Who: No. 24 UTSA (7-0, 3-0) at Louisiana Tech (2-4, 1-1)
Where: Joe Aillet Stadium
When: 6 p.m.
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), Teddy Allen (Color) and Luke McCown (sideline) w/ pregame at 4:30 p.m.
Louisiana Tech hosts 24th ranked UTSA today at 6 p.m. at Joe Aillet Stadium on what is Homecoming in Ruston.
The Bulldogs are coming off a 19-3 loss at UTEP last Saturday and head coach Skip Holtz didn’t mix words when talking about the lackluster performance against the Miners.
“It certainly wasn’t one of our better performances,” said Holtz. “I’m very disappointed with the way we performed on Saturday. There was certainly some silver lining in what happened Saturday in watching the progression of our defense and watching the way that they really came to life after the first quarter.
“In the first two possessions, we gave up 14 points and went down the field and scored. They did a great job on first and second down, but on third and long we gave up conversions. There were about four of them in the first two drives that were 3rd and 7-plus that we gave up and they went down and scored. But, after that, David Blackwell did a nice job of making some adjustments.”
It was the Tech offense that was a no-show last Saturday, something that hasn’t been the case in the previous five games when the Bulldogs averaged over 33 points an outing. Tech was just 1-of-5 in the red zone (a Jacob Barnes FG) and must do better against a UTSA team that is averaging almost 40 points a game entering today.
“This week, it doesn’t get any easier,” said Holtz. “We just played a now 6-1 UTEP team and now you have an undefeated UTSA coming in here who is 7-0 right now. They’re ranked 24th and 25th in the two polls. It’s going to be a great challenge for us.”
The Bulldogs will play at home for the first time in a month.
“I’m glad we have the opportunity to come back home,” said Holtz. “It’s homecoming, so for everybody that is out there that hasn’t been back to Ruston in a while, we’d love to have you back to not only see all the new facilities that have been built on campus with the new dorms, the new chemistry building, seeing what’s going on with the athletic complex with the new soccer field, softball stadium and baseball stadium.
“Little Ruston is really starting to grow up. We would love to have you back. We need you for your support with playing at home in Joe Aillet Stadium. It’s homecoming and we’d love to see everybody here.”
UTSA is led by All-American running back Sincere McCormick and multi-versatile QB Frank Harris. UTSA won last year’s meeting in San Antonio 27-26.
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