Louisiana Tech Heads to Logan for Tilt with Utah State

Oct. 22, 2009

RUSTON, La. -

GAMEDAY CENTRAL

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Louisiana Tech (3-3, 2-1 WAC) begins a stretch of four road games in five weeks beginning with Saturday's tilt at Utah State (1-5, 0-2 WAC). Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. CT/1 p.m. MT and is a production of ESPN Regional Television, which can be seen on ESPN GamePlan or ESPN360.com.

GAME NOTES
► LA Tech is looking to record its fifth consecutive win over Utah State.
► LA Tech is undefeated at home this season (3-0) but Tech is still searching for its first road victory (0-2).
► LA Tech has not lost a game in the state of Utah since 1993, a 24-13 defeat at the hands of Utah State.
► The four consecutive wins LA Tech has recorded over Utah State is the longest winning streak for the Bulldogs against any 2009 opponent.
Derek Dooley is 2-0 against Utah State.
Derek Dooley is 9-0 against Utah State, New Mexico State, San Jose State and Idaho.
► With a 7-15 mark since 2005, Utah State ranks last among WAC schools in home records with only a .318 winning percentage in Logan (see p. 5).
► LA Tech leads the series 4-0 since joining the WAC.
► LA Tech has won nine of its last 10 games in the friendly confines of Joe Aillet Stadium, but has not won on the road yet.
► 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.
► 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.

OPPOSING OFFENSES STRUGGLING TO REACH THE END ZONE AT JOE AILLET STADIUM...
With Louisiana Tech's home 45-7 victory over New Mexico State on Oct. 17, LA Tech has registered eight consecutive quarters played at Joe Aillet Stadium without allowing a touchdown by an opponent's offense. The stretch began on Sept. 30 when Hawai'i was held out of the end zone for the first time in 63 games and continued on Oct. 17 against NMSU. The Aggies' only touchdown came as the NMSU defense recovered a Tech fumble and ran it into the end zone.

MORRIS RECORDS CAREER DAY IN WIN OVER NEW MEXICO STATE
Louisiana Tech tight end Dennis Morris recorded a career day against New Mexico State on Oct. 17, becoming the first Bulldog player since Josh Wheeler in 2006 to record two receiving touchdowns in a game. Morris recorded a career-best 126 receiving yards on six catches and was the first LA Tech player to record 100-plus receiving yards in a game in 364 days - when Morris recorded 121 receiving yards against Idaho on Oct. 18, 2008.

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.

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 (11). Smith's first sack of the season came against New Mexico State on Oct. 17.


 

 

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