Texas St. loses shootout in San Marcos

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by Matt Mitchell

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Posted on November 11, 2012 at 12:39 AM

 Trying to beat Louisiana Tech in a high-scoring game is one tough task.

Kenneth Dixon scored five touchdowns to set three single-season NCAA freshman record and No. 19 Louisiana Tech scored on all but two possessions to beat Texas State 62-55 on Saturday night.

"We've had a lot of this," Louisiana Tech coach Sonny Dykes said. "It was just hard to get off the field on defense. When they're scoring like they were, it's hard to have a whole lot of confidence. Obviously we've got to play better and get better."

The Bulldogs (9-1, 4-0) have won 10 straight in the Western Athletic Conference. They racked up 627 yards, while allowing 577, and kept slim hopes for a BCS bid alive.

"(A shootout) wasn't the plan necessarily," Bobcats coach Dennis Franchione said. "When you go from last week making 158 yards, as a coach you're struggling a little bit to find out what we can put our hand on and say whether or not we're going to be able to do this or that. Nothing really changed, our guys just started scoring."

Texas State (3-6, 1-3) had a season high in points and total yardage (577), but it wasn't enough against one of the NCAA's most prolific offenses.

Louisiana Tech has scored at least 52 points in all but two games this season and its only loss was a 59-57 shootout to Texas A&M, which upset No. 1 Alabama earlier in the day.

The teams combined for 1,204 yards Saturday and the average scoring drive was only 2 minutes, 26 seconds.

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