Louisiana Tech Wraps Up Regular Season at San Jose State Saturday Night
Nov. 22, 2012
RUSTON, La. - Louisiana Tech will be playing for its first 10-win season since moving up to the Division I-A/FBS level in 1989 as the Bulldogs play at San Jose State Saturday night on ESPN2. Kickoff is set for 9:30 p.m. CT from Spartan Stadium in San Jose.
Fans not able to make the trip to California are invited to watch with other Bulldog fans at Joe Aillet Stadium as the school will show the game on the Community Trust Bank Vision Video Board (a.k.a. "Dawgzilla"). The stadium will open around 9 p.m. CT or right after the men's basketball game vs. Louisiana-Monroe, whichever comes first.
Meanwhile in San Jose, a team that has already spent 11 weeks breaking records and has a chance to break even more with the final regular season game of the 2012 season (and possibly even in 2012 if LA Tech were to receive a bid to play in a Jan. 1 bowl game).
The Bulldogs (9-2, 4-1 Western Athletic) will play a San Jose State team with an identical record (9-2, 4-1 WAC) and playing its own 10 win season and its first victory over Tech since 2006. SJSU, playing its best football years, also had a two-point loss to a BCS level team (19-17 to Stanford) and dropped a battle to Utah State as well.
"They're a good football team and coach (Mike) MacIntyre and his staff have gone a great job," said LA Tech Head Coach Sonny Dykes. "They're having a really good season, got a good win Saturday against Brigham Young and will really be wanting to finish out their home schedule with a win on Saturday. We've got a huge challenge ahead of us."
Tech enters the game riding a 10-game road winning streak and not having lost back-to-back games since Sept. 24 and Oct. 1, 2011.
The focus for Saturday will be to start hot, something the Bulldogs have struggled with this season. In the team's two losses, Tech trailed 27-0 and 39-16 at half against Texas A&M before rallying to come within a two-point conversion of tying the Aggies and then trailed 41-17 with 16 minutes remaining before rallying and forcing overtime with Matt Nelson's game-tying field goal. Tech eventually fell in overtime to Utah's Aggies, 48-41.
"We have to come out with more fire," Tech quarterback Colby Cameron said. "I think that will help us in the future. We've got to stay focus and know they (any opponent) are going to play hard as we are, so we need to play four quarters instead of a half."
For the 14th straight year, KXKZ 107.5 FM will serve as the flagship station for the LA Tech Sports Network as the 100,000 watt station will carry all of the Bulldog football games. It's sister station - KNBB 97.7 FM - will host the Inside Tech Football with Sonny Dykes radio show each and every Monday throughout the season.
In addition to the affiliates in Ruston, Shreveport and Baton Rouge, the LA Tech Sports Network will also include KJVC 92.7 FM (Mansfield), KTKC 92.9 (Springhill), KBEF 104.5 FM (Minden), KASO 1240 AM (Minden), KPCH 99.3 (Ruston) and KVCL 92.1 FM (Winnfield).
Legendary Hall of Fame broadcaster Dave Nitz returns for his 38th year of calling Bulldog football games as the veteran behind the mic will once again team up with color analyst Teddy Allen and sideline reporter Max Causey, who both enter their second year on the broadcast team. Bennie Thornell and Ryan Kavanaugh will serve as the fourth and fifth members of the team, serving as the statistician and engineer, respectively.
Each week's Bulldog broadcast will include a one-hour pregame show and a 30-minute postgame show, complete with interviews with Dykes as well as the opposing coach.
Fans can also access the broadcasts through a subscription to LA Tech All-Access. For only $9.95 per month or $79.95 for the year (which includes all football, men's and women's basketball, majority of baseball and all home soccer, volleyball and softball), fans can access any audio/video via www.latechsports.com.
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