Today is Thursday, August 17, 2017

CU opens Nokes-Lasater Field today vs. Patriots

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Kickoff is set for 1:30 p.m. Festivities including tailgating will crank up at 11 a.m. Live radio coverage begins at 1 p.m. on WANT FM-98.9.

Looking back over the years in our conference, the teams that are difficult to beat year in and year out -- they do what they do, Alexander said. Id like to think were like that now. We dont do a lot of different things defensively, were going to line up and play sound technique, fundamental football.

Offensively, were going to do our thing. Maybe with some different formations well make our opponents prepare a little differently, but it all boils down to us doing what we do.

What the Bulldogs do on offense is pound the ball behind a massive offensive line and hit the occasional play-action pass down field.

Up front on offense, this is the biggest, most physical team weve had since Ive been here, Alexander said. We average way over 300 pounds per man up front, and I think we wore Kansas Wesleyan down last week.

Leading 14-10 at intermission, the Bulldogs out-scored the Coyotes 17-0 in the second half of Dyersburgs Big River Bowl and ran for 222 yards in the final 30 minutes. Lemeco Miller went over the 100-yard mark for the second time in his career.

Saturdays opponent, the University of the Cumberlands, defeated Belhaven 21-10 in last weeks season opener.

You know what youre going to get with the University of the Cumberlands, Alexander said, theyll run the option on offense and a 3-3 stack on defense.

GAME DAY NOTES -- Cumberland fans are urged to show Bulldog pride by participating in a White-Out for Saturdays home-opener.

Fans should wear white to the game while free t-shirts will be handed out to the first 500 CU students in attendance.

Fans can also enjoy free food at booths manned by local churches in the East parking lot behind the visitors side of the field. There will also be live music by kick. Admission is $10 per person.

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