LA Tech set for rematch with WKU in C-USA Title Game

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RUSTON, La. – Louisiana Tech (8-4, 6-2 C-USA) and WKU (9-3, 7-1 C-USA) are set for a rematch of the highest scoring game in the league this season when the two teams battle in the 2016 Dynacraft Conference USA Football Championship Game at 11 a.m. CT Saturday, Dec. 3 at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

The title game between Louisiana Tech and WKU will be broadcast on ESPN and available to stream live on the WatchESPN app. Dave Pasch (Play-by-Play) Tom Luginbill (Analyst) and Quint Kessenich (Sideline) will provide the call from Bowling Green.

Louisiana Tech clinched its spot in the C-USA championship game on Nov. 12 when the Bulldogs became West Division champions with a 63-35 win over UTSA, while WKU clinched the East Division with a 60-6 victory over Marshall last Saturday on the road. Louisiana Tech and WKU faced off in the regular season in a game the Bulldogs won, 55-52, in Ruston on Oct. 6.

“What a game this has an opportunity to be,” head coach Skip Holtz said. “On paper, statistically it is two of the better offenses, not just in the league but in the country. These two teams have found their way into the championship game. It will be a replay from earlier in the year, which is hard, because you put so much of your game plan into that week. Western Kentucky has been on a roll. They have won six straight since our game. They have been playing really good football and their last couple of games have been dominating. It has all the makings to be a great game.”

Louisiana Tech leads the all-time series over WKU, 4-2, including the Bulldogs’ 55-52 victory over the Hilltoppers earlier this season. In that Oct. 6 meeting between LA Tech and WKU, the two teams combined for 107 points and 988 total yards of offense. The last time the Bulldogs traveled to Bowling Green, WKU edged LA Tech, 41-38, on Sept. 10, 2015.

When LA Tech put up 55 points on WKU earlier this season, it marked the most points allowed by the Hilltoppers in a loss since the Bulldogs’ 59-10 win over WKU on Nov. 1, 2014. That loss also snapped WKU’s 13-game Conference USA winning streak.

PREGAME NOTES

· When LA Tech put up 55 points on WKU earlier this season, it marked the most points allowed by the Hilltoppers in a loss since the Bulldogs’ 59-10 win over WKU on Nov. 1, 2014. That loss also snapped WKU’s 13-game Conference USA winning streak.

· Saturday’s game will mark the fourth time in C-USA history that teams that played each other in the regular season have re-matched in the C-USA Championship game. The regular-season winner is 2-1 in the three previous title game meetings.

· LA Tech quarterback Ryan Higgins enters the title game ranked in the top 10 in school history four different single-season categories, including passing touchdowns (T3rd – 34), touchdowns responsible for (2nd – 37), total offense (4th – 4,023) and passing yards (6th – 3,706). Higgins is also ranked fifth in program history with 41 career touchdown passes and eighth with 5,628 career passing yards.

· Louisiana Tech and WKU are the only two teams in the FBS that have a pair of 1,000-yard receivers. LA Tech’s Trent Taylor (1,462) and Carlos Henderson (1,204) are joined by WKU’s Taywan Taylor (1,392) and Nicholas Norris (1,103). Both Trent Taylor (4th) and Taywan Taylor (5th) are ranked in the top five in the country in receiving yards.

· Louisiana Tech is playing in the Conference USA Championship Game for the second time in the last three years. In 2014, Louisiana Tech traveled to Marshall to take on the Thundering Herd in the title game, which resulted in a 26-23 loss for the Bulldogs.

· Jaylon Ferguson enters Saturday’s game ranked No. 3 in the nation with 14.5 sacks on the season, a mark that also ranked third in Louisiana Tech history for a single season. At Southern Miss, Ferguson broke the program record for sacks in a single season with 2.5 sacks against the Golden Eagles to give him 14.5 on the season, breaking Water Johnson’s previous record of 14 sacks in 1986. Ferguson is currently tied for fifth all-time in school history for career sacks.

TUNE IN

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.

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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Anna Claire Thomas

Anna Claire Thomas

Assistant Director of Media Relations, Louisiana Tech

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