Fresno State faces off against LSU in the first game between the two teams.
Oct. 16, 2006
Fresno, Calif. -
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Fresno State (1-5, 1-2) vs. No. 14 LSU (5-2, 2-2)
Date: Saturday, Oct. 21
Kickoff: 6 p.m. PT
Site: Tiger Stadium (30,584); Baton Rouge, La.
Radio: KMJ (AM 580); Dog Talk at 4 p.m.; Countdown to Kickoff (5:30 p.m.)
Play-by-Play: Bill Woodward; Analyst: Mark Barsotti; Sideline: Ralph Wood
KGST ESPN Deportes (1600 AM) in Spanish
Play-by-Play: Jess Gonzales; Analysts: Sam Sosa, Doug Kessler
Play-by-Play: Ron Franklin; Analyst: Ed Cunningham; Sideline: Dr. Jerry Punch
Dogs Headed to Bayou
Fresno State returns to the road this week, traveling to Baton Rouge to take on No. 14 LSU
in a game that will be televised live on ESPN2. It's the first meeting between the two
The Dogs begin a tough road stretch against two team ranked in the Top 20 and have a
combined record of 12-2. Fresno State travels to No. 14 LSU on Saturday and then are
at WAC rival Boise State, ranked No. 17, on Nov. 1. Both games will be nationally televised
by ESPN2 and ESPN, respectively.
Following Boise State's convincing win over New Mexico State Sunday night, the Broncos
kept pace with upstart Idaho atop the WAC rankings. The Vandals, at 3-0, beat Louisiana
Tech last weekend 24-14. San Jose State won its first WAC game with a 21-14 win over
Come Home Soon
Fresno State does not return home for 27 days when it hosts New Mexico State on Nov.
11. The Dog have two home games remaining, each beginning at 2 p.m. Tickets for the
remaining home games are available on www.gobulldogs.com.
Dogs in SEC Country
Fresno State is making its third trip to an SEC venue when it travels to LSU this week.The
Dogs are 0-2 against teams from the Southeastern Conference, losing at Tennessee 24-
6 in 2003 and at Auburn 62-0 in 1996.
About the Tigers
LSU enters the week with a 5-2 overall record and a 2-2 mark in conference games. Both
of LSU's losses were at the hands of Top 5 teams, Auburn, 7-3, and Florida, 23-10. Both
of those games were on the road. In their five wins, however, the Tigers have scored at
least 45 points, including a 49-0 win over Kentucky last weekend at home. LSU plays eight
home games this season and the Fresno State game will be their sixth. The Tiger offense
is led by outstanding quarterback JaMarcus Russell, who has thrown for 1,700 yards and
13 touchdowns, and a dynamic duo of backs, Charles Scott and Jacob Hester. They have
combined for 497 yards and 11 touchdowns this season. LSU's defense has been very
tough, allowing just 60 points through seven games. The Tigers, allowing less than three
yards per run, have 41 tackles for loss and 22 quarterback sacks this season. LSU plays
in historic Tiger Stadium and night games in Death Valley provide one of the nation's best
collegiate football game atmospheres.
Despite the team's slow start, the Red Wave continues to show up at Bulldog Stadium.
In two of the last three games were over 42,000 fans, over the stadiums' capacity of
41,031. It marked the first time since the 2001 season that Fresno State had back-to-back
games over 42,000. This season the Dogs are averaging 40,671 fans per game at home.
Fresno State's two sellouts this season were the 15th and 16th of this decade.
Ready for the Road
After a stretch of the season in which Fresno State has played three of four games at home,
the Dogs are in the midst of a stretch that will see them at Bulldog Stadium just once in
a 42-day span. That includes three road games that will take them from Logan, Utah, to
Baton Rouge to Boise. Last week's game vs. WAC rival Hawai'i was Fresno State's only
home game in the month of October.