Louisiana Tech–Louisiana–Monroe football rivalry

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Louisiana Tech–Louisiana–Monroe football rivalry
Sport Football
First meeting September 26, 1953
Louisiana Tech 61, Northeast Louisiana State 6
Latest meeting November 11, 2000
Louisiana Tech 42, Louisiana–Monroe 19
Statistics
Meetings total 43
All-time series Louisiana Tech leads, 29–14
Largest victory Louisiana Tech, 61–6 (1953)
Longest win streak Louisiana Tech, 7 (1971–1977)
Current win streak Louisiana Tech, 6 (1990–present)
Louisiana Tech–Louisiana–Monroe football rivalry is located in Louisiana
Louisiana Tech
Louisiana Tech
University of Louisiana Monroe
University of Louisiana Monroe
Locations in Louisiana

The Louisiana Tech–Louisiana–Monroe football rivalry is a former American college football rivalry between the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs and the Louisiana–Monroe Warhawks (formerly the Northeast Louisiana Indians). The two schools are located 35 miles apart from each other on I-20 in North Louisiana.[1] The two teams have met 43 times on the football field, with Louisiana Tech currently holding a 29–14 lead in the all-time series. The game ended in 2000, following the Bulldogs' transition to the Western Athletic Conference. This is no longer considered a current rivalry, as there are no plans for any future games.[2]

History[edit]

The matchup began in 1953 as a conference game, following Northeast Louisiana State's move to the Gulf States Conference. After the Gulf States Conference dissolved at the end of the 1970 football season, Louisiana Tech joined the Southland Conference, while Northeast Louisiana remained a football independent school, and the yearly game continued as a non-conference matchup. The game once again became a conference matchup in 1982, when Northeast Louisiana joined the Southland Conference, before once again moving to a non-conference game following Louisiana Tech's departure from the Southland following the 1986 season.

The early history of the series was dominated by Louisiana Tech, as the Bulldogs won 20 of the first 25 meetings between the two schools. Following the end of the 1978 season, long-time Louisiana Tech head coach Maxie Lambright resigned, and Tech decided to hire Arkansas assistant coach Larry Beightol as their new head coach, instead of promoting long-time Lambright assistant coach (and Louisiana Tech alum), Pat Collins.[3][4] Collins was subsequently hired as an assistant coach at Northeast Louisiana, before being promoted to head coach following John David Crow's resignation at the end of the 1980 season.[3][4] Prior to Collins' first game against Tech as a head coach, he drew the ire of Tech fans by using insider information gleaned during his time as a Tech assistant to complain to Southland Conference officials and have the Bulldogs' star linebacker, Ed Jackson, declared ineligible to play.[3] The game, dubbed the "Ed Jackson Bowl,"[3] quickly turned into a rout, as Northeast Louisiana dominated the Bulldogs en route to a 35–0 victory in front of 23,500 fans at Tech's Joe Aillet Stadium.[3] Collins spent eight seasons as coach at Northeast Louisiana, and went 6–2 all time against his alma mater.[3] Following Collins' tenure, however, Louisiana Tech once again began to dominate the matchup, winning 7 of the last 8 meetings, with a 1989 game that the Bulldogs initially won on the field, but later forfeited the victory, as the only blemish.

In 2000, the matchup came to an end, with a 42–19 Tech victory in Monroe. Following the 2000 season, Louisiana Tech became a member of the Western Athletic Conference, while Louisiana–Monroe became a member of the Sun Belt Conference in 2001. Since then, the both teams have played in different conferences, and the game has not been scheduled. In 2013, Louisiana Tech left the WAC and joined Conference USA.

2012–2013 Bowl Season[edit]

Following the 2012 season, Louisiana–Monroe was invited to play in the Independence Bowl in Shreveport, LA. Louisiana Tech was also invited to play in the game, but instead chose to let the Independence Bowl's time deadline pass in hopes of an offer from another bowl that never materialized.[5] The Bulldogs did not end up playing in any bowl game despite boasting the nation's top scoring offense.[6][7] Several members of the media have speculated that Louisiana Tech's reluctance to play in the Independence Bowl may have been based on their reluctance to renew their rivalry with ULM,[8][9][10] though Tech officials have denied that this was their motivation in seeking a different bowl game.[11][12]

Attempted renewal[edit]

In the summer of 2013, at his inaugural press conference, Louisiana–Monroe's new athletic director, Brian Wickstrom, announced his intention to play Louisiana Tech in football every year.[13] In a press conference with a local newspaper, Dr. Les Guice, Louisiana Tech's president, indicated that an offer would not be heavily considered, as the future out-of-conference schedule was full.[14] Louisiana Tech's new athletic director Tommy McClelland confirmed that Tech would not pursue any games with Louisiana–Monroe, as they are "grow[ing] a national brand" and that playing Louisiana–Monroe could not help Louisiana Tech accomplish that goal.[2]

Game results[edit]

Louisiana Tech victories Louisiana–Monroe victories
# Date Location Winner Score
1 September 26, 1953 Ruston, LA Louisiana Tech 61–6
2 November 20, 1954 Monroe, LA Louisiana Tech 51–6
3 November 19, 1955 Ruston, LA Louisiana Tech 34–14
4 November 17, 1956 Monroe, LA Louisiana–Monroe 7–0
5 November 23, 1957 Ruston, LA Louisiana Tech 15–6
6 November 22, 1958 Monroe, LA Louisiana Tech 46–21
7 November 21, 1959 Ruston, LA Louisiana Tech 27–0
8 November 19, 1960 Monroe, LA Louisiana Tech 20–15
9 November 18, 1961 Ruston, LA Louisiana Tech 27–7
10 November 10, 1962 Monroe, LA Louisiana–Monroe 13–6
11 November 23, 1963 Ruston, LA Louisiana Tech 28–7
12 November 21, 1964 Monroe, LA Louisiana Tech 23–0
13 November 20, 1965 Ruston, LA Louisiana Tech 54–7
14 November 19, 1966 Monroe, LA Louisiana–Monroe 14–6
15 November 18, 1967 Ruston, LA Louisiana–Monroe 21–14
16 November 23, 1968 Monroe, LA Louisiana Tech 25–10
17 November 22, 1969 Ruston, LA Louisiana Tech 34–6
18 November 21, 1970 Monroe, LA Louisiana–Monroe 28–21
19 November 20, 1971 Ruston, LA Louisiana Tech 23–0
20 November 18, 1972 Monroe, LA Louisiana Tech 10–6
21 November 17, 1973 Ruston, LA Louisiana Tech 40–0
22 November 23, 1974 Monroe, LA Louisiana Tech 26–10
23 November 8, 1975 Ruston, LA Louisiana Tech 41–23
24 November 20, 1976 Monroe, LA Louisiana Tech 55–35
25 November 26, 1977 Ruston, LA Louisiana Tech 20–0
26 November 18, 1978 Monroe, LA Louisiana–Monroe 18–0
27 November 17, 1979 Ruston, LA Louisiana Tech 13–10
28 November 22, 1980 Monroe, LA Louisiana–Monroe 19–14
29 October 3, 1981 Ruston, LA Louisiana–Monroe 35–0
30 October 9, 1982 Monroe, LA Louisiana Tech 17–10
31 November 5, 1983 Ruston, LA Louisiana–Monroe 17–0
32 November 3, 1984 Monroe, LA Louisiana–Monroe 12–10
33 November 9, 1985 Ruston, LA Louisiana–Monroe 13–9
34 November 8, 1986 Monroe, LA Louisiana–Monroe 20–6
35 September 12, 1987 Ruston, LA Louisiana–Monroe 44–7
36 November 19, 1988 Monroe, LA Louisiana Tech 23–0
37 November 4, 1989[n 1] Ruston, LA Louisiana Tech 24–6
38 November 3, 1990 Monroe, LA Louisiana Tech 31–7
39 November 2, 1991 Ruston, LA Louisiana Tech 35–10
40 September 13, 1997 Ruston, LA Louisiana Tech 17–16
41 October 10, 1998 Monroe, LA Louisiana Tech 44–14
42 November 6, 1999 Ruston, LA Louisiana Tech 58–17
43 November 11, 2000 Monroe, LA Louisiana Tech 42–19
Series: Louisiana Tech leads 29–13
Note: Source:[15]

Notes:

  1. ^ Louisiana Tech initially won the game, but later forfeited the victory.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2001 Chacahoula". University of Louisiana at Monroe. Retrieved 2014-12-12. 
  2. ^ a b "Louisiana Tech, AD Introduction Press Conference". 
  3. ^ a b c d e f Hunsucker, Adam (July 12, 2015). "Collins looks back on championship run at ULM". The News-Star. Monroe. Archived from the original on July 14, 2015. Retrieved July 15, 2015. 
  4. ^ a b Campbell, Bill (June 17, 2015). "Strong will fueled Pat Collins' title-filled career". The News-Star. Monroe. Archived from the original on July 14, 2015. Retrieved July 15, 2015. 
  5. ^ "La. Tech snuffed out of a bowl game; fans blame school's AD". KMSS-TV. December 3, 2012. Retrieved 2013-01-29. 
  6. ^ "9–3 Louisiana Tech won't play in bowl". ESPN. December 3, 2012. Archived from the original on July 15, 2015. Retrieved 2013-01-29. 
  7. ^ "No bowl game for Louisiana Tech". sportsnola.com. December 2, 2012. Retrieved 2013-01-29. 
  8. ^ "Louisiana Tech refuses to play former rival Louisiana-Monroe in Independence Bowl". sbnation.com. December 2, 2012. Retrieved 2013-01-29. 
  9. ^ "Louisiana Tech turns down Independence Bowl, reportedly over ULM rivalry". sbnation.com. December 2, 2012. Retrieved 2013-01-29. 
  10. ^ "Louisiana Tech Snubbed Themselves, Will Miss Postseason". doublecoveragefootball.com. December 4, 2012. Archived from the original on July 15, 2015. Retrieved 2013-01-29. 
  11. ^ "Why Louisiana Tech is staying home despite a 9–3 record". USA Today. December 3, 2012. Archived from the original on July 15, 2015. Retrieved 2013-01-29. 
  12. ^ "La Tech AD explains why Bulldogs aren't going bowling". CBS Sports. December 2, 2012. Retrieved 2013-01-29. 
  13. ^ "ULMWarhawkAthletics, AD Introduction Press Conference". 
  14. ^ "Dr. Les Guice on the News Star". 
  15. ^ "Louisiana-Monroe vs Louisiana Tech". College Football Data Warehouse. Archived from the original on July 15, 2015. Retrieved 2015-07-15.