Fresno pulls out victory

FRESNO -- Jason Crawley scored the go-ahead touchdown and Fresno State controlled the second half to defeat Louisiana Tech 17-6 on Saturday night.

Clifton Smith added a fourth-quarter touchdown run for Fresno State (2-2 overall, 1-0 Western Athletic Conference). The Bulldogs improved to 10-1 in WAC openers under coach Pat Hill.

Lonyae Miller, Ryan Mathews and Smith combined for 139 rushing yards as Fresno State got its ground game going in the second half after trailing 6-0 at halftime.

Louisiana Tech, making its second West Coast trip in two weeks after visiting Cal on Sept. 15, dropped to 1-3, 0-2.

Fresno State trailed throughout until Crawley caught a short pass from Turlock High grad Tom Brandstater and spun away from Shalamar Walker at the 15. The resulting 27-yard touchdown put the Bulldogs ahead 10-6 with 7:43 left in the third quarter.

Smith's 6-yard scamper on third-and-goal with 9:51 remaining sealed Fresno State's first victory over a Football Bowl Subdivision opponent.

Both teams relied on the running game as neither quarterback was particularly accurate. Louisiana Tech's Zac Champion completed 22 of 48 passes for 179 yards, while Brandstater was 8 of 22 for 92 yards and an interception for Fresno State.