2016 Louisiana Tech Bulldogs football team

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2016 Louisiana Tech Bulldogs football
Louisiana Tech Athletics wordmark.svg
C-USA West Division champion
Armed Forces Bowl champion
Armed Forces Bowl, W 48–45 vs. Navy
ConferenceConference USA
DivisionWest Division
Record9–5 (6–2 C-USA)
Head coach
Offensive coordinatorTodd Fitch (1st season)
Defensive coordinatorBlake Baker (2nd season)
Home stadiumJoe Aillet Stadium
(Capacity: 28,019)
Seasons
← 2015
2017 →
2016 Conference USA football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
East Division
Western Kentucky xy$   7 1     11 3  
Old Dominion x   7 1     10 3  
Middle Tennessee   5 3     8 5  
FIU   4 4     4 8  
Charlotte   3 5     4 8  
Marshall   2 6     3 9  
Florida Atlantic   2 6     3 9  
West Division
Louisiana Tech xy   6 2     9 5  
UTSA   5 3     6 7  
Southern Miss   4 4     7 6  
North Texas   3 5     5 8  
Rice   2 6     3 9  
UTEP   2 6     4 8  
Championship: Western Kentucky 58, Louisiana Tech 44
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2016 Louisiana Tech Bulldogs football team represented Louisiana Tech University in the 2016 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Bulldogs played their home games at the Joe Aillet Stadium in Ruston, Louisiana, and competed in the West Division of Conference USA (C–USA). They were led by fourth-year head coach Skip Holtz. They finished the season 9–5, 6–2 in C-USA play to be champions of the West Division. They represented the West Division in the Conference USA Championship Game where they lost to WKU. They were invited to the Armed Forces Bowl where they defeated Navy. The Louisiana Tech offense became the first team in NCAA Division 1 history to have a QB pass for 4,500+ yards, a RB rush for 1,000+ yards and two WRs with 1,500+ receiving yards all in a single season.

Schedule

Louisiana Tech announced its 2016 football schedule on February 4, 2016. The 2016 schedule consists of 5 home and 7 away games in the regular season. The Bulldogs will host C–USA foes Rice, UTEP, UTSA, and Western Kentucky (WKU), and will travel to Florida International (FIU), Middle Tennessee, North Texas, and Southern Miss.

The team will play four non–conference games, one home game against South Carolina State from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, and three road games against Massachusetts, Arkansas from the Southeastern Conference (SEC), and Texas Tech from the Big 12 Conference.

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
September 33:00 pmat Arkansas*SECNL 20–2169,132
September 106:00 pmSouth Carolina State*W 53–2416,910
September 176:00 pmat Texas Tech*FSNL 45–5959,515
September 246:00 pmat Middle TennesseeASNL 34–3820,105
October 16:00 pmUTEP
  • Joe Aillet Stadium
  • Ruston, LA
ASNW 28–722,101
October 67:00 pmWKU
  • Joe Aillet Stadium
  • Ruston, LA
CBSSNW 55–5217,978
October 152:30 pmat Massachusetts*ASNW 56–2813,311
October 226:00 pmat FIUESPN3W 44–2417,061
October 296:00 pmRice
  • Joe Aillet Stadium
  • Ruston, LA
CIW 61–1622,058
November 54:30 pmat North TexasESPN3W 45–2421,643
November 122:30 pmUTSAdagger
  • Joe Aillet Stadium
  • Ruston, LA
ESPN3W 63–3523,012
November 253:00 pmat Southern MissESPNewsL 24–3926,164
December 311:00 amat WKUESPNL 44–5813,213
December 233:30 pmvs. No. 25 Navy*ESPNW 48–4540,542
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game
  • All times are in Central time
Schedule Source:

Game summaries

at Arkansas

1 2 3 4 Total
Bulldogs 7 7 6 0 20
Razorbacks 7 7 0 7 21

South Carolina State

1 2 3 4 Total
SCSU Bulldogs 0 10 0 14 24
LT Bulldogs 12 7 20 14 53

at Texas Tech

1 2 3 4 Total
Bulldogs 3 14 14 14 45
Red Raiders 21 14 7 17 59

at Middle Tennessee

1 2 3 4 Total
Bulldogs 7 13 7 7 34
Blue Raiders 7 0 10 21 38

UTEP

1 2 3 4 Total
Miners 0 0 0 7 7
Bulldogs 14 0 0 14 28

WKU

1 2 3 4 Total
Hilltoppers 14 10 7 21 52
Bulldogs 21 14 17 3 55

at UMass

1 2 3 4 Total
Bulldogs 7 21 14 14 56
Minutemen 7 7 7 7 28

at FIU

1 2 3 4 Total
Bulldogs 10 17 7 10 44
Panthers 14 10 0 0 24

Rice

1 2 3 4 Total
Owls 0 0 9 7 16
Bulldogs 28 13 13 7 61

at North Texas

1 2 3 4 Total
Bulldogs 14 17 7 7 45
Mean Green 7 14 3 0 24

UTSA

1 2 3 4 Total
Roadrunners 7 7 0 21 35
Bulldogs 14 21 7 21 63

at Southern Miss

1 2 3 4 Total
Bulldogs 7 10 0 7 24
Golden Eagles 10 13 6 10 39

vs. WKU–C-USA Championship Game

1 2 3 4 Total
Bulldogs 17 10 14 3 44
Hilltoppers 24 14 10 10 58

vs. Navy–Armed Forces Bowl

1 2 3 4 Total
Bulldogs 17 14 0 17 48
Midshipmen 7 17 7 14 45