RUSTON, Louisiana (Ticker) -- No. 17 Fresno State could not overcome a dominant performance by Ryan Moats or a poor one by Paul Pinegar.
Moats scored four touchdowns and Pinegar threw two interceptions as Louisiana Tech posted a 28-21 upset victory over Western Athletic Conference rival Fresno State.
Things started off well enough for Fresno State (3-1, 0-1 WAC) as Pinegar connected with Robbie Dubois for a four-yard TD pass just over three minutes into the game and Brett Visintainer kicked a 36-yard field goal to open a 10-0 lead after the opening quarter.
Visintainer connected from 35 yards out to extend the lead to 13-0 with 5:35 left in the second quarter before Moats got warmed up.
Fifth in the nation in rushing entering the game, Moats scored from six yards out with 2:00 left to cut the deficit to 13-7 at the half. His 83-yard burst with a minute to play in the third quarter gave the hosts their first lead, 14-13.
Fresno State took its last lead when Wendell Mathis - who rushed for 190 yards on 28 carries - scored on a three-yard run early in the fourth quarter and Pinegar hit Jermaine Jamison for the two-point conversion.
Moats scored from one yard out with 9:50 left to pull Louisiana Tech within 21-20, though the extra point was blocked. But with 3:25 remaining, Moats added an eight-yard TD run for the go-ahead score, and Matt Kubik hit Eric Newman on the two-point conversion attempt for the final margin.
Both of Pinegar's interceptions were costly. His first set up Moats' final touchdown and his second came at the Louisiana Tech 20 with 1:03 to play. Pinegar had scrambled to convert a 4th-and-eight on the previous play to keep the comeback hopes alive.
Pinegar, who improved to 18-5 as a starter, completed only 13-of-28 passes for 104 yards.
There is little time for Louisiana Tech to celebrate its second win over a ranked team in school history as a trip to No. 9 Auburn is next on the schedule. The Tigers, who posted a convincing 34-10 victory at No. 8 Tennessee, will be the fourth consecutive top-20 opponent for Louisiana Tech.