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BYU coach Kalani Sitake sees addition of Louisiana Tech to schedule as ‘great test’ for Cougars

A Louisiana Tech helmet during the second half of a college football game against Kansas State in Manhattan, Kan., Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015.
Orlin Wagner, Associated Press

PROVO — BYU added another home football game to its 2020 slate, as the school announced Monday it will play Louisiana Tech at LaVell Edwards Stadium on Friday, Oct. 2.

This comes two days after BYU had its game at Army — scheduled for Sept. 19 — postponed because of a “small number of COVID-19 test results and the resulting tracing exposures within the BYU football program”.

“We are fortunate that Louisiana Tech had an open date on its schedule, which provided an opportunity for them to travel to Provo,” BYU athletic director Tom Holmoe said in a news release. “We look forward to the matchup with the Bulldogs, who are coming off a 10-win season.”

The addition of the Louisiana Tech game gets the Cougars’ schedule back up to eight games, considering there is no make-up date announced for the Army game. Six of those contests are at home, including BYU’s home opener, its next scheduled game, against Troy on Sept. 26.

“Great team. Great coaches,” said BYU coach Kalani Sitake about Louisiana Tech. “It’s going to be a great test for us. ... I’m glad Tom (Holmoe) was able to add that to the schedule, and it’s a school that gets (a lot of) good athletes.”

It’s also program somewhat familiar to BYU, despite the geographic distance.

“We have coaches here who have spent some time in Louisiana, so we know what type of athletes they can bring here,” Sitake said. “They’re going to cause some issues, but right now we’re going to concentrate on Troy. But I’m glad that schedule’s filling out.”