June 14, 2011
RUSTON, La. - Louisiana Tech athletics director Bruce Van De Velde and head football coach Sonny Dykes announced that LA Tech has signed a home-and-home football series agreement with the University of Louisiana-Lafayette beginning with the 2014 season.
The two teams will play in Lafayette on Oct. 4, 2014 at Cajun Field before facing off at Ruston's Joe Aillet Stadium on Oct. 3, 2015. The agreement is expected to foster future scheduling agreements in all sports.
"We look forward to scheduling competitions in all sports against UL-Lafayette in the very near future," said Van De Velde.
The 2014 meeting will mark 10 years since the last time the two teams faced each other, which was a home-and-home series in 2003-04. Louisiana Tech won both of those games, including a 24-20 decision in 2004, as the Bulldogs have won the last six meetings in the series.
"Playing this series makes a lot of sense for both programs," Dykes said. "It is smart for us to play teams in other parts of Louisiana. Mark Hudspeth will do good things with that program. South Louisiana is a big recruiting area for us and it is important for us to have a presence and play in Lafayette. We are looking forward to playing more regional teams and in games against traditional rivals."
Overall, Louisiana Tech leads the all-time series 46-33-6. The series began in 1910 when Louisiana Tech defeated what used to be known as Southwestern Louisiana, 75-0.
Louisiana Tech will face another in-state foe, Northwestern State, at Joe Aillet Stadium on Sept. 20, 2014. The Bulldogs and Demons will rekindle an old Louisiana State Fair rivalry where Tech leads, 51-19-5. The Bulldogs last played Northwestern State in 1994 and have won 16 of the last 18 meetings with one tie in that stretch.
Louisiana Tech is entering its second season under head coach Sonny Dykes after coming one win away from bowl eligibility in 2010.
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