Football Hosts San Jose State in Homecoming Game
Oct. 15, 2007
Homecoming: For just the third time in the first 53 days of the college football season, the Bulldogs will be playing at home, as they host rival San Jose State for Homecoming. The Dogs enter this week with six wins in their last seven WAC games and seven of their last 10 games overall dating back to last season. Fresno State will hold a Homecoming Pep Rally on Friday, Oct. 19, from 5-7 p.m. at the Bulldog Boulevard location in the Red Lot of Bulldog Stadium. Bulldog student-athletes, Timeout, the Spirit Squad and Fresno State's Marching Band will be in attendance. The pep rally is free and open to the public.
About San Jose State: The Spartans, which opened the season with four straight road games, come to Fresno State after playing three straight home games. The Dogs and Spartans renew a rivalry that's nearly 90 years old. This series began in 1921 when San Jose State, the oldest public university on the west coast, took on Fresno State, one of the youngest. The Spartans won 14-2 in that first game which set the stage for a great rivalry that has seen many of great moments through the years. After an 0-3 start to the season, San Jose State has won three of the last four. The Spartans are coming of a 42-35 overtime loss against No. 16 Hawai'i last Friday at Spartan Stadium.
Against the Spartans:
Thanks to a recent 12-game winning streak against the rival Spartans, the Bulldogs own a 35-33-3 lead in the all-time series, which began in 1921. The Spartans held the series lead since the early 1950s until 2003, when the Dogs regained the advantage. Fresno State has dominated the recent games, winning 12 of the last 13 games. Fresno State has won nine straight games over the Spartans in Bulldog Stadium, with the average margin of victory of 20 points per game. Fresno State won the last meeting in Fresno 45-7 in 2005. Here are the recent games at Bulldog Stadium.
Year Outcome: 1989 Fresno State 31, San Jose State 30 1991 Fresno State 31, San Jose State 38 1994 Fresno State 45, San Jose State 13 1996 Fresno State 28, San Jose State 18 1998 Fresno State 24, San Jose State 21 1999 Fresno State 63, San Jose State 12 2001 Fresno State 40, San Jose State 28 2003 Fresno State 41, San Jose State 7 2005 Fresno State 45, San Jose State 7 Tomey and Hill: Fresno State's Pat Hill and San Jose State's Dick Tomey remain good friends dating back to the early 1990s when Tomey hired Hill away from Fresno State to become his offensive coordinator at the University of Arizona. Hill remained on Tomey' staff for two seasons, 1990 and 1991, before entering a five-year stint as an assistant coach under Bill Belichick in the NFL. Since Tomey took over at San Jose State in the 2005 season, these two friends have done battle twice, each winning a game.
Homecoming Kings: Fresno State has already won two Homecoming games this season, serving as spoilers for both the Nevada Homecoming game on Oct. 6 and again last weekend at Idaho.
Last Game: The Dogs ran their 2007 WAC record to 3-0 with an impressive 37-24 win at Idaho in what was head coach Pat Hill's 80th career victory. The Dogs, led by the running tandem of Lonyae Miller and Ryan Mathews, who combined for 175 yards and four touchdowns, jumped on the Vandals for a 31-7 third quarter leader and coasted to victory. The Bulldogs scored 86 points in their two WAC road games this season.
Last Game Tidbits: Wilson Ramos picked up the first fumble of his career, getting the ball back from Vandals on the first play after a Bulldog first quarter turnover ... Pat Hill made his first challenge of an official's call in his career, when he believed Lonyae Miller didn't fumble after a long run in the second quarter. The call on the field stood and the Vandals scored on the first play after the fumble, a 54 yard touchdown pass ... Tom Brandstater suffered a sack in the second quarter, the first the Bulldog line allowed since the Louisiana Tech game on Sept. 29 ... the strangest play of the Bulldog season happened in the third quarter when three Dogs, led by Marcus Riley, hit Vandal quarterback Brian Hooy on a scramble play. In the collision, the ball popped 20 feet in the air and seven yards backwards, where it was grabbed by running back Deonte Jackson, who raced 41 yards for an Idaho touchdown. That score closed the gap to 31-14 late in the third quarter.
Stitser a Draddy Award Semifinalist: Fresno State's outstanding senior kicker Clint Stitser has been selected a semifinalist for the Draddy Award, given annually to the nation's top scholastic football player. Also known as the "Academic Heisman", the Draddy Award honors the football player who best exemplifies the combination of academic and athletic accomplishments. He's the second Bulldog on recent years to be honored. Former Bulldog safety Tyrone Culver, now a player for the Green Bay Packers, who selected a semifinalist in his senior season of 2005. Stitser, a record-setting player, won the 2007 Dean's Medal as the top graduate in the Craig School of Business and maintains a perfect 4.0 GPA as he enters an MBA program.