Bulldogs brace for Rebels

November 10, 2011

Junior wide receiver Quinton Patton is met by his teammates after catching one of his two touchdowns against Fresno State. The Bulldogs will travel to play Ole Miss at 6:30 p.m. Saturday in Oxford, Miss. – Photo by Dalton Runberg

Sarah Brown
Co-Sports Editor


After defeating Fresno State 41-21 in the annual “Battle of the Bone” game, the Bulldogs will hit the road to play Ole Miss at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.


Ole Miss is coming off of a 30-13 loss at Kentucky and currently stands 2-7, while the Bulldogs are on a four-game winning streak and are seeking their fifth straight win. Tech currently stands 5-4, and the Bulldogs will be bowl eligible if they win Saturday night.


The University of Mississippi Athletics Director Pete Boone announced Monday that this is the final season for head coach Houston Nutt.


Head coach Sonny Dykes gave Nutt a lot of credit for his coaching throughout the years.


“He has obviously been a very successful head coach and has won at a lot of different places through his career,” Dykes said. “You hate to see it happen during the season.”


Dykes said his team would focus on winning Saturday’s game and nothing else.


“All we can control is what happens to us,” Dykes said. “We don’t care about their situation, and we just have to take care of business on our end and get our guys ready to play. This game is going to excite our players, because anytime you go on the road to face an SEC team, it is exciting. We want to see how we stack up against a Southeastern Conference team, and our guys will be ready to play.”


Senior linebacker Adrien Cole said he expects Ole Miss to be a challenge after the recent coaching changes.


“I see a team that looks to bounce back after the recent release of their head coach,” Cole said. “I think the players are going to come hard this week and try to make a statement. We are actually a good team coming out here preparing, and I don’t expect anything less than a hard fought battle.”


Dykes said the Bulldogs’ road success is based on getting out and making plays happen.


“We have seven road games, and we have to embrace it,” Dykes said. “Our guys decided early on that it doesn’t help sitting around talking about long plane rides, and that it just matters to go out and play the game. It is a first class operation, staying in good hotels, eating good meals and treating the players the right way. It helps with their mentality that we do it that way. I kind of like it, and our players do too.”


Dykes said confidence and getting comfortable has helped junior quarterback Colby Cameron with his recent success.


“I talked to Terry Bradshaw a couple of weeks ago, and Terry told me that the best thing that happened to him was that he got the job and didn’t play well and got pulled and watched the game from the sideline,” Dykes said. “When he got a chance to watch the game from the sideline, it made him a better quarterback. He was able to see how the other guy handled things. I think Colby learned from watching Nick (Isham), and I think Nick is benefitting now from watching Colby. I do think that there is a lot of knowledge and experience that can be gained from sitting back and watching the other guy.”


Saturday’s game will be shown on Cox Sports Television and live stats will be available via Gametracker located on latechsports.com.


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