Bulldogs fall 40-34 in Battle of the Bone

November 10, 2010

by Sarah Brown, Co-Sports Editor

After an upsetting loss to Fresno State last Saturday afternoon in Joe Aillet Stadium, Tech is looking to regain its strength when they return to conference play at New Mexico State Saturday.

After back-to-back home wins against Utah State and Idaho, Tech fell to Boise State and had a heartbreaking loss in the Battle of the Bone. Head coach Sonny Dykes said the loss was a surprise.

“[We weren’t] as near as sharp as we’ve been playing,” Dykes said. “You’re not going to win many football games when you have blocked punts.”

“I’m surprised the game was as close as it was, because we did not get to play a good football game,” Dykes said. “We couldn’t get anything going.”

While Bulldog fans shouldn’t be upset about this year’s season, a 3-6 record thus far is not too bad for Dykes. Considering they put up a good fight against ranked Boise State and almost had a comeback Saturday, Tech will hold their heads high as they go to face the Aggies.

Dykes said the main ingredient to Saturday’s loss was mistakes.

“We’ve got to play better,” he said. “We play good football teams. If we want to be a good football team, we’ve got to win some of these games.”

Tech needs to win the next three away games in order to become bowl eligible. It’s going to take the power-arm of senior quarterback Ross Jenkins and the mighty senior wide receiver Phillip Livas’ strong legs to work their magic on Saturday.

Livas was named the Western Athletic Conference special teams player of the week after a 95-yard kicoff return for a touchdown. Despite his injuries earlier on in the season, Jenkins said Livas should be back to his normal health.

“He’s a team athlete, and he’s got a lot of speed,” Jenkins said. “He’s a great player.”

One of Tech’s late issues has been third down conversions. Jenkins said it all depends on the feel of the game as to what the team is going to do when trying to convert.

“Every game has been different,” he said. “It’s really whatever’s working at that time.”

He said it’s the little things that matter in the game and the conversions.

“We need to do the little things, catch the ball and throw the ball,” he said. “All of that starts in practice. If it’s not important in practice, it’s not going to be important on game day.”

The Bulldogs will play at New Mexico State at 5 p.m. Nov. 13 in Las Cruces, N.M.

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