- Associated Press - Sunday, December 3, 2017

SMU (7-5, AAC) vs. Louisiana Tech (6-6, Conference USA), Dec. 20, 8 p.m. ET.

LOCATION: Frisco, Texas

TOP PLAYERS

SMU: WR Trey Quinn, 106 catches, 1191 yards, 12 TDs; WR Courtland Sutton, 62 catches, 1,017 yards, 12 TDs; QB Ben Hicks, 3,442 yards passing, 32 TDs.

Louisiana Tech: QB J’Mar Smith, 3,114 total yards, 18 TDs.



NOTABLE

SMU: The Mustangs have made steady progress under third-year coach Chad Morris, the former Clemson offensive coordinator and Texas high school coach. They improved from 2-10 in 2015 to 5-7 last year and 7-5 this season - including a 41-38 win over Tulane to end the regular season.

Louisiana Tech: The Bulldogs needed wins in their final two regular season games to extend their bowl streak to four straight years, and they did so by defeating UTEP and UTSA. Boston Scott rushed for 138 yards on 20 carries as Louisiana Tech secured its bowl eligibility with a 20-6 win over UT San Antonio to end the regular season.

LAST TIME

Louisiana Tech 41, SMU 10 (Oct. 16, 2004)

BOWL HISTORY

SMU: The Mustangs are making their first bowl appearance since defeating Fresno State 43-10 in the 2012 Hawaii Bowl.

Louisiana Tech: The Bulldogs reached a bowl game for a fourth straight season, coming after they defeated Navy in the Armed Forces Bowl a year ago.

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