Back in Blue for Bulldogs in Homecoming Game vs. New Mexico State

Oct. 16, 2009

RUSTON, La. -

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Louisiana Tech (2-3, 1-1 WAC) returns home Saturday to face New Mexico State (3-3, 1-1 WAC) in Tech’s Homecoming for a 3 p.m. kickoff. Louisiana Tech is looking record its third win in four games Saturday and its third consecutive Homecoming win. The Bulldogs are urging all fans to show their Tech pride by wearing blue for the game.

Game Notes
► LA Tech is looking to record its third consecutive win over New Mexico State.
► LA Tech is undefeated at home this season and could extend that home record to 3-0 with a win.
► LA Tech has the chance to win three consecutive Homecoming games since winning seven straight from 1996-2002.
Derek Dooley is 2-0 in Homecoming games as the Louisiana Tech head coach.
► Louisiana Tech is 1-0 against New Mexico State in Tech Homecoming games.
► A win Saturday would give LA Tech its first-ever lead in the all-time series against New Mexico State.
► LA Tech leads the series 3-1 since joining the WAC.
► LA Tech has won eight of its last nine games in the friendly confines of Joe Aillet Stadium.

From First to Worst...
While Louisiana Tech may have faced the top-rated offense in the Western Athletic Conference last week at Nevada, the Bulldogs will face the worst-ranked offense this week against New Mexico State. NMSU is not only ranked last (ninth) in the WAC in total offense, but the Aggies are ranked last (120th) in the nation in total offense as well.

Not So Fast, My Friend
Hawai’i was unable to reach the end zone in Louisiana Tech’s 27-6 win over the Warriors, ending a streak of 62 consecutive games that Hawai’i has scored a touchdown (2004 vs. Boise State).

Sack It To Me
Louisiana Tech registered seven sacks against Hawai’i on Sept. 30, the most a LA Tech team has recorded in a game since getting nine sacks (for a loss of 58 yards) against Nevada in 2004.

Joe Aillet is a Tough Place to Play
It is 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.

Four Bulldogs Atop National Charts of Active Career Leaders
Entering this week’s game, 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 Nevada marked only the fourth time in the last 11 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.

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


 

 

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