2017 Louisiana Tech Bulldogs football team

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2017 Louisiana Tech Bulldogs football
Louisiana Tech Athletics wordmark.svg
Frisco Bowl champion
Frisco Bowl, W 51–10 vs. SMU
ConferenceConference USA
DivisionWest Division
Record7–6 (4–4 C-USA)
Head coach
Offensive coordinatorTodd Fitch (2nd season)
Defensive coordinatorBlake Baker (3rd season)
Home stadiumJoe Aillet Stadium
(Capacity: 28,562)
Seasons
← 2016
2018 →
2017 Conference USA football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
East Division
Florida Atlantic x$   8 0     11 3  
FIU   5 3     8 5  
Marshall   4 4     8 5  
Western Kentucky   4 4     6 7  
Middle Tennessee   4 4     7 6  
Old Dominion   3 5     5 7  
Charlotte   1 7     1 11  
West Division
North Texas x   7 1     9 5  
UAB   6 2     8 5  
Southern Miss   6 2     8 5  
Louisiana Tech   4 4     7 6  
UTSA   3 5     6 5  
Rice   1 7     1 11  
UTEP   0 8     0 12  
Championship: Florida Atlantic 41, North Texas 17
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2017 Louisiana Tech Bulldogs football team represented Louisiana Tech University in the 2017 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 fifth-year head coach Skip Holtz. They finished the season 7–6, 4–4 in C-USA play to finish in fourth place in the West Division. They were invited to the Frisco Bowl where they defeated SMU.

Schedule

Louisiana Tech announced its 2017 football schedule on January 26, 2017. The 2017 schedule consists of 7 home and 5 away games in the regular season. The Bulldogs will host C-USA foes Florida Atlantic, North Texas, Southern Miss, and UTSA, and will travel to Rice, UAB, UTEP, and Western Kentucky (WKU).

The Bulldogs will host three of the four non-conference opponents, Mississippi State from the Southeastern Conference, Northwestern State from the Southland Conference, and South Alabama from the Sun Belt Conference. They will travel to South Carolina, also from the Southeastern Conference.

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
September 26:00 p.m.Northwestern State*ESPN3W 52–2424,002
September 96:30 p.m.Mississippi State*
  • Joe Aillet Stadium
  • Ruston, LA
CBSSNL 21–5728,100
September 166:00 p.m.at WKUStadiumW 23–2216,223
September 232:30 p.m.at South Carolina*SECNL 16–1771,821
September 306:00 p.m.South Alabama*
  • Joe Aillet Stadium
  • Ruston, LA
ESPN3W 34–1622,013
October 73:00 p.m.at UABCUSA.TVL 22–2327,213
October 216:00 p.m.Southern Miss
STADIUML 27–34 2OT17,815
October 282:30 p.m.at RiceFloSportsW 42–2819,992
November 42:30 p.m.North Texasdagger
  • Joe Aillet Stadium
  • Ruston, LA
STADIUML 23–2418,504
November 112:30 p.m.Florida Atlantic
  • Joe Aillet Stadium
  • Ruston, LA
STADIUML 23–4816,511
November 182:00 p.m.at UTEPCUSA.TVW 42–2116,597
November 256:30 p.m.UTSA
  • Joe Aillet Stadium
  • Ruston, LA
ESPNUW 20–615,651
December 207:00 p.m.vs. SMU*ESPNW 51–1014,419
Schedule Source:

Game summaries

Northwestern State

1 2 3 4 Total
Demons 7 3 14 0 24
Bulldogs 10 14 7 21 52

Mississippi State

1 2 3 4 Total
MSU Bulldogs 16 20 21 0 57
La. Tech Bulldogs 9 5 7 0 21

at WKU

1 2 3 4 Total
Bulldogs 3 10 0 10 23
Hilltoppers 8 7 7 0 22

at South Carolina

1 2 3 4 Total
Bulldogs 3 3 7 3 16
Gamecocks 0 0 0 17 17

South Alabama

1 2 3 4 Total
Jaguars 7 6 3 0 16
Bulldogs 14 3 0 17 34

at UAB

1 2 3 4 Total
Bulldogs 7 3 0 12 22
Blazers 13 3 0 7 23

Southern Miss

1 2 3 4OT2OT Total
Golden Eagles 3 7 6 1107 34
Bulldogs 3 14 0 1000 27

at Rice

1 2 3 4 Total
Bulldogs 7 14 7 14 42
Owls 0 7 7 14 28

North Texas

1 2 3 4 Total
Mean Green 7 3 7 7 24
Bulldogs 3 14 3 3 23

Florida Atlantic

1 2 3 4 Total
Owls 6 14 22 6 48
Bulldogs 3 6 7 7 23

at UTEP

1 2 3 4 Total
Bulldogs 7 21 0 14 42
Miners 0 0 14 7 21

UTSA

1 2 3 4 Total
Roadrunners 0 0 3 3 6
Bulldogs 7 3 3 7 20

vs SMU–Frisco Bowl

1 2 3 4 Total
Bulldogs 21 21 6 3 51
Mustangs 3 7 0 0 10

Roster

2017 Louisiana Tech Bulldogs football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
QB 2 Elijah Walker Fr
RB 3 Jarred Craft Sr
WR 4 Alfred Smith Redshirt.svg So
RB 6 Boston Scott Redshirt.svg Sr
QB 8 J'Mar Smith Redshirt.svg So
WR 9 Teddy Veal Redshirt.svg Jr
QB 10 Westin Elliott So
QB/WR 11 Jon Randall Belton Redshirt.svg Fr
WR 13 Marlon Watts Sr
QB 14 Justin Stolberg Fr
WR 15 Kam McKnight Redshirt.svg Jr
WR 16 Marcus Gaines Sr
WR 17 DeJuawn Oliver Redshirt.svg Sr
QB 18 Nate Cox Fr
TE 19 Alex Woodall Redshirt.svg Jr
RB 22 Israel Tucker Redshirt.svg Fr
RB 23 Jaqwis Dancy Redshirt.svg So
WR 27 Cualan Andrews Fr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
S 2 Secdrick Cooper Sr
CB 5 Michael Sam Jr
S 7 Jaiden Cole Fr
S 8 DaMarion King Sr
S 14 Ronald Lewis Redshirt.svg Sr
CB 18 Zach Hannibal Redshirt.svg Fr
S 20 Kollin Hurt Fr
CB 21 Amik Robertson Fr
CB 24 L'Jarius Sneed So
S 25 Theron Williams Jr
S 26 Jacorion Andrews Fr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K 10 Jonathan Barnes Redshirt.svg Sr
P 18 Will Parker Redshirt.svg Jr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured Injured
  • Redshirt Redshirt

Roster