NEW ORLEANS – Kenneth Dixon had 215 yards from scrimmage and scored four times to become the NCAA’s career touchdowns leader, and Louisiana Tech beat Arkansas State 47-28 in the New Orleans Bowl on Saturday night.
Dixon caught six passes for 113 yards and touchdowns of 9 and 59 yards. He carried 21 times for 102 yards, including scoring runs of 8 and 4 yards.
He has 87 touchdowns and 522 points, putting him three TDs and 10 points ahead of Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds, who plays Monday in the Military Bowl.
Jeff Driskel, a transfer from Florida, closed out his college career by passing for 458 yards and three touchdowns for Louisiana Tech (9-4), which had 687 total yards in finishing a second straight season with a bowl victory.
Taylor Blaise had a 98-yard kickoff return for Arkansas State in the fourth quarter, but by then it was too late to mount a comeback.
Driskel, a transfer from Florida who had passed for 3,575 yards and 24 TDs entering the bowl game, got the Bulldogs off to a fast start, completing 10 of his first 12 passes for 170 yards and two touchdowns. Driskel lofted long, accurate passes to set up each TD – 53-yard connection with Carlos Henderson set up the first and a 45-yarder to Trent Taylor to set up the second, which put Tech up 17-3.
Arkansas State then rallied to tie the score by halftime. Warren Wand’s 1-yard scored capped a 14-play, 91-yard drive that cut it to 17-10. Late in the second quarter, Blaise Taylor’s 41-yard punt return gave the Red Wolves the ball on the Tech 25. Four plays later, Knighten ran it in from the 1.
Tech took the lead for good Dixon’s second TD reception.
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