Nov. 24, 2007
Fresno State vs. Kansas State
November 24, 2007
Brandstater's Big Day
Junior quarterback Tom Brandstater had the best game of his career, throwing for a career-high 313 yards and two touchdowns. Brandstater's efforts led to the first 300-yard passing game of his career, the first by a Bulldogs since Paul Pinegar threw for 405 yards vs. Nevada on Nov. 26, 2005.
Following the Hawaii game, Pat Hill asked his team for a "four quarters". The Dogs responded with their best "four quarter" game of the season with a dominating 45-29 win over Kansas State. The Dogs rolled up a season high 549 yards, besting their previous high of the season of 491 yards at Nevada. The Dogs' 45 points were a high for a regular season game this season matching their 45 points at No. 23 Texas A&M but that game went three overtimes.
Mr. Touchdown Returns
Freshman Ryan Mathews returned to the line-up after missing the Hawaii game with an injury and scored a second quarter touchdown, his 13th of the season. Mathews entered the weekend tied for the NCAA lead among freshmen for touchdowns. The put in the Fresno State top 10 list for touchdowns in a season, tied with former Bakersfield product Bryson Sumlin (2004) and current Tampa Bay Buccaneers back Michael Pittman (1996).
Senior Clint Stitser became the fifth player in Bulldog history to surpass 200 career points scored when he booted a 46-yard field goal in the first quarter.
Sophomore Marlon Moore's first quarter touchdown was his fourth in the last four games. He added a second quarter touchdown for his second multi-TD game in the last four games. Moore had eight receptions for 122 yards in the first half, the best numbers of his career for a game. He finished with nine receptions for 134 yards with a long of 34 yards. His nine catches were a career high.
Freedom for Joe
A Hollywood production company filming a story about a college football player was on campus filming some aerial shots of Bulldog Stadium during the game. A special film helicopter hovered over the stadium during the third quarter. Members of the film crew, including producer Jane Ferta and several actors, attended the game. They scouted the Fresno State vs. Boise State game and selected Bulldog Stadium as the site for the on-campus football scenes. More filming will be done on campus around the first of the year.
Three bowl representatives were in attendance of today's game. Kevin McDonald, Executive Director of the Roady's Humanitarian Bowl, Danielle Brazil, Marketing Director for the Roady's Humanitarian Bowl and Al Aldridge, a former Fresno resident and long-time member of the Fiesta Bowl and Insight Bowls, watched the game from the press box.
Sixteen Bulldog seniors played their final home game for the Bulldogs: Nate Adams
Junior Bear Pascoe missed the first game of his career due to an injury ... A.J. Jefferson, the top kickoff return specialist in the nation, did not play for the Dogs due to an injury ... sophomore Moses Harris' first quarter interception of a botch Wildcat field goal attempt was the first of his career ... Tom Brandstater scored on a quarterback sneak early in the second quarter to give Fresno State a 17-14 lead. It was his first rushing touchdown of the season and second of his career. He threw for 215 yards in the first half ... Fresno State's 31 first half points were the most by the Dogs in a half this season ... the Dogs opened the second half with an impressive drive killing over 5 minutes and scoring a touchdown on a fourth-and-goal run by Lonyae Miller ... Anthony Harding scored his third touchdown of the season at 2:36 of the third quarter. He had a career-high 22 carries of 116 yards, the fourth Bulldog to run for more than 100 yards this season. He joins Mathews, Miller and Smith in that category ... four different Bulldogs scored running the ball, Miller, Mathews, Harding and Brandstater ...the Dogs are 5-0 this season when rushing for 200 or more yards.
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