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Huntington, WV (SportsNetwork.com) - The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs made it out of the Conference USA West Division with a 7-1 mark in league play, and will travel this weekend to face the Marshall Thundering Herd in the conferences championship clash at Joan C. Edwards Stadium. Louisiana Tech breezed through Conference USA competition during the regular season until an overtime loss against Old Dominion in the second-to-last week raised some concerns. But the Bulldogs squashed those feelings with an absolutely dominant 76-31 victory over defending C-USA champion Rice at home to earn a spot in the title game. Marshall had already clinched its spot in the title contest after running through East Division play and earning an unblemished record up until the regular-season finale. Even though the Herds dreams of a perfect record were shattered by Western Kentucky last weekend in a 67-66 loss, the team is still a favorite to take the conference crown. These two conference rivals have met just one time on the football field before this championship matchup - a 26-0 shutout by the Bulldogs back in the 1942 season in Ruston, Louisiana. Its been 72 years since that clash, so this second matchup could be well worth the wait. Louisiana Tech entered this season with high hopes, but it wasnt until the team took the field that fans saw what the Bulldogs were capable of. The strong offense, which averages 38.8 ppg entering the title tilt with Marshall, is led by two of the strongest offensive stars in the league. Running back Kenneth Dixon had a stellar regular season, finishing the campaign with 1,080 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns on 220 carries. He led the team averaging 90.0 ypg, but also served as a primary target out of the backfield in the passing game. He caught five touchdown receptions and averaged another 25.5 ypg through the air during the season. Dixon is coming off a three-touchdown game against Rice. Cody Sokol took the reins under center and ran with them this season. The signal caller passed for 3,117 yards (ranked 23rd in the FBS) with 29 touchdown tosses. He averaged 259.8 passing ypg in 12 contests, and comes into this game sporting a completion percentage just shy of 60 percent. As an offensive unit, the Bulldogs are gaining 415.2 ypg. Dixon is certainly one of Sokols main weapons through the air, but Trent Taylor has made his mark more than anyone in the passing game. Taylor enters this weekend averaging 67.3 ypg receiving, having caught 61 passes this season for 808 yards and a team-best nine touchdowns. Dixons five receiving scores is second on the squad, while Paul Turner has proven his worth with 38 receptions for 466 yards and four scores through the air. The teams defense will have its hands full as it prepares for a Marshall offense that ranks second in the nation in scoring and total offense. But that hasnt stopped the Bulldogs from doing plenty of damage this season, holding opponents to 349.6 offensive ypg and 25.2 ppg. The same Western Kentucky team that just posted 67 points on Marshalls defense was held to a mere 10 points by Louisiana Tech back on the first day of November, which could be very telling. Kentrell Brice leads the Bulldogs this season with 73 tackles, adding in three sacks, two interceptions and four forced fumbles. But Tony Johnson isnt far behind Brices tackle total with 69 on the season, adding in six quarterback hurries. Linemen Houston Bates (nine tackles for loss, 10 quarterback hurries) and Vernon Butler (12.5 tackles for loss) are going to need to be very active in trying to get to Marshall quarterback Rakeem Cato and slowing down a high- powered run game. The Bulldogs do lead the nation in takeaways with 36 (12 fumble recoveries, 24 interceptions). This football team is really special to me because I do not know that I have had a football team that has had to overcome so much, with the schedule, new faces, new coaches and everything to make this year work, coach Skip Holtz said. This group of guys is really special. They will always have a special place in my heart. Marshall could be in for a real shock if running back Devon Johnson cant go this weekend after suffering a shoulder injury in last weekends loss to WKU. The tailback carried the ball just three times before he was knocked out of the game and replaced by Steward Butler, who ran for 233 yards and a pair of scores in the relief effort. This season, Johnson has been a monster out of the backfield, gaining 1,602 yards with 16 rushing scores, averaging 145.6 rushing ypg. Its unclear if he will be ready to go this weekend Devon, hes not in real good shape right now, coach Doc Holliday said after the teams loss to the Hilltoppers. Fortunately for Marshall, Butler has rushed for 761 yards and seven touchdowns this season in the reserve role. Cato has been a capable runner as well, scoring six touchdowns with his feet. But the passing game is where Cato excels the most, throwing for 3,314 yards and 35 touchdowns against 12 interceptions (four of which came in last weekends loss). The senior signal caller did toss a school single-game record seven touchdowns in that contest, however. Hes the centerpiece of an offense that is averaging 46.7 ppg and 574.6 offensive ypg. The bottom line is weve got to put (the loss to WKU) behind us because were playing for a championship, Holliday said. And the leadership on this football team has to do a tremendous job of putting this game behind us and moving on because the ultimate goal was to win a championship, and weve still got that out there for us. Defensively, the Herd have been dominant as well. The 67 points allowed to Western Kentucky raised the teams scoring average significantly, and its still at a mere 20.7 ppg. It was the first time all season long that Marshall allowed more than 27 points to a challenger, and just the third time all season the Herd gave up more than 20 points or more in a single game. Linebacker Neville Hewitt leads the team with 100 tackles this season, adding in 10.5 tackles for loss with 4.5 sacks. He and lineman Arnold Blackmon (13 tackles for loss, eight sacks, four forced fumbles) will be the two players the Herd turn to in order to slow down Dixon and Sokol. Darryl Roberts (15 pass breakups), Corey Tindal (11 pass breakups) and Taj Letman (four interceptions) will be tasked with keeping the strong Louisiana Tech pass game in check. Adidas Supercolor Rose . -- Kael Mouillierat scored three times and set up one more as the St. Adidas Homme/Femme Stan Smith Verte Chaussures . 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Homme/Femme Adidas Originals Extaball High Top Leather Basketball Chaussures Noir . -- Top-ranked Stacy Lewis birdied the last three holes and five of the final six Thursday for an 8-under 64 and a share of the lead with Mi Jung Hur in the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic.OAKLAND, Calif. -- Stephen Curry had 25 points and eight assists, helping Golden State build a 19-point first-quarter lead before sitting out the final 12 minutes of the Warriors 113-95 win over the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday night. David Lee added 17 points and nine rebounds, while Klay Thompson had 14 points for the Warriors, who have won five straight over the Pistons. Curry scored 12 points as part of a 19-4 run in the third quarter then sat out the entire fourth quarter when Golden State coach Mark Jackson emptied his bench. Detroits Andre Drummond had 16 points and 14 rebounds for his second straight double-double and fourth in seven games. The Warriors had lost the final two games on their recent road trip before opening a three-game home stand by blowing out the Pistons. Golden State led by as many as 29 points, shot 60 per cent for the game and outrebounded Detroit 43-34. That helped offset 23 turnovers, 22 of them over the final three quarters. The Pistons did a better job protecting the ball than the Warriors, but went just 3 of 18 from beyond the arc and lost their fourth straight and fifth in six games. Golden State jumped on Detroit early. Lee made his first four shots and Thompson and Curry added seven points apiece, while Jermaine ONeal scored on back-to-back trips down the court to give the Warriors a 35-16 lead to end the first quarter.dddddddddddd The Pistons, coming off a loss in Portland on Monday, looked sluggish most of the evening and trailed by double digits the rest of the way. A driving layup by Andrew Bogut made it 54-35, and Lee took a behind-the-back pass from Andre Iguodala and dunked to push the Warriors lead to 21. Lee also scored on a putback with 5 seconds remaining to make it 62-41 at halftime. Thompson opened the second half with 3-pointer before the Pistons went on an 11-2 run to cut the gap to 67-52. Currys jumper from just inside the 3-point line stopped the slide and Thompson followed with a layup. Curry was just getting started. He scored 12 points as part of a 19-5 run midway through the third quarter, including a reverse layup after a 360-degree spin around Greg Monroe at the top of the key. Curry later capped the run with an assist to Harrison Barnes, whose dunk increased the Warriors lead to 86-57. Detroit pulled within 13 in the fourth quarter against mostly reserves but couldnt get any closer. Monroe had 15 points for the Pistons and reserve Will Bynum had 14. 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