STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) _ Jason Martin threw four touchdown passes to set a Louisiana Tech career record in a 38-23 victory over Mississippi State on Saturday.
Mississippi State (1-1) scored two TDs in the final two minutes, but still fell short.
Martin hit Josh Bradley for two scores, a 1-yarder in the first quarter and a 4-yarder in the final period. He completed 28 of 41 passes for 300 yards.
The first score was set up by Mississippi State’s botched fake field goal attempt, when Louisiana Tech’s Derrick Parker intercepted a Rob Morgan pass and returned it 61 yards. Tech (3-1) scored 30 seconds later.
Martin threw TD passes of 26 yards to Troy Edwards and 8 yards to Tyler Lasseigne. The senior now has 42 career TD passes, breaking the record of 40 set by Matt Dunigan in 1982.
Mississippi State got 182 yards rushing from Keffer McGee, but all other rushers on the team combined for minus-13 yards.
State trailed 16-0 late in the second quarter when McGee ran in from 45 yards out, then caught a pass for the two-point conversion.
When State scored its next touchdown, with just over two minutes left in the game, there were few fans left from the original crowd of 33,200 for the team’s home opener.
Redshirt freshman Matt Wyatt, substituting for struggling senior Derrick Taite, connected on 17-of-33 for 248 yards for State. Taite was 1-for-8 with one interception.
Louisiana Tech also scored on a 16-yard run by Lee Ragsdale and a 27-yard by Marty Kent.