LA Tech and SMU Set to Face Off in DXL Frisco Bowl on Wednesday
Dec. 19, 2017
FRISCO, Texas - After a week full of various team events, Louisiana Tech and SMU will clash on the gridiron Wednesday night in the inaugural 2017 DXL Frisco Bowl, which will be held at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas.
The game between Louisiana Tech and SMU is set to kick off at 7 p.m. CT Wednesday, Dec. 20 and will air on ESPN with Mike Couzens (play-by-play), John Congemi (analysis) and Kris Budden (sideline) calling all the action from Toyota Stadium.
“Two really good football teams having the opportunity to play in this area, this part of the country, I think is awesome,” head coach Skip Holtz said. “[The game] should be well-attended and for our alumni and fan base, it’s a great opportunity to see the 2017 team play one more time. [SMU] is a very talented football team. When I look at SMU, I look at the competitive nature, the success they’ve had, especially offensively with them being a top-10 offense nationally with what they’re doing at quarterback, a thousand-yard rusher, and two thousand-yard receivers – a lot of production.”
Louisiana Tech is set to appear in the program's fourth straight bowl game when the Bulldogs take on the SMU Mustangs Wednesday night. LA Tech is one of only two Group of 5 programs this bowl season that has won three consecutive bowl games (along with WKU). They are one of only eight total programs in the nation to do so (along with Clemson, Virginia Tech, Utah, Georgia, Wisconsin, Stanford and WKU).
The matchup on Wednesday will not only mark the team's fourth consecutive bowl appearance since 2014, but it will also be a reunion of sorts between the Bulldogs and Mustangs. LA Tech and SMU were both members of the Western Athletic Conference from 2001-04 with the two teams facing each other once a year in that span. SMU joined the WAC in 1996 before leaving for Conference USA, which LA Tech is currently a member of, in 2005. The Bulldogs became members of the WAC in 2001 before joining C-USA in 2013, while SMU departed from C-USA that same year to join the American Athletic Conference. In LA Tech's first game as members of the WAC in 2001, the Bulldogs played hosts to SMU at Independence Stadium in Shreveport, where the Bulldogs brought home a 36-6 victory over the Mustangs to open the season.
The Bulldogs (6-6) will face a 7-5 SMU team that is led by former Louisiana Tech head coach Sonny Dykes, who led the Bulldogs from 2010-12 and was recently named the head coach of the Mustangs eight days ago on Dec. 11. Dykes compiled a 22-15 record as head coach of the Bulldogs for three seasons.
The Dec. 20 game between Louisiana Tech and SMU in the inaugural 2017 DXL Frisco Bowl will mark the 10th bowl game the Bulldogs have participated in since moving to the Division I ranks in 1975. Louisiana Tech is 5-3-1 all-time in bowl games, including having won three straight bowl games in the 2014 Zaxby's Heart of Dallas Bowl (W, 35-18 vs. Illinois), the 2015 R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl (W, 47-28 vs. Arkansas State) and the 2016 Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl (W, 48-45 vs. #25 Navy).
HOW TO WATCH
Tomorrow’s game between LA Tech and SMU will be televised on ESPN with Mike Couzens (play-by-play), John Congemi (analysis) and Kris Budden (sideline) calling all the action from Toyota Stadium. The broadcast will also be available to stream live on WatchESPN and the ESPN app.
Louisiana Tech fans can tune into the LA Tech Sports Network this fall for all live game broadcasts.
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 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), KQID 93.1 HD3 (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 postgame show. Tech Gameday, a 90-minute pre-pregame show, will also air prior to each home contest at Joe Aillet Stadium.
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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