June 13, 2011
RUSTON, La. - Louisiana Tech athletics director Bruce Van De Velde and head football coach Sonny Dykes announced Thursday that the program has cemented six home games for the 2012 slate with the addition of Lamar to the schedule. In addition, Tech will play at Kansas in 2013.
The addition of Lamar to the 2012 schedule finishes Tech's non-conference portion of the schedule and guarantees that the Bulldogs will host six home games at Joe Aillet Stadium. Set for Sept. 1, this will be the first meeting between the two schools since 1986. Tech holds a 17-5 advantage in the all-time series and has won 13 of the last 15 meetings between the two programs.
"Lamar is an up-and-coming program," said Dykes. "I know [head coach] Ray Woodard will have good players on the field. He is surrounded by a lot of good high school football in east Texas where he can recruit from and I expect that to be a challenging game that I look forward to playing."
The 2012 schedule will feature home games against Lamar (Sept. 1), Rice (Sept. 15) and UNLV (Oct. 6) with road games at Houston (Sept. 8), at Illinois (Sept. 22) and at Virginia (Sept. 29). Tech's Western Athletic Conference slate that season includes road games at New Mexico State, SanJose State and Texas State with home games against Idaho, Utah State and UTSA. WAC game dates have yet to be determined.
Tech adds Kansas to a 2013 schedule that is also has a chance of six home games. The Bulldogs last played the Jayhawks during the 2008 season and the two teams have met three times in history with Tech winning the first meeting, 16-11, in 1987. The two programs will meet on Sept. 21, 2013 at Memorial Stadium in Lawrence, Kan.
"It is always good to take on a BCS program," Dykes said of facing Kansas in 2013. "I look forward to that challenge. Kansas has poured money into their facilities recently and Turner Gill does a good job. We will face a team that is well coached, disciplined and will have a lot of talent."
Season tickets are now on sale for the 2011 campaign which features home games against Houston with Heisman Trophy candidate quarterback Case Keenum and 2010 Co-WAC Champion Hawaii. Fans can reserve their 2011 season tickets today by visiting www.ticketmaster.com/latech, by calling 318-257-3631 or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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