Bulldogs Will Be Seeing Blue On Tuesday

First-year Louisiana Tech head coach Sonny Dykes is just hoping a nationally televised game against the nation's No. 2 ranked team Tuesday night doesn't derail the momentum his team has strung together in the past two games.

Louisiana Tech doesn't expect to upset the Broncos, but it does hope the way its offense has played in consecutive WAC wins over Utah State and Idaho can carry over into at least a little bit of success this week.

The Bulldogs will have their work cut out for them.

Boise State is the nation's top-ranked defense, allowing just 210.2 yards of total offense per game.

Louisiana Tech has gained 1,110 yards in its last two games after gaining 1,333 yards through its previous four games, all losses.

"It's one of those things that, especially when you're making a transition from a two-back, tight end, run-oriented offense to more of a spread offense, there's more moving parts in a spread scheme," Dykes said.

It's apparent the transition has started to take form.

Quarterback Ross Jenkins was last week's WAC Player of the Week after throwing for 422 yards in the Idaho win. That's nearly half of what the Broncos have allowed through the air all season (Boise State has surrendered 905 yards through six games, an average of 150.3 passing yards per game).

But Jenkins thinks his offense can still move the ball on the Broncos as long as they keep the tempo up and wear out the Broncos.

"We feed off a defense -- if we know a defense is tired we go even faster and harder," Jenkins said in the Idaho Statesman. "That's to our advantage. ... They're almost completely gassed and we're still running 100 miles an hour."

NOTES, QUOTES --Louisiana Tech head coach Sonny Dykes last week offered up one theory on a factor leading to the Boise State home dominance through the years.

"You watch the film and you can't tell who anybody is," Dykes said in the Shreveport Times, referring to the Broncos wearing blue jerseys and playing on the infamous blue turf. "You can't see numbers."

--Louisiana Tech's secondary can't seem to catch a break. When the Bulldogs play at Boise State on Tuesday night, it will mark the third time this season they've faced a top-15 passing offense in the national rankings.

At 301.0 passing yards per game, Boise State ranks No. 13 in the nation.

Louisiana Tech wasn't exactly able to play up to their opponents in the previous two tests against top passing teams. On Oct. 2, Louisiana Tech allowed Hawaii (ranked No. 1 in the nation in passing offense) to throw for 532 yards. In an Oct. 16 win over Idaho (ranked No. 4 in passing offense), the Bulldogs allowed the Vandals to throw for 513 yards.

Not surprisingly, Louisiana Tech ranks last in the WAC in pass defense (296.7 passing yards allowed per game).

--Louisiana Tech has lost nine consecutive road games. The last road win for the Bulldogs was Nov. 22, 2008, a 35-31 victory in Las Cruces, N.M., over perennial WAC doormat New Mexico State.

SERIES HISTORY: Boise State leads Louisiana Tech 8-4 (last meeting, 2009, 45-35 Boise State).

SCOUTING THE OFFENSE: Louisiana Tech's offense is rolling along just fine right now. Regardless of what the top-ranked Boise State defense does to them Tuesday, the Bulldogs have to be happy with where they're at for the home stretch of the WAC schedule. QB Ross Jenkins is coming off a 422-yard passing performance against Idaho on Oct. 16, and since he was reappointed the team's starter, the Bulldogs have not only looked good, they've been flirting with brilliance on offense. The run game is led by RB Lennon Creer's back-to-back 100 yard games, and offensive coordinator Tony Franklin is pulling out all the stops, using the wildcat formation, a pistol formation, the shotgun and some plays from the traditional pro set.

SCOUTING THE DEFENSE: It could be a long night Tuesday for the Louisiana Tech defense, at least through the air. The Bulldogs ranks last in the nine-team WAC in pass defense, surrendering 296.7 passing yards per game. Considering the No. 2 Boise State Broncos are led by a Heisman hopeful quarterback and play every week for style points to impress pollsters, QB Kellen Moore could have a field day against Louisiana Tech. The Bulldogs have at least had some bright spots at the linebacker spots this season. LBs Adrien Cole and Jay Dudley have combined for 105 tackles this season.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "Louisiana Tech-Boise State isn't going to go head-to-head against Alabama-Florida. It gives us a chance to get on television. It's good for the league." -- Louisiana Tech head coach Sonny Dykes, to the Shreveport Times.

STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL THIS WEEK'S GAME: Louisiana Tech at Boise State, Oct. 26 -- Louisiana Tech head coach Sonny Dykes has said Boise State, ranked No. 2 in the nation, is the type of model other programs, like his, should be emulating. A national television crowd Tuesday night will get a chance to see whether the Bulldogs are even close in Dykes' first season.

KEYS TO THE GAME: Throw the ball. That's what Boise State does best with QB Kellen Moore, and stopping the pass is what Louisiana Tech does worst (296.7 passing yards allowed per game, worst in the WAC and ranked 118th in the nation).

PLAYERS TO WATCH: QB Ross Jenkins -- Jenkins is a veteran who might be able to handle better than most of his teammates the rough environment the Bulldogs will play in Tuesday night in Boise. The senior also happens to be coming off a career-best game in which he threw for 422 yards in a win over Idaho.

DE Matt Broha -- Broha's six sacks this season are third most in the WAC and his ability to get to QB Kellen Moore will be big if the Bulldogs hope to have any chance of keeping this one respectable. The Broncos lead the nation in fewest sacks allowed, having given up only one in six games this season.

RB Lennon Creer -- Coming off back-to-back 100-yard rushing games, the first two of his college career, Creer has become a vital cog in the Bulldogs' offensive machine. The goal is for Creer to help move the sticks and keep Boise State's offense off the field for as long as possible Tuesday night.

ROSTER REPORT: --CBs Olajuwan Paige and Josh Victorian have each started all seven games this season for Louisiana Tech.

--Louisiana Tech's offensive line has had the same starting five all season: LT Rob McGill, LG Kevin Saia, C Stephen Warner, RG Jared Miles and RT Cudahy Harmon.


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