The Hurricanes arrived Saturday to a welcome committee.
Coach Manny Diaz is familiar with these parts. He was the defensive coordinator at LaTech in 2014. While there, the Bulldogs led FBS with 42 turnovers, 16 fumble recoveries and 26 interceptions.
Diaz is considered the mastermind behind the “Turnover Chain.” It’s been a rough first season as head, and the 'Canes are 6 and 6.
As for Louisiana Tech, the 'Dogs have won five straight bowls under head coach Skip Holtz.
The 'Dogs finished the regular season 9-3, and a victory would give them their first 10-win season in 39 years of Division I competition.
The Bulldogs had the second-highest scoring offense in Conference USA.
LaTech is led by quarterback J’Mar Smith and running back Justin Henderson.
Cornerback Amik Robertson is a a first-team All-American this year, but he’s decided to forgo the Bowl.