Bicknell, Bulldogs Eye Penn State


RUSTON, La. - A pair of teams looking to rebound from disappointing performances last weekend will meet at Beaver Stadium Saturday when Louisiana Tech and Penn State kickoff at 11:10 a.m.

On Wednesday Bulldog Head Coach Jack Bicknell said he was pleased with practice and hoped his players would respond against the Nittany Lions.

"We really got after it today," Bicknell said. "The practice was intense, and we got a lot accomplished. These guys have to realize they have to play hard for themselves, not because I tell them to. They have to play for pride."

Although the Nittany Lions have begun the season 0-2 with losses to Southern California and Toledo, Bicknell knows his squad will be facing another big-time challenge this weekend.

"Obviously, Penn State is a great program," Bicknell said. "They did not play well against Toledo, but that doesn't mean they don't have great players and coaches. They have an outstanding tradition. I guarantee they are going to be ready to play and we will have our hands full."

Legendary PSU Coach Joe Paterno said Tuesday during his press conference that he isn't sure what his team's problem is thus far.

"I don't know whether I have the answers," Paterno said. "I have certainly talked to everybody and talked to the squad. We have tried to figure out what is going on. There is a fine line between whether you are not doing very well or the other guy is doing pretty darn good. I think that both Toledo and Southern Cal played very, very well against us."

The game will mark the first time the Bulldogs and Nittany Lions have met on the gridiron.