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Louisiana Tech 31, Boise St. 24

October 25, 1997

BOISE, Idaho (AP) _ Tim Rattay hit tight end Jason Powers with a 6-yard scoring pass with 39 seconds left Saturday to rally Louisiana Tech to a 31-27 victory over Boise State.

The Bulldogs (6-2) trailed throughout until the 74-yard, 14-play drive for the winning touchdown.

Boise State (3-5) of the Big West Conference led 24-14 early in the third quarter after linebacker Brian Johnson intercepted Rattay’s pass and returned it 55 yards for a touchdown.

Rattay, who leads the nation in total offense, was 29-of-43 for 335 yards and two touchdowns, with two interceptions.

Louisiana Tech ran up 500 yards, 275 in the second half.

Little-used freshman Bart Hendricks played the entire game for Boise State after starting quarterback Nate Sparks was scratched by an injury suffered in practice earlier in the week. Hendricks scored Boise State’s first touchdown on a 73-yard scramble.

Hendricks was 9-of-21 for 111 yards and had three passes intercepted. Gavin Reed rushed for 97 yards on 24 carries, Hendricks had 80 and backup Reggie Etheridge ran for 56 for Boise State.

Bobby Ray Tell ran for two touchdowns and 77 yards on 15 carries for Louisiana Tech. Troy Edwards caught 11 passes for 176 yards, including a 72-yard scoring play in the second quarter.

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