Game 4 Preview: The Louisiana Tech Game

LAFAYETTE - The Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns football team returns to action on Saturday, Oct. 3, when it travels north to Ruston to face in-state rival Louisiana Tech in a 6 p.m. contest at Joe Aillet Stadium.

The game will be televised on the American Sports Network (KLWB-TV in Lafayette) with Ron Thulin (pbp) and Keith Moreland (color) providing the commentary. The game will also be broadcast statewide on the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns Radio Network with Jay Walker (pbp), Richie Falgout (color) and Travis Webb (sideline) handling the call.

Louisiana (1-2) looks to rebound from a 35-14 setback to Mid-American Conference opponent Akron on Saturday at Cajun Field after being held to 285 yards of total offense while committing four turnovers.

Elijah McGuire, who moved into fifth-place on the school's all-time rushing list with 2,458 yards, gained 83 yards and added a touchdown for the Ragin' Cajuns. Jalen Nixon came off the bench to set career-highs in pass attempts (20), completions (11) and yards (96) while tossing his second career touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Jamal Robinson caught a pair of passes for the Ragin' Cajuns and moved past Willie Culpepper into seventh-place on the school's all-time list for receiving yards with 1,980. The senior enters Saturday's game with Louisiana Tech (2-2, 1-1 C-USA) nine yards shy of passing Bill Sampy (2002-05) for sixth place on the career list.

On the season, McGuire ranks second in the Sun Belt Conference in rushing (110.3 yards per game) and is fourth overall in all-purpose yards, averaging 137.0 yards per game.

The game against Louisiana Tech (2-2, 1-1 C-USA) marks the 87th meeting between the schools on the gridiron in a series that dates back to 1910. The Bulldogs posted a 48-20 win over the Ragin' Cajuns in last year's meeting at Cajun Field.

GAME INFORMATION

October 3, 2015 • 6:06 p.m. CDT • Ruston, La. • Joe Aillet Stadium (28,019) Series History: Louisiana Tech leads series that dates back to 1910, 47-33-6 ... Bulldogs have won the last seven meetings in series, including last three in Ruston ... last Cajuns' victory was 37-31 decision in 1996 (at Ruston).

LOUISIANA RAGIN' CAJUNS (1-2, 0-0 Sun Belt)

Head Coach: Mark Hudspeth (Delta State, 1992)

Record at Louisiana: 37-18 (5th season), Career Record: 103-39 (12th year)

LOUISIANA TECH BULLDOGS (2-2, 1-1 Conference USA)

Head Coach: Skip Holtz (Notre Dame, '86)

Record at LA Tech: 15-15 (3rd season), Career Record: 103-86 (16th year)

* - Rankings listed at Amway Coaches' Poll/AP Poll

BROADCAST INFORMATION

American Sports Network: Ron Thulin, PxP • Keith Moreland, Analyst

Ragin' Cajuns Radio Network: Jay Walker, PxP • Richie Falgout, Analyst • Travis Webb, Sideline

In Lafayette: KPEL 1420-AM (Flagship); KHXT 107.9-FM

Affiliates: KTUX 98.9-FM (Shreveport); WGSO 990-AM (New Orleans); KJEF 1290-AM (Jennings); KLCL 1470-AM (Lake Charles); KRJO 1680-AM (Monroe); KTIB 640-AM (Thibodaux)

Live Stats/Audio: RaginCajuns.com

Twitter Updates: @ULRaginCajuns; Facebook: RaginCajunsAthletics;

YouTube: IAm4RaginCajuns; Instagram: ULRaginCajuns

GAMEDAY STORYLINES

• Louisiana is 518-531-34 against all opponents dating back to 1901.

• The Louisiana-Louisiana Tech series (86 games) is the second-oldest among in-state schools behind LSU-Tulane (98 games).

• Louisiana Tech's Kenneth Dixon (4,593) and Louisiana's Elijah McGuire (3,552) are ranked first and 11th among active NCAA players in all-purpose yards.

• Dixon (3,934) and McGuire (2,458) are currently first and 16th among active NCAA players in rushing.

• Jamal Robinson looks to become the sixth player in school history to record 2,000 yards receiving in a career. The fifth-year senior enters tonight's game with 1,980 yards.


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