LouisianaTech's back Kenneth Dixon (28) scores a four-yard touchdown to tie the NCAA record for most rushing touchdowns (21) in a season by a freshman in Western Athletic Conference play Saturday night against Texas State in San Marcos. / Tom Morris/Special to The Times
SAN MARCOS, Texas — Kenneth Dixon scored five touchdowns to set a 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.
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.
The Bobcats (3-6, 1-3) scored a season high in points, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the record-setting efforts of Dixon and Colby Cameron.
Dixon set NCAA single-season records for touchdowns, rushing touchdowns (24) and total points (150) by a freshman. San Diego State’s Marshall Faulk set the record for TDs in 1991 with 23, and rushing TDs with 21, a mark that was matched by Virginia Tech’s Ryan Williams in 2009. Faulk had 140 points in 1991.
Cameron completed 31 for 45 passes and improved his current streak of passes without an interception to 419. He broke the NCAA of 379 set by North Carolina State’s Russell Wilson in 2008.
A second effort gave Dixon the record after his initial leap was stopped on fourth-and-goal at the 1 with 3 minutes left in the first half. He lunged forward into the end zone after landing on a pile of linemen, giving the Bulldogs a 28-21 lead.
He also scored on runs of 4, 13 and 16 yards and had a 14-yard TD reception from Cameron.
The average scoring drive for both teams was only 2 minutes, 26 seconds.
Louisiana Tech needed just 25 seconds to take a 41-34 lead at the half. It was the 20th touchdown the Bulldogs have scored in one minute or less this season.
Texas State took an early 14-7 lead when Louisiana Tech struggled defending the option attack. The Bobcats rushed for 126 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries in the opening quarter.
Terrence Franks opened the scoring with an 11-yard run for Texas State, and Marcus Curry scored six minutes later on a 55-yard run to make it 14-7.
Louisiana Tech kept pace behind Cameron, who threw two of his three touchdowns in the first quarter.