Posted Nov 23, 2006 19:44:44
Battle of the Bulldogs on ESPN2
RUSTON – Louisiana Tech will host Fresno State Friday night at 8 p.m. at Joe Aillet Stadium in a game that will be televised nationally on ESPN2.
The annual Battle of the Bulldogs pits two teams that are usually in the top third of the Western Athletic conference year in and year out but who have struggled in 2006.
Fresno State enters the game with a mark of 3-7 overall and 3-3 in league play although the California-based Bulldogs have won their last two games.
Louisiana Tech enters the game at 3-8 with a 1-5 mark in conference games.
“This always seems to be a great game anytime we play Fresno State,” said Tech head coach Jack Bicknell. “We have the utmost respect for Pat Hill and his staff. They are very similar to us in they will play a tough non-conference schedule every year. It should be an exciting game.”
Tech has won the past two meetings between the two teams with Fresno State holding a Top 25 ranking in each of those contests. Last year, Bicknell and Co. pulled off a 40-28 upset in the season finale at Bulldog Stadium in Fresno, spoiling senior day.
Fresno State hopes to return the favor this year as 14 Louisiana Tech seniors will be suiting up at Joe Aillet Stadium for one final time.
“We’ve really struggled this year, and it would be great to let these seniors walk off of this field for the final time with a win,” Bicknell said. “It won’t be easy. Although Fresno State has struggled, we know what a great football team they are.”
Tailback Dwayne Wright leads Fresno State offensively this year, having rushed for 1061 yards and nine touchdowns in 10 games. He is also the Bulldogs leading receiver, having caught 26 passes for 217 yards and one score.
Fresno State ranks No. 4 in the WAC in rushing but only No. 8 in passing.
Louisiana Tech knows that in order to defeat the Bulldogs, they have to stop the run.
“They have a big physical tailback in Wright,” Bicknell said. “If we try to arm tackle him, it will be a long night. We have to be just as physical as he is.”
The contest can be heard on KXKZ-FM 107.5 with the pregame show beginning at 7 p.m. with Dave Nitz, Steve Davison and Benny Thornell calling all the action.
Promotions Set for Tech Game
RUSTON, La. – High School students and any children under the age of 18 will be admitted to Friday’s Louisiana Tech vs. Fresno State nationally televised football game free.
Bring the kids and don’t miss any of the free giveaways.
Tons of prizes and merchandise will be given away on the east side of the stadium for this nationally televised contest. Get your “Battle of the Bone” T-shirts before they are all gone and be seen cheering for your Bulldogs on ESPN2.
In the tailgating area, warm yourself up with some hot chili. A Chili Cookoff contest will be sponsored by Community Trust Bank with cash prizes of $200, $100 and $50 will be awarded to the top three. Judging begins at 5 p.m.
Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. Come support your Bulldogs and have a chance to win a brand new truck, cash and lots of other prizes.