First home game of the season brings Lane Dragons to Tucker Stadium

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COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- One of these teams will walk out of Tucker Stadium thursday night with their first notch in the win column for 2010.

Tennessee Tech hosts Lane College for the first meeting between the two schools, and both squads are searching for their initial win of the year. The Golden Eagles are 0-2 following losses at No. 17 Arkansas and No. 4 Texas Christian University.
   
Lane College, meanwhile, has gone 0-3 in the first three weeks of the season under first-year coach Derrick Burroughs. The Dragons dropped a home game to Clark Atlanta, followed by road losses at Kentucky State and Morehead.
   
While the contest marks the third consecutive road tilt for Lane, it’s the first home game of the year in Tucker Stadium for the Golden Eagles. Tech went 5-0 at home last year and brings that five-game home winning streak into the Thursday night contest.
   
Tech has not lost a home opener in three seasons under coach Watson Brown, posting wins over Cumberland, Gardner-Webb and Pikeville. In fact, the Golden Eagles have won 11 of their last 12 home openers, falling only to Chattanooga in 2006 during that span.
   
Tech is looking for consistency in two key areas -- turnovers and penalties.
   
After playing the entire Arkansas game without a turnover, the Golden Eagles lost the ball five times at TCU.
   
Conversely, after being flagged for 11 penalties at Arkansas, the Golden Eagles were called for just four penalties at TCU.
   
The game is Tech’s final non-conference outing of the year before charging into Ohio Valley Conference play next week at Southeast Missouri, the first of eight consecutive OVC encounters.    


Special Events: First Tennessee Poster Night; Communiversity Night
Records in 2010:
     Tennessee Tech is 0-2 overall / 0-0 Ohio Valley Conference
     Lane is 0-3 overall / 0-0  Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Series Record: This game will be the first meeting between the two teams
Tech Radio:
     Golden Eagle Sports Network (Roger Ealey, Buddy Pearson, Brandon Goodwin)
     also Free Teamline (Call 1-800-846-4675 - team code 0654)
Television: WCTE TV (Live); Tim Scruggs calls the action
Live Stats: www.TTUsports.com
Last Game: Tech lost at No. 4 TCU, 62-7; Lane lost to Morehouse College, 49-6
Web Stream: Live on OVCsports.TV
Web sites:
    Tennessee Tech - www.TTUsports.com
    Lane College - www.lanecollege.edu
Tickets: Call (931) 372-3940 or click here to order online