Louisiana Tech Faces Army in Heart of Dallas Classic at Historic Cotton Bowl
Sept. 26, 2013
RUSTON, La. - Louisiana Tech will play one of the most history-rich football programs in one of the most storied venues Saturday as the Bulldogs face Army in the Heart of Dallas Classic at the historic Cotton Bowl.
Gates to the Cotton Bowl open at 1 p.m. but the State Fair of Texas, which starts Friday, opens in the morning. Game ticket holders will be granted admission to the State Fair of Texas on Saturday. Fans are reminded that large bags, backpacks and coolers are not allowed inside the Cotton Bowl and that pass-outs will only be granted during the 20-minute halftime period. Additionally, tailgating is not allowed at the State Fair parking lots.
Both teams enter the game with 1-3 starts to the season as both programs had a chance at a marquee win for the year slip through their fingers. LA Tech committed four turnovers at NC State on Aug. 31 and watched the Wolf Pack pull away in the fourth quarter.
"We do not have time to feel sorry for ourselves, or have the pity party," Louisiana Tech head coach Skip Hotlz said. "It is time to pick yourself back up, roll your sleeves back up and get competitive. As I told them, if you do not like where you are, let's change it. If we do not like the results we are getting then let's change it. Let's do something about it. Let's get in here, watch film, correct some of the mistakes we made last week, and let's improve as a football team."
On Sept. 14, Army held serve with No. 5 Stanford only to find the Cardinal pull away for the 34-20 win.
"This is about guys who know they're right on the cusp of getting something done, and we feel the same way," Army head coach Rich Ellerson said. "We are anxious to play. Again, it's the team that goes in there and plays the closest to their best self. We struggle with those unforced errors even though some of those errors were forced last week. They have hurt themselves with some unforced errors as well. We're talking to ourselves, and we're determined to get this thing done."
Army and Louisiana Tech have met once before on the gridiron. The Black Knights claimed a 14-7 victory versus the Bulldogs on Oct. 25, 2008 at Michie Stadium in West Point, N.Y.
A year after having one of the most potent red zone offenses in the country, the Bulldogs rank 103rd nationally in red zone offense due to the surprising number of turnovers and missed field goals.
"At this point in the year, I would say at least 25-30 percent trips have been turnovers or missed field goals," Holtz said. "That is where you get to 103rd [offensively]. We turned the ball over at NC State, twice we have turned it over here and we have missed I think two field goals in the red zone. Those are our biggest red zone woes right now. If those numbers changed and we hold onto the ball, I don't think we are talking about this now."
Linebacker Daniel Cobb, who is ranked in the top 10 in the nation in tackles for a loss, knows just what to expect when facing a service academy.
"My dad was in the army for 25 years," explained Cobb. "All of my uncles were in the army so I moved around a lot as a child. I remember waking up as a little kid and going to run and do PT with my dad and the troops. I wanted to go out and go to camp with them and stay out in the woods and train. I know a lot about army. I know the discipline and how they fight. They are trained to never give up every day, 24-7. It is just not in them to stop. Even if they are down by 50 points, they are going to keep fighting and running their offense to a tee. We will have to be prepared and disciplined."
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 12 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 KDBS 1410 AM (Alexandria), 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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