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Back-to-back ranked foes for Bulldog football team

September 15, 2012
By TIMES-REPUBLICAN STAFF ( , Times-Republican

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - Fresh off a 10-point loss to the fourth-ranked team in the country, the Drake Bulldogs will get another chance to prove their mettle on the gridiron.

Drake's football team goes on the road for the first time this season, visiting No. 22-ranked Indiana State in today's 2:05 p.m. game at Memorial Stadium.

The Bulldogs (1-1) felt like they let one get away when Montana State and former Drake head coach Rob Ash rallied from a third-quarter deficit for the victory inside Drake Stadium.

"You can't have last Saturday back but it is a rare opportunity that we get back-to-back ranked opponents," Drake head coach Chris Creighton said, "but each game is different. We know it's a formidable challenge but we're up for it."

The Bulldogs and Indiana State (1-1) will renew a rivalry that has been dormant since 1985, when both teams were in the Missouri Valley Football Conference. Drake, now of the Pioneer Football League, face a Sycamores squad that opened the season with a seven-point setback at in-state foe Indiana. Last weekend Indiana State blasted Quincy College, 44-0, their first shutout victory since 1996.

Indiana State boasts a balanced offensive attack with Shakir Bell accumulating 266 yards through two games, and quarterback Mike Perish has 376 yards at a 64-percent completion rate.

Fact Box

Drake (1-1) at Indiana State (1-1)

When: Today, 2:05 p.m.

Where: Memorial Stadium, Terre Haute, Ind.

"They play in the best FCS conference in the country and do really well in it," Creighton said of the Sycamores. "Most people know they almost beat Indiana the first week, but we're excited bout the challenge. We feel good about how we played most of the game last Saturday. This is a huge challenge for our first road test but one that we're excited about."

Drake's defense leads the FCS ranks with 12 quarterback sacks, while the Bulldog offense is averaging 291 per game through the air. Senior QB Mike Piatkowski is over 7,000 yards for his career, the second Drake quarterback to ever do so.



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