LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) -- Quarterback Chase Holbrook had another
record-setting game and one of the country's most downtrodden
programs built a little momentum for next season.
Holbrook passed and ran for four touchdowns and set a pair of
NCAA records by a sophomore in New Mexico State's 50-23 win over
Louisiana Tech on Saturday.
Holbrook, who broke numerous school records this season, set
NCAA records by a sophomore for passing yards and total offense in
a season. His 4,619 passing yards surpassed the previous mark of
4,560 by Ty Detmer of BYU in 1989 and Holbrook's total offense of
4,541 yards broke the previous mark of 4,469 by Hawaii's Timmy
Chang in 2002.
"We thought we had a shot at it this year," Holbrook said of
his two latest records. "We just had to go out and get it. I'm
excited about it, but really, I'm just excited about the win."
Holbrook completed 41 of 54 passes for 514 yards.
"Obviously he's a fantastic player," Louisiana Tech coach Jack
Bicknell said. "When you're in that type of offense, you've got to
be accurate and you've got to have good receivers."
Holbrook is good on both accounts.
He completed nearly 70 percent of his passes this season and his
stable of receivers, led by sophomore Chris Williams, also put up
big numbers. Williams, who caught 12 passes for 150 yards Saturday,
caught 92 passes for 1,425 yards and 12 touchdowns this season. His
catch total and yardage are school records and he went into the
game leading the nation in receiving yards per game (115.9).
In a meeting of Western Athletic Conference also-rans, New
Mexico State (4-8, 2-6 WAC) finished the season with a two-game
winning streak, the Aggies' first in two years. Louisiana Tech
(3-10, 1-7 WAC) lost its fourth straight.
Holbrook extended his school record for TD passes in a season to
34 with scoring passes of 63 and 6 yards to Derek Dubois and 15
yards to A.J. Harris. Holbrook, who scored on a short run in the
fourth quarter, accounted for 38 TDs this season and set another
school record with his 10th 300-yard passing game.
The Aggies even kicked a field goal, an adventurous play much of
this season. Matt Pratt's 30-yarder in the third quarter was the
first field goal by the Aggies in five games and the first attempt
in four games.
Louisiana Tech, which led 7-0 early, got a pair of fourth
quarter touchdown passes from backup quarterback Michael Mosley to
Bryan Carroll and Dennis Morris; a 3-yard TD run by Patrick Jackson
and Anthony Moss' return of a blocked PAT attempt by NMSU.
The Bulldogs trailed 14-7 at halftime, but fell apart with three
interceptions and a lost fumble.
"It's ridiculous," Bicknell said. "It was 14-7 at halftime
and we probably should have been better than that. We come out in
the second half and don't do anything. We just didn't play hard in
the second half."
Holbrook, taking advantage of the expanded 12-game schedules in
college football, also became the first New Mexico State
quarterback to throw a touchdown pass in 12 games in a season.
Louisiana Tech took a 7-0 lead on Jackson's run in the first
quarter. It was set up by Quin Harris' recovery of a fumble by NMSU
receiver Brandon Allen at midfield.
The Aggies tied it with an 80-yard, seven-play drive. Nwoko
scored after Holbrook hit wide receiver Chris Williams with a
21-yard pass to the 1. It was all NMSU after that.