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Dogs relish week off after win

October 16, 2011
Photo by Dacia Idom

Bulldog football fans are eager to see their team return to the gridiron after this week’s bye. The Bulldogs return to action Oct. 22 as they take on the Aggies of Utah State on the road. Tech fans can catch the Bulldogs back at home Oct. 29, when they face off against San Jose State. – Photo by Dacia Idom

SARAH BROWN
Co-Sports Editor

Tech hit the season’s midpoint in football with positive news: a snap of its three-game losing streak.

After defeating Western Athletic Conference foe Idaho 24-11 in Moscow Saturday afternoon, the Bulldogs will sit out this weekend and resume play on the road at Utah State Oct. 22.

Junior punter Ryan Allen was named the WAC Special Teams Player of the Week Monday for his career-best 48.0-yard average Saturday afternoon.

During Allen’s 10 punts, he kicked six times inside the 20-yard line and four inside the 10.

His 20 punts inside the 20-yard line have him tied for the national lead.

Saturday’s game was exactly what Tech needed – a statement from the defense and a win in the record books.

The Bulldogs’ victory has placed head coach Sonny Dykes 2-0 against Idaho.

Tech’s defense recorded three interceptions, the most since last year’s game at San Jose State Nov. 27.

The bye is coming at the perfect time for Tech, as injuries have affected the team throughout the season.

Senior running back Lennon Creer left Saturday’s game early and sat out the entire second half.

Though Tech currently stands at 2-4, the Bulldogs have much to be proud of this season.

If heartbreaking losses didn’t exist, the Bulldogs would stand 5-1 on the season halfway through October.

All of the losses this season – with the exception of Hawaii – came from within six points.

The remainder of the 2011 season won’t get any easier for the Bulldogs as they continue WAC play.

Following the Oct. 22 game at Utah State, Tech will host San Jose State for homecoming before hitting the road to California to play at Fresno State in the annual “Battle of the Bone” game.

Head coach Sonny Dykes and his Bulldogs will remain on the road to play at Ole Miss Nov. 12 and Nevada Nov. 19 before returning home to Joe Aillet Stadium

Nov. 26 to host New Mexico State in their final game of the regular season.

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