LA Tech Hits the Road to Take on Rice

Oct. 26, 2017

RUSTON, La. - Louisiana Tech will look to get back to its winning ways this Saturday, Oct. 28 when the Bulldogs hit the road traveling to Houston to take on the Rice Owls in Conference USA action.

The game is set to kick off at 2:30 p.m. CT Saturday at Rice Stadium in Houston. The game will be streamed on FloSports.com for subscribers ($), while fans can also tune in to the radio broadcast on the LA Tech Sports Network on KXKZ-FM (107.5). Fans can also access audio from LA Tech's radio broadcast for free through the LA Tech Mobile X app or the Red Peach Media app.

Louisiana Tech enters the league matchup with a 3-4 overall record and a 1-2 mark in Conference USA play after a tough 34-27 double-overtime loss to Southern Miss last weekend at home. Rice comes into Saturday's game with a 1-6 record after facing off against a tough non-conference slate early in the year. The Owls enter the weekend with a 1-2 record in league play with a win over UTEP earlier this season.

"We have to get ready for a Rice football team that is very well-coached," head coach Skip Holtz said in his weekly press conference. "Everyone wants to look at records and say who is good and who is not, which I think is a trap for a lot of teams around the country this year. You cannot look at a record and judge a football team. When you look at them, they have the same conference record as we do right now at 1-2. I don't think we are in a position where we can overlook anybody at this point. We have to look at the mistakes we made last week, move forward and get better as a football team."

Game Day Information

Louisiana Tech at Rice*
Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017 - 2:30 p.m. CT
Houston, Texas
Rice Stadium

Coverage
 TV: FloSports.com ($) | How to Watch
 Radio: LA Tech Sports Network | Listen
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If You Go...
 What the Bulldogs will wear: WHITE

The game on Saturday will mark the 11th meeting all-time between Louisiana Tech and Rice and the sixth time that the game will be played in Houston. LA Tech leads the all-time series, 6-4, over the Owls, while the Bulldogs have won three straight over Rice. Rice holds a 3-2 advantage over LA Tech in games played in Houston. In last year's meeting, LA Tech's high-powered offense put up 61 points against the Owls, eventually winning by a score of 61-16 in Ruston.

PREGAME NOTES

  •       Entering Saturday's 2:30 p.m. road contest against Rice, Louisiana Tech has won three straight over the Owls dating back to 2014. In those three games, the Bulldogs are averaging 59.6 points per game with an average margin of victory of 38.3 points. Rice is averaging 21.3 points per game in the last three meetings.
  •       Senior running back Jarred Craft recently became just the 14th Bulldog in history to surpass 2,000 rushing yards in his career. The senior back rushed for 45 yards against Southern Miss last week to give him 2,002 rushing yards in his career as a Bulldog.
  •       Louisiana Tech quarterback J'Mar Smith currently ranks 19th in the entire nation and first in Conference USA in passing yards per completion (13.78). Smith is also ranked third in C-USA in total passing yards (1,723), fourth in passing yards per game (246.1) and fifth in passing touchdowns (9).
  •       It has been a season of close calls for Louisiana Tech with three of the Bulldogs' four losses decided by a total of nine points, including a pair of one-point defeats. Through seven games, LA Tech has lost by final scores of 17-16 (at South Carolina), 23-22 (at UAB) and 34-27 (vs. Southern Miss -- 2OT).

HOW TO WATCH

On TV: Available on Roku and Apple TV 4 -- download the FloSports app.

Streaming: Only on www.FloFootball.com with a PRO subscription ($).

TUNE IN

Louisiana Tech fans can tune into the LA Tech Sports Network this fall for all live game broadcasts for the Bulldogs' 12-game schedule as well as 12 editions of Inside Bulldog Football with Skip Holtz.

The LA Tech Sports Network will team up with KXKZ-FM (107.5) Ruston as the flagship station for Tech Athletics.

In addition to KXKZ, all 12 broadcasts of Bulldog football this year can be heard on WUBR-AM 910 (Baton Rouge), KRMD 1340 AM (Shreveport), KRMD 100.7 FM (Shreveport), KVCL-FM 92.1 (Winnfield), KJVC-FM 92.7 (Mansfield), KDBS-AM 1410 (Alexandria), KQID 93.1 HD3 (Alexandria) and KTKC-FM 92.9 (Springhill).

The LA Tech Sports Network team will host a 90-minute pregame show prior to each kickoff and a 30-minute postgame show. Tech Gameday, a 90-minute pre-pregame show, will also air prior to each home contest at Joe Aillet Stadium.

A one-hour postgame call-in show will also air on KXKZ 107.5 FM following every game this year that will air immediately following the conclusion of the broadcast's postgame show.

Fans may access audio-only for football for free this year through the LA Tech Mobile X app or the Red Peach Media app.

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