Football Resumes Conference Play at UTEP Saturday
Oct. 3, 2013
RUSTON, La. - Louisiana Tech (1-4, 0-1 C-USA) resumes conference play Saturday as the Bulldogs face an old league foe when LA Tech travels to UTEP (1-3, 0-1 C-USA) for their first meeting as members of Conference USA.
Former foes in the Western Athletic Conference, the two teams last met in 2004 when UTEP captured a 44-27 victory in Ruston, snapping a five-game series slide in the process. However LA Tech still owns a 6-2-1 advantage between the two teams in a series that dates back to 1939.
Both teams are in a similar position with a pair of first year head coaches at their respective schools with both programs looking for their first conference win of the year.
LA Tech will be facing a team with a strong running game and a dual threat quarterback with the ability to escape pressure and gain yardage and effectively throw.
"They want to run the ball, and they run the ball well," Louisiana Tech head coach Skip Holtz said of UTEP. "The offensive line is experienced, with three starters back and two guys who played significant time. The running back is a speedy, shifty back, but it all starts with their quarterback. He has a seven-to-one touchdown to interception ratio. He is completing over 60 percent of his passes. He is a transfer from Texas A&M, and played behind Johnny Manziel before graduating in three years. He is highly recruited and touted athletic quarterback. Even though it will be a different offense, it will be a challenge for our defense and we are going to have to play really well up front."
UTEP is coming off of a shootout loss at Colorado State where the Miners rallied from a 52-28 fourth quarter deficit only to fall short, 59-42. Now UTEP turns its attention to its Homecoming game and a Louisiana Tech squad hungry for a win.
"They're a very athletic with good team speed," UTEP head coach Sean Kugler said of Louisiana Tech. "They lost a lot of people from last year. In many ways they're a lot like us. They're young in some areas. But they have great athleticism. That has always been the case with them. They have very good size up front and in the defensive line and some very active, fast linebackers."
"They probably haven't put up as many points as they've wanted to," Kugler continued about the Bulldogs. "But you can see they're getting better and better each week in their system offensively because they have a new staff as well. It's going to be a challenge for us. We're extremely excited to come home. We've got to get a win for the home folks because they have been outstanding. We need to reward them with a win on Homecoming this weekend."
"The things that come to mind when you mention those three is toughness, attitude, determination and as I heard on a video this morning, grit," Holtz said of those three. "The passion and the grit that they have, and the way they compete every day in everything they do. They are going to be successful. When you look at them, height, weight, size, speed, they do not just jump out on paper at you. When you watch them play, they jump into your heart. They play the game the way it is supposed to be played. The play it with a mental toughness and a physical toughness. It is not about tape on shoes or wristbands and looking better. They go play football. I think we need more players like them in college football today."
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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