LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Louisiana Tech missed three field goals in the first half. The 24th-ranked Bulldogs had no big runs or passes, and carried a slim lead into the locker room.
Colby Cameron and Co. picked it up in time to earn a landmark win for the school.
Cameron passed for a touchdown and ran for a score in the third quarter, helping Louisiana Tech beat New Mexico State 28-14 on Saturday night for the Bulldogs' first victory as a ranked team.
"We did what we had to do to win," coach Sonny Dykes said. "It wasn't a real pretty game. Anytime you go on the road and come out with a win, it's a good game."
New Mexico State lost two fumbles and Andrew Manley threw an interception, damaging the Aggies' chances of springing the upset.
Cameron tossed a 44-yard touchdown pass to Myles White and had a 2-yard TD run after Louisiana Tech led 7-0 at halftime. Ray Holley extended the lead to 28-0 with a career-long 83-yard run in the fourth.
The slow start was quite the contrast to last week, when the Bulldogs rolled up a school-record 839 yards of offense in a 70-28 victory against Idaho.
"I guess we are human," said Cameron, who completed 29 of 44 passes for 292 yards. "It was kind of like a gut check to us that we need to get better."
Louisiana Tech (7-1, 2-0 WAC) has won consecutive games since its only loss of the season against Texas A&M. It's hoping to remain in the Top 25 for consecutive weeks for the first time in school history.