RUSTON, La. – UNLV will once again try to end a road losing streak that stretches 17 games and almost three years Saturday night when it faces undefeated Louisiana Tech at Joe Aillet Stadium (4 p.m., ESPN3).
It won’t be easy.
The Bulldogs (4-0) bring in one of the nation’s longest winning streaks (11 games), average 52 points per game, have forced 13 turnovers and are knocking on the door of a Top 25 ranking after impressive back-to-back road wins at a pair of BCS Conference schools, Illinois (52-24) and Virginia (44-38).
The defending WAC champs have also scored at least 31 unanswered points in each of their last two games. And despite running a wide-open spread offense, the Bulldogs, led by steady senior quarterback Colby Cameron, are also just one of six teams in the FBS that have not thrown an interception this season joining Air Force, Alabama, Louisiana-Lafayette, Ohio and Toledo.
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UNLV, which last won a road game on Oct. 24, 2009, 34-17, against a New Mexico team that finished 1-11, is a 25-point underdog to end the streak.
Louisiana Tech hosts Texas A&M next weekend in a much-anticipated home game that was rescheduled due to Hurricane Isaac. But head coach Sonny Dykes says he is not concerned that his team will overlook the Rebels.
“We play 12 games a year and work for 330 days a year, so you would hate to waste an opportunity with all that working and effort,” Dykes said. “You better take advantage of it, especially if you want to try to accomplish something.”
Dykes need only pull out his history book to get further attention from his squad. UNLV snapped Louisiana Tech’s school-record-tying 18-game home winning streak during its only other visit to Ruston back in 1993, 28-23.
“Our guys know that every game is really important to us,” Dykes said. “If you want to be respected, you have to gain respect. You have to earn respect and we certainly have a long way to go.”
“We know that being talked of as a BCS buster will be over with one loss,” Tech linebacker Chip Hester added.
Those who think the road losing streak may be weighing on Bobby Hauck’s squad, well, think again.
“Honestly, I don’t think about it,” said senior offensive tackle Yusef Rodgers.
The school record for consecutive road losses is 24 in a row set from 1994-98.