SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Louisiana Tech will play in the Poinsettia Bowl Dec. 21 at Qualcomm Stadium, bowl officials announced Saturday. The Bulldogs' opponent will be a team from the Mountain West Conference.
The Poinsettia Bowl gets the second selection of bowl eligible teams from the conference, behind the Las Vegas Bowl.
Louisiana Tech assured itself of the Western Athletic Conference championship Saturday by defeating New Mexico State, 44-0, at Ruston, La., improving to 8-4 and 6-1 in conference play. The Bulldogs have won seven consecutive games, their longest winning streak since a 10-game streak in 1974.
Louisiana Tech will be making its sixth bowl appearance and first since the 2008 Independence Bowl.
"San Diego is one of the premier cities in the U.S.," said Bulldogs coach Sonny Dykes, who was the receivers coach for the Texas Tech team that played in the 2004 Holiday Bowl and offensive coordinator with the Arizona team that played in the game five years later. "Our fans will have a great experience there.
"I know that the city and the stadium are great and the hotels in San Diego are fantastic. I am excited about the opportunity to play a very good Mountain West team."
Although Louisiana Tech is probably best known for its women's basketball teams that 1982 and 1988 NCAA Division I championships and as the alma mater of Basketball Hall of Fame member Karl Malone, its football history includes winning the 1973 NCAA Division II championship and as the alma mater of Terry Bradshaw, who quarterbacked the Pittsburgh Steelers to four Super Bowl
As in years past, the Charger's 2017 pre-season games will air on KFMB in San Diego. The big difference is that this year's team now has a different home north of San Diego.