Knox Needs Repeat Performance in Boise

LB Kyle Knox

The Fresno State Bulldogs lost a heartbreaker to Nevada on Saturday. Kyle Knox had a team high in tackles and led the Bulldogs defense, which held the Wolf Pack offense under season averages. This week, the challenge gets stiffer as the ‘Dogs travel to Idaho to tackle to the No. 3 Boise State Broncos…

Kyle Knox led the Fresno State defense with seven tackles in Saturday's 35-34 loss to Nevada. Knox's performance started on a bad note however, as he over pursued Colin Kaepernick, who continued 47 yards for the first Nevada touchdown.

"It wasn't that big of an adjustment," said Knox. "I just had bad eyes. Coach told me to get me just to focus and get my eyes right."

After this play, Knox played a vital role in holding the Nevada offense under season averages in yardage and points. While Knox was pleased with his performance, he was definitely not satisfied with the final outcome.

"I think I had a good game," said the linebacker. "Unfortunately we lost; it's a team game. We didn't pull through together so I'm going to take it as a loss."

Knox's most noticeable play came in the fourth quarter. On fourth down-and-one, Nevada left the offense on the field to try to take the lead. Knox and Desia Dunn got to the ball to shut down the play and put the Fresno State offense back on the field.

"It was just a play that needed to be made," said Knox. "It was fourth-and-one and the defense needed to make a play for the offense, luckily I was able to come through. I just filled my gap, did my responsibility and it turned out for us."

After the tough loss to Nevada, the Bulldogs are putting the game behind them and focusing on No. 3 Boise State.

Knox explained what it would take to stop the Boise State offense. "It's going to take execution and good discipline on defense."

Fresno State plays the Broncos Friday, at 6:30 pm on ESPN2. The Bulldogs have never beaten Boise State on the blue turf. BSU has not lost a regular season game at home since the 2001 home opener versus Washington State (they did lose to Boston College in the 2005 bowl game played on their home field).

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