Nov. 10, 2007
Fresno State vs. Hawaii
November 10, 2007
A.J.'s Record Breaking Night
Sophomore A.J. Jefferson entered the game ranked No. 2 in the NCAA in kickoff return average and he took his third attempt of the game 98 yards for a touchdown, his second in as many weeks. He's the only Bulldog to have kickoff returns for touchdowns in consecutive games. Jefferson has two returns for touchdowns in 2007, which sets the Fresno State single season record and is the most for any Bulldog in history. He finished the game with His kickoff return average jumped to 35.8 per return after the game.
Stitser Adds Up
Senior kicker Clint Stitser continues to move up the career scoring charts, replacing former Bulldog Steve Loop for No. 5 on the all-time list. Loop had 194 points from 1988-89. Stitser has 198 points after scoring 6 against the Warriors. Next on the Bulldog list is Jeff Hanna (1995-99), in fourth place with 212 points.
Cheese Off the Edge
Bulldog freshman Michael Cheese, reserve linebacker for most of the season, was moved to defensive end for this week's game and he showcased his quickness off the ball. He picked up the first sacks of his career, downing Colt Brennan twice in the first half and got the game's first turnover, recovering a second quarter fumble. It was the first of his career.
For the second straight week Bulldog tight end Isaac Kinter caught a touchdown pass. Kinter's second quarter 6-yard touchdown pass from Tom Brandstater with 41 seconds remaining was the second of his career and pulled the Dogs to within 31-16.
Another Special Teams Score
When Jefferson scored on a 98-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, it was the 34th special teams touchdown in the Pat Hill era. It was Fresno State's sixth kickoff return for a score in the Hill era.
Bulldog senior linebacker Marcus Riley grabbed his first career interception stopping a Warrior touchdown drive attempt. Riley made a terrific diving grab in the back of the end zone of a Colt Brennan pass. Riley entered the game ranked No. 4 in the WAC and No. 18 in the NCAA in tackles, more than 10 per game.
Freshman Cornell Banks made his first career start vs. the Warriors ... sophomore running back Lonyae Miller returned to the starting lineup after missing two games due to injury ... senior cornerback Will Harding returned to action after missing several games with an injury ... freshman safety Lorne Bell had a career-high in tackles with 8. His previous high was seven against La Tech ... Fresno State held the Warriors without a point in the third quarter, the first time this season UH has been held scoreless in the third quarter and only the third time it didn't score in any quarter ... sophomore receiver Marlon Moore had a 31-yard and a 21-yard touchdown pass, to give him three career against the Warriors and his third in the last three games ... the Dogs' fourth quarter touchdown drive that rolled up 85 yards was the longest of the season. It took five plays and lasted 2:27.
"Join the State - Fresno State!" - 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.
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