Louisiana Tech Bulldogs football
|Louisiana Tech Bulldogs football|
|Athletic director||Tommy McClelland|
|Head coach||Skip Holtz
5th season, 31–22 (.585)
|Other staff||Todd Fitch (OC)
Blake Baker (DC)
|Stadium||Joe Aillet Stadium
|NCAA division||Division I FBS|
|Past conferences||LIAA (1915–1925)
Gulf States (1948–1970)
Big West (1993–1995)
|All-time record||604–451–39 (.570)|
|Bowl record||5–3–1 (.611)|
|Claimed nat'l titles||3 (Division II) (1972, 1973, 1974)|
|Rivalries||Southern Miss Golden Eagles|
|Colors||Blue and Red
|Fight song||Tech Fight|
|Marching band||Band of Pride|
The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs football program represents Louisiana Tech University in college football at the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division I-A) level. After 12 seasons in the Western Athletic Conference, Louisiana Tech began competing as a member of Conference USA in 2013. Since 2013, the Bulldogs have been coached by Skip Holtz. Since 1968, the Bulldogs have played their home games at Joe Aillet Stadium. Since the Bulldogs first season in 1901, Louisiana Tech has compiled an all-time record of 604 wins, 451 losses, and 39 ties. In 111 football seasons, the Bulldogs have won 3 Division II national championships, won 25 conference championships, and played in 24 postseason games including 9 major college bowl games. Louisiana Tech has defeated at least one team from each of the current 10 FBS conferences, and Louisiana Tech is the only team from a non-AQ conference to defeat an SEC champion in the BCS era as the Bulldogs defeated Alabama in 1999.
- 1 History
- 1.1 Early history (1901–1939)
- 1.2 Joe Aillet era (1940–1966)
- 1.3 Maxie Lambright era (1967–1978)
- 1.4 Larry Beightol era (1979)
- 1.5 Billy Brewer era (1980–1982)
- 1.6 A. L. Williams era (1983–1986)
- 1.7 Carl Torbush era (1987)
- 1.8 Joe Raymond Peace era (1988–1995)
- 1.9 Gary Crowton era (1996–1998)
- 1.10 Jack Bicknell era (1999–2006)
- 1.11 Derek Dooley era (2007–2009)
- 1.12 Sonny Dykes era (2010–2012)
- 1.13 Skip Holtz era (2013–present)
- 2 Rivalries
- 3 Conference affiliations
- 4 Championships
- 5 Postseason history
- 6 All-time record vs. C-USA teams
- 7 Home stadiums
- 8 Traditions
- 9 Players
- 9.1 College Football Hall of Fame
- 9.2 Pro Football Hall of Fame
- 9.3 Canadian Football Hall of Fame
- 9.4 Fred Biletnikoff Award
- 9.5 Ray Guy Award
- 9.6 Sammy Baugh Trophy
- 9.7 Consensus All-Americans
- 9.8 Heisman Trophy voting history
- 9.9 NFL champions
- 9.10 NFL Draft
- 9.11 Current NFL players
- 9.12 Former players
- 10 Head coaches
- 11 Notes
- 12 See also
- 13 References
- 14 External links
Early history (1901–1939)
Louisiana Tech University first fielded a football team in 1901. The team's head coach was Edwin Barber and the team played three games, losing to LSU and Arkansas and defeating Shreveport High School. Percy Prince became the head football coach at Louisiana Tech in 1909 and coached the Bulldog football team through the 1915 season in which Louisiana Tech won the Louisiana Intercollegiate Athletic Association championship. The 1915 season the first season Louisiana Tech ever competed in a football conference, and therefore, Louisiana Tech's first ever conference championship. George Bohler served as the head football coach at Louisiana Tech from 1930–1933, compiling a 15–17 record. Bohler's 1931 team finished an undefeated 7–0, but other than that, Bohler's Bulldogs were unable to win more than four games in a single season. Eddie McLane left Samford and replaced Bohler in 1934. He led the team through the 1938 season, compiling a 27–19 record, which included three consecutive winning seasons from 1935–1937.
Joe Aillet era (1940–1966)
Northwestern State quarterbacks coach Joe Aillet took over the Bulldogs football program in 1940, leading the team through the 1966 season. Aillet led the Bulldogs to 21 winning seasons in his 27 as head coach (Tech didn't field a football team in 1943 due to World War II). Ailett led the Bulldogs to three 9–1 seasons in 1955, 1959 and 1964. Aillet's namesake is Louisiana Tech's home stadium, Joe Ailett Stadium. Ailett retired as Tech's head football coach following the 1966 season, and is the winningest head coach in Tech football history at 151–86–8.
Maxie Lambright era (1967–1978)
Southern Miss assistant coach Maxie Lambright took over the Bulldogs football program after Aillet's retirement. Under Lambright, the Bulldogs were able to enjoy even greater success, winning three consecutive national championships from 1972–1974, along with seven conference championships.
Lambright also coached quarterback Terry Bradshaw. Initially, Bradshaw was second on the depth chart at quarterback behind Phil Robertson, who would later become famous as the inventor of the Duck Commander duck call and television personality on the A&E program Duck Dynasty. Bradshaw caused a media frenzy on account of his reputation of being a football sensation from nearby Shreveport. Robertson was a year ahead of Bradshaw, and was the starter for two seasons in 1966 and 1967, and chose not to play in 1968. As Robertson put it: "I'm going for the ducks, you [Terry] can go for the bucks." In 1969, Bradshaw was considered by most professional scouts to be the most outstanding college football player in the nation. As a junior, he amassed 2,890 total yards, ranking No. 1 in the NCAA, and led his team to a 9–2 record and a 33–13 win over Akron in the Rice Bowl. In his senior season, he gained 2,314 yards, ranking third in the NCAA, and led his team to an 8–2 record. His decrease in production was mainly because his team played only 10 games that year, and he was taken out of several games in the second half because his team had built up a huge lead. Bradshaw graduated owning virtually all Louisiana Tech passing records at the time and would go on to enjoy a Hall of Fame professional football career quarterbacking the NFL's Pittsburgh Steelers. In 1984, Bradshaw was inducted into the inaugural class of the Louisiana Tech sports hall of fame. Four years later, he was inducted into the state of Louisiana's sports hall of fame. Lambright retired as Louisiana Tech's head football coach following the 1978 season, leaving with a 95–36–2 record.
Larry Beightol era (1979)
Arkansas offensive line coach Larry Beightol succeeded Lambright. Tech suffered one of its worst seasons in school history under Beightol, finishing with a 2–8 record in 1979. Beightol was fired after a 1-8 start to the 1979 season, and endured mass defections from players who had previously competed in the last two Independence Bowls.
Billy Brewer era (1980–1982)
Southeastern Louisiana head coach Billy Brewer replaced Beightol and was head coach at Louisiana Tech from 1980 through 1982, posting a record of 19 wins, 15 losses and a tie. His last season at Tech (1982) saw his Bulldogs win the Southland Conference title with a 10–3 record. They lost to Delaware 17–0 in the first round of the Division I-AA (now Football Championship Subdivision) playoffs. Brewer's success with the Bulldogs led to interest from many I-A (now FBS) schools for their head football coaching positions. Brewer accepted an offer from Ole Miss after the 1982 season.
A. L. Williams era (1983–1986)
Coach A. L. Williams came to Louisiana Tech from Northwestern State and compiled a 28–19–1 record in four seasons. Tech's best season during this era came in 1985, when the team finished 10–5 and won the Southland Conference championship. After a 6–4–1 record in 1986, Williams stepped down as Louisiana Tech's head football coach.
Carl Torbush era (1987)
Ole Miss defensive coordinator Carl Torbush was hired as Williams' replacement in 1987. Torbush only coached the Bulldogs for one season, leading the team to a 3–8 record. Torbush elected to leave Tech for the defensive coordinator position at North Carolina under head coach Mack Brown after the 1987 season.
Joe Raymond Peace era (1988–1995)
Louisiana Tech promoted assistant coach Joe Raymond Peace to head coach following Torbush's departure. Under Peace, the Bulldogs compiled a 40–44–4 record that included back-to-back eight-win campaigns in 1990 and 1991. The Bulldogs moved to the now-defunct Big West Conference in 1993. Peace was fired following back to back 3–8 campaigns in 1993 and 1994 and a 5–6 season in 1995.
Gary Crowton era (1996–1998)
Tech promoted offensive coordinator Gary Crowton to head coach after Peace's firing. Under Crowton, the Bulldogs went 21–13. The Bulldogs' best season during this era came in 1997, when the Bulldogs finished 9–2. Crowton left Louisiana Tech following the 1998 season to accept the position of offensive coordinator with the NFL's Chicago Bears.
Jack Bicknell era (1999–2006)
Coach Jack Bicknell left New Hampshire in 1997 to serve as the offensive line coach for Louisiana Tech. When head coach Gary Crowton left to become the Chicago Bears offensive coordinator in 1999, Bicknell was promoted to replace him. In his first season as head coach, he led the Bulldogs to an 8–3 record, the school's first AP Top 25 ranking, and a 29–28 upset win over eventual SEC champion Alabama. In 2001, Louisiana Tech won the Western Athletic Conference championship during its first year of membership, earning Bicknell conference Coach of the Year honors. Louisiana Tech played Clemson in the Crucial.com Humanitarian Bowl, the program's first postseason appearance since 1990. Tech's star player that year was quarterback Luke McCown. During his tenure at Louisiana Tech, Bicknell's teams defeated national powers Alabama, Michigan State and Oklahoma State. 22 of his players were either drafted by or signed free agent contracts with National Football League teams. Bicknell was fired on December 4, 2006 after a 3–10 season. Bicknell was fired by Louisiana Tech following a 3–10 campaign in 2006.
Derek Dooley era (2007–2009)
Miami Dolphins tight ends coach Derek Dooley, son of coaching legend Vince Dooley, was hired as Bicknell's replacement in 2007. Tech enjoyed a mediocre run during Dooley's tenure starting out at 5–7 in 2007. In 2008, the Bulldogs improved to 8–5 with a win in the Independence Bowl to cap the year. In 2009, the Bulldogs slipped to 4–8. Dooley, who was also serving as Tech's athletics director, left Louisiana Tech after the 2009 season to accept the head coaching position at Tennessee.
Sonny Dykes era (2010–2012)
On January 20, 2010, Arizona offensive coordinator Sonny Dykes was hired to replace Dooley as the head football coach at Louisiana Tech. Dykes brought with him an exciting, up-tempo, pass-oriented offense known as the Air Raid.
In Dykes' first season, LA Tech's record improved to 5–7 overall and 4–4 in the WAC. Despite coaching his team to a losing record, LA Tech's offense improved in several areas of the NCAA statistical ranks including passing offense (91st in 2009 to 62nd in 2010) and total offense (66th to 52nd) while the team's average offensive national rank improved from 65th in 2009 to 54th in 2010. Despite a 1–4 start in 2011, Louisiana Tech rallied to win seven consecutive games to cap off the regular season with the program's first WAC football title since 2001 and an appearance the Poinsettia Bowl to cap the 8–5 season.. As a result of LA Tech's success, Dykes was honored as the 2011 WAC Coach of the Year. At the conclusion of the 2011 season, Dykes signed a contract extension to increase his base salary to at least $700,000. Dykes resigned as Louisiana Tech head football coach following the 2012 season to accept the same position at California.
In 2012, Louisiana Tech joined Conference USA. That season, they finished with a 9–3 record, the program's best since 1997, but was not invited to a bowl game. Dykes guided the Bulldogs to a 22–15 record over his 3 seasons as head coach.
Skip Holtz era (2013–present)
On December 13, 2012, former UConn, East Carolina and South Florida head coach Skip Holtz, son of legendary coach Lou Holtz, accepted an offer to become the head coach for the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs.
Holtz's first season, the 2013 campaign, was a rebuilding year as the Bulldogs finished 4–8. However, 2014 would see a big turnaround. Holtz's Bulldogs went on to finish first in C-USA West at 9–5 with a 35–18 win over Illinois in the Heart Of Dallas Bowl. In 2015, the Bulldogs continued their success finishing 9–4 and winning the New Orleans Bowl over Arkansas State, 47–28. In 2016, Holtz's Bulldogs finished 9–5. They won the C-USA West Division title and lost in the conference championship game against East Division champion Western Kentucky. Tech then accomplished their third consecutive bowl victory by defeating Navy in the Armed Forces Bowl after kicking a late field goal to win 48–45.
Southern Miss Golden Eagles
Louisiana Tech and Southern Miss first played in 1935 and played each season from 1946 until 1972. Tech and USM were conference foes in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association from 1935 to 1941. In addition, Tech and USM were both founding members of the Gulf States Conference which began play in 1948. The Bulldogs and Golden Eagles have played 11 times between 1975 and 1992. In 2008, Louisiana Tech AD-HC Derek Dooley and USM AD Richard Giannini signed a four-game contract to renew the rivalry with the first game being played in Ruston on September 25, 2010. On a rainy Saturday night on September 3, 2011, the Golden Eagles took on the Bulldogs for both teams' season opener on national television. The close matchup ended in Southern Miss' favor, 19–17, due to a late field goal by Southern Miss' Danny Hrapmann. With Tech joining Conference USA, the Dawgs and Eagles continued the series as conference rivals in 2013, with Tech beating Southern Miss 36–13 on November 9.
|Games played||First meeting||Last meeting||LaTech wins||LaTech losses||Ties||Win %|
|47||November 28, 1935 (won 27–0)||November 2, 2015 (lost 58–24)||15||32||0||31.9%|
Fresno State Bulldogs
From 2001 to 2011, the teams played annually as members of the Western Athletic Conference, and Fresno State holds a 7–4 series lead in games played as WAC foes. The rivalry is nicknamed the Battle for the Bone, a term coined because both universities are nicknamed the Bulldogs. Prior to the conference rivalry, the two Bulldog football teams played twice in Fresno with Fresno State defeating Louisiana Tech in 1986 and 1992. Fresno State moved to the Mountain West Conference in 2012 and Louisiana Tech moved to Conference USA in 2013, bringing an end to the rivalry.
Notable games include:
- In 2004, No. 17 Fresno State entered the game undefeated as the first ever ranked opponent to enter Joe Aillet Stadium in Ruston. Prior to the opening kickoff, a sideline clearing altercation occurred on the field with the coaches and security having to separate the two teams. Led by Ryan Moats who rushed for 236 yards and 4 touchdowns, Louisiana Tech went on to notch their first ever victory over Fresno State 28–21. At the conclusion of the game, the Tech fans rushed the field and brought down the goalposts.
- In 2005, Louisiana Tech jumped out to a 26–3 halftime lead to shock No. 23 Fresno State at Bulldog Stadium in Fresno. Tech went on to win 40–28 and denied Fresno State their first WAC Championship since 1999.
|Games played||First meeting||Last meeting||LaTech wins||LaTech losses||Ties||Win %|
|13||September 27, 1986 (lost 10–34)||November 5, 2011 (won 41–21)||4||9||0||30.8%|
Northwestern State Demons
Louisiana Tech and Northwestern State first played in 1907 and competed annually from 1926 to 1987. The Dawgs and Demons played in the annual Louisiana State Fair Game in Shreveport's Independence Stadium (formerly State Fair Stadium) from 1946 to 1987. Before each game, an all-day pregame party called "Rally in the Alley" took place in Shreve Square near the Texas Street Bridge. After each game, fans enjoyed the rides and games at the State Fair of Louisiana. In the last 18 meetings of the series, Louisiana Tech has amassed a record of 16–1–1 against Northwestern State. In 1988, the longstanding rivalry came to an end when Louisiana Tech transitioned into Division I-A leaving Northwestern State behind in Division I-AA. After a 20-year hiatus, Louisiana Tech hosted the Northwestern State Demons at Joe Aillet Stadium on September 20, 2014.
|Games played||First meeting||Last meeting||LaTech wins||LaTech losses||Ties||Win %|
|78||1907 (won 43–4)||September 20, 2014 (lost 27–30)||53||20||5||72.6%|
Louisiana Tech and the ULM Warhawks (formerly the Northeast Louisiana Indians) first played in 1953 and competed annually until 1991, and then from 1997–2000. The two teams were conference foes in the Gulf States Conference from 1953 until 1970, when Tech joined the Southland Conference and ULM became an independent. ULM would later join the Southland in 1982, making the annual match-up once again a conference game until Louisiana Tech left the Southland in 1987. The two teams' close proximity (37 miles) made the rivalry stick quickly, with the two teams often playing each other in the last week of the regular season (often known as rivalry week). In fact, 37 of their 42 games took place in the month of November. The current game attendance record for Joe Aillet Stadium (28,714) was set in 1997 against the then-Indians. In 2001, Louisiana Tech joined the Western Athletic Conference and ULM joined the Sun Belt Conference. The two teams have not played since.
|Games played||First meeting||Last meeting||LaTech wins||LaTech losses||Ties||Win %|
|42||September 26, 1953 (won 61–6)||November 11, 2000 (won 42–19)||29||13||0||67.4%|
- 1901–1914: Independent
- 1915–1925: Louisiana Intercollegiate Athletic Association
- 1925–1941: Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association
- 1939–1947: Louisiana Intercollegiate Conference
- 1948–1970: Gulf States Conference
- 1971–1986: Southland Conference
- 1987–1988: Division I-AA Independent
- 1989–1992: Division I-A Independent
- 1993–1995: Big West Conference
- 1996–2000: Division I-A Independent
- 2001–2012: Western Athletic Conference
- 2013–present: Conference USA
Louisiana Tech claims three football national titles. From 1964 to 1972, four regional bowl games were played that led up to a wire service poll to determine the final champion of Division II's predecessor, the NCAA College Division. In 1972, Louisiana Tech beat Tennessee Tech 35–0 in the Grantland Rice Bowl to win the Mideast Regional Championship. The Bulldogs finished the 1972 season undefeated at 12–0 and were subsequently named 1972 College Division National Champions by the National Football Foundation. Despite not playing in a regional championship, Delaware was named 1972 NCAA College Division National Champions by the Associated Press and United Press International. A playoff series was started in 1973 to determine the Division II champion. In the inaugural Division II football playoffs, Louisiana Tech beat Western Illinois in the quarterfinals and Boise State in the Pioneer Bowl semifinals. Tech advanced to the championship game to beat Western Kentucky 34–0 and finished the season with a 12–1 record as 1973 NCAA Division II National Champions. In 1974, the UPI did not recognize the winner of the playoffs, Central Michigan, as national champions. Instead, the UPI presented the 1974 Division II national title to Louisiana Tech, who finished with an 11–1 record.
|Year||Overall record||Conference record||Coach||Selector|
|1972||12–0–0||5–0–0||Maxie Lambright||National Football Foundation College Division|
|1973||12–1–0||NCAA Division II|
|1974||11–1–0||United Press International College Division|
Louisiana Tech won three regional football championships. From 1964 to 1972, four regional bowl games were played that led up to a wire service poll to determine the final champion of Division II's predecessor, the NCAA College Division. In 1968, Louisiana Tech beat Akron 33–13 in the Grantland Rice Bowl to become Mideast Regional Champions. In 1971, Louisiana Tech defeated Eastern Michigan 14–3 in the Pioneer Bowl to become Midwest Regional Champions. In 1972, Louisiana Tech beat Tennessee Tech 35–0 in the Grantland Rice Bowl to win the Mideast Regional Championship.
|Year||Overall record||Conference record||Coach||Region|
Louisiana Tech has won 25 conference championships despite competing in 24 seasons as an independent. The Bulldogs have won 2 Louisiana Intercollegiate Athletic Association championships, 3 Louisiana Intercollegiate championships, 10 Gulf States championships, 8 Southland championships, and 2 WAC championships. It is of note that Tech finished with a 9–2 record in 1997, the best record of the 9 Division I-A Independents. In 1999 Tech finished with an 8–3 record, the only one of the 7 Division I-A Independents with a winning record.
|Year||Overall record||Conference record||Coach||Conference|
|1915||3–1–2||2–0–1||Percy S. Prince||Louisiana Intercollegiate Athletic Association|
|1921||6–0–0||3–0–0||R. Foster Clark|
|1941||5–4–1||4–0–0||Joe Aillet||Louisiana Intercollegiate Conference|
|1949||7–2–0||5–0–0||Gulf States Conference|
|2001||7–5||7–1||Jack Bicknell III||Western Athletic Conference|
|† Denotes co-champions|
In 2013, Louisiana Tech first joined a conference with football divisions, Conference USA, and since then the Bulldogs have won C-USA West twice.
|Year||Overall record||Conference record||Coach||Division|
|2014||9–5||7–1||Skip Holtz||Conference USA West|
|2016||9–5||6–2||Conference USA West|
Louisiana Tech has produced an all-time postseason record of 16 wins, 7 losses, and 1 tie in 24 total appearances.
Division II postseason history
Louisiana Tech has played in 9 Division II postseason games and accumulated a record of 7 wins and 2 losses.
|December 13, 1968||Grantland Rice Bowl||W||Akron||33||13|
|December 13, 1969||Grantland Rice Bowl||L||East Tennessee State||14||34|
|December 11, 1971||Pioneer Bowl||W||Eastern Michigan||14||3|
|December 10, 1972||Grantland Rice Bowl||W||Tennessee Tech||35||0|
|December 1, 1973||Quarterfinal||W||Western Illinois||18||13|
|December 8, 1973||Pioneer Bowl||W||Boise State||38||34|
|December 15, 1973||Camellia Bowl||W||Western Kentucky||34||0|
|November 30, 1974||Quarterfinal||W||Western Carolina||10||7|
|December 7, 1974||Pioneer Bowl||L||Central Michigan||14||35|
Division I-AA playoff history
Louisiana Tech has played in 6 Division I-AA playoff games and accumulated a record of 4 wins and 2 losses.
|December 4, 1982||Quarterfinal||W||South Carolina State||38||3|
|December 11, 1982||Semifinal||L||Delaware||0||17|
|November 24, 1984||First Round||W||Mississippi Valley State||66||19|
|December 1, 1984||Quarterfinal||W||Alcorn State||44||21|
|December 8, 1984||Semifinal||W||Middle Tennessee||21||13|
|December 15, 1984||Championship||L||Montana State||6||19|
Division I FBS bowl history
Louisiana Tech has played in 9 Division I FBS bowl games and accumulated a record of 5 wins, 3 losses, and 1 tie.
|December 17, 1977||Independence Bowl||W||Louisville||24||14|
|December 16, 1978||Independence Bowl||L||East Carolina||13||35|
|December 15, 1990||Independence Bowl||T||Maryland||34||34|
|December 31, 2001||Humanitarian Bowl||L||Clemson||24||49|
|December 28, 2008||Independence Bowl||W||Northern Illinois||17||10|
|December 21, 2011||Poinsettia Bowl||L||TCU||24||31|
|December 26, 2014||Heart of Dallas Bowl||W||Illinois||35||18|
|December 19, 2015||New Orleans Bowl||W||Arkansas State||47||28|
|December 23, 2016||Armed Forces Bowl||W||Navy||48||45|
All-time record vs. C-USA teams
Official record (including any NCAA imposed vacates and forfeits) against all current C-USA opponents:
|Middle Tennessee||4||2||0||.667||Lost 1||1984||2016|
|North Texas||9||6||0||.600||Won 3||1976||2016|
|Old Dominion||0||1||0||.000||Lost 1||2014||2014|
|Southern Miss||15||33||0||.313||Lost 2||1935||2016|
Joe Aillet Stadium (1968–present)
Louisiana Tech plays home games at Joe Aillet Stadium, which has garnered the nickname The Joe. The stadium is located on the campus of Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, Louisiana. Led by quarterback Terry Bradshaw, the Bulldogs christened Louisiana Tech Stadium with a 35–7 victory over East Carolina on September 28, 1968. The stadium was given its current namesake in 1972 to honor Hall of Fame coach Joe Aillet. The stadium opened with a capacity of 23,000, and additional seating was added to increase capacity to 30,600 in 1989. The stadium was upgraded in 1985 with the addition of the luxury sky box. In 1997 the stadium's attendance record of 28,714 was set against Northeast Louisiana. A new lighting system was installed in 2006. After playing the first 38 seasons in Aillet Stadium on natural grass, FieldTurf was installed in 2006. The FieldTurf was subsequently replaced in 2008 and again in 2015. In 2009 Louisiana Tech installed the largest high definition video board in the WAC covering 1,485 digital square feet behind the north end zone of the stadium at a cost of $2 million. In 2014 capacity was reduced to 27,717 while the area behind the south end zone of Joe Aillet Stadium was under construction. The $22 million 70,000 square foot Davison Athletics Complex was completed the following year increasing capacity to 28,019 for the 2015 season. In 2017 the stadium added 202 Eaton Ephesus LED fixtures provided and installed by Geo-Surfaces, a sports lighting company based in Baton Rouge, LA.
Independence Stadium (alternate, 1928–present)
Louisiana Tech occasionally hosts games at Independence Stadium in Shreveport, Louisiana. The Bulldogs have played 71 games in Independence Stadium including 4 trips to the Independence Bowl and have produced an all-time record of 45–23–3 at Independence Stadium. Tech has hosted many teams in Independence Stadium during the regular season including Southern Miss, North Texas, Tulsa, Houston, Baylor, California, Texas A&M, SMU, Oklahoma State, Miami, UTEP, and Grambling State. Louisiana Tech's regular season home attendance record of 43,279 was set in 2003 against the Miami Hurricanes in a nationally televised game on ESPN. The 1990 Independence Bowl featuring Tech and Maryland drew 48,325 fans, the record attendance for a Louisiana Tech game in Independence Stadium. The stadium's capacity is 50,459. During the 2012 season, No. 23 Louisiana Tech hosted No. 22 Texas A&M in Independence Stadium on ESPNU in an epic battle in which the Aggies led by Johnny Manziel prevailed, 59–57. This game was ranked by ESPN as the No. 8 game of the 2012 season.
Band of Pride
The Band of Pride is the official marching band of Louisiana Tech University. Since its inception in 1906, the band has grown to approximately 200 members. The Band of Pride performs at all home football games, select road games, pep rallies, and various university events throughout the year.
Spirit of '88
Inside the Davison Athletics Complex at the south end of Joe Aillet Stadium stands a bronze Bulldog statue named the Spirit of '88. The statue commemorates the 1988 Bulldog football team which blazed the path into Division I-A football for Louisiana Tech. The 1988 team had to endure one of the most difficult schedules in school history while playing with only 65 scholarships – the allotted amount for Division I-AA teams. In what was the nation's 11th toughest schedule that year, the Bulldogs faced five I-A bowl teams including Houston, Florida State and Texas A&M. The results were as expected: losses like 60–0, 56–17 and 66–3. Those experiences likely played a key role in Tech finishing 4–6 the following year, its first in Division I-A, and then 8–3–1 in 1990 and an Independence Bowl berth. The statue, which every Bulldog player touches before jogging onto the field for every home game, has also brought good fortune to the Bulldogs at Joe Aillet Stadium. On October 14, 1989, when it was unveiled, Tech proceeded to pummel a highly respected Northern Illinois team by the score of 42–21. The Bulldogs eventually reeled off 18 consecutive home victories, tying the all-time stadium record set by head coach Maxie Lambright's great teams of the early 1970s.
In 1879, the Fire Bell was cast by L.M. Rumsey & Co. in St. Louis, Missouri. Founded in 1897, the Ruston Fire Department was called to fires by ringing the Fire Bell that hung in a wooden tower behind Perkins Drug Store located at 116 N. Trenton Street. The Fire Bell was used for many years in Ruston to alert the town of burning fires. After Joe Aillet Stadium was built in 1968, the old Fire Bell was transported to the stadium and placed behind the end zone. The Fire Bell is rung before every football game to commemorate the bravery of the bulldog that perished saving the lives of the two Tech students in the burning house in 1899, and the Fire Bell calls the Bulldogs to battle before every home football game.
Tech is the name of the fawn and white lineage of English bulldogs which have served as Louisiana Tech's live mascot since 1930. In 1930, a rescued bullpup named Tech I was donated to serve as Louisiana Tech's first live mascot by the family of two football players, Henry and Thomas Matthews. Tech is owned by the Louisiana Tech Student Government Association and resides with either a faculty member or local alumnus selected by the SGA. The current live mascot is Tech XXI.
College Football Hall of Fame
Pro Football Hall of Fame
Canadian Football Hall of Fame
Fred Biletnikoff Award
Ray Guy Award
Sammy Baugh Trophy
Heisman Trophy voting history
Fifteen former Bulldogs have won 23 NFL championship rings.
- Ryan Allen (Super Bowl XLIX, LI), New England Patriots
- Larry Anderson (Super Bowl XIII, XIV), Pittsburgh Steelers
- Chris Boniol (Super Bowl XXX), Dallas Cowboys
- Cloyce Box (1952 NFL Championship Game, 1953 NFL Championship Game), Detroit Lions
- Terry Bradshaw (Super Bowl IX, X, XIII, XIV), Pittsburgh Steelers
- Fred Dean (Super Bowl XVI, XIX), San Francisco 49ers
- Doug Evans (Super Bowl XXXI), Green Bay Packers
- David Lee (Super Bowl V), Baltimore Colts
- Caleb Martin (1947 NFL Championship Game), Chicago Cardinals
- Johnny Robinson (Super Bowl XVIII), Oakland Raiders
- Leo Sanford (1958 NFL Championship Game), Baltimore Colts
- D'Anthony Smith (Super Bowl XLVIII), Seattle Seahawks
- Matt Stover (Super Bowl XXV, XXXV), New York Giants, Baltimore Ravens
- Grant Williams (Super Bowl XXXVI), New England Patriots
- Tramon Williams (Super Bowl XLV), Green Bay Packers
Louisiana Tech has had 73 players drafted into the National Football League (NFL) since the league began holding drafts in 1936. Five Bulldogs have been selected in the first round including Terry Bradshaw, Roger Carr, Willie Roaf, Troy Edwards, and Vernon Butler. Bradshaw was the overall number one pick in 1970. Tech had three players selected in the most recent NFL Draft, WR Carlos Henderson, WR Trent Taylor, and S Xavier Woods.
Current NFL players
- Ryan Allen (P), New England Patriots
- Adairius Barnes (CB), Detroit Lions
- Houston Bates (LB), Washington Redskins
- Kentrell Brice (S), Green Bay Packers
- Vernon Butler (DT), Carolina Panthers
- Kenneth Dixon (RB), Baltimore Ravens
- Vontarrius Dora (LB), Denver Broncos
- Jeff Driskel (QB), Cincinnati Bengals
- Justin Ellis (DT), Oakland Raiders
- IK Enemkpali (LB), free agent
- Carlos Henderson (WR), Denver Broncos
- Luke McCown (QB), free agent
- Jordan Mills (T), Buffalo Bills
- Quinton Patton (WR), free agent
- Trent Taylor (WR), San Francisco 49ers
- Paul Turner (WR), Philadelphia Eagles
- Myles White (WR), New York Jets
- Tramon Williams (CB), free agent
- Xavier Woods (S), Dallas Cowboys
On December 5, 2012, Louisiana Tech head football coach Sonny Dykes was hired to replace Jeff Tedford as the next California Golden Bears head football coach. On December 14, 2012, Louisiana Tech hired former South Florida Bulls head coach Skip Holtz to succeed Dykes as the 33rd head football coach in Louisiana Tech history.
College Football Hall of Fame
Announced schedules as of October 13, 2016
|9/2 vs. Northwestern State||9/1 at South Alabama||8/31 at Texas||9/5 at UNLV||9/4 at Mississippi State||9/10 at Baylor||TBA vs. BYU|
|9/9 vs. Mississippi State||9/8 vs. Southern||9/7 vs. Grambling State||9/12 at Baylor||9/11 vs. Baylor||9/24 at Clemson||TBA at BYU|
|9/23 at South Carolina||9/15 at Mississippi State||9/14 at Bowling Green||TBA||9/18 vs. Bowling Green||TBA|
|9/30 vs. South Alabama||9/22 at LSU||10/19 vs. UMass||TBA||TBA||TBA|
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