Sept. 29, 2009
RUSTON, La. -
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Louisiana Tech (1-2, 0-0 WAC) enters conference play on Wednesday, Sept. 30 in a nationally televised broadcast on ESPN2 as the Bulldogs host Hawai'i (2-1, 0-0 WAC). Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. CT in both teams' conference opener.
► LA Tech opens WAC play against Hawai'i after Tech recorded its best finish (T-2nd) since joining the WAC in 2001.
► LA Tech is hoping to record a win in its conference opener for the first time since 2005.
► Derek Dooley is looking to record his first win as a head coach over Hawai'i.
► After facing Auburn, Navy and Nicholls State (three teams that specialize in the running the ball), Louisiana Tech will face a Hawai'i team that is ranked third in the nation in passing offense and seventh in the nation in total offense.
► LA Tech has won seven of its last eight games in the friendly confines of Joe Aillet Stadium.
► Louisiana Tech is in 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.
Wednesday's game against Hawai'i marks Louisiana Tech's annual Red Out game. While LA Tech's traditional home jersey is blue, one game per year the RedDogs make an appearance at Joe Aillet Stadium when LA Tech wears its red "third jersey." All LA Tech fans are encouraged to wear red during LA Tech's Red Out game against Hawai'i.
...Could Have a Student Seeing Green
One lucky LA Tech student will be randomly drawn on Wednesday night to receive $1,000. The winner will be announced at halftime and the only criteria for entry will be that the student must be in the stadium by kickoff and he/she must be wearing red.
Welcome to our Guest Students
Louisiana Tech officials have invited all Grambling State students to attend Wednesday's game against Hawai'i free of charge. Louisiana Tech and Grambling State are located within four miles of one another and the two universities share a unique bond, including operating an Interinstitutional Cooperative Program, making it possible for undergraduate and graduate students to enroll for classes at both schools concurrently.
Joe Aillet is a Tough Place to Play
It always nice to be home and Louisiana Tech has experienced recent success in the friendly confines of Joe Aillet Stadium. LA Tech has won seven of its last eight games at Aillet Stadium with the Bulldogs' only loss being a four-point game against Nevada last season, a 35-31 thriller.
Playing in the widespread Western Athletic Conference, home games are even more of a premium when the time factor is taken into consideration. As the most eastern school in the western league, Louisiana Tech is the only WAC member in the central time zone. That time difference becomes even more of a factor when playing the team from the Aloha State as Hawai'i, in the Hawai'i time zone, has a five-hour time difference than Louisiana.
Four Bulldogs Atop National Charts of Active Career leaders
Entering tonight's game against Hawai'i, Louisiana Tech has four players that are listed in the national charts for active career leaders (see p.15-16). Among the categories that Antonio Baker, Phillip Livas, Daniel Porter and D'Anthony Smith are listed in, Smith is the lone LA Tech player that leads the nation in career assisted sacks (10). That remarkable feat comes as Smith has yet to record a sack this season.
Better the Second Time Around
Louisiana Tech's game against Nicholls state marked only the third time in the last nine games that LA Tech has not scored on its second possession. The Bulldogs went on a streak of four consecutive games in scoring on their second possession which began on Nov. 15, 2008 vs. Utah State with a touchdown in the Bulldogs' second drive of the game. The only other time LA Tech did not score in its second possession in the last eight games was on Nov. 8, 2008 at San Jose State when Brad Oestriecher missed a 45-yard field goal.
No Complaining About Travel This Week
While Louisiana Tech often is at the top of the nation in miles traveled, this is a week where the Bulldogs have no right to complain. LA Tech will be hosting its second consecutive home game while Hawai'i will be on the road for the third straight week. When the two teams kickoff on Wednesday night, LA Tech will have traveled 3,212 miles this season to date while Hawai'i will have traveled 19,624 miles, coming off the island for the third consecutive week.