LA Tech returns home to host Rice

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Ryan Higgins #14

RUSTON, La. – Louisiana Tech (5-3, 3-1 C-USA) returns home this weekend with a four-game winning streak on the line as the Bulldogs play hosts to the Rice Owls (1-6, 0-4 C-USA) in Conference USA action at 6 p.m. Saturday at Joe Aillet Stadium in Ruston.

The matchup between Louisiana Tech and Rice will be streamed live on CampusInsiders.com and Twitter with Ray Crawford (Play-by-Play) and Darius Walker (Analyst) providing the call from Ruston. In addition to being available on CampusInsiders.com and the Twitter phone app, the stream will also be available on the new Twitter app on Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Xbox One.

“We are excited to come back home and play in Joe Aillet Stadium,” head coach Skip Holtz said. “Right now, we are 3-0 at home and excited to have a chance to come back and play a conference game at home. I am really excited about it and encourage everyone to come out and support this team this week. It is definitely an advantage to play at home. On the road you will have the opportunity to go places and see different things, but we are excited to come back home.”

Saturday’s game marks the 10th meeting all-time between Louisiana Tech and Rice with the Bulldogs having won two straight over the Owls, including a 42-17 victory last season in Houston. The last time Rice traveled to Ruston, the Bulldogs ran away from the Owls with a convincing 76-31 victory in 2014. For the second year in a row, LA Tech has the opportunity to reach bowl eligibility against the Owls with the team searching for its sixth win of the season Saturday.

LA Tech’s offense continues to rank among the best in the country with the Bulldogs entering week nine of the season ranked third nationally in passing offense (368.8 YPG) and eighth in total offense (532.6 YPG). Quarterback Ryan Higgins is ranked second in the nation with 374.6 passing yards per game, while Trent Taylor and Carlos Henderson are the top wide receiver duo in the country with the two Bulldogs ranked No. 1 and No. 2 nationally with 142.9 and 136.0 receiving yards per game, respectively.

Rice is coming off its first win of the season, a 65-44 victory over Prairie View A&M last week in what turned into an offensive explosion in Houston. Rice has yet to win a Conference USA game this season, but the Owls have been close to entering the win column with a pair of one-possession losses against North Texas in overtime and UTSA.

Last week, Tyler Stehling and Samuel Stewart became the second quarterback-running back duo in school history to post a 400-yard passing and 100-yard rushing day in the same game in the Owls’ win over Prairie View A&M.

PREGAME NOTES

· LA Tech enters this week with a four-game winning streak, which marks the fourth time in the last five years the Bulldogs have won four straight in a season. With a win Saturday, it would be just the second time since 1975 the Bulldogs have won five games in the month of October.

· Trent Taylor enters Saturday’s game against Rice four catches away from breaking the school record for career receptions, which is currently held by Troy Edwards with 280 receptions. Taylor, who recently became just the fourth Bulldog in history to register two 1,000-yard receiving seasons, enters the game with 277 career receptions.

· Entering Week 9 of the season, the Bulldogs are ranked in the top 10 in the nation among FBS teams in passing offense (3rd – 368.8 YPG) and total offense (8th – 532.6 YPG), while LA Tech also ranks fourth nationally in first downs offense and fifth in third down conversion percentage.

· Ryan Higgins comes into Saturday’s game with 24 passing touchdowns on the season, which is tied for ninth in program history for touchdowns in a single-season. Additionally, Higgins’ 31 career passing touchdowns is also tied for ninth in program history.

TUNE IN

Louisiana Tech fans can tune into the LA Tech Sports Network this fall for all live game broadcasts for the Bulldogs’ 12-game schedule as well as 12 editions of Inside Bulldog Football with Skip Holtz.

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 12 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.

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Anna Claire Thomas

Anna Claire Thomas

Assistant Director of Media Relations, Louisiana Tech

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