Road game woes trouble Bulldogs at Utah State

October 29, 2009

by Angela Groce

Legendary coach Vince Lombardi said, “Winning is habit, unfortunately so is losing;” a quote the Bulldogs know all to well on the road this season.

Saturday afternoon, the Utah State Aggies gave Tech its fourth road loss, defeating the Bulldogs 23-21 in Logan, Utah.

Head coach Derek Dooley expressed his disappointment in the terrible play by his team.

“I’m disappointed in us as coaches and I’m disappointed in how we came out,” Dooley said. “We just killed ourselves.”

The Bulldogs had been behind for three quarters, trailing 23-7 to the Aggies going into the fourth quarter.

The Bulldog offense, led by quarterback Ross Jenkins, discovered the daylight in the fourth quarter on an eight-play, 66-yard drive that took 3:37 off the clock.

Jenkins used a little trickery to hit receivers R.P. Stuart on a 26-yard scoring toss off a flea-flicker with 10:39 to play in the final quarter.

Tech’s defensive front held the Aggies to a three and out, getting the ball on their own 30-yard line.

On the next play, running back Daniel Porter gained 11 yards on a run which set up a pass from Jenkins to running back Roosevelt Falls. Falls surged 29 yards down the sideline to the Aggies 30-yard line.

Tech made it’s way to the nine-yard line of the Aggies facing a third and goal after coming up short on the first two downs.

Jenkins zipped a pass to his tight end Dennis Morris on the right hash mark making the score 23-21 with 6:15 to play.

The Bulldogs decided to go for the two-point conversion attempt, but Jenkins overthrew Stuart in the back of the end zone.

The Aggies would hold on for the final waning minutes to grab the close victory from the Bulldogs.

Utah State dominated in statistical categories in the first half, totaling 10 first downs and gaining 245 yards over Tech’s 66.

The lone score of the first half for the Bulldogs came off an incredible play.

Receiver Phillip Livas fielded a kickoff on his own 5-yard line cutting and jiving 95-yards down the field to score his sixth return for a touchdown on the season. His return set a school record.

Dooley said he did see that his team continued to fight no matter how bad the game got.

“We’ve got to take the good and say we made some strides in playing our way out of some tough situations, but at the end of the day we didn’t do what we needed to do to win the game,” Dooley said.

Tech lost to Utah State for the first time since 1994, and it became the fourth straight road loss this season as the Bulldogs begin four road games in the next five weeks, which has proven to be the Bulldogs kryptonite.

Tech was penalized nine times, and went 0 for 9 on third down conversions. The Bulldogs totaled 276 yards on the afternoon with 68 yards coming from Daniel Porter.
The Bulldogs travel to Moscow, Idaho, to take on a 5-2 Vandal team Saturday afternoon.