Football Faces FIU for First Time Saturday
Oct. 25, 2013
RUSTON, La. - A pair of new Conference USA members will meet for the first time on the gridiron when Louisiana Tech faces FIU at Alfonso Field at FIU Stadium in Miami Saturday evening.
Tech joined the league after an 11-season reign in the Western Athletic Conference while FIU has played in the Sun Belt Conference prior to making the move to C-USA.
On paper, the two teams are very similar - the first year in a new conference, both schools have new football coaches and the two squads are the two youngest teams in the nation in terms of returning starters.
"I know they are playing a lot of young players and their quarterback is about the only one returning," Louisiana Tech head coach Skip Holtz said of FIIU. "They have been through some growing pains just like we have. They had a new coaching staff coming in and they have a lot of talent on that football team. You can see them getting better and better every week. When you watch against UAB and Southern Miss, I have really been impressed with what they put together. They have done a nice job. They are building it, just like we are here. Hopefully we can make strides we need this week to go win against a football team that is talented, but very young, which is the same boat that we are in."
The Bulldogs (2-5, 1-2 C-USA) are looking to rebound off last weekend's as it faces an FIU (1-5, 1-1) team with an offense ranked 125th out of 125 FBS teams so far this year. The Panthers dropped a three-point decision to UAB two weeks ago but have had two weeks to prepare for LA Tech as FIU is coming off a bye week.
"Playing against FIU will be a great challenge this week coming off difficult loss where we continued to make some of the same mistakes," Louisiana Tech head coach Skip Holtz said. "We are playing a team that scores 24 points the last two weeks. I do not think you can look at the full season of work, I think you have to look at the progress they have made. On the road early they played Louisville, Maryland and Central Florida who have proven to be good football teams. They are getting better and better as the years gone by. The last two weeks I have really been impressed with what they are doing."
Tech's offense found its passing game last week against North Texas as redshirt freshman Ryan Higgins passed for a season-high 343 yards but was forced to as North Texas stymied the vaunted Tech run game, hoping the Bulldogs to only 47 yards on the ground.
The Bulldogs defense is hoping to continue the woes of an FIU team that ranks last in the league in first downs and third down conversions. The Panthers have allowed 39.5 points per game this year and is last in C-USA in red zone defense, allowing scores 96.6 percent of the time. That is a welcome statistic for the Bulldogs, who are looking to solve red zone woes having only scored 74.1 percent of a time.
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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