LA Tech to Battle #25 Navy Friday in Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl
Dec. 22, 2016
FORT WORTH, Texas - After a week jam-packed with a variety of bowl events, Louisiana Tech (8-5) and No. 25-ranked Navy (9-4) are set to finally take the field against each other to face off in the 2016 Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl at 3:30 p.m. CT Friday, Dec. 23 at Amon G. Carter Stadium on the campus of TCU in Fort Worth, Texas.
The contest between Louisiana Tech and Navy will be broadcast on ESPN and available to stream live on the WatchESPN app. Roy Philpott (Play-by-Play) Tom Ramsey (Analyst) and Kris Budden (Sideline) will provide the call from Fort Worth.
Both LA Tech and Navy played in their respective conference championship games, while the game is expected to feature contrasting styles of play, specifically on the offensive side of the ball with the Bulldogs and Midshipmen each ranking in the top 10 nationally in passing and rushing, respectively.
The game marks the third consecutive bowl appearance for the Bulldogs, which is a first for the program since moving to the Division I ranks in 1975. Navy enters the game with nine wins on the season, while the Midshipmen are coming off a tough four-point loss to Army on Dec. 10.
“Any time you play an offense like this, you wish you had a whole other week or two weeks or three weeks,” head coach Skip Holtz said. “But, unfortunately, we play the game tomorrow. So we've got to be ready. To me, this game is going to be a great football game on the field. We have two really good football teams that are going to go at it and play really hard and play with class.”
As has been the case all season, LA Tech is expected to display its prolific offense that ranks third in the NCAA in passing yards (359.8), fifth in scoring offense (44.0) and eighth in total offense (516.1). In addition to LA Tech’s offensive accolades, the Bulldogs also rank 12th nationally in sacks with an average of 3.23 per game. Louisiana Tech, which has wins at the 2014 Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl and the 2015 New Orleans Bowl, is 4-3-1 in bowl games all time. This will be the team’s first-ever appearance at the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl.
Navy enters the game with a No. 25 ranking in the country and one of the best rushing attacks in the country with the Midshipmen ranked fourth nationally in rushing yards per game (310.9). Navy also comes into Friday’s contest ranking 20th in the FBS in scoring offense (37.4). Navy is making its 13th bowl appearance in the past 14 years and is 10-10-1 in 21 all-time bowl games. This will mark the Mids’ second trip to the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl. In 2013, Navy defeated Middle Tennesseee, 24-6.
The Midshipmen leads the all-time series over the Bulldogs, 2-0, with the last meeting dating back to 2010 when Navy traveled to Ruston and defeated LA Tech by a score of 37-23. In 2009, LA Tech traveled to Annapolis, Maryland, in a game the Midshipmen won, 32-14.
INDIVIDUAL NATIONAL RANKINGS
• LA Tech’s Ryan Higgins has proven to be one of the top quarterbacks in the country as he is currently ranked in the top 10 nationally in four different categories, including passing yards per game (3rd – 350.7), total passing yards (4th – 4,208), passing touchdowns (5th – 37) and passing efficiency (6th – 166.6).
• Trent Taylor is just one half of LA Tech’s dynamic wide receiver duo, but the senior has been a mainstay in the national rankings throughout the 2016 season. Taylor is currently ranked second nationally in receptions per game this season (9.5), while he is third in the country in total receiving yards (1,570). Among the NCAA’s active career leaders, Taylor is ranked third with 315 career receptions, while is ranked fourth with 3,946 career receiving yards.
• Carlos Henderson has been equally impressive for the Bulldogs offensively by ranking in the top 10 nationally in four different offensive categories, including receiving touchdowns (2nd – 17), all-purpose yards (4th – 183.9), total touchdowns scored (5th – 21) and receiving yards (9th – 1,406).
• Not to be outdone, Louisiana Tech’s defense is also moving up in the nationally rankings with Jaylon Ferguson ranking fourth in the country with an average of 1.12 sacks per game. In addition to Ferguson being a threat on the defensive line, senior safety Xavier Woods leads the Bulldogs with five interceptions on the season, which ranked 10th nationally. Woods is also tied for third among the NCAA’s active career leaders with 14 interceptions over the course of his four-year career with the Bulldogs.
Louisiana Tech fans can tune into the LA Tech Sports Network this fall for all live game broadcasts for the Bulldogs. 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) 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.
Louisiana Tech fans planning on attending the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl on Friday are encouraged to read the below information on Will Call hours and locations as well as the stadium’s entrance policies.
Kickoff for Friday’s game between the Bulldogs and Navy is set for 3:30 p.m. at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth.
Will Call Information
• All tickets purchased from now until game day will only be available at Will Call • Will Call in Ruston: Tickets are available for pick-up in Ruston at the Ticket Office until the end of day Tuesday, Dec. 20 • Will Call in Ft. Worth will be as follows: • Hotel Will Call: Thursday, Dec. 21 from Noon – 5PM at the Worthington (Team Hotel) • Alumni Association Dinner Will Call: Thursday, Dec. 21 – Tickets will be available for pick up at the Alumni Association Dinner that evening. • Will Call at Amon G. Carter Stadium • Will Call will be available at the stadium starting at noon on game day. The Will Call location is at Gate 6. • As always, please have ID to pick up tickets.
Ticket Sales Information
• Ticket Office in Ruston will be open and selling bowl tickets until the end of day Thursday, Dec. 22 (day before game). • Online Sales will be available until noon on Friday
Stadium Entrance Policies
Amon G. Carter Stadium has a Clear Bag Policy. Only the following items will be permitted upon entrance into the stadium:
• Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and not exceeding 14 inches by 14 inches. • One-gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Ziploc bag or similar) • One unopened bottle of water. • Small clutch bags with or without a handle or strap can be taken into the venue with one of the clear plastic bags. • The Small clutch bags must be approximately the size of a hand. • Exceptions will be made for medically necessary items after proper inspection at stadium gates. • Backpacks, diaper bags, and other similar bags will NOT be allowed.
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