Dogs, 49ers meet for first time

Saturday will be a first at Joe Aillet Stadium.

When the Bulldogs host Charlotte at 2:30 p.m. it will mark the first time the two programs have ever met on the gridiron.

Kickoff is slated for 2:30 p.m. in the next-to-last home game of the year for Tech.

The Bulldogs are looking to snap a grueling 5-game losing streak that dates back to a 24-17 win over North Texas in late September. With its 52-38 loss at UAB last weekend, Tech was eliminated from bowl contention, snapping a streak of seven straight years.

“It’ll be a challenge for us,” said Tech head coach Skip Holtz. “We’ve got Charlotte this week who is a good football team. They’re 5-4. They beat Duke to open the season. They had a nice win last week in beating Rice in overtime after Rice had beaten UAB. It’ll be a challenge for us, but we have three games remaining. We still have to keep putting this together and find a way to send these seniors out the right way.”

Tech meets a 49ers team that is one win away from being bowl eligible. Charlotte is 5-4 on the year after a 31-24 overtime victory over Rice last weekend.

The 49ers are a very new program. While Tech has been playing football for more than a century, Charlotte will be playing its 99th game in its program’s history. This marks the ninth season of football for Charlotte, its seventh as an FBS program.

“We have a really, really difficult match-up on the road against Louisiana Tech,” said Charlotte coach Will Healy. “There’s some times where I’ve probably talked our team into how good someone else is, and hey, man, they’ve played six one-possession games. Should have beaten Mississippi State, SMU, North Carolina State all those people. It’s not hard to turn the film on on these guys and see how much talent they have.

“Skip Holtz I think is one of the best I’ve ever been around. He’s a great friend, he’s a great mentor, I call him for advice and I’ve learned a lot from him – I just think he does it the right way. Talented football team, going on the road will be a great challenge. I’m excited about having a chance to strap it back up this week, and see how much better we can get. But it’s about winning one game, and that’s all that matters.”

Charlotte has score more than 30 points in each of its five wins and ranks 17th in the country in time of possession (32:27).

The game can be heard on the LA Tech Radio Network with Malcolm Butler (PxP) and Teddy Allen (color) providing the call of the action. The pregame show will begin at 1 p.m. The contest will also be streamed on WatchStadium.com


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