Bulldogs brace for Aggies

October 20, 2011

Senior running back Lyle Fitte makes a play against Hawaii in the Oct. 8 Red Out game. – Photo by Dacia Idom

Co-Sports Editor


After coming off a bye and successful win at Idaho, head coach Sonny Dykes and his rested Bulldogs will travel to Utah State to take on the Aggies at 2 p.m. Oct. 22.


The Aggies are coming off a 31-21 loss at Fresno State.


As the Bulldogs continue in Western Athletic Conference play, Dykes and his team will enter this week prepared to take on the Aggies.


Dykes said the break was good for his squad, as many injured players received much needed rest.


“It’s good to be back,” Dykes said. “Although I think we enjoyed the break and needed the break, I was ready to get back to work. It was nice to relax a little bit.”


He said his team has to prepare for Utah State, as they share a 2-4 record with Tech.


“We’ll prepare well,” Dykes said. “Utah State’s got a good football team. They’re remarkably similar to us with what they’ve gone through this season. They’ve played good people; they’re a good football team. They’ve got a lot of good players.”


As far as Bulldog injuries are concerned, junior running back Lyle Fitte is out for the year.


Besides Fitte’s injury, Dykes said all three of the offensive linemen were in practice last week.


Senior defensive end Matt Broha said he is preparing for Utah State like every other week.


“You just have to prepare the same way we did for Idaho and the last couple of games,” Broha said.


He said the team used the bye week as an opportunity to get back to 100 percent.


“Just getting healthy,” Broha said. “The D-line and the rest of the team have had some nicks and bruises, and guys just need to get back to 100 percent. This past week definitely helped, having a couple days off and some light practices. It helped get guys healthy for this upcoming week.”


It appears the Bulldogs will be fully rested for Saturday’s game, as Utah State’s offense has been compared to that of Mississippi State.


“They’re similar when they both want to run the football,” Dykes said. “They’re both very physical; we’re going to have to stop the run.”


Freshman quarterback Nick Isham said Utah State will be a challenge, but the Bulldogs must execute if they want to come out victorious.


“They have a lot of athletes and great coaching, because they’ve switched up the coaching on the defensive end,” Isham said. “We just have to prepare and make sure that we are doing what we know how to do. We just have to be aware of what they are trying to do.”


After playing at Utah State, the Bulldogs will return to Ruston to host San Jose State for Homecoming.


Saturday’s game can be accessed on the Gametracker at latechsports.com.


The game will also be available for the fans to watch on Cox Sports TV and on ESPN3.com.


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