Ruston Louisiana Tech Bulldogs
The Southeastern Louisiana basketball team will continue its season - and begin a 10-game road trip against Louisiana Tech on Saturday. Marshall will end his first conference road trip with a home game against UAB on Friday, December 7, at 7 p.m. The Uab Blazers will be back in action on Sunday, November 10, when they take on Louisiana Tech in the second game of a back-to-back series at 6: 30 p.m., in Baton Rouge, La. Louisiana Tech has won the last two meetings between the two schools, with both meeting in 2019 and the first meeting of the 2017-18 season.
The Aggies, led by Johnny Manziel, prevailed 59-57 in an epic battle, but the following season the Bulldogs won a major college bowl - the New Orleans Bowl - for the first time in school history. The Bulldogs celebrated 18 consecutive home wins, setting the all-time stadium record set by Texas A & M (18-1, 7-0 SEC). Louisiana Tech improved its home winning streak to seven and hosts No. Louisiana State in the second game of a back-and-forth series on Saturday, November 10, at 6: 30 p.m.
Tech's fifth straight victory was in the 2018 Hawaii Bowl, when it defeated Hawaii 31-14. The Bulldogs then won their last four bowl games under then-coach Skip Holtz and won the New Orleans Bowl in 2016 - the first bowl win in school history - 35-18 against Illinois. In Holtz's second season, the Bulldogs won the Heat's Dallas Bowl against Illinois, a struggling Philadelphia team, 35-18, ending a four-game losing streak.
Louisiana Tech defeated Tennessee Tech, 31-14, to win the Mideast Regional Championship and then defeated Akron, 34-7, in the regional final to become Mideast Regional champions.
After the Bulldogs' 1999 victory over Alabama, Tech is currently the only school without an AQ to have defeated an SEC champion in the BCS era.
In 118 football seasons, the Bulldogs have won 25 conference championships, won three Division II national championships and played in 27 postseason games, including 12 major college bowl games. Also on her resume are two major titles - college bowl victories, a national championship and two NCAA Division I - AA championships.
Tech hosts many teams at Independence Stadium during the regular season, including Texas A & M, Georgia Tech, Florida State, Louisiana Tech and Grambling State. The Bulldogs' 2020 schedule calls for them to play the Baylor Bears at the start of the season and the FIU Panthers at the end of the year.
Louisiana Tech entered the competition as a member of Conference USA and first joined the conference's football division, ConferenceUSA, in 2013. Since then, the Bulldogs have won the C-Class West twice and the East once. While Tech's arrival has united the Green Wave with another school in Louisiana, Tulane, a rivalry has developed between the two schools, as they have already announced plans for a home-and-home series against each other in 2018 and 2019. In 2008, Louisiana Tech head football coach Mark D'Onofrio signed a contract to renew the rivalry, with the first game to be played in Ruston on September 25, 2010.
Louisiana Tech has played in 12 Division I FBS Bowl games, with a record of 8-4-1, a record of 7-2-0 in Conference play and a record of 3-3 overall. In addition, the Bulldogs have won three championships in the C-Class West Conference and two championships in the C-Class East. Louisiana Tech also played 9 Division II postseason games the last two seasons, with the Bulldogs football program, amassing a record of 6-5--2 in those contests and 7-1 in postseason play, for a total of 11 wins.
Louisiana Tech is the conference rival of the Fresno State Bulldogs, as the Bulldogs football team competes in the annual Battle for the Bone. The Golden Eagles took the Bulldogs to the C-Class Western Conference championship in 2014 and 2015. Louisiana Tech defeated Western Illinois and defeated Eastern Michigan to become the Midwest Regional champions, with a 7-2 record in conference play and 11 wins overall.
Led by quarterback Terry Bradshaw, the Bulldogs were christened Louisiana Tech Stadium and the football stadium was originally called Louisiana Tech Stadium. Joe Aillet Stadium in Ruston, Louisiana, opened in 2010 and replaces Tech's Stadium, which was home to the Louisiana State University Bulldogs football team. Renamed in honor of former football coach and athletic director Joe Paterno, it is part of Louisiana Tech's new sports complex, which now includes two football stadiums, two basketball stadiums and a baseball stadium, as well as a men's and women's basketball facility.
The current stadium where the Bulldogs play is called Joe Aillet Stadium, in honor of the coach's monumental contribution to the team. The ballpark was named in 2008 in memory of former Bulldog and former football coach and athletic director Joe Paterno. A statue that Bulldogs players touch when they jog across the field before home games has also brought good luck to the Bulldogs and Joe Aillet Stadium, according to a school press release.