Nov. 3, 2007
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Fresno State vs. Utah State
November 3, 2007
The Dogs have won 21 of their last 25 games in the month of November. Under Pat Hill, Fresno State is 29-9 in November games.
Dogs Become Bowl Eligible
Fresno State picked up its sixth win of the season and is now eligible for a postseason bowl game. Fresno State has played in a bowl game in seven of the last eight seasons.
Clint Stitser's 52 yard field goal in the second quarter was the longest of his brilliant career and the longest by a Bulldog in 20 years. It was the second-longest in the WAC this season. Barry Belli was the last Bulldog to connect on a longer field goal when he hit one from 53 yards against Washington State on Sept. 7, 1987.
A.J. To the House
A.J. Jefferson entered the game ranked No. 2 in the NCAA in kickoff return average and that average will grow after today's game in which Jefferson took a third quarter return 88 yards to the end zone, the first kickoff return for a touchdown of his career. He scored on a blocked field goal against Nevada earlier this season. He finished the game with 158 yards on two returns and improved his season return average to 38.1 yards per return (18-685 yards).
The Dogs tacked on their 74th blocked kick of the Pat Hill era and fourth of this season when freshman linebacker Ben Jacobs blocked a 27 yard attempt by Peter Caldwell. It was the first of Jacobs' career.
Mr. Touchdown Strikes Again, and Again
Freshman Ryan Mathews added to his season touchdown collection with two first half touchdowns. Mathews entered the weekend with the NCAA lead for freshman running backs. He needs one more to move into the Bulldog top 10 for most in a single season. Mathews left the game in the second quarter and didn't return.
Tom Brandstater guided the Dogs to an impressive late first half drive, which culminated in a Brandstater to Isaac Kinter 26 yard touchdown pass with 3 seconds remaining before the half. That gave the Dogs a 31-7 lead heading into intermission. The Dogs moved 84 yards on nine plays in 1 minute and 49 seconds. Fresno State scored on each of its first five possions in the game, with impressive drives that averaged 8.2 plays.
All Riled Up
Senior linebacker Marcus Riley forced this third fumble of the season while picking up his first sack on a second quarter play against the Aggies. Riley has 12 tackles for losses this season for 30 yards. In the game, he finished with a team-high 14 tackles and two sacks for eight yards.
A Good Change
Sophomore running back Anthony Harding played in jersey No. 24 for the first time in his career. That number belongs to his brother, Will, a senior cornerback who's been injured. Harding made the most of the switch by scoring a touchdown on his touch of the game, an11 yard touchdown pass from Tom Brandstater. It was his first career receiving touchdown. Brandstater and Harding are both from Turlock, Calif.
The Dogs opened the game with a touchdown on their first drive of the game, just the second time this season that had happened. The Dogs scored on the opening drive in their 49-41 win at Nevada ... end Wilson Ramos recovered a fumble for the second time this season. He leads the Dogs with two ... the Dogs entered the game as the least penalized team in the WAC, but the first quarter against Utah State saw the Dogs hit for two penalized for 30 yards, two of which happened in the Aggies' first touchdown drive. The finished the game with eight penalties for 88 yards, second-most in a game this season. Fresno State entered the game averaging fewer than 48 penalty yards per game ... junior guard Cole Popovich returned to the starting line-up for the first time since the Texas A&M game in week two ... Isaac Kinter caught his first touchdown of the season at the end of the first half. It was his sixth catch of the season ... A.J. Jefferson's 88 yard kick return for a touchdown was the 33rd special teams touchdown by the Dogs in the Pat Hill era ... the Dogs improved their record against the Aggies to 8-0-1 in Bulldog Stadium and 10-2-1 all-time in Fresno.
"Join the State - Fresno State!" - Bulldog Football heads to the island to face Hawai'i on Saturday, November 10th at 8 p.m. PST. The game can be seen locally on the Bulldog Sports Network (KFRE CW 59) in Fresno and nationally on ESPN2. Tune in at 7:30 pm for the Bulldog Blitz pre game show on BSN. The game can also be heard on the radio on KMJ 580, the flagship station of Bulldog Football, and in Spanish on ESPN Deportes 1600. The Bulldogs return to Bulldog Stadium for their final home game of the season on Saturday, November 24 against Kansas State. For tickets, go to the ticket page at www.gobulldogs.com, call 559-278-DOGS or stop by the Bulldog Ticket Office.