Fresno State Tops Louisiana Tech, 30-28
Ryan Colburn (File Photo)
Ryan Colburn (File Photo)

Nov. 21, 2009

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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.

Robbie Rouse rushed for 75 yards for Fresno State in relief of the injured Ryan Mathews, sidelined with the concussion that knocked him out of last week's game against Nevada.

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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