RUSTON, La. - The state of Louisiana's second longest-standing rivalry gets renewed for the 86th time this weekend as Louisiana Tech travels to face Louisiana-Lafayette Saturday night at Cajun Field.
Louisiana Tech at Louisiana-Lafayette
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While the two teams have not met since 2004, the recent hiatus is a rare occurrence over the history of two schools that have shared membership in six different conferences as each program has adapted and advanced throughout the changing landscape of collegiate athletics.
LA Tech and ULL met every year from 1924 through 1986 (with the exception of 1943 due to World War II) and Louisiana Tech's six-game winning streak is the longest by either side in the series. Only LSU and Tulane (98 meetings) have faced each other more among Louisiana's in-state match-ups. Tech owns a 129-69-6 record against current members of the Sun Belt Conference.
The Bulldogs enter Saturday's game with a 46-33-6 advantage in the all-time series, which dates back to the 1910 season when Tech beat ULL, 75-0, in Ruston during a time when touchdowns were worth five points and a field goal was worth four points. The Ragin' Cajuns - then also known as the Bulldogs, a nickname that did not change until the 1960s - tied LA Tech in the second meeting with a 7-7 score in 1915 as both teams competed in their inaugural season in the Louisiana Intercollegiate Athletic Association.
Quite familiar with the rivalry, current Bulldogs assistant coach Tim Rattay quarterbacked LA Tech to two of the school's most dominating wins over ULL - known as the University of Southwestern Louisiana when he played - with winning marks of 63-24 and 77-14 in 1997 and 1998, respectively. The 77 points Tech scored on the Ragin' Cajuns in 1998 still stands as the most points any team has ever scored in a game at Joe Aillet Stadium.
After opening at No. 4/3 Oklahoma last week, LA Tech (0-1) began a brutal season-opening stretch that includes three games in 13 days as all three contests will be on the road against programs that went to a bowl game last season.
The Bulldogs are looking to avenge a 48-16 loss last Saturday at Oklahoma, while ULL (1-0) will play its second straight home game after completing a 45-6 victory over the Southern Jaguars a week ago in Lafayette.
UL-Lafayette is led by fourth-year head coach Mark Hudspeth and enter this weekend's game receiving votes in both the Associated Press and the USA Today Coaches Poll.
The battle between Hudspeth's offense and the Manny Diaz-led Tech defense will be intriguing as the two were on the same Mississippi State coaching staff in 2010 when the Magnolia State Bulldogs rattled off nine wins en route to a Gator Bowl invitation.
LA Tech's Cody Sokol will enter the game as the Bulldogs' quarterback after going 22-36 with 191 yards and two touchdowns last Saturday against the Sooners. The Ragin' Cajuns will go with senior Terrance Broadway, who passed for 237 yards and three touchdowns last week versus Southern, at the quarterback position.
KXKZ 107.5 FM will serve as the flagship station for the LA Tech Sports Network for the 16th straight year as the 100,000 watt station will carry all of the Bulldog football games in 2014.
In addition to KXKZ, the LA Tech Sports Network will consist of KNBB-FM 97.7 (Ruston), KPCH-FM 99.3 (Ruston), KJVC-FM 92.7 (Mansfield), KTKC-FM 92.9 (Springhill), KBEF-FM 104.5 (Minden), KASO-AM 1240 (Minden), KVCL-FM 92.1 (Winnfield), WUBR-AM 910 (Baton Rouge/Zachary) and KRMDFM 100.7 (Shreveport) which also simulcasts on 1340 AM.
All Bulldog football games can also be accessed online (audio for all games) by purchasing a subscription to LA Tech All-Access on LATechSports.com. Cost of a subscription to LA Tech All-Access is only $9.95 per month or $79.95 for the entire year (which includes all live broadcasts for all of Tech's athletic teams).
Fans can also choose to purchase the C-USA Digital Network subscription for $14.95 per month or $119.95 per year which includes all of the above content as well as audio and video for all road C-USA games along with additional video content throughout the year.
This fall, all of the Tech football broadcasts can be heard on the LA Tech Sports Network as Dave Nitz, Teddy Allen, Malcolm Butler, Bennie Thornell and Mason Ellenberger comprise the broadcast team.
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