconds later. After Louisiana Tech tied the game at 14, Lonyae Miller bulled in from five yards out to put Fresno State back on top, 21-14, early in the second quarter.
La Tech then scored on its ensuing possession when Jenkins hit Dennis Morris on a 39-yard pass with 10:44 to play until the break. Both teams were tied at 21 at halftime.
Going into the fourth quarter, Louisiana Tech led 28-24 but a 24-yard field goal by Goessling and his game-winner from 35-yards out was all the Bulldogs needed to earn their sixth WAC win this year. Goessling also connected on a 24-yarder in the third quarter.
"We Are Your Team"- The Fresno State football has a week off before closing out the season on December 5 at Illinois.
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