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Tuesday, February 23, 2010
La. Tech completes 2010 nonconference schedule

By Graham Watson

Louisiana Tech and Grambling will open the 2010 season in the inaugural Port City Classic at Independence Stadium in Shreveport, La.

Even though the two schools are located about four miles apart, this will be their first meeting.

"Louisiana Tech and Grambling State both have such rich athletic traditions and celebrated histories," Louisiana Tech president Dr. Dan Reneau said in a statement released by the school. "We are excited for the opportunity to showcase our football program and for our student-athletes to take part in this historic game. This game is really a tribute to the fans of Tech and Grambling, and it will help strengthen the excitement surrounding intercollegiate athletics in north central Louisiana."

The joint announcement of the season opener, made in Shreveport on Tuesday, marks the completion of Louisiana Tech’s 2010 nonconference schedule.

The Bulldogs will play Texas A&M at Kyle Field on Sept. 11, host Navy on Sept. 18, and Southern Miss on Sept. 25. All three of Louisiana Tech’s nonconference FBS opponents played in a bowl game in 2009.

Louisiana Tech is 0-9 all-time against Texas A&M, but the schools last met in 2006. The Bulldogs also lost their only meeting against Navy, a 32-14 decision last season. Southern Miss and Louisiana Tech have not played each other since 1992, but the Golden Eagles own a 29-13 advantage.

"One of the great things about this year's nonconference schedule is that we get the opportunity to play in a couple of great venues," Louisiana Tech coach Sonny Dykes said. "I am looking forward to playing a game in Independence Stadium and then following week playing in one of the best atmospheres in college football at Kyle Field. We will get to see a lot of different styles of teams and our players are looking forward to facing such quality opponents."