Louisiana Tech to Face TCU in Poinsettia Bowl
Dec. 4, 2011
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Louisiana Tech will face No. 15 TCU in the 2011 San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl, announced Sunday by bowl officials. The match-up features one of only a few pairing two conference champions among the 35 bowl games this year.
The Horned Frogs (10-2, 7-0) recently won its third consecutive Mountain West Conference championship, the only team to achieve such a feat in the short history of that league. Louisiana Tech will kickoff against TCU in the Poinsettia Bowl on Dec. 21 at 7 p.m. CT/5 p.m. PT at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego.
TCU is ranked as high as 15th in the coaches poll and 16th in the Associated Press poll while Louisiana Tech (8-4, 6-1 WAC) is receiving votes for the second consecutive week.
Despite being separated by only 289 miles, the two schools have never met on the gridiron. Instead, LA Tech will face TCU for the first time 1,610 miles away in San Diego's Qualcomm Stadium. Despite not having played each other, there is a lot of familiarity with TCU on the Bulldogs coaching staff.
Louisiana Tech assistants Stan Eggen and Mark Tommerdahl where on the TCU staff from 1998-2000 (under Dennis Franchione) when the Horned Frogs first rose to prominence. The two helped lead TCU to three bowl appearances in that time including a 28-19 win over Southern Cal in the 1998 Sun Bowl.
The two teams are tied for the nation's fourth-longest winning streak as both the Bulldogs and Horned Frogs have won seven consecutive games to round out the regular season.
It was announced last week that Louisiana Tech will be the home team in the Poinsettia Bowl while TCU will be the visiting team.
The Bulldogs will be making their first trip to the Poinsettia Bowl and the school's first bowl game in California. Tech is 2-2-1 all-time in (Division I) bowl games with four appearances in the Independence Bowl and one appearance in the Humanitarian Bowl, now called the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.
The 2011 Poinsettia Bowl will be televised on ESPN and will be the only bowl game taking place on Dec. 21. Joe Tessitore (play-by-play) will call the action along with Lou Holtz (analyst), Mark May (analyst) and Samantha Steele (sidelines). In addition, ESPN Radio will carry the game nationally with Bill Rosinksi (play-by-play) calling the action along with David Norrie (analyst) and Joe Schad (analyst).
Tickets for the Poinsettia Bowl are on sale now through the LA Tech Ticket Office and range from $35 - $55. To purchase tickets, please call (318) 257-3631, email email@example.com or visit LATechSports.com.
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