Louisiana Tech (3-3) will step out of conference play this weekend when the Bulldogs head to the northeast region of the country to take on the Massachusetts Minutemen at 2:30 p.m. CT Saturday at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro.
The game between LA Tech and UMass will be broadcast by American Sports Network with Eric Frede (play-by-play) and Andy Gresh (analyst) calling the action from Foxboro. The broadcast will also be available to stream live on WatchESPN and the ESPN app.
“[UMass} is going to compete like crazy,” head coach Skip Holtz said. “Mark (Whipple) is an excellent football coach. I have great respect for him and the job that he does. They are 1-5, but they are now an independent and they have played Florida, Boston College, Mississippi State and they still have South Carolina and BYU. Their schedule is brutal and I have really been impressed with what this team has done.”
Saturday’s game marks the first meeting all-time between Louisiana Tech and UMass. This will mark the longest road trip the Bulldogs have taken since the 2012 season when LA Tech traveled to California to take on San Jose State when both teams were members of the Western Athletic Conference.
LA Tech enters the weekend with one of the best offenses in the country as the Bulldogs are ranked fifth nationally in passing offense and 13th in total offense. Quarterback Ryan Higgins is currently ranked third in the country among FBS players with an average of 373.8 passing yards per game, while receiver Trent Taylor is ranked second nationally in receiving touchdowns (8), yards (861), yards per game (143.5) and receptions per game (11.0).
Former Haughton star Jarred Craft, a junior running back, has rushed for 629 yards on 91 attempts, an average of 6.9 yards per carry. He is averaging 104.8 yards per game.
As for UMass, the Minutemen are sporting a 1-5 overall record heading into Saturday’s contest with their lone win coming over LA Tech’s fellow conference foe, FIU on Sept. 17. Last week, UMass traveled to Norfolk, Virginia, to take on another C-USA opponent in Old Dominion in a game the Monarchs won, 36-16, at home.
— Louisiana Tech Sports Information