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Bulldogs catch first home win 24-6

October 14, 2010

by Anna Claire Thomas

After weeks of watching the  Bulldogs struggle through growing pains and agonizing losses, Tech fans finally had something to be excited about this season leading into the homecoming game against Idaho on Saturday afternoon.

 The 24-6 win against conference foe Utah State broke a four-game losing streak and marked the first win for the Bulldogs this season at Joe Aillet Stadium.

With the win, the Bulldogs are now 2-4 on the season with a 1-1 record in Western Athletic Conference play. Senior quarterback Ross Jenkins took control of the offense from the start for the first time since the Grambling State game after putting in an impressive second half performance against Hawaii last weekend on the road.

 Jenkins completed 20-32 passes for 149 yards and 1 touchdown pass while Lennon Creer had a career-high 120 yards rushing and 2 touchdowns on the day.

Head coach Sonny Dykes said his team is finally believing in each other and getting the results they deserve.

“I’m really proud of our kids,” Dykes said. “Today was an important win for our team. We feel like we are a better team than our record has indicated this season and our kids played hard and kept believing in each other.”

 The Bulldogs started the game forcing Utah State to miss a 40-yard field goal and giving the offense a chance to jump out in front on the scoreboard early. Jenkins and Creer led the Bulldogs down the field with a steady mix of running and passing plays, capped off with an 11-yard touchdown pass from Jenkins to Tim Molton to give the Bulldogs a 7-0 lead.

 The Bulldogs would add a 2-yard touchdown run from Creer and a Matt Nelson 38-yard field goal before the half to give the Bulldogs a 17-3 halftime lead.

Jenkins said the offense needed to do their job to give the defense a chance to make plays.

“I knew that if we as an offense went out there and executed then we were going to win because I know how good our defense can be,” Jenkins said.

The Bulldogs led every offensive category throughout the game, out-gaining the Aggies by 427 yards to 195.

In the second half, the Bulldog defense was relentless, only allowing 12 yards of total offense for the Aggies in the fourth quarter.

Dykes was especially impressed with how his defense responded after giving up 40 points to Hawaii the week prior.”Our defense was outstanding,” Dykes said. “Any other team would have mailed it in and we didn’t. We’re looking to build on it.”

The Bulldogs are looking to continue their winning ways with a win over Idaho to cap off Homecoming Week Saturday afternoon.

Idaho comes into Saturday’s game with a 3-2 record, having played no WAC games thus far and with only one win on the road this year.

The Bulldog defense will have its hands full with the Vandals offense.

Idaho has scored more than 30 points in 4 of its last 5 games this season and is led offensively by quarterback Nathan Enderle with 10 touchdown passes and more than 1,400 passing yards this season.

The Bulldogs will be looking to win consecutive games for the first time since dating back to last season.

Dykes believes the Bulldogs have turned a corner and are finally getting the rewards they have worked toward this season.

“We got a sense on Tuesday that we were a different football team,” Dykes said. “We have the chance to be a very good team if we can build off of today and clean up the penalties.”

If the Homecoming Week motto, “It’s Always Sonny in Ruston”, holds any truth than hopefully it will hold true Saturday afternoon for the Bulldogs to bring home a second WAC victory over the Idaho Vandals.

 

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