Sept. 8, 2017
RUSTON, La. - It has been nine years since Louisiana Tech hosted an SEC team at Joe Aillet, but that streak will be broken Saturday night when the Bulldogs from Ruston hosts the Mississippi State Bulldogs in a nationally-televised affair.
The game is set to kick off at 6:30 p.m. CT Saturday and will air on CBS Sports Network with Carter Blackburn (play-by-play), Aaron Taylor (analysis) and Jenny Dell (sideline) calling all the action from Joe Aillet Stadium.
"This week is going to be a great challenge for us as a football team," head coach Skip Holtz said. "An SEC team coming into Ruston I know is not an event that happens every year, so it is one we are really excited about and having the opportunity to host such a talented football team with such a great reputation. We are excited to play them here and excited for the opportunity and challenge ahead of us. I know it is going to take a much greater effort than what we put forward in the opening game, but I think we will have our players' attention and hopefully we can have a great week of practice and get ready for an unbelievable game this weekend."
Louisiana Tech enters Saturday's game 1-0 on the season after a season-opening 52-24 victory over Northwestern State last week in Ruston. In that game, senior Jarred Craft scored three touchdowns, including a pair of fourth quarter scores, to lead Louisiana Tech to a 28-point victory over Northwestern State before 24,002 fans at Joe Aillet Stadium. Mississippi State travels to Ruston with an identical 1-0 record in 2017 after knocking off Charleston Southern, 49-0, last weekend in Starkville.
This weekend's promotions include the Loyal Blue Out sponsored by Origin Bank as 3,000 loyal blue out rally towels will be given away to the first fans into the stadium. Both the Bulldog and Lady Techster basketball teams will be introduced during the game while fireworks are part of the halftime show.
Single-game tickets are still on sale as Tech officials are preparing for a possible sellout. Tickets can be purchased online at LATechSports.com or by calling the LA Tech Ticket Office at 318-257-3631. Fans are encouraged to buy their tickets in advance of the game.
The ticket booths on both the east and west sides of Joe Aillet Stadium will open Saturday at 12:30 p.m. Gates to the stadium open at 5 p.m.
The City of Ruston will once again offer the "Tech Trolley" service this weekend. Using iShuttle Transportation Service, the "Tech Trolley" will run continuously from the Trolley Stop in Railroad Park on Vienna Street in downtown Ruston to the Davison Athletics Complex. Signage showing the pickup and drop-off locations will be available on game days.
The "Tech Trolley" will begin running at 1:30 p.m. and will run up to one hour after the game ends. Fans can download the iShuttle Corporate app and utilize the password ruston to track the trolley in route.
The "Tech Trolley" is a quick easy way to avoid the game day hassle of parking and will take priority over all other traffic in route to Joe Aillet Stadium.
- LA Tech will enter Saturday's game against Mississippi State with a six-game home winning streak on the line, which is currently tied for the 10th longest streak in the nation among FBS teams.
- Louisiana Tech is one of only eight teams in the country that has won 15 of its last 16 home games (along with Navy, Houston, Clemson, Air Force, Ohio State, Alabama and WKU).
- The battle of the Bulldogs on Saturday will mark the 13th meeting all-time between Louisiana Tech and Mississippi State, with the last meeting between the two teams dating back to the 2015 season when LA Tech fell, 45-20, in Starkville. In 2008, LA Tech hosted Mississippi State and came away with a 22-14 victory over the visiting Bulldogs to open the season 1-0. Mississippi State leads the all-time series, 9-3, with the first meeting dating back to 1904. Saturday's game between LA Tech and Mississippi State will mark just the second time the two programs have played in Ruston.
- Senior Jonathan Barnes is six points away from moving into first place on LA Tech's career scoring record for kickers. Barnes enters Saturday's game with 354 points in his career, which ranks second behind Matt Nelson, who had 360 points in his career for the Bulldogs.
- LA Tech has won 163 games at Joe Aillet Stadium since the venue opened in 1968. In 54 games at home against FBS opponents since 2005, LA Tech has performed 3.6 points per game better than expected -- making the Bulldogs the biggest overachievers at home in the nation.
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), 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.
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