EL PASO, Texas — Carlos Henderson caught a 54-yard, go-ahead touchdown pass from Jeff Driskel early in the third quarter, and Louisiana Tech held off UTEP 17-15 on Saturday.
UTEP tackled Kenneth Dixon in the end zone for a safety in the third quarter, but the Miners’ ensuing 8-play drive stalled out at Louisiana Tech’s 48. On UTEP’s first drive of the fourth, Jay Mattox kicked a 27-yard field goal to make it 17-15.
Mattox missed a 32-yard field goal with 2:40 remaining and Louisiana Tech went three-and-out before a 61-yard punt by Gerald Shouse gave UTEP the ball at its own 17 with 44 seconds left. Seven plays later, Ryan Metz completed a 39-yard pass to Jaquan White at the Louisiana Tech 18 but time expired.
Driskel was 13-of-22 passing for 188 yards and two touchdowns for Louisiana Tech (8-3, 6-1 Conference USA). Henderson made three catches for 78 yards and two touchdowns.
Metz threw for 121 yards with one interception for UTEP (4-7, 2-5).
McNEESE STATE 20, LAMAR 14: In Beaumont, Texas, Derrick Milton, Ryan Ross and Daniel Sams all rushed for over 100 yards as McNeese State held on to beat Lamar.
Milton had 138 yards, Ross totaled 126 and Sams finished with 104 as McNeese State (10-0, 9-0 Southland Conference) had 406 yards rushing compared to Lamar’s 63.
Kade Harrington, who had 2,022 rushing yards this season heading into the game, was held to just 70 yards for Lamar (5-6, 4-5).
The Southland Conference champion Cowboys became only the ninth team in the league’s 52 years of football to finish the regular season undefeated. Their first game this season, against LSU, was cancelled because of inclement weather.
All the scoring happened in the first quarter until Jean Breaux booted a 31-yard field goal in the fourth and Lamar’s Joe Minden hit Devonn Brown on a 32-yard scoring strike to close to 20-14 with 4:42 left in the game.
NORTHWESTERN STATE 33, STEPHEN F. AUSTIN 17: In Natchitoches, Stephen Rivers threw for 302 yards on 20-of-30 passing, and Northwestern State used a strong second half to beat Stephen F. Austin in Southland Conference play.
Ed Eagan caught eight passes for 75 yards and Daniel Taylor rushed for 64 yards and one touchdown for Northwestern State (4-7, 4-5), which closed out the season by winning four of its last six games.
Zach Conque threw for 168 yards and one touchdown for Stephen F. Austin (4-7, 4-5) but threw two interceptions. Leroy Armstrong grabbed one, returning it 18 yards for a score.
The Lumberjacks scored first when Conque hit Aaron Piper on a 40-yard strike. Northwestern State answered with 17 straight points to take a 17-14 lead at the break. The Demons added 10 more in the third to go into the fourth, leading 27-17.