Bulldogs prepare for battle of the bone

November 4, 2010

by Sarah Brown, Co-Sports Editor

After coming off of a 49-20 loss at Boise State, the Bulldogs are ready to take on Western Athletic Conference rival Fresno State in the “Battle of the Bone.”

Pregame festivities will feature the first-ever Geaux with Gulf Seafood Tailgate, promoting the high quality of Louisiana seafood. The function is free to the public.

Seafood can be found at the Geaux with Gulf Seafood Village in Tailgate Alley, located in and around the Squire Creek and Community Trust Bank?tailgate areas. 

The event, sponsored by the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce, Community Trust Bank, Recreation and Tourism and the Office of the Lt. Governor and the Department of Culture, begins at noon and will continue while food lasts. 

While Tech fans enjoy the food, the Bulldogs will warm up for the big game against the Fresno State Bulldogs.

Senior quarterback Ross Jenkins said he is ready to take-on the Bulldogs in his second-to-last home game in the Joe. 

“We always enjoy playing Fresno,” Jenkins said. 

“It’s always a good game, and we’re really excited to be back home.” 

Jenkins said the battle between Fresno State and Tech has become a rivalry throughout his years as quarterback.

“We have a different feeling for every team in the WAC; it might be the Bulldog thing,”?he said. “I enjoy playing them, and there has been some sort of a rivalry that’s developed between us. There is a little bit of hostility there which makes it that much more fun.”

He said the team is looking to finish strong the final third of the season. 

“We feel like we’ve finally got the ball rolling a little bit,” Jenkins said. “If we bear down, we can hopefully make a run. That starts with Fresno this week.”

Head coach Sonny Dykes said Fresno’s key to winning games is its defense, especially rushing the passer. 

“They have a really good pass rush, defensive end and d-tackle,” Dykes said. “They play really hard; that’s the thing that stands out defensively; they don’t quit.” 

He said Fresno’s pass rush is probably the best he’s seen since playing Texas A&M.

Despite Fresno’s phenomenal defense, Bulldog fans hope Jenkins leads his Tech Dawgs to a victory in the battle. 

“I’m going to do my job to distribute the ball, just like I know those five guys in front of me are going to do their job like they do every day in practice,” Jenkins said. “I know we’re playing against good players, but we’ve got good players on the [offensive line].”

The Bulldogs will host Fresno State at 3 p.m. Saturday in Joe Aillet Stadium.

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