Football Hosts North Texas for Homecoming Saturday
Oct. 18, 2013
RUSTON, La. - A packed weekend full of Homecoming events will be highlighted Saturday at 2:30 p.m. as Louisiana Tech hosts North Texas in the program's 88th annual Homecoming football game at Joe Aillet Stadium.
For the Bulldogs (2-4, 1-1 Conference USA) it provides an opportunity to win its seventh consecutive Homecoming game and a chance to stay in the C-USA West Division race. For North Texas (3-3, 1-1) it marks a chance to win consecutive games for the first time since 2004.
Saturday's game will be the 12th meeting in the series between the two schools with Louisiana Tech holding a 6-5 advantage. The Bulldogs have won six of the last seven in a series that dates back to 1976 with a 3-0 mark against the Mean Green in Homecoming games.
Former Louisiana Tech football player Trace Adkins will be making a homecoming of his own as he will be on hand Saturday to sing the National Anthem prior to the game. CBS Sports will be televising the game nationally.
LA Tech has had two weeks to prepare for this week's contest having not played since Oct. 5 when the Bulldogs held on for a 38-35 win at UTEP. Meanwhile the Mean Green dismantled Middle Tennessee last week, 34-7.
"Homecoming is always a neat time on campus with so many of the alumni having the opportunity to come back, interact, socialize, look at the way the campus has changed and reminisce about what it was like years ago when they were in school here," head coach Skip Holtz said. "Homecoming is always a feel-good weekend when so many people have the opportunity to come back and see so many of the improvements and upgrades on the campus. Those that have not been back for a while are in for a treat when you look at all the new dorms and campus buildings and academic structures that have been built on this campus. I think it has really made some huge strides, so we are excited about Homecoming this weekend and having the opportunity to get in with many of the alumni."
Tech's offense finally gained momentum in scoring in its last game with 38 points scored at UTEP but will be tested this week against a stingy North Texas defense that has not allowed more than 27 points to a non-AQ opponent this year.
"They know what they are doing," Holtz said of the Mean Green defense. "They are a 4-3 quarter-based team. They are very aggressive. They roll downhill. Since they do not do a lot of things, what they do, they do really well. They understand the weaknesses to it. They will mix in just enough, so they are not in at every play, so you cannot just attack that. I would say 80-90 percent that they are in a 4-3 quarters mentality. I think their players have bought into that. I think they execute it very well and it is not so much what they do, but rather how well they do it. Football is not about drawing lines over the board, it is about being able to execute the lines you draw, and that is what they do such a good job of."
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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