Next Stop For Boise State: Ruston

Boise State has five more quests to perform to become the second team since 1920 to emerge undefeated four times in six seasons. Louisiana Tech awaits the Broncos Friday night in Ruston, still stinging from a one-point loss to Idaho. (Photo is courtesy of All rights reserved.)


Boise State travels to Ruston , Louisiana as the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs look to bust the Bronco Bowl Championship Series bubble in front of a nationally-televised audience this Friday night.


The Broncos will be the highest-ranked team to ever step foot on the field at Joe Alliet Stadium since the Bulldogs joined the Football Bowl Subdivision in 1989.  The former highest-ranked team was a 17th-ranked Fresno State squad who held off Tech 28-24 in 2004. 


Boise State enters their 12th meeting with a 7-4 all time record against the Bulldogs.  The last matchup ended in a 35-3 Bronco landslide win in Boise .  Louisiana Tech currently resides at fifth place in the Western Athletic Conference with a 2-3 conference record (3-5 overall) after a nail-biting one-point loss to Idaho last week.  


The 2009 "Dooley's Dawgs" are led by Derek Dooley, the only Head Coach/Athletic Director in NCAA Division 1 sports.  After a 5-3 (8-5 overall) second-place WAC finish last season and a 17-10 Independence Bowl victory over Northern Illinois, Dooley currently holds a record of 18-20 (1-0 in bowls) in his third year with the program.  He was first hired as a graduate assistant at the University of Georgia  before moving on to SMU and later being hired by Nick Saban as the recruiting coordinator and tight end coach at LSU.  After a few years with LSU, Dooley left the program to coach alongside Saban as tight end coach of the Miami Dolphins.  Dooley is also the son of legendary University of Georgia head coach and athletic director Vince Dooley.  


2009 LA Tech Results (before Boise State ):


September 5

at Auburn 

L 37-13

0-1 (0-0)

September 12

at Navy 

L 32-14

0-2 (0-0)

September 19

Nicholls State 

W 48-13

1-2 (0-0)

September 30


W 27-6

2-2 (1-0)

October 9

at Nevada 

L 37-14

2-3 (1-1)

October 17

New Mexico State 

W 45-7

3-3 (2-1)

October 24

at Utah State 

L 23-21

3-4 (2-2)

October 31

at Idaho 

L 35-34

3-5 (2-3



2009 LA Tech Remaining Schedule (after Boise State ):


November 14

at No. 9 LSU 

8:00 PM  ET  


November 21

at Fresno State 

5:00 PM  ET  


December 5

San Jose State 

2:00 PM  ET  




LA Tech Players to Watch:

Sr. Safety, Antonio Baker, has racked up 51 tackles, 2 interceptions, 5 pass deflections, and 3 forced fumbles so far this year.  He is 11th on the NCAA active leaders list with 10 career interceptions.  Baker finished last season on the All-WAC team, First Team All Louisiana, and LSWA Louisiana Defensive Player of the Year with 115 total tackles and over 300 career tackles.  


Sr. RB, Daniel Porter, leads the team in carries with 677 yards on 124 attempts, seven touchdowns, and 118 receiving yards.  He finished 2008 as First Team All-WAC with 1,164 rushing yards and nine touchdowns.  


Sr. TE, Dennis Morris, leads the team in receiving with 357 yards and six TD's on 16.2 yards per reception.  


Jr. WR, Phillip Livas, has 205 receiving yards, 200 rushing yards, and leads the return team with 393 return yards and a touchdown.  Livas was First Team All-WAC in 2008, as well as the Independence Bowl offensive player of the game.  He was also honored as First Team All Louisiana for returns and Second Team All Louisiana for receiving.  


So. LB, Adrien Cole, leads the team in total tackles with 59 and 2 forced fumbles.  


LA Tech Stadium Info:

Located in Ruston , Louisiana , Joe Aillet Stadium was originally opened on September 28, 19 68 with Terry Bradshaw leading the Bulldogs to a 35-7 victory over ECU.  The stadium was named in honor of Joe Aillet, who coached LA Tech for 27 years.  The stadium's first ever nationally televised game came in 2002 against Fresno State and it's first ever BCS school hosting was to Mississippi State in 2008.  The stadium currently holds 30,600 people and its grounds are made of FieldTurf.  





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