@LATechFB to Battle Southern Miss Friday in Hattiesburg
Nov. 23, 2016
RUSTON, La. - Louisiana Tech (8-3, 6-1 C-USA) is set to close out the regular season when the Bulldogs travel to take on longtime rival Southern Miss (5-6, 3-4 C-USA) in the 48th meeting between the two Conference USA West foes at 3 p.m. Friday at M.M. Roberts Stadium in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
The matchup between Louisiana Tech and Southern Miss will be broadcast on ESPN News and available to stream live on the WatchESPN app. Taylor Zarzour (Play-by-Play) and Jordan Rodgers (Analyst) will provide the call from Hattiesburg.
Friday's game holds implications for both teams with LA Tech controlling its own destiny to have the opportunity to host the Conference USA Championship game on Dec. 3, while Southern Miss is searching for its sixth win of the season to become bowl eligible. Louisiana Tech has already clinched a spot in the C-USA title game for the second time in three years.
"This is a game that both teams probably circled at the beginning of the year," head coach Skip Holtz said of Friday's road game at Southern Miss. "It is the last game of the year, we have the rivalry that goes on with it, the recruiting implications, the border wars, the history we have against them and not to mention the 58-24 drumming we took last year. I think everyone on this team, as soon as that game was over, was asking what time we played the game this year. It has all the makings for a great game. It is going to be exciting and one that I think our players are really excited about."
Southern Miss leads the all-time series over Louisiana Tech, 32-15, in a series that began in 1935 with the Golden Eagles having won the most recent meeting last season in Ruston. The last time LA Tech traveled to Hattiesburg, the Bulldogs came home with a 31-20 victory over the Golden Eagles in 2014.
Louisiana Tech comes into the game against the Golden Eagles looking to extend its seven-game winning streak, which dates back to an Oct. 1 win over UTEP. A win Friday over Southern Miss would give the program an eight-game winning streak for the first time since 1999 and just the fourth time in school history.
LA Tech quarterback Ryan Higgins is quickly moving up in the record books with the senior entering Friday's game ranking No. 8 in school history for passing yards in a single season with 3,460 on the year. Higgins currently ranks third for passing touchdowns in a season with 34, while he is second in LA Tech history with 37 total touchdowns responsible for in 2016.
Wide receiver Carlos Henderson continues to rank No. 1 in the nation in touchdown receptions (16) and third in total points scored (120), while he is also ranked ninth nationally with 1,179 receiving yards. Trent Taylor enters Friday's game against the Golden Eagles ranked second nationally in receptions per game (9.4), while the senior is No. 3 in the country with 1,343 receiving yards on the season.
With Ryan Higgins having passed for 3,460 years thus far this season, Louisiana Tech is now the only team in the nation with three different quarterbacks to throw for 3,000-plus yards in three straight seasons. Cody Sokol had 3,436 passing yards at the end of the 2014 season, while Jeff Driskel closed out the 2015 campaign with 4,033 passing yards on the year.
Defensive lineman Jaylon Ferguson enters the final game of the regular season ranked No. 3 in the nation with 12 sacks on the season, a mark that also ranked third in Louisiana Tech history for a single season. Ferguson is just two sacks shy of tying the program record for sacks in a single season, which is held by Walter Johnson who had 14 sacks during the 1986 season. Despite being just a sophomore, Ferguson is already ranked third all-time in LA Tech history with 18 career sacks for the defensive lineman.
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) 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 post-game show. Tech Game Day, a 90-minute pre-pregame show, will also air prior to each home contest at Joe Aillet Stadium live from Tailgate Alley.
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.
For complete coverage of Bulldog Football, please follow Louisiana Tech on social media at @LATechFB (Twitter), /LATechFootball (Facebook) and @LATechFB (Instagram) or visit the official home of Louisiana Tech Athletics at LATechSports.com.
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