Dogs close out season at Rice

Louisiana Tech closes out a roller coaster ride of a season Saturday when the Bulldogs travel to Houston to face Rice.

Kickoff is slated for 12 p.m. at Rice Stadium. Fans can hear the game on the LA Tech Sports Network on 107.5 FM with Malcolm Butler (PxP) and Teddy Allen (Analyst) providing a call of the action. Pregame show begins at 10:30 a.m.

Fans can also see it online through ESPN+.

Tech (3-8, 2-5) is coming off a 35-19 loss to Southern Miss while Rice (3-8, 2-5) is coming off a 38-28 loss to UTEP. Neither team has postseason opportunities as the 2021 season comes to a close.

“We’re going to play Rice this week,” said Tech head coach Skip Holtz. “Their season, if you look at it, is probably really similar to ours. They had losses early to teams like Arkansas, Texas and Houston. They’ve lost two overtime games in the league. They had last-play losses.”

Tech’s first three losses came on the very last play of the game in setbacks to Mississippi State, SMU and North Carolina State while a fourth (Old Dominion) came in similar fashion. The Bulldogs were that close to having a completely different looking year.

However, the Bulldogs will see their seven-year bowl streak come to an end. However, Holtz and Co. would like to erase the bad taste of last week’s loss to Southern Miss and end on a positive note.

“It ought to be a great challenge for us,” said Holtz. “I know our team is excited to play this last football game. We have one more opportunity to get it right. It’s been a season of many frustrations from a win-loss standpoint, but for me, I’ve really been proud of the team, the way they’ve stayed together, the way they’ve competed and the way they go out and work every single day.

“We’re going to try to put our best foot forward and do everything we can to win this last game of the season and send these seniors out the right way and start to build for 2022.”