Know thy foe: Louisiana Tech

Former Mississippi State commitment Adairius Barnes made five interceptions last year as a junior for Louisiana Tech. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Former Mississippi State commitment Adairius Barnes made five interceptions last year as a junior for Louisiana Tech. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Game day: Oct. 17 at Davis Wade Stadium (61,337) in Starkville

Series: MSU leads 8-3 overall and 8-2 in Starkville.

Last meeting: MSU won 26-20 in overtime in Starkville during the 2011 season.

Head coach: Skip Holtz, 13-13 in two years at Louisiana Tech and 100-84 in 15 years overall.

2014 Record: 9-5

L at Oklahoma 48-16

W at Louisiana-Lafayette 48-20

W at North Texas 42-21

L NORTHWESTERN STATE 30-27

L at Auburn 45-17

W UTEP 55-3

W UTSA 27-20

W at Southern Miss 31-20

W WESTERN KENTUCKY 59-10

W at UAB 40-24

L at Old Dominion (OT) 30-27

W RICE 76-31

C-USA Championship Game

L vs. Marshall 26-23

Heart of Dallas Bowl

W vs. Illinois 35-18

Returning starters:

Offense (7)

RB Kenneth Dixon, 5-10, 212, Sr., 253 carries for 1,299 yards, 22 TD; 30 catches for 385 yards, 6 TD

WR Carlos Henderson, 5-11, 185, So., 29 catches for 569 yards, 4 TD; 13 carries for 70 yards, 1 TD

WR Paul Turner, 5-11, 190, Sr., 42 catches for 514 yards, 4 TD

WR Trent Taylor, 5-8, 175, Jr., 64 catches for 834 yards, 9 TD

C Kirby Wixson, 6-4, 325, Sr.

RG Joseph Brunson, 6-4, 302, Jr.

RT Darrell Brown, 6-4, 300, Jr.

Defense (6)

DE Vontarrius Dora, 6-4, 253, Sr., 29 tackles, 6.5 TFL, 4 sacks, 1 PBU, 1 FR

DT Aaron Brown, 6-1, 270, Jr., 15 tackles, 3.5 TFL, 1.5 sacks

DT Vernon Butler, 6-3, 309, Sr., 56 tackles, 13.5 TFL, 1 sack, 1 PBU, 1 FF, 1 FR

CB Adairius Barnes, 5-11, 186, Sr., 46 tackles, 4 TFL, 5 INT, 9 PBU

S Kentrell Brice, 5-11, 198, Sr., 86 tackles, 4 TFL, 4 sacks, 2 INT, 5 PBU, 4 FF

S Xavier Woods, 5-11, 188, Jr., 71 tackles, 3.5 TFL, 1 sack, 6 INT, 7 PBU, 3 FF

Special Teams (2)

K Jonathan Barnes, 5-9, 168, So., 12-of-17 FG, long 45

P Logan McPherson, 5-10, 177, Jr., 62 punts for 2,280 yards (36.8 avg.), long 54

Former MSU commitment

CB Adairius Barnes, 5-11, 186, Sr., 46 tackles, 4 TFL, 5 INT, 9 PBU

2015 Schedule

Sept. 5 SOUTHERN

Sept. 10 at Western Kentucky

Sept. 19 at Kansas State

Sept. 26 FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL

Oct. 3 LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE

Oct. 10 at UTSA

Oct. 17 at Mississippi State

Oct. 24 MIDDLE TENNESSEE

Oct. 30 at Rice

Nov. 7 NORTH TEXAS

Nov. 21 at UTEP

Nov. 28 SOUTHERN MISS

I have covered Mississippi State in some capacity since 2004 and joined the Daily Journal staff in 2013. I enjoy short walks on the beach, performing concerts in my car and watching professional wrestling.

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