Camellia Bowl Recap
Dec. 14, 1968
Score By Quarters Humboldt State 0 16 7 6 - 29 Fresno State 7 0 7 0 - 14SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The eighth annual Camellia Bowl, played in a muddy Hughes Stadium in Sacramento, Calif., produced a Fresno State defeat as the Bulldogs fell to the Humboldt State Lumberjacks 29-14.
Blocking three Lumberjack kicks would generally predict a Fresno State win, but the Bulldogs' 12 turnovers, seven intercepted passes and five fumbles made up the difference. The California Collegiate Athletic Association champion Bulldogs' effort was stunted even more with out-of-service phone communication between the press box coaching staff and field staff.
Despite the confusion, the Bulldogs opened the scoring by Tony Welch blocking a Lumberjack punt. Welch recovered the ball and ran it to the Humboldt State 5 where Walt Jensen drove it in to score and Ken Casida nailed the extra point.
With a seven point deficit the Lumberjacks, 10-1 and Far Western Conference champions, capitalized on the Bulldogs' offensive glitches and phone service problems coming from behind to take a 16-7 lead heading into the half.
The second half was more of the first as the Bulldogs came out strong. Jack Olson intercepted a likely TD pass from Lumberjack Dennis Sommer and ran the length of the field to set the 'Dogs up on the Humboldt State 1-yard line. Jensen scored and Casida converted cutting the spread to Humboldt State 16, Fresno State 14.
The Lumberjacks avenged the Bulldog seven with a Costello pass to Don Del Grande who found the endzone. Casida converted for the 23-14 lead.
Humboldt was not finished yet however finding Sousa crossing into Fresno State territory on a 4-yard pass from Banducci. The extra point sailed wide cementing the final score Humboldt State 29, Fresno State 14.