Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Pack the House for the 'Dogs

The Wolfpack are having their best season since 1996, yet are resorting to promotions to try and fill Mackey Stadium for the ESPN2 prime time broadcast against 16th ranked Fresno State.

At 7-3 (6-1), Nevada is tied for second in the WAC, but a win over the Bulldogs would give them at least a share of the conference title. The Pack are all but guaranteed a bowl bid for the first time in nine years, even in a loss.

Since Nevada joined the WAC in 2000 Fresno State has owned the Wolfpack, but they have had their share of big wins over the Bulldogs when they were in the Big West. In 1994 the Bulldog football program was falling into demise, but Nevada didn't care. They went "Tecmo Bowl" on Fresno State whipping the 'Dogs, 62-35.

In 1998 the underdog Bulldogs took Big 12 Colorado and Texas Tech to the brink of defeat only to lose in the final minutes on the road. Nevada was the first home opponent in late September. A driving rain hit the game early in the third quarter and about half the crowd left with the Bulldogs clearly in command of the game. And come on, the 'Dogs almost beat two Big 12 teams, who thought a Big West team would beat Fresno State at home. Well, they did, 27-24.

The Bulldogs are on the road in Reno, but they will be focused. USC came and went, the WAC title has been the goal all season long, and it is there for the taking.

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