September 2010 Archives

    The third annual FedEx Cup took place last weekend and former Bulldog star, Nick Watney, was a big contender in the tournament.  Watney entered the tournament ranked 28th in the PGA tour, and finished the tournament in 12th place with 880 points, just 2,100 points behind the champion.

    The winner of the tournament was Jim Furyk, who ended the cup with 2,980 points.  Furyk turned pro back in 1992 and has been playing great golf during his journey on the PGA tour.  Watney turned pro in 2003 and has shown that he can keep up with all of the best veteran golfers.  Furyk and Watney both have seven top ten finishes in the 2010 season. 

    Watney made his mark at the 2010 FedEx Cup by setting all sorts of records over the weekend.  He played the best round of the week earning a score of 63.  Watney played the best back nine that the golf course has ever seen in its' history with a score of 28 and played the best overall East Lake Golf Course nine holes which tied him with Tiger Woods' score at the course.  Watney also had the lowest nine hole score for the season. 

    The records he set didn't stop there.  Watney's nine birdies that he shot at the FedEx Cup were the most par breakers he's ever had in his career.  This was also the most birdies that a tour championship has ever seen since 1990.  The former Bulldog star shot birdies consecutively from hole 8-13 which has him tied for the best birdie streak of the season. 

    Watney's PGA tour success can be followed at www.pgatour.com. 

     

    5756225.jpegTOPSoccer is the Outreach Program for soccer. It is for players with special needs whether they be physically or mentally challenged. TOPSoccer allows players to participate from the age of 4 through adult. There are no boundaries. TOPSoccer has been in existence for 10 years. Director Gary Waltz has been coaching soccer for more than 20 years, and has been doing TOPSoccer for 9 years in District VII.

    Last season, the 'Dogs spent a couple of hours before the season started with TOPSoccer players. The team helped with a clinic and then invited all that attended the clinic to a game.

    Check out www.cjsl.info/topsoccer for more information on TOPSoccer. 

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    Former Bulldog golf star Nick Watney is making a big name for himself on the PGA tour.  He started his professional golf career back in 2003 after he finished is collegiate play at Fresno State.  This week he is getting ready for the third annual FedEx Cup Championship which starts on Thursday.  He has been working hard in the 2010 season on his journey to make it into the top 30 and qualify for this prestigious tournament.

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    The road to the FedEx Cup started with the Barclays tournament played at the Ridgewood Country Club in New Jersey.  The top 125 golfers in the PGA tour were invited to play in this event and this was considered the start of the road to the FedEx Cup.  Watney tied for 36th place at the Barclays and was able to continue on to compete in the next big tournament in Massachusetts.

    After the Barclays, the top 100 golfers continued on to play at the Deutsche Bank Championship at the Tournament Players Club of Boston.  Watney improved his game and finished this tournament tied in 33rd place. 

    The final stop before the FedEx Cup was the BMW Championship at Cog Hill Golf and Country Club in Lemont, Illinois.  The top 70 leaders were invited to play in this tournament and Watney did extremely well and finished tied for 17th place.   

    All of his hard work has paid off and Watney is going to play in the FedEx Cup at the end of this week along with the rest of the top 30 golfers in the PGA tour.  The FedEx Cup will be held in Atlanta, Georgia on the East Lake Golf Course.  The course is 7,154 yards long with a par of 70.   The winner of the FedEx Cup will receive $1,305,000.  This tournament was first played in 2007 and Tiger Woods currently holds the champion title for this Cup.  Official competition begins Thursday Sept. 23 and will conclude on Sunday Sept. 26.  Live updates from the tournament can be found at www.pgatour.com . 

     

    Former Fresno State pitcher Justin Wilson won his second championship playing minor league ball in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization. The College World Series winning pitcher has one six championships in a row dating back to his days at Buchannan High School. Wilson won championships at Buchannan, Fresno State and with two different minor league affiliates of the Pirates. His most treasured championship is the 2008 National Championship with the Bulldogs.

     

    Click here to see a highlight video of Justin Wilson win his 6th Championship!

    The last time the Bulldogs played Utah State on the road in Logan there was an exciting finish in the final seconds. Kicker Kevin Goessling hit a career-high and Fresno State record of a 58-yard field goal lifting the 'Dogs over the Aggies as time expired.

     

    Watch this video to relive the magic from 2008. The Bulldogs play Utah State in Logan on Sept. 18 at 5 p.m. The game will be broadcasted on WAC Sports Network.

     

    Goessling's game-winning kick!

    Bulldog Volleyball returned to the floor at the Save Mart Center Saturday afternoon in their first match day two of the Fresno State Invitational in a head on, seesaw battle against the Hornets of Sacramento State. After competing in five sets of highly competitive play, the Dogs came back with a fighting spirit and beat the Hornets, 3-2. 

    The Dogs and Hornets alternated sets, with Sac State capturing the win in the first, 25-14.  Fresno State blasted onto the scene with aggressive play in the second set, getting a quick 25-13 set win. 

    Then the Hornets came back with a fight in the third to a 25-11 set win.  But the Bulldogs weren't ready to give up, and brought the match to a 2-2 tie at the end of the fourth set, 25-12, sending the Dogs into a fifth set battle that ended with a 15-13 Fresno State set win, and 3-2 match victory over the Hornets.

    Next up for the Dogs is their second and final match of the Fresno State Invitational this evening at 7 p.m. PT against Cal State Bakersfield.

     Senior quarterback Ryan Colburn leads the WAC and ranks second in the NCAA in passing efficiency 208.1. Northwestern's Dan Persa leads the nation at 212.35. Colburn opened his senior season with an impressive performance that included matching his career- high with four touchdown passes. He connected with four different receivers for the scores in the game.

     

    Colburn is the latest in a long line of great quarterbacks to wear the Bulldog jersey. Entering his second year as the starting quarterback, Colburn has been named to the Manning and Unitas Award watch lists. In 2009, Colburn was ranked No. 20 in the NCAA in passing efficiency last season (143.71).

     

    He has thrown 16 touchdowns and only five interceptions over his last 10 games dating back 2009. Colburn directed an offense that ranked No. 14 in the NCAA in scoring (33.85) and 17th in total offense (430.54).

     

    Fresno State is well known for producing top notch quarterbacks. Some the best to come out of Fresno include, Kevin Sweeney, Mark Barsotti, Billy Volek, David Carr, Trent Dilfer, Paul Pinegar and Tom Brandstater.

     

    Volek (San Diego Chargers), Carr (San Francisco 49ers) and Brandstater (New York Giants) are still playing in the NFL. Dilfer currently works for ESPN as a football analysts and recently was at Bulldog Stadium as a part of the broadcast.

    The Fresno State football team is within inches or votes of reaching the Top 25 in the AP Poll. The Bulldogs are currently ranked No. 27 with 48 votes after the first two weeks of the 2010 football season. It was the 'Dogs huge win over two-time defending Big East Champion Cincinnati that caught the eye of many around the nation.

    During preseason the 'Dogs were not receiving votes, but after their impressive 28-14 win over Cincinnati people started to notice the Bulldogs. In the first week of polling Fresno State received 24 votes and now after the second week the Bulldogs are No. 27. The Bulldogs were down 14-0 with a little over two minutes left in the first half, before the 'Dogs went on 28-0 run snapping the Bearcats 18-game regular season winning streak.

    The last time that Fresno State was in the Top 25 was the beginning of the 2008 season. The Bulldogs spent three weeks in the Top 25 and climbed as high as No. 21 country.

    It's almost that time of year again for the Save Mart Center to fill with passionate basketball fans.  The men's basketball team starts their regular season campaign during Fresno State's Centennial academic year on Wednesday, Nov. 17 against Vanguard at 8 p.m.

     

    The 'Dogs have been working hard all summer in the weight room and the gym.  They are more than ready to tip off at home in front of all their fans.

     

    Last season the 'Dogs recorded a 12-5 record during their home games, which tied for the second most wins in the arena's history.  They are 77-38 overall in games played at the Save Mart Center.  The team is ready to continue to their impressive winning record at home and encourage all Bulldog fans to get their season tickets early and get ready to fill the seats with Bulldog Spirit. 

     

    The Bulldog's home court is located on the South East corner of campus and can hold as many as 15,596 fans.

     

    This season the men's basketball team is scheduled for 16 home games.  Seven of those contests will be Bulldog doubleheaders and will fill the Save Mart Center with double the action.  This means that the men's and women's basketball team will be playing home games on the same night at the Save Mart Center.  On these nights, the women's team will tip off at 6 p.m. and the men's game will start around 8 p.m. 

     

    Head coach Steve Cleveland is returning for his sixth season with the Bulldogs this year.  In Cleveland's second year with Fresno State he led the 'Dogs to a 22-10 record which was the most wins for the Bulldogs since the 1995-96 season.

     

    Returning to the court this season are fan favorites: senior Nedeljko Golubovic, junior Steven Shepp and sophomores Jerry Brown Garrett Johnson and 2010 WAC Freshman of the Year Greg Smith.

     

    Junior Jonathan Wills, who joined the team last season, but had to redshirt as a transfer from New Mexico, will compete for immediate playing time in his first season on the floor and sophomore Justin Johnson is working to return from a knee injury.

     

    The newcomers who will be wearing the Bulldog uniform this season are: Bracken Funk, Tyler Johnson, Kevin Olekaibe, John Ryan, and Tim Steed.  Two more additions have joined the team and will be announced in the near future.

     

    Last season, Smith scored 230 points at home, just 20 less than new NBA draft star Paul George tallied in his final year as a Bulldog in 2009-10.  Smith practiced hard all summer and expects to be bigger and better this year.

     

    The Bulldogs have a great mix of veterans and fresh faces on the team with the potential to make a huge statement this year.  The hard work during the end of summer training camp and fall sessions have led to high anticipation for the home opening game night. 

     

    The basketball team is ready to shine this year at each one of their 16 home games and you do not want to miss out on any of the action.  Season tickets are available through the Bulldog Foundation by calling 559-278-7160.

     

    CLEVELAND IN THE SAVE MART CENTER

     

    Year

    Record

    2005-06

    12-2

    2006-07

    15-3

    2007-08

    11-6

    2008-09

    9-8

    2009-10

    12-5

    TOTAL

    59-24

    The Western Athletic Conference released the following earlier this week before the kickoff of the 2010 WAC football season.

     

    Prior to its Saturday debut at 6 p.m. MST with a Fresno State at Utah State football showdown, an additional six television affiliates are confirmed for the WAC Sports Network.

     

    A total of 24 affiliates in 16 markets now comprise the WAC Sports Network (WSN).  The Western Athletic Conference and its multimedia rights partner Learfield Sports announced the launch of the Network last month, and since have announced three initial games and a seven-member football broadcast team. 

     

    The WSN's additional coverage is comprised of affiliates in San Francisco, Salt Lake City, New Orleans, St. George, UT and Comcast Hometown Channel, which has significant penetration into California.

     

    Leading WSN as football play-by-play announcers will be Dave Harbison and Guy Haberman, with Dick Tomey and Joe Glenn serving as color commentators.  Sideline reporters are Lauren Mickler and Jenny Cavnar, with Ralph Gaston as color and sideline.

     

     

    Last Friday the Fresno State women's soccer team held its second free clinic to youth soccer players. Over 200 youth soccer players from across the Valley attended one of two sessions. The clinic was such a success that we received this from the Toy Family.

    We just wanted to take a moment and say Thank you so much!!! My kids had super time at your Soccer Clinic last Friday. The Women's Soccer Team was absolutely fabulous the way they handled all of the kids.  The clinic was fantastic and we were blessed to be a part of it.

     

    Thanks again,

    The Toy Family

     

    The Bulldogs host UC Irvine on Friday, Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. in Bulldog Stadium. Admission is free to all! Check out Gobulldogs.com to see when more Fresno State soccer clinics and camps will be held.

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    Greetings loyal readers!  Before beginning any of my normal rants on life, telling anecdotal tidbits on foreign countries, or quoting song lyrics from the 80's, I am humbled to issue a SINCERE thank you!!!  Por que you may ask???  I have recently been informed by the person directly responsible for the creation of this blog, Women's Basketball Sports Information Director Steve Schaack, that we currently have the honor of being the most read blog on gobulldogs.com! 

    As I ponder how long it will take the committee from Nobel to take notice and bestow deserving trophies and accolades, I am saddened by the recent news that Steve Schaack, the aforementioned innovator of "Just Being Frank" will be departing Fresno State for an Assistant Athletic Director position at Idaho State.  Steve and his family have been a blessing to our program and we will miss them immensely!  We wish you all the best and look forward to seeing you on the road in Boise and Logan!

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    By Stephen Trembley / Fresno State Athletics

    Steve Cleveland returned to his hometown of Fresno, Calif. in 2005 to resurrect the Bulldog men's basketball program.  Fresno State is an institution that serves as the pride of the San Joaquin Valley and Cleveland's leadership ability has helped deliver a culture committed to academic excellence and compliance with the talent for lasting success on the hardwood.

    When the 'Dogs tip off the 2010-11 season in sixty days at the Marriott Center in Provo, Utah, it will mark the sixth season and Day 2,043 of the Cleveland Era.  The evening will serve as a launching pad for the next stage of the "Built to Last" philosophy developed by Cleveland with a focus on securing a solid foundation for the present and future.

    The incredible journey of the past five seasons has featured significant accomplishments, including these five key highlights:

    • Cleveland directed the nation's largest Academic Progress Rate (APR) improvement and lifted the Bulldogs to a score of 928 in this spring's release of 2008-09 figures and the graduation of a program-record number of student-athletes over a one year period from 2008 to 2009.  

    • Two Bulldogs (Paul George and Dominic McGuire) were picked in the NBA Draft.  George became the highest selection in program history when the Indiana Pacers used the No. 10 overall pick in this past June's draft on the entertaining and talented small forward from Palmdale, Calif.  The Washington Wizards drafted McGuire in the second round of the 2007 NBA Draft.

    • The classroom performance of Nedeljko Golubovic, a psychology major, was recognized twice as a prestigious CoSIDA Academic All-District honoree.

    By Stephen Trembley / Fresno State Athletics

    BERKELEY, Calif. -- With a 3-1 victory over the Big East's Seton Hall under their belt to win their opener of the HGI Classic, the Fresno State volleyball team returns to Haas Pavilion today for a double feature against a pair of schools from the University of California system - UC Davis and No. 10 California.

    Last night, the 'Dogs displayed a focused energy on offense and systematically attacked Seton Hall with a tenacious mentality.

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    Two Bulldogs in their second seasons as Bulldogs stepped up in the four-set win.  Marissa Brand delivered a career-best 19 kills and Kelli Parker led Fresno State on an 8-1 run in a crucial third set comeback to pull away from the Pirates.

    After the match, head coach Lauren Netherby-Sewell reflected on the progress of Brand, who has shown she can play a variety of positions for the Bulldogs and her talent is molding into a critical piece of the offense.  Netherby-Sewell also commended Parker for her aggressive service performance, a point of emphasis for the 'Dogs this season, and consistently forced Seton Hall into having a difficult time getting into their offense.

    The keys will again highlight the ability of the team to use their confidence and talent to compete for every point.

    Make sure to "Like" Fresno State Athletics on Facebook and follow us on Twitter (@FSAthletics) for updates from Berkeley, Calif.  You can also watch the live statistics of both matches on Gametracker.  Click on the matches listed below to view Gametracker.

    Here is the Bulldogs' schedule for today's matches:

    •   UC Davis 3, Fresno State 0
    In the morning session of the 2010 HGI Classic, Fresno State fell 3-0 to UC Davis on set scores of 14-25, 17-25 and 22-25.

    The Bulldogs came out swinging in set one with junior Kelli Parker scoring the 'Dogs first three points on three kills to help jolt Fresno State to a 10-6 lead.  UC Davis then caught fire with an 11-0 run to send the Aggies ahead 17-10 and secured the three-game sweep led the UCD's Betsy Sedlak, who recorded a .550 hitting percentage with 11 kills on 20 attacks.

    Junior Brianna Clarke continued her steady attacking with a .462 hitting percentage on six kills over 13 attacks.  Kelly Mason dug 17 shots and Marissa Brand added seven kills.

    Fresno State is now 3-4 on the season and dropped to 2-1 at neutral site contests.


    •    4:30 p.m. - Fresno State at No. 10 California

    By Stephen Trembley / Fresno State Athletics

    The Bulldog volleyball team's challenging non-conference schedule continues this weekend when Fresno State visits the campus of the University of California for the 2010 Hilton Garden Inn Classic

    The 'Dogs will meet the Big East's Seton Hall at 4:30 p.m. today along with No. 10 California and UC Davis tomorrow in Haas Pavilion.

    Fresno State, under the leadership of third-year head coach Lauren Netherby-Sewell, embraces every opportunity to compete against the top tier programs to establish her expectation of competing at the highest level and fostering the growth and development of a young and talented roster.

    Before the 2010 season, the Western Athletic Conference coaches showed their respect for the Bulldogs by picking Fresno State to finish third in the conference.

    The HGI Classic is the final road tournament of the season for the 'Dogs with each opponent providing Fresno State a chance to build for the upcoming conference slate of games.

    Here is a quick look at Seton Hall:
    •    Big East Conference
    •    Record: 2-4
    •    Key Wins: at William & Mary, vs Colgate
    •    Other Notable Matches So Far: at No. 1 Penn State (L, 3-0), vs Wisconsin (L, 3-0), vs. Winthrop (L, 3-2)
    •    Top attacker: Sarah Osmun (4.32 kps and six service aces)
    •    Setter: Olivia Trudeau (7.9 aps)
    •    Libero: Alyssa Warren (5.1 dps)
    •    This will be the first meeting between the Bulldogs and Pirates.
    By Jennifer Jory / Fresno State Athletics

    TANAGURA, Japan-- The Fresno State men's golf team is experiencing a wet start to their Centennial season.  Tropical storm Malou has rained out the original start for the Topy Cup.  The storm recorded rainfalls at 4 inches per hour in some areas.  The tournament was scheduled to begin on Thursday morning and has now been pushed back to start Friday morning.  The new plan is to play 36 holes on Friday and 18 holes on Saturday.

    The Bulldogs have been allowed to walk the course to see what they will be facing in the upcoming competition days.  They are in great spirits and still ready to play as soon as the course is clear.  The course is 7,127 yards with a par of 72. 

    Fresno State was one of four men's teams chosen from the United States to travel to Japan to compete in this 28th annual tournament.  The Japanese Golf Association paid for the Bulldogs' head men's golf coach Mike Watney and five student-athletes to travel to Tanagura for the Cup.  The five Bulldogs on the road are: Bhavik Patel, Bryan Hogan, Michael Gideon, Brian Sunker, and Nate Jessup. 

    The Topy Cup Tournament organizers plan to update scores every nine holes at www.topycup.com.  You can also check for updates at www.gobulldogs.com.     

     

    By Jennifer Jory / Fresno State Athletics

    The Save Mart Center is full of Bulldog spirit tonight.

    The Fresno State volleyball team is taking on their crosstown rivals, the Fresno Pacific Sunbirds, in their sixth annual exhibition match.  Last year the 'Dogs won their first sets against the Sunbirds and are ready to do even better this year.

    The Fresno State Bulldog Beat is also in the house tonight bringing more beat than ever to entertain all of the fans in the building.  They have two electric guitars and a drummer joining the traditional band to keep the Bulldog spirit in high gear.

    To hype up the showdown even more, the Bulldogs have established tonight as "Greek Night" to encourage sororities and fraternities to come out and support the team. 

    "This is our first volleyball game as a fraternity, but it definitely will not be our last," said Forrest from the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.  "We have talked about this night at our last two meetings and all of our pledges are coming with signs.  We are excited to cheer on the volleyball team."

    Whichever Greek group has the most attendance at tonight's game will win a date with the entire volleyball team.

    Tonight is a great match because there are fans from all over the city of Fresno supporting these two great programs.  The stands are filled with red and orange and the cheering is rattling the walls.  The student-athletes are definitely feeling the pride for their schools in the atmosphere. 

    Be sure to check gobulldogs.com for live match updates throughout the evening.

    The cement has been poured and cinder blocks are stacking up! The Fresno State Swimming and Diving complex is coming together.

    4167797.jpegWith classes back in session on the Fresno State campus the team is back in the pool and working hard.  Their season begins October 15 when they head to the University of Pacific Invite in Stockton, Calif.

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    Stay updated on all the Bulldogs swimming and diving news with gobulldogs.com. Be sure to keep checking back with the blog for more pictures as the pool project keeps progressing.

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    Pop and Rock fans of the 80's probably remember Colin Hay of Men at Work  singing of vegemite sandwiches in a place where women glow and men plunder.  Contrary to the belief of some, Australia is a bit more than "g'day"s" and "Shrimp on the barbies."  In fact, there are a plethora of fun facts about Australia that probably go unnoticed.  For example, no part of the country is more than 621 miles from the ocean or a beach. Conversely, the Australian Alps, also known as the Snowy Mountains, receive more snow than Switzerland.  Australia is home to the largest cattle ranch (station) in the world at 30,028 sq. kilometers, roughly the size of the entire country of Belgium. 

    Thanks to Katie Johnson of University Communications for creating this great postgame video and helping us tonight communicate with our fans.

    Join us on Oct. 2 for the next home football game.

    By Stephen Trembley / Fresno State Athletics

     

    A jolt of energy surged into Bulldog Stadium late in the first half when Fresno State used their fight and determination to claw even with the visiting Cincinnati Bearcats.

     

    The game of football draws on emotions and heart.  Ryan Colburn is now in his sixth year with the Fresno State program and waited patiently for his chance to lead his hometown team.

     

    Tonight, he steadied the ship solidly during the first half of play and tossed two late touchdowns with under two and half minutes before the break.  But it was the relentless fire of the Bulldog defense that ignited the spark to show the nation the essence of Bulldog football.

     

    Before the game, fans at Bulldog Stadium got their first look at a new video that highlighted the definition of Bulldog football:

     

    "Tough, Hard Nosed, Aggressive, Fundamental Football played with fanatical effort for as long as it takes to win... and leave no doubt!"

     

    The resolve shown by the 'Dogs to stay focused and continue to battle on this hot Fresno night is just one of the many examples of why Fresno State is the pride of the San Joaquin Valley.

     

    The Bulldogs love playing before the nation and tonight is another opportunity to see the heart of this team.

    By Stephen Trembley / Fresno State Athletics


    The Pat Hill Era has been built for this moment.

     

    The Bulldogs kickoff the 2010 season with the first of seven home games and welcome two-time defending Big East champion Cincinnati to Bulldog Stadium on a hot September evening.

     

    When tonight's kickoff is sent high into the Fresno sky, it will be 7 p.m. here on the West Coast and 10 p.m. back in Ohio, the home state of the visiting Bearcats.  The temperature is 30 degrees warmer here at Bulldog Stadium than it is in Cincinnati.

     

    As a university, Fresno State is also celebrating the centennial academic year.  Fresno State Normal School was founded back in 1911 and over the past 100 years has become the premier institution powering the New California.  To honor the history of the institution, the centennial logo is painted on the west and east sides of the 50-yard lines of Jim Sweeney Field.

     

    The 'Dogs traditional red and white checkerboard end zones define the north and south ends of the green grass surface.  The checkerboard design symbolizes Purina dog food and the idea that Bulldogs want to spend their time in the end zones so they can chow down.

     

    This year's season opener will feature a variety of in-game honors including the recognition of two former Bulldog student-athletes (Paul George and Ryan Mathews) who were selected in the first round of the NBA and NFL drafts at the end of the third quarter as well as a pregame ceremony for all 2009-10 WAC championship teams and individuals.

     

    Make sure to watch the game live on ESPN2 at 7 p.m.

    Fresno State's Paul Ladwig, Associate Athletics Director of Marketing and Promotions, recently made a trip down to San Diego to see former Bulldog Ryan Mathews in his NFL debut and saw a couple other 'Dogs while he was there.

    Three former Bulldog football players graced the field at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego during the 2010 NFL pre-season.

    Thumbnail image for 4147502.jpegQuarterback Billy Volek, wide receiver Seyi Ajirotutu, and running back Ryan Mathews are all former Bulldogs and are now competing for the San Diego Chargers at the professional level.

    "They looked and carried themselves like professional NFL athletes when they took the field," said Ladwig. "You could see they were dialed in with an intense focus before the game."

     "Around the stadium I saw red #21 Fresno State jerseys and #24 Charger jerseys," said Ladwig. "Ryan Mathews is already making an impact on the team and the public. He has great potential to be an NFL superstar."

    4147500.jpeg"He looked honored to be there as he was announced into Qualcomm Stadium. And besides Philip Rivers, Ryan received the biggest excitement from the fans," remembered Ladwig.

    "Mathews exuded an attitude of appreciation towards the fans and enjoyed being there," Ladwig explained. "He played the first half, and the best play came on a carry when Ryan put his head down and plowed through a surprised Bear, Brian Urlacher."    

    4147497.jpegHe was humble and happy to be there and at the conclusion of the game you could see this as he waved goodbye to the fans," Ladwig remembered.

    4147499.jpegThe proud moment for Paul Ladwig came seeing "all three Bulldogs, all Chargers, all on offense, and all in the game at the same time; I am positive that has never happened in an NFL huddle before."

    4147445.jpegFresno State wants to thank Dr. Chris Dobbins of PetER for the photos from the game. Fresno State also thanks Dr. Dobbins and his staff for their care of Victor E. Bulldog.

    BDay WishesBy Allison Slater / Fresno State Athletics


    Do you want to surprise that special someone with a birthday wish during a Fresno State football game?

    This year, Bulldog fans can celebrate with their own custom birthday message on an official Fresno State video board!  You can submit requests by calling 559.278.1049 or e-mailing aslater@csufresno.edu, at least two days prior to the desired game date.

    We can run up to ten fan birthday messages and they will be displayed on a first come-first served basis, once payment is received.

    • The cost is $50 per message
    • Messages are limited to 85 characters
    • Messages will be presented on the south end zone matrix board during the game

    Don't miss your chance to give your favorite Bulldog fan a birthday they will always remember!

    Please submit your request and/or check (made payable to Fresno State Athletics) to:

    Fresno State Sports Marketing Department
    ATTN: Allison Slater
    5048 N. Jackson
    Fresno, CA. 93740

    *Or to pay by credit card, call 559.278.1049



    Apparently it's not too soon to project which teams will be heading to bowl games at the end of the 2010 season.

    With the start of the college football season this week two ESPN experts, Mark Schlabach and Andrea Adelson, made their bowl picks and both have the Dogs in postseason bowl games. The two reporters are on the opposite end of the bowl schedule spectrum, one predicting the Dogs will play in the first bowl game of the season and the other in the last non-BCS bowl game.

    Schalbach predicts the Dogs will be in the New Mexico Bowl and will play Mountain West Conference opponent Wyoming on Dec. 18.

    Adelson thinks the Dogs will be playing in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl in San Francisco on January 9, 2011 against Pac-10 opponent Oregon State. The Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, in addition to a new corporate partner, has tied itself to the WAC and will feature a team from the WAC against a team from the Pac-10.

    ESPN scheduled the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl the night before the BCS Championship game.

    Of the two scenarios, Schalbach's seems least likely. It's doubtful that the New Mexico Bowl would like to have the same team three years running and even less likely they want a repeat match-up of bowl opponents from the 2009 game. While it was a very entertaining game and drew great television ratings, bowl games try to avoid rematches.

    The Dogs have had great experiences in New Mexico the last two years and the fans there have welcomed the Dogs with open arms.

    Maisel's Three-Point Stance
    ESPN's Ivan Maisel also had some interesting comments on this three-point stance column this week about BYU's move to independence and Cincinnati's preparation for Saturday's game against the Bulldogs.