LA Tech, ULM to play at Independence Stadium

Louisiana Tech and UL Monroe will play Nov. 21 at Independence Stadium as both teams look to make up games lost when the Southeastern Conference opted for a conference-only schedule this fall.

RUSTON — Louisiana Tech will play host to I-20 rival UL-Monroe at Independence Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 21, Tech Director of Athletics Tommy McClelland said in an prepared statement on Thursday.

It is a one game contract and a game time will be released at a later date.

Both programs had openings on Nov. 21 following the SEC’s decision to go to a league-only schedule. Tech was slated to travel to Vanderbilt while ULM was scheduled to play at Arkansas, but both contests were cancelled by those SEC schools.

“When we lost our game against Vanderbilt, it obviously created a hole in our schedule,” McClelland said. “As we looked to when and where it was appropriate to add a game, we felt we needed to fill that date on the schedule. ULM was in the same situation with the same available date.

“However, in a year where there may be restrictions on stadium capacities, we felt it wasn’t fair to either program to be the home team. Therefore when I reached out to Scott McDonald and proposed the idea of playing in Shreveport, he agreed it was the best scenario. It gives us the best chance at a larger crowd even if there are seating restrictions.”

“We’re excited to add Louisiana Tech to our 2020 football schedule,” ULM Athletics Director Scott McDonald said. “Tommy McClelland and I began discussions last week and given the scheduling challenges both programs were facing due to COVID-19, it made perfect sense to schedule a neutral site game in Shreveport. This game gives both passionate fan bases something to look forward to in November.”

It is the first meeting between the Bulldogs and the Warhawks on the gridiron since a 42-19 win by Tech at ULM in 2000. Louisiana Tech, winners of six straight bowl games — the longest such streak in the country — leads the all-time series 30-13, including eight straight victories.

The series started in 1953 with a 61-6 win by the Bulldogs.

“I’m sure our players will be thrilled to see Louisiana Tech has been added to this season’s schedule,” ULM head football coach Matt Viator said. “Obviously, I have a great deal of respect for Tommy McClelland (former athletics director at McNeese State), Skip Holtz and the Louisiana Tech football program. It also will be exciting for our players to have an opportunity to play at Independence Stadium in Shreveport.”

ULM and Louisiana Tech played each other for 39 consecutive seasons from 1953-91. After a five-year break in the series, the Warhawks and Bulldogs met for four-straight years from 1997-2000. ULM won seven of eight meetings from 1980-97, including five in a row from 1983-87.

McClelland said that LA Tech will be designated home team and C-USA owns the TV rights to the game. However, the two Universities will split the seating in the stadium 50-50. Each school will receive the revenue it generates from ticket sales through their respective ticket offices. All expenses will be split between the two sides.

More information on ticket sales will be released in the near future.

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