Football Opens Home Slate with Lamar Saturday
Sep 5, 2013
RUSTON, La. - Louisiana Tech will begin its five-game home schedule Saturday as the Bulldogs open the 2013 home slate by hosting Lamar at 6 p.m. at Joe Aillet Stadium.
Saturday's game is only one of two contests not televised this season but will be available on the C-USA Digital Network and on LA Tech All-Access. The LA Tech Sports Network will broadcast the game with Dave Nitz (play-by-play), Teddy Allen (analyst) and Malcolm Butler (sidelines) calling the action.
The Bulldogs (0-1) return home hoping to avenge themselves of the four turnovers committed in a 40-14 loss at NC State last weekend. Lamar is making its first of two consecutive trips to FBS-level programs just a week after throttling Oklahoma Panhandle State, 75-0.
The game is feature of a weekend full of events on the Louisiana Tech campus including a home volleyball tournament in the Thomas Assembly Center and a Duck Call Contest at 3 p.m. on Saturday on the steops of the TAC. Saturday's game is billeted as "Sportsman's Paradise Day," and the grand prize in the Duck Call Contest is a mini green egg courtesy of Lincoln Outdoor Living.
On the field, the Bulldogs will be focusing on shoring up the turnovers, limiting the big plays and securing the team's first win of the season.
"We gave up about 550 yards of offense, which is an awful lot of offense, but in about 77 plays, we gave up about 270 yards," head coach Skip Holtz said of last week's loss at NC State. "The thing that was the killer for us defensively was the big plays. We gave up 10 plays for 259 yards. It came through big play passes and big play runs and when you sit down and watch the film, the encouraging thing is that we feel like we can get better."
While just a young program after resurrecting the team in 2010, Lamar has quickly built a competitive program.
"Lamar is a very young program but it is certainly not one we are going to take lightly," Holtz said. "When you look, six FCS teams beat FBS teams last week. If you look at the manner in which they did it, and you look at Lamar coming off a 75-0 victory last week. Seventy-five points is a lot of points to score. You still have to pitch it, catch it, throw it, block it, execute, and to score 75 points shows how far this program has gone."
Before Lamar initially cut its football program, the Cardinals often faced the Bulldogs when the two programs were members of the Southland Conference. LA Tech and Lamar have met 22 times on the field since 1959 with the Bulldogs owning a 17-5 advantage in the all-time series.
"When you look at all the teams that played this weekend that lost to lower-level teams, you realize competition is everywhere," Bulldogs wide receiver Sterling Griffin said. "We do not want to take them [Lamar] for granted. We are going to go out this week and look at them as they are coming in here to beat us just like we were going into NC State to beat them. We are just going to prepare as if we prepared last week, the same way this week."
KXKZ 107.5 FM will serve as the flagship station for the LA Tech Sports Network for the 15th straight year as the 100,000 watt station will carry all of the Bulldog football games in 2013.
Its sister station- KNBB 97.7 FM - will host Hill Oil's Inside Bulldog Football with Skip Holtz radio show each and every Monday throughout the season at The Dawg House Sports Grill with a new start time of 6 p.m. The first edition of Hill Oil's Inside Bulldog Football is scheduled for Aug. 26.
The 11 affiliate network will continue to provide coverage across the region, bringing the Bulldogs to listeners in Arkansas, East Texas, Mississippi and Louisiana. In addition to the affiliates in Ruston, the LA Tech Sports Network will also include KJVC 92.7 FM (Mansfield), KTKC 92.9 (Springhill), KBEF 104.5 FM (Minden), KASO 1240 AM (Minden), KPCH 99.3 (Ruston), KVCL 92.1 FM (Winnfield), KRMD 1340 AM (Shreveport/Bossier City), KRMD 100.7 FM (Shreveport/Bossier City) and WUBR 910 AM (Baton Rouge).
All Bulldog football games can also be accessed online 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).
Starting this year, 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.
For complete coverage of Bulldog Football, please follow @LATechFB on Twitter or visit the official home of Louisiana Tech Athletics at LATechSports.com.
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