RUSTON, La. (AP) - Brad Oestriecher made a career-best three
field goals and Louisiana Tech took advantage of three Mississippi
State turnovers in the third quarter in a 22-14 upset on Saturday.
The win by Tech was the first over a BCS conference squad in
five years (at Michigan State in 2003) and first against an SEC
team since an upset of No. 18 Alabama at Tuscaloosa in 1999.
The last time a current member of the SEC played in Ruston was
1908 when visitor LSU beat Tech 22-0.
Mississippi State (0-1) held a 14-9 lead at halftime, but had
three turnovers in the third quarter.
Running back Patrick Jackson threw a first-half interception on
a trick play, but also scored twice, including a 6-yard scamper to
give Tech a 16-14 the lead for good midway through the third
Oestriecher made field goals from 48, 28 and 50 yards away for
Tech. Jackson ran for 62 yards on 17 carries.
Anthony Dixon rushed for 91 yards on 18 carries for the
Mississippi State. Wesley Carroll threw for 172 yards and a
touchdown along with three interceptions.