RUSTON, La. -- Louisiana Tech captured the school's first Western Athletic Conference championship since 2001 with a 44-0 victory over New Mexico State on Saturday.
The Bulldogs (8-4, 6-1) also accepted a bid to the Dec. 21 San Diego County Poinsettia Bowl. The bowl bid is the fifth in school history and Louisiana Tech's first since an Independence Bowl victory over Northern Illinois in 2008.
"It's been a fun ride for this football team," Bulldogs coach Sonny Dykes said. "It certainly feels great to win a championship. We started the season off kind of rough and I was proud of how our players hung in there. They have been a fun group to coach.
"We are excited about going to San Diego for the bowl game. It will be a great experience for our players."
A walk-on who was put on scholarship by the coaching staff this week, Lee finished the game with a career-high 148 yards on 26 carries to go along with three touchdowns on the ground.
"It's been a phenomenal feeling to work my way up the ladder like I have this season," Lee said. "We have had guys go out and new guys step in and now it was just my turn. To be here and win a WAC Championship; I am just so overwhelmed right now. I am so happy.
"The offensive line did a fantastic job tonight. Holes were opening up left and right. I just ran through the holes that they opened up for me. You can feel when we start to make plays as an offensive unit. We got into our hurry-up offense and finished drives how we wanted."
After starting the season 1-4, Louisiana Tech has won seven straight games. The Bulldogs now await their opponent in the Poinsettia Bowl to be announced.
New Mexico State (4-8, 2-4) concludes its season next week against Utah State.
UCLA junior linebacker Myles Jack has withdrawn from school and will enter the NFL draft, making the decision just weeks after suffering a season-ending knee injury.
South Carolina AD Ray Tanner is not "100 percent sure" Saturday's game vs. No. 7 LSU will be played at Williams-Brice Stadium because of devastating floods that hit the state.
A judge has lifted a temporary restraining order filed against Rutgers wide receiver Leonte Carroo after a woman he was accused of attacking said she didn't think it was necessary.
Auburn senior receiver D'haquille Williams has been dismissed from the team.
Alabama coach Nick Saban took exception with the media's outlook on his team prior to Saturday's win at Georgia, lashing out at those who "buried" the Crimson Tide.
DraftKings and FanDuel continued to defend their integrity after the disclosure that a DraftKings employee won $350,000 with information used in a way that some have likened to insider trading.