Ryan Mathews scored his 15th, 16th and 17th touchdowns of the season, giving him 36 for his career to break the all-time Fresno State record of 35 by Anthony Daigle (1991-93). He also moved into second place on the Bulldog career rushing, just the second Bulldog back with more than 3,000 yards. He has 3,136 yards for his career.
Mathews moved up in the WAC records as well. His 1,664 yards is the seventh-best single season rushing mark and his new career mark of 3,136 puts him at 17th in career rushing yards for the conference. Mathews also moved into the top 10 in WAC rushing touchdowns with 36, tying Greg Johnson of Air Force for the No. 10 spot.
Mathews rushed for his 10th 100-yard game of the season, a Bulldog record and most in the NCAA this season.
Phillip Thomas made his first career interception memorable as he return at attempted screen pass from Juice Williams 21 yards for a touchdown, also a career first. It was the first interception return for a touchdown by a Bulldog since Lorne Bell did it on Oct. 24 of this season at New Mexico. Thomas grabbed a second INT in the final second of the game to end the game.
The Bulldogs punted after three plays on the opening drive, just the third time this season the Dogs were 3-and-out to open the game. The other two were at Wisconsin and at New Mexico State.
Kevin Goessling extended his school-record field goal streak of 15 straight with a 34-yard field goal. He's made 15 of 16 on the season and 22 of his last 24.
Ryan Colburn scored on a 25-yard run to tie the game 45-45, the longest rush of his career.
The Dogs could learn their bowl fate on Sunday once the BCS Bowl match-ups have been announced.
Jamel Hamler scored his fourth career TD on a 19-yard touchdown with 2 seconds left in the game to make the score 52-51 Illinois. The `Dogs went for and scored on the 2-point conversion for the 53-52 Fresno State victory.
Devan Cunningham scored the first points of his career on the game-winning 2-point conversion with 2 seconds left in regulation to put the `Dogs up 53-52 for Fresno State's eighth win of the season.
The 53-52 Fresno State win over the Fighting Illini is the highest-scoring game in Memorial Stadium history. The former record was set in 1996 in a 46-43 Illinois win over Indiana.