Bulldogs Start Preparing for MW Showdown
Sept. 14, 2013
By Jason Clay
By Jason Clay
FRESNO, Colo. - Following the tragic flooding in Boulder, Colo. that caused postponement of Fresno State's game at Colorado, the Bulldog football team shifted their focus back to the field and the upcoming game against Boise State on Friday.
"While we're disappointed we're not going to get the opportunity to play against the University of Colorado, we understand the tragic situation there and we send our thoughts and prayers out to the people of Colorado and wish them the best in their recovery efforts," Fresno State head coach Tim DeRuyter said on Friday when the game was postponed.
On Saturday, the Bulldogs were back to football. The players were on the field getting in some conditioning work and met with coaches as they install the game plan for the upcoming Mountain West showdown against Boise State in a game being televised nationally on ESPN.
With the unfortunate circumstances that wiped out Saturday's road game, the Bulldogs will now start the season with three-straight home games for the first time since 1986.
"Now we've got a full week to get on to [our preparation for] Boise," DeRuyter said. "I think we'll be very, very fresh going into that game."
So far in two home games at Bulldog Stadium, Fresno State has been electric and averaged 46.5 points and 453.5 yards of offense.
Fresno State has won eight-straight home games dating back to last year and this has been the most prolific stretch in Bulldog Stadium history. The 'Dogs have averaged 48.3 points and 526.3 yards of total offense, which is the most in any eight-game home stretch since Bulldog Stadium first opened at the end of the 1980 season.
Those averages are also the third-best eight-game home stretch ever in the Mountain West, which has featured a number of the nation's most dynamic offenses over the years. Fresno State's offensive numbers trail only BYU's average of 49.7 points and 595.4 yards of offense over eight games from 2000-02 and Utah's 48.5 points and 531.9 yards from 2003-05 under Urban Meyer.
Fresno State and Boise State were voted as the favorites to win their respective divisions - the Bulldogs in the West and the Broncos in the Mountain - in the league's preseason poll. Last season, both Boise State and Fresno State shared the league title along with San Diego State.
The Bulldogs are led by senior quarterback Derek Carr, who has 71 career touchdown passes against only 17 interceptions in 28 career starts. Sophomore wide receiver Davante Adams has caught a touchdown pass in 10-straight games, which is the longest active streak in the FBS.
Boise State is coming off a 42-20 win over Air Force and enters the game with a 2-1 record.
Kickoff on Friday is set for 6:01 p.m.
"Catch the Wave" - 2013 Fresno State football season tickets are now on sale and can be ordered online at gobulldogs.com or over the phone at 559-278-DOGS (3647). The official home of the Fresno State Bulldogs is 940 AM ESPN Radio.