Bulldogs Bowl Hopes On Line Against Boise State


Posted Nov 19, 2004 15:08:37
Bulldogs Bowl Hopes On Line Against Boise State

BOISE, Idaho - Louisiana Tech has had success against Boise State in the past, including a memorable 48-42 win over the Broncos in Ruston during the Bulldogs Western Athletic Conference championship season in 2001.

Unfortunately for Tech and the rest of the WAC, that was the last time Boise State lost a league game as the Broncos boast a 24-game conference winning streak.

When head coach Jack Bicknell and the Bulldogs take the blue field of Broncos Stadium Saturday for a 2 p.m. CST kickoff, they will be attempting to keep their postseason bowl hopes alive and hand No. 12 ranked Boise State (9-0, 6-0 WAC) its first loss of the year.

"You can say some many great things about Boise State that its almost sickening," Bicknell said. "They were supposed to be down this year offensively only returning three starters but they are leading the country in scoring offense for the fourth time in five years. They rank third in the country in rushing defense. They've won like 30 of their last 31 at home. It just goes on and on."

Head coach Dan Hawkins team has won in numerous ways this year, blowing teams out like its 69-3 win over Hawaii and also winning a number of close games, including last weekend's 56-49 double overtime victory at San Jose State.

The contest will pit the WAC's two leading candidates for Offensive Player of the Year in Tech running back Ryan Moats and Boise State quarterback Jared Zabransky.

For the Bulldogs pull the upset the Tech offensive line must open holes for Moats, who was named one of eight semifinalists for the Doak Walker Award and who has rushed for 1,646 yards and 17 touchdowns this season.

The Dallas, Texas, native has been a terror on WAC teams, averaging 201.8 yards per game in six league contests with 15 touchdowns.

Tech's defense, which is No. 2 in the conference in scoring defense in league games only, must find a way to slow down a Boise State offense that is averaging over 48 points a game led by the multi-faceted Zabransky, who has passed for 11 touchdowns and rushed for 12 on the season.

In Boise State's last two wins, the Broncos have scored 16 touchdowns, all of those coming on the ground.

The contest will be televised live on Cox Sports TV as well as part of the ESPN Gameplan package. It can also be heard on KXKZ-FM 107.5 (Ruston) and KRDM-AM 1340 (Shreveport) as well as via the Internet at www.z1075fm.com.