Oct. 5, 2008
Fresno State vs. Hawaii
Postgame Notes and Quotes
Oct. 4, 2008
The Bulldogs ran for a season high of 318 yards all coming from two Bulldog backs who each rushed for more than 150 yards. Juniors Lonyae Miller and Anthony Harding both had their best nights as Bulldogs. Miller averaged 8.1 yards per carry and Harding 6.8.
Tough to Take Turnovers
Fresno State's four first half turnovers doubled the most the Dogs had in any game this season. The Warriors capitalized with two field goals and one touchdown from the turnovers and took a 19-3 lead early in the second quarter. Tom Brandstater had two interceptions in the half, doubling his season total entering the game. All of his first four interceptions have come off passes that were tipped and then intercepted. On Fresno State's first possession of the second half, the Dogs committed their fifth turnover of the game that UH converted for a touchdown. Fresno State only took one turnover in the game when Michael Stuart recovered a Warrior fumble. On the next play, the Dogs turned it back to Hawaii for their sixth of the game.
Senior tight end Bear Pascoe had another big game for Fresno State, leading the team with four receptions for 60 yards with a long of 39 yards. He leads the Dogs with 20 receptions for 180 yards and two touchdowns on the season.
Another Big Play for Seyi
With an 80-yard touchdown run in the third quarter Lonyae Miller had the eighth-longest rush from scrimmage in Bulldog history. That run established his best game as a Bulldog. Miller finished with 20 rushes for 161 yards and averaged 8.1 yards per carry.
With a 43-yard reception in the third quarter, Seyi Ajirotutu
continues to provide big plays for the Dogs this season. It was his fourth reception of the season over 30 yards. He has receptions of 77, 47 and 31 yards. He is averaging 21.1 yards per reception this season and came in the game ranked in the top 10 in the NCAA at nearly 20 yards per catch. He finished with two receptions for 65 yards and would have likely had a third big play, but was fouled on a pass interference call late in the game.
Overtime at Bulldog Stadium
Tonight's game was the first overtime game at Bulldog Stadium since October 23, 1999 when the Bulldogs defeated UTEP 24-23 in one overtime.
Sophomore Nick Bates and true freshman Shawn Plummer each made their first career starts at linebacker ... the Dogs played the game without starting players Ryan Mathews and Marlon Moore, both out with injuries. Mathews ranked 10th in the NCAA in rushing yards and Moore in the top 15 in the NCAA in punt returns ... Fresno State scored a field goal on its first drive of the game, the first time this season the Dogs have scored on their opening drive this season ... Despite trailing by 10 points in the first half, the Dogs had 229 total yards in the half, 62 more yards than the Warriors had ... Michael Stuart's third-quarter fumble recovery was the first of his career ... Kyle Knox had a third quarter sack, his second of the season to lead the team ... the Dogs had a season high 318 rushing yards in the game.