Louisiana Tech to Kickoff Home Slate with Nicholls State Saturday Evening

Sept. 18, 2009



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Louisiana Tech will host the Nicholls State Colonels on Saturday at 6 p.m. at Joe Aillet Stadium in Ruston as the Bulldogs return home for the first time this season. Tech (0-2) opened the season with road losses at Auburn and Navy while Nicholls State (1-1) lost at Air Force during the opening weekend before bouncing back last week to defeat Duquesne. This marks the fourth time that the two programs have met with Louisiana Tech leading the series 3-0, including a 31-21 win in 2006. All three of the previous games have been played at Joe Aillet Stadium in Ruston.

Game Notes
► LA Tech will be playing at home for the first time this season after opening the year with two road games.
► LA Tech is hoping to avoid its first 0-3 start since the 1998 when the Bulldogs dropped their first three games to Nebraska, Central Florida and Texas A&M.
Derek Dooley is 2-0 in home openers as the head coach of Louisiana Tech.
► Since 2000, LA Tech is 8-1 in home openers, falling only to Boise State, 43-37, in 2003.
► Saturday's game marks the third time the two teams have met in LA Tech's season opener. The games in 1988 and 2006 were between LA Tech and Nicholls State were also home openers for the Bulldogs.
► Louisiana Tech is entering its third season under the direction of head coach Derek Dooley. The Bulldogs have improved dramatically under Dooley, going from a 3-8 record prior to his arrival to an 8-5 season and an Independence Bowl win last year.
► Louisiana Tech entered the 2009 season as the ONLY Western Athletic Conference (WAC) team to bring a winning streak into the new year. Tech closed the 2008 season with two wins, including an Independence Bowl victory over Northern Illinois. Utah State is the only other WAC team to finish 2008 with a victory.
► LA Tech's 2008 Independence Bowl victory over Northern Illinois marked the Bulldogs as the only WAC team to record a bowl win in 2008.
► Louisiana Tech will be hosting two games that will air live on ESPN2, the first time that Joe Aillet Stadium will be the stage for multiple live national television audiences.

If You Go

Breast Cancer Awareness Game: This Saturday's contest is the Breast Cancer Awareness Game. Bulldogs Tackling Breast Cancer is a nonprofit fundraising organization that was founded in 2007 by Dr. Allison Dooley in order to raise awareness of the prevention, detection and incidence of breast cancer. Over the past two years, more than $28,000 has been raised by Bulldogs Tackling Breast Cancer with all proceeds going to the Northeast Louisiana affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Money is raised through the sale of t-shirts (which will be sold inside the gates of Joe Aillet Stadium for $15) and through the Pink Collar Luncheon which will be held Thursday, Nov. 5 at Squire Creek Country Club. For more information on the Pink Collar Luncheon, contact latechpinkcollar@gmail.com. Tech fans can also donate money to the cause by visiting the Ruston Jaycees dunking booth in tailgate alley.

Concessions: For the second consecutive year, Aramark will serve as the concessionaire at all Louisiana Tech home football games. This year the food selection has been expanded to include grilled chicken sandwiches and hamburgers as well as Papa John's Pizza and Maggie Moos. For the first time ever, Tech students will be able to use their Tech Express card to purchase concessions at Joe Aillet Stadium.

Gates: All gates will open two hours before kickoff. No food or drink of any kind will be allowed into Joe Aillet Stadium (this policy will be strictly enforced).

Kids Zone: This year the Kids Zone will be bigger and better. The Kids Zone which will be located on the hill on the southeast side of the Thomas Assembly Center will include multiple inflatables, face painting, Bulldog toss, games and an appearance by a clown. The Kids Zone will open at noon on Saturday. This is open to kids of all ages and members of the Louisiana Tech Kids Club are urged to attend.

Parking: Fans who are members of the Louisiana Tech Athletic Club (LTAC) who have parking passes can gain entrance to the lots (A, B, C, D, Media) at three locations: off Alabama Ave by Joe Aillet Fieldhouse (Lot A, B and Media), off Alabama Avenue between the Thomas Assembly Center (Lot B, C and D) and Hideaway Park, as well as off Tech Drive across from the Lambright Intramural Center (Lot C and D). Paid parking ($10) will be in the intramural field located across from the Marbury Alumni House (access from Tech Drive) and in the parking lot by the Lady Techster Softball Complex (access from Tech Drive). Free parking is located at Ruston High School and on other areas of the Tech campus. Parking will NOT BE ALLOWED on the newly-constructed Lady Techster Soccer Complex.

Pep Rally: Bulldog fans can join in all the pregame excitement Saturday at 11 a.m. with a community pep rally held at Railroad Park in downtown Ruston. There will be performances by the Band of Pride, Tech cheerleaders and Regal Blues as well as an appearance by the Lady Techster basketball team and Coach Teresa Weatherspoon. The cheerleading teams from Ruston High and Choudrant High as well as the dance team from Choudrant High will be performing as well. There will be free give aways including game tickets, autographed Lady Techster basketballs, door prizes and jambalaya. The young Bulldog fans can also enjoy the inflatables and free face painting.

Tailgating: All Tech fans are invited to join the Alumni Association under the Argent Pavilion (located on Tailgate Alley adjacent to Joe Aillet Stadium) for this year's Alumni and Friends Tailgates. This is a great place to meet your friends or make new ones. Saturday's menu includes chopped beef sandwiches, chips and drinks catered by Aramark (free) from 2 to 5 p.m.

Tickets: Fans can purchase single game tickets online at www.latechsports.com and www.ticketmaster.com or by calling the Tech Ticket Office at 318-257-3631. Individuals who purchase tickets online can print them off at home or the office and bring them to the game. This season all tickets will be scanned at the gates to Joe Aillet Stadium.

Ticket Booths: Fans who purchase tickets at the stadium the day of game can do so at two locations. The ticket windows at the main entrance (east side) of the Thomas Assembly Center will open starting five hours before kickoff. Fans can purchase tickets for the East Side of the stadium at the newly-constructed ticket booth located on the east side of the facility starting two hours before kickoff. Fans can purchase tickets via cash, check, VISA, Mastercard, American Express or Discover.

For complete coverage of Bulldog Football, please visit the official home of LA Tech Athletics at LATechSports.com.




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