Football to Honor Senior Class as Bulldogs Host Tulsa Saturday
Nov. 21, 2013
RUSTON, La. - Louisiana Tech will honor its 23 seniors and close out its 2013 home schedule Saturday evening as the Bulldogs host Tulsa at 6 p.m. at Joe Aillet Stadium.
The game will be televised on the CBS Sports Network with Brent Stover (play-by-play), Corey Chavous (analyst) and Lisa Byington (sidelines) calling the action.
Louisiana Tech (4-6, 3-3 Conference USA) enters the final two weeks of play needing to win both games in order to gain bowl eligibility. The Bulldogs meet a Tulsa (2-8, 1-5) team that dropped a high scoring affair at home last week in a 45-34 decision to Marshall.
In addition to it being the final home game of the season, LA Tech will honor its Senior Class of 2013 before the game. Overall 23 seniors will be playing their final home game at Joe Aillet Stadium this weekend.
The Bulldogs will have to find a way to win Saturday with the status of All-America running back Kenneth Dixon in doubt. The sophomore injured his knee last week at Rice and has not practiced this week but is expected to return to the practice field Thursday.
Meanwhile the revolving door at quarterback for LA Tech will swing back around to Ryan Higgins, a redshirt freshman that has started five games this season. The Hutto, Texas native started the second half at Rice as he returned from a shoulder injury that kept him out of the Southern Miss Rivalry in Dixie game on Nov. 9.
"We get back to the drawing board with two games remaining," Louisiana Tech head coach Skip Holtz said. "We are 4-6 and we need to win the last two games to make a bowl game with this football team. I would really like to have the opportunity to do that for not only the seniors and the hard work they have put into it, but also for this young football team. We could definitely use the extra practices to get ready for a bowl game in December."
The Bulldogs will host a Tulsa team that, like Rice last week, has a powerful running back that puts up big numbers.
"With Tulsa, when you look at them offensively, they have the leading rusher in the league in Trey Watts, who is rushing for 128 yards a game," Holtz said. "He is a very powerful back who has the make-you-miss factor but he is also strong enough to lower his pads and run north and south. He has an offensive line that is blocking for him and doing a really nice job. They have only given up four sacks on the entire season."
The Golden Hurricane struggled to start the year but made a change at quarterback within the last month. That change has seen the team's offensive numbers steadily rise over the last few weeks.
"They made a change a few weeks ago to go with a freshman quarterback," explained Holtz. "They are playing with a young quarterback, who has made a couple of mistakes but he is very talented, has a strong arm and throws the ball extremely well. So, when you look at them they have a veteran offensive line that is big and athletic and they have a really good running back so when they are running the ball, which is where they hang their hat."
Tulsa will be facing a team similar to itself when it travels to Ruston this weekend, at least according to Tulsa head coach Bill Blakenship.
"They're a team very similar to us in terms of where they are," Blankenship said of Louisiana Tech. "Coming off of a very successful season a year ago. Struggled to find the same level of success, but they've been good at times. They're No. 1 in the league in kickoff coverage and No. 3 in punt. Offensively, they have very impressive personnel. Kenneth Dixon at running back is as good as anybody in our conference. I know there are questions about his availability this week, but that guy is special."
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 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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