#10 Bulldogs Set for Saturday's Clash with Dragons

By KBJR News 1

September 29, 2011 Updated Sep 29, 2011 at 10:49 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- The #10 ranked UMD Bulldogs football team will be back at home Saturday night, taking on the Minnesota State-Moorhead Dragons.

The Bulldogs have outscored the Dragons 132 to 14 the past two seasons, and hope to protect a 28-game home conference winning streak at Malosky Stadium.

"I like playing better in front of the home crowd," UMD senior wide receiver Justin Claiborne said. "Parents can come see you play. Everybody plays better at home."

"We can't take anybody lightly," Bulldogs sophomore linebacker Nate Zuk said. "We have to execute our stuff and play another best game of the season."

"We don't think about playoffs or conference championships, just the next game," Claiborne said. "Just be (1-0) at the end of every week."

The game will be the 52nd all-time meeting between the teams, with UMD leading the series with a record of (31-17-4).

"We've learned from the first part of the season that we need to be prepared to see everybody's best football," UMD head coach Bob Nielson said. "I think [Moorhead] is a team that's young and improving. They showed that last week with a real character win, and making a goal line stand to preserve the victory."

Saturday's game can be seen on live television in the Northland on the My 9 Sports Network.

Posted by Zach Schneider
zschneider@northlandsnewscenter.com