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’Dogs ready to battle Spartans

October 27, 2011

Sarah Brown
Co-Sports Editor

 

After defeating Utah State 24-17 Oct. 22, the Bulldogs will return home to host Western Athletic foe San Jose State in their Homecoming game.

 

The battle against the Spartans will take place at 3 p.m. Saturday at Joe Aillet Stadium.

 

Head coach Sonny Dykes and his Bulldogs are on a two-game winning streak after defeating Idaho and Utah State on the road in their last two contests.

 

While freshman quarterback Nick Isham has been playing all season, Dykes put junior Colby Cameron in the game against Utah State late in the third quarter.

 

“Nick Isham got hit a little bit in the second quarter and had a little bit of a shoulder injury that hampered him during the course of the game,” Dykes said. “He did not play the way he normally plays, so we could tell he was hurting a little bit. We made a change to Colby (Cameron). Colby gave us energy, moved the team and led us to a couple scores, so it was good to see guys step up. I thought that was big. It has been something we talk a lot to our players; continuing to work and continuing to believe and I think it’s a real tribute to the players for us to win a hard fought football game like that one on Saturday. So I thought it was a good win, and now moving on to San Jose will be a challenge for us on Saturday.”

 

Dykes said Isham did not practice with the team Monday, but depending on how things pan out this week, he is unsure which quarterback will start against the Spartans Saturday.

 

Dykes also went over some key points to defeating the Spartans.

 

“We are going to have to be better offensively,” Dykes said. “That is going to be very important to us — to be able to move the ball better than we have the last several weeks. We have to be able to generate big plays more than we have the last several weeks. We need to get the ball down the field more. Our passing game is going to have to be important for us.”

 

Dykes also said in order for the Bulldogs to be successful, the defense and special teams units would have to step up.

 

“It’s the same as it has been every week; we have to be good on special teams, we have to be good on defense, better on tackles, get good reads and getting good positioning. The key for us the last couple of weeks has been winning the turnover battle. We have not turned the ball over ever since the Hawaii game, no turnovers against Idaho or Utah State and have taken good care of the football. When you play good defense, do not turn the ball over and have a punter that punts like ours, you can be pretty tough to beat.”

 

Senior linebacker Adrien Cole said the Bulldogs have much preparation to do, as the Spartans are coming off a 28-27 win against Hawaii at home.

 

“They have a balanced attack in passing and rushing,” Cole said. “They have a good tight end and a wide receiver who put up two 10-plus reception performances, so we have to game plan for both of them and then game plan for their rushing attack.”

 

The Spartans and Bulldogs both stand 2-1 in the WAC and hold 3-4 overall records this season.

 

For up-to-date information on Saturday’s game, Bulldog fans can check out the sports desk Twitter at twitter.com/techtalksports.

 

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