Who: LA Tech (2-2) at No. 23 North Carolina State (3-1)
When: Saturday at 5 p.m.
Where: Carter-Finley Stadium (57,600)
TV: ESPN+ w/ John Schriffen (PxP), Rene Ingoglia (Color)
Radio: KXKZ 107.5 FM (Ruston), KDBS 1410 AM (Alexandria), KDBS 94.7 FM (Alexandria), WUBR 910 AM (Baton Rouge), KJVC 92.7 FM (Mansfield), KZBL 100.7 FM (Natchitoches), KOKA 980 AM (Shreveport), KOKA 93.3 FM (Shreveport), KNCB 1320 AM (Vivian), KNCB 104.1 FM (Vivian), KVCL 92.1 FM (Winnfield)
Radio Talent: Malcolm Butler (PxP) and Teddy Allen (Color) w/ pregame at 3:30 p.m.
North Carolina State received all sorts of national recognition this week following the Wolfpacks 27-21 double overtime win over No. 9 Clemson last Saturday in Raleigh.
National players of the week. National team of the week. You name it, and NC State won it.
Now the 23rd ranked Wolfpack (3-1) turn their attention to Louisiana Tech. Kickoff is set for 5 p.m. CT Saturday at Carter-Finley Stadium.
And Tech head coach Skip Holtz knows his team is in for another test.
“At the end of the day you have to put the ball on the tee and go play the game,” said Holtz. “That’s why you go play it. I think we have worry about us. We have to worry about our football team, how we execute and where are fundamentals are. I think our opponent this week is a very very good football team. Whether they are 0-and-4 or whether they just came off a big win, I know Dave Doeren will do a great job and have his team prepared to play.”
Holtz returns to the site of his first game as LA Tech’s a head back in 2013. He is hoping for a different result, but knows that it will take a solid road effort to know off the ACC foe. The Wolfpack are balanced offensively, averaging over 170 yards rushing and 260 yards passing led by quarterback Devin Leary.
“When you look at this team the word solid comes to mind,” said Holtz. “They are solid everywhere. There quarterback can run, he can throw. He is not the engine. He is the distributor. He has two running backs, one is averaging over 6 yards a carry and one is averaging over 5 yards a carry.
“He has three receivers right now that are playing at a really high level. As a quarterback he just needs to make the routine plays. He picks the ball up and he throws it to first. He picks up first downs and they move the chains. They are really efficient at what they do as a football team.”
As talented as the NC State offense is, its defense may be the real strength of the team. Opponents are averaging just 13.0 points per game and only 249 yards of offense per contest this year.
“When you look at them statistically, their defense is their strength,” said Holtz. “They are playing very very well. They are ranked in the top 20 in like nine different categories. When you look at total yards, scoring, passing yards, rushing yards.
“They are not overly complicated. They are simple at what they do. They execute it very, very well. When you put on film and watch them, their front seven flashes at you. They are really good up front. I have great respect for them and what we will face this weekend. They have a solid scheme.”
Following Saturday’s game, Tech has a bye week before seven straight weeks of Conference USA action.
Photo: Tim Smith
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