Posted Feb 23, 2006 11:54:47
Tech Releases 2006 Football Schedule
RUSTON – Non-conference road games at Nebraska, Texas A&M and Clemson and a nationally-televised home contest against Fresno State highlight Louisiana Tech’s 13-game football schedule released by the university Thursday.
Tech’s schedule, which features the most regular season games in the program’s 100-plus year history, also includes five contests against 2005 bowl participants.
The highlight of the slate is a Friday, Nov. 24 home game against Fresno State which will be aired nationally on ESPN2.
“This is our most challenging schedule ever, but one that will pay big dividends in the near future with home games against Clemson and Texas A&M,” said Tech Athletic Director Jim Oakes. “We are also very pleased to once again host a nationally televised game. ESPN coverage has been very important in the growth of our football program.”
Head coach Jack Bicknell’s Bulldogs open the season Sept. 2 at Nebraska, the site of one of Louisiana Tech’s most memorable games, a 56-27 loss to the Cornhuskers in 1998 when Tim Rattay and Troy Edwards combined to shatter numerous school and NCAA marks.
Tech opens the home portion of its schedule two weeks later as Division I-AA Nicholls State ventures to Joe Aillet Stadium. The Bulldogs then face the toughest three-week stretch of the year traveling to Texas A&M, Clemson and Boise State – the Western Athletic Conference opener – in consecutive weekends.
The Bulldogs then play back to back home games against Idaho (Oct. 14) and Utah State (Oct. 21) before returning to the road for three straight road games at San Jose State (Oct. 28), North Texas (Nov. 4) and Hawaii (Nov. 11).
Tech hosts 2005 WAC Co-Champ Nevada Nov. 18 and then the nationally televised contest against Fresno State six days later. The Bulldogs close out the 2006 regular season Dec. 2 at New Mexico State.
Oakes said that times for the 2006 home games would be announced at a later date.
2006 Louisiana Tech Football Schedule
S2 at Nebraska (8-4, 4-4 Big XII), W, 32-28 over Michigan in Alamo Bowl
S16 Nicholls State (6-4, 5-1 Southland)
S23 at Texas A&M (5-6, 3-5 Big XII)
S30 at Clemson (8-4, 4-4 ACC), W, 19-10 over Colorado in Citrus Bowl
O7 at Boise State (9-3, 7-1 WAC), L, 27-21 to Boston College in MPC Computers Bowl
O14 Idaho (2-9, 2-6 WAC)
O21 Utah State (3-8, 2-6 WAC)
O28 at San Jose State (3-8, 2-6 WAC)
N4 at North Texas (2-9, 2-5 Sun Belt)
N11 at Hawaii (5-7, 4-4 WAC)
N18 Nevada (9-3, 7-1 WAC) W, 49-48 over UCF in Hawaii Bowl
N24 Fresno State/ESPN2 (8-5, 6-2 WAC) L, 31-24 to Tulsa in Liberty Bowl
D2 at New Mexico State (0-12, 0-8 WAC)