Nov. 29, 2013
RUSTON, La. - Louisiana Tech will close out the 2013 football season Saturday as the Bulldogs travel to UTSA for a game that has implications on the Conference USA West Division race.
Louisiana Tech at UTSA
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LA Tech (4-7, 3-4 C-USA) will be playing in the final game of its season and the final game for 23 seniors' careers while UTSA (6-5, 5-2) needs to win and get some help to advance to the C-USA Championship game.
The Bulldogs were eliminated from bowl contention last week in a 24-14 loss to Tulsa in the team's home finale and faces another challenge this week as extreme cold and inclement weather only allowed for one outdoor practice this week with the team going through formations and drills at the Lambright Intramural Center the rest of the week.
UTSA was effectively eliminated from bowl contention Thursday night as Mississippi State defeated Ole Miss in overtime. The Magnolia State Bulldogs became the 70th team to qualify for bowl eligibility with 70 bowl slots available. Still in transition to the FBS level, UTSA would only be eligible for a bowl this year if they won at least six games and fewer than 70 teams qualified for bowls.
"It will be a great challenge for us," Louisiana Tech head coach Skip Holtz said of the game at UTSA. "With one game remaining on the schedule, now that the bowl possibility is gone, we realize this will be the last game for a lot of seniors, 23 to be exact. This will be there last opportunity to put on a Louisiana Tech uniform and represent this great university. From that standpoint there is still a lot to play for. There is a lot motivation in this football team. Their attitude and the way they continue to compete even late in that football game Saturday when the end result was inevitable, I think there is still a lot to play for."
The Roadrunners are guided by veteran coach Larry Coker, who won national championships at Miami (Fla.). He has since built the UTSA program from day one as the program is in its third year of existence.
"Coach Larry Coker has done a great job there, is a great football coach. He has been successful every he has gone. He has built this program pretty much from the ground up. It is a young program but when you look at them right now, they are having an awful lot of success. They are playing this game with the opportunity to represent the west division in the Conference USA Championship."
Tech's defense will see a different look this week than it has in the last few games as UTSA brings a pro-style passing game that is as efficient as any offense in the league. In the last two games, the Bulldogs have faced a ground-based offense from Rice and Tulsa that chewed up yards and clock.
"Their quarterback Eric Soza is a very talented player who is a three year starter," Holtz said of the UTSA signal caller. "In seven conference game he has thrown four interceptions. We managed to do that in one half last week. He is an experienced guy. He throws the ball very well. They make a lot of first downs and eat up clock. They have some very good weapons around them. They have four out of five starting offensive linemen that return. They have a lot of experience up front. They have guys that can run and make some plays for them on the perimeter. They are a very talented offensive group and it will be a challenge."
Defensively, UTSA is similar to LA Tech in that their strength lies up front with the defensive line.
"They have 12 players back that have significant playing time coming into the season," Hotlz said. "Their defensive line is their strength. They have three difference makers on their defensive line. They are very stout against the run. Two of their three linebackers have a lot of experience. When you look at this team, most the two deep are juniors and seniors that they started this program with that have been playing for a number of years and it is showing on the field right now."
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.
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