'Dogs Open Season Saturday vs. Cal
Bulldogs and Bears set for Saturday's 4 p.m. game at Candlestick Park
Aug. 29, 2011
Complete Game Notes
Coach Hill Press Conference Quotes
Fresno State (0-0, 0-0 WAC) vs. California (0-0, 0-0 Pac-12)
Sept. 3, 2011 Candlestick Park (69,900) San Francisco, Calif. 4 p.m. PT
Game Day Quick Facts
TELEVISION: Comcast SportsNet California
RADIO: KMJ (AM 580); Bulldog Live (2:30 p.m.) Countdown to Kickoff (3:30 p.m.).-Play-by-Play: Paul Loeffler; Analyst: Jordan Christensen; Sideline: Ralph Wood
ESPN Deportes (1600 AM) in Spanish - Play-by-Play: Erwin Higueros; Analysts: Raul Rios and Jesse Beltran
INTERNET AUDIO & LIVE STATS: gobulldogs.com
The Fresno State football team opens up the 2011 season on Saturday with a 4 p.m. game against the Cal Golden Bears in San Francisco's Candlestick Park...The game is being televised on CSN California and the Bulldog Sports Network is broadcasting the game on KMJ-580 AM with the call of Paul Loeffler (play-by-play), Jordan Christensen (analyst) and Ralph Wood (sideline)...This game marks the start of Fresno State's last season in the Western Athletic Conference, as the Bulldogs will join the Mountain West Conference in 2012...Fresno State has sold over 12,500 tickets for the game and tickets can still be purchased through Bulldog Ticket Office through Aug. 31 and also through Ticketmaster and at Candlestick Park up until the game...Fresno State has won its last seven season-openers and head coach Pat Hill has a 10-4 record in 14 season openers...Three of those season-opening victories have come against BCS conference schools, and the Bulldogs have won seven out of their last 10 games overall against BCS schools...Fresno State and Cal have met two times before - once in Berkeley in 1995 and once in Fresno in 2000 - and the Bulldogs came out victorious both times...A year after recording 10.5 sacks, defensive tackle Logan Harrell has been named to the preseason watch lists for the Lombardi Trophy, Outland Trophy, Bronko Nagurski Trophy and to the College Football Performance Awards...Fresno State has averaged eight wins over the last four seasons.
Sophomore quarterback Derek Carr is set to make his starting debut for the Bulldogs. Carr is the younger brother of David Carr, a former Bulldog great and No. 1 overall draft pick of the Houston Texans in 2002.
Fresno State has won seven out of its last 10 games against BCS conference schools.
Fresno State vs. Cal - The Series
The Bulldogs lead the all-time series with Cal, 2-0, having won at Berkeley in 1995 and coming out on top at home in 2000. The 2000 game was won, 17-3, in front of a then-Bulldog Stadium record crowd of 42,285. The Bears had eight drives that moved into Fresno State territory in the 2000 meeting, but resulted in just the three points. In the first half, Cal's average starting position was the Fresno State 49, but the Bears managed just a 25-yard Mark Jensen field goal in the second quarter. Bulldog quarterback David Carr threw two touchdown passes to Rodney White in the victory. In the 1995 win at Cal, Fresno State spoiled the home debut of the Bears by rallying from a 12-point fourth-quarter deficit. Running back Michael Pittman scored the go-ahead touchdown with five minutes to play to give the Dogs and head coach Jim Sweeney the win in 1995. That 1995 season was the second to last season of Sweeney's 19-year tenure at Fresno State. He is the program's all-time winningest coach with a 143-75-3 (.654) record. Pat Hill, who coached Fresno State to the 2000 win over the Bears, ranks second in school history with 108 victories in 14 seasons.
Fresno State History in Season Openers
Fresno State is 52-33-4 (.584) all-time in 89 season openers dating back to 1921 and the Bulldogs have won their season opener in each of the past seven seasons. Fresno State has gone 21-10 in season openers since 1980 and head coach Pat Hill owns a 10-4 record in season openers.
Taking it to Another Level
Fresno State has won seven of the last 10 games its played against teams from BCS conferences. The Bulldogs have defeated the likes of Kansas State, Georgia Tech, Rutgers, UCLA, Cincinnati and Illinois (twice). The three losses in the last 10 games against BCS schools were to No. 10 Wisconsin, 13-10, in 2008, a double-overtime loss to the Badgers in 2009 and at Ole Miss last season.
After losing the first nine games against BCS schools under head coach Pat Hill, Fresno State is 17-15 in the last 32 games against BCS conference schools. Only seven of those games have been played at Bulldog Stadium.
Fresno State is 4-1 against BCS conference teams in bowl games under Hill.
Of the last 15 losses to BCS conference foes, 10 of those teams were ranked in the top 25, three in the top five (1. USC, 1. Oklahoma, 5 LSU) and one other was in the top 10 (10. Wisconsin). Another, Cincinnati, was ranked No. 14 when the teams played in 2009, a year the Bearcats reached as high as No. 5 in the national polls.
Fresno State, Utah, TCU and Boise State were the only programs from non-automatically qualifying BCS leagues to defeat two BCS league opponents in 2010. Fresno State beat Cincinnati and Illinois; TCU defeated Baylor and Oregon State; Boise State beat Virginia Tech and Oregon State; and Utah defeated Pittsburgh and Iowa State.
"We Are Your Team!" - Fresno State football season tickets are now on sale, with six great home games on the slate in 2011. Tickets are available through the Bulldog Ticket Office by calling 559-278-DOGS (3647) or visiting gobulldogs.com. You can always stay connected with Fresno State Athletics on Facebook and Twitter (@FSAthletics).