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'Dogs need support at Saturday's game

This item originally appeared in the September 30, 2004 issue of The Tech Talk.

As the Bulldog football team is in the midst of the toughest four-game stretch in school history, all eyes are set on the original goal of another Western Athletic Conference championship.

After brutal road games with the Miami Hurricanes and Tennessee Volunteers, Tech (2-2, 1-0 WAC) will be back on the hunt for the conference crown with a contest against the Fresno State University Bulldogs Saturday at 6 p.m. in the "Battle of the Bone" at Joe Aillet Stadium.

Not only will Fresno State (3-0, 0-0 WAC) be the first Top 25 team to ever visit Joe Aillet Stadium, but this matchup will pose a key ingredient to the conference title, as Fresno State is ranked 17th in the country.

Tech began conference play on opening day with a convincing 38-21 victory over the Nevada Wolfpack, followed by a 24-20 win over the University of Louisiana-Lafayette, but the battles against the No. 4 Hurricanes and No. 8 Volunteers have taken their toll on the Bulldogs.

Tech will enter Saturday's contest against Fresno State without starting quarterback Donald Allen and offensive tackle Adrian Gonzalaz, while offensive tackle Lester Brown and defensive lineman Jemelle Cage are questionable.

However, the Bulldogs will once again be led by Ryan Moats, who still leads the nation in rushing yardage with 692 yards and five touchdowns after four games. Moats is 131 yards ahead of the second-best rusher, Vernand Morency of Oklahoma State, who has only played three games.

Tech will need another monster game out of Moats, but Fresno State has proven able to stop the run. Fresno State held Kansas State University's Heisman trophy candidate halfback Darren Sproles to only 37 yards on 11 carries in a 45-21 romping of the Wildcats.

Fresno State's rush defense allows only 115 yards per game, but if Moats and company have anything to say about it, Tech's 177.8 rushing yards gained per game will write the story.

The race for the 2004 WAC title will cross its first hurdle with Saturday's "Battle of the Bone" as unbeaten Fresno State visits Ruston to play Tech on Cox Sports Television.

Come out and support the Bulldog football team by packing the stadium and creating a roaring sea of blue with your Tech T-shirt.

Tailgating begins early, and the excitement will build all day to the climactic kickoff of Tech's most important home game of the season.

Come, enjoy the wide-spread of free delicious food, the fun of fellowship with fans and the excitement as the band plays to hype the crowd. Then, cram the student section and go buck wild, as Tech pushes for another conference championship with a win over Fresno State.

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