No. 16 Fresno State is set to host Nevada on Saturday in the Bulldogs' Blackout game at Bulldog Stadium ... the game, which kicks off at 7:30 p.m. PT, is being televised nationally on ESPNU with the broadcast team of Joe Davis (play-by-play) and David Diaz-Infante (analyst) ... fans can listen to the game on the official home of the Fresno State Bulldogs, 940 AM ESPN radio, with `Voice of the Bulldogs' Paul Loeffler, former Bulldog and NFL safety Cameron Worrell as the analyst and sideline reporter Ralph Wood ... Fresno State climbed one spot to No. 16 in the BCS Standings this week after opening the season 7-0 for the first time since 1991 ... there have been four seasons in school history where the Bulldogs started a year 8-0, the last time coming in 1989 ... the Bulldogs are one of eight teams in the bowl subdivision that remain unbeaten ... Fresno State looks to extend several winning streaks on Saturday. The 'Dogs have won 12-straight regular-season games, 10-straight games at home and nine-straight games in Mountain West play ... Fresno State ranks seventh nationally in both scoring (44.3 ppg) and total offense (524.6 ypg) and is led by the quarterback-receiver tandem of Derek Carr and Davante Adams ... Carr ranks third nationally in passing (367.7) and is second in the FBS with 25 touchdown passes while Adams is tied for the national lead with 13 touchdown catches in seven games ... defensively, the 'Dogs have been a team that has been disruptive in the backfield, ranking fourth nationally with 3.43 sacks per game and tied for third with 8.9 tackles for a loss ... Fresno State is coming off a 35-28 overtime win at San Diego State last weekend on the road, its second overtime win this season.
Ejiro Ederaine's 4.5 tackles for a loss last week at San Diego State equals the most in a single game in the nation this season.
In the last three games Davante Adams has caught 36 passes for 493 yards and nine touchdowns.
Fresno State's Nov. 9 game at Wyoming has been selected for a national telecast on ESPN2 and game time has been moved to 7:15 p.m. PT to accommodate the TV broadcast.
In The Polls
Fresno State remained at No. 18 in the USA Today Coaches Poll and dropped one spot to No. 16 in the Associated Press Top 25. The Bulldogs continue to remain as the highest-ranked team of any non-BCS member school in both official top 25 polls.
Fresno State climbed one spot in the BCS standings this week, which is the highest the Bulldogs have ever stood in the BCS standings. Fresno State continues to be the highest-ranked team of any non-BCS member, again one spot ahead of Northern Illinois for the second week in a row. Directly in front of the Bulldogs are No. 15 Texas Tech (7-1) and No. 14 South Carolina (6-2). With four regular season games to play, Fresno State has to finish in the
top 12 of the final BCS standings or in the top 16 while ranking ahead of a champion of an automatic-qualifying conference to earn what would be the programs first-ever BCS Bowl appearance.
Fresno State vs. Nevada - The Series
The Last Meeting
November 10, 2012
Three Defensive TDs Lift 'Dogs Past Nevada
The Fresno State defense scored three touchdowns and Robbie Rouse ran for 261 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Bulldogs to a 52-36 win at Nevada on Saturday at Mackay Stadium.
After last seasons 52-36 win at Nevada, a victory that snapped a four-game losing streak for the Bulldogs in the series, Fresno State now leads the overall series with Nevada 25-18-1. The 'Dogs are 14-8 all-time at home against Nevada and are 8-5 in intra-conference games. When the two schools were both members of the WAC, Fresno State won seven of those 12 meetings and then the Bulldogs took last seasons game, the first as Mountain West members. In last seasons win, The Bulldogs broke a 21-21 halftime tie by scoring two third-quarter defensive touchdowns as a part of 23 unanswered points in the period that lifted Fresno State to the victory. The Bulldogs scored three defensive touchdowns in all at Nevada last year, tying the school record for most in a game.
Nevada enters Saturday's contest with a 3-5 overall record and 2-3 mark in Mountain West play. The Wolf Pack have dropped their last three games, which started with a 51-44 overtime loss at San Diego State on Oct. 4. Nevada is led by quarterback Cody Fajardo, who passes for 291.7 yards per game and rushes for 52.2 yards. He has nine passing touchdowns and five rushing. Wide receiver Brandon Wimberly is second in the conference in receptions with 61, which has gone for 622 yards and five touchdowns. The Wolf Pack leads the Mountain West with a +6 turnover margin, having created 14 take-aways while only turning the ball over eight times. Nevada averages 27.8 points per game and 433.9 yards of offense, but allows a league-worse 496.4 yards on defense and 36.2 points.
Looking to Extend Streaks
Fresno State owns the nation's third-longest winning streak, counting regular-season games only. The Bulldog have won their last 12 games in the regular season, which trails only Ohio State (20 games) and Northern Illinois (19 games). This is the longest winning streak, counting regular season games only, since Fresno State won 16-straight over the 1988 and 1989 seasons.
The 'Dogs have also won nine-straight games in Mountain West play and 10-straight games at home.
Finding A Way To Win
The Bulldogs won their second overtime game of the season and fourth game that was decided by seven points or less last weekend with the 35-28 OT win at San Diego State. Fresno State, SDSU and Rutgers are the only teams in the nation this season that have played in two overtime games and Fresno State's 15 overtime games since 1996 are the second-most in the nation, trailing Missouri's 16. This is also the first season since 2008 that the Bulldogs have won four games by seven points or less.
Responsible for helping the Bulldogs win last week's game was 6-6 tight end Marcel Jensen. SDSU lined up to attempt a 37-yard game-winning field goal with three second remaining in the game and it tied at 28. Jensen was able to block the field goal to push the game into overtime. It was the fourth blocked field goal in his career, but the first since blocking three back in 2011. Jensen was named the Mountain West Special Teams Player of the Week for his key play in the Bulldogs' victory.
Out of Nowhere
Fresno State sophomore linebacker Ejiro Ederaine has surprisingly come out of nowhere and developed into one of the top playmakers for the Bulldog defense. Entering the season working with the twos, he earned a starting job four weeks ago and all he has proceeded to do is lead the Bulldogs in both sacks and tackles for a loss. In fact, with 11 tackles for a loss, or 1.6 per game, Ederaine ranks 10th nationally in that category. Last weekend he had the biggest game of his young career, and was honored for his performance by being named the MW Defensive Player of the Week. This is the first time this season a Bulldog defender has earned that award.
Ederaine had a career-high 10 tackles, 4.5 tackles for a loss and two sacks against the Aztecs. His 4.5 tackles for a loss equals the most in a single game in the nation this season. The last time a Fresno State player had 4.5 tackles for loss was Logan Harrell on Sept. 17, 2011 versus North Dakota. Ederaine's biggest play in the game came with San Diego State trailing 21-14 at the 11:39 mark of the fourth quarter, and driving for a potential game-tying touchdown. Ederaine forced and picked up an Aztec fumble and returned it 78 yards for a touchdown. It was the longest fumble recovery for a score in school history.
Fresno State had its second game of the season last week where it did not turn the ball over. In addition to 100 percent ball security on offense, the Bulldogs were able to create two take-aways on defense. Donovan Lewis had the first interception of his career, Fresno State's ninth pick of the season, and Ejiro Ederaine forced and recovered a fumble that he returned 78-yards for a touchdown. It was the Bulldogs' second defensive touchdown on the year, the first being L.J. Jones' 56-yard interception return for a touchdown at Hawai'i on Sept. 28.
In last seasons game with Nevada, Fresno State scored three defensive touchdowns in the road victory. That tied for the most defensive touchdowns in a game in school history. The only other game the `Dogs have scored three touchdowns was on Sept. 5, 2004 when Fresno State returned two picks for TDs and returned one fumble for a score.
Leading the way for the Bulldogs this season has been quarterback Derek Carr, who ranks third nationally in passing (367.7 ypg) and second in touchdown passes (25) while only throwing four picks. Last week at SDSU, Carr and the Bulldogs offense had a slow start, but he finished strong and completed 11-of-13 passes for 134 yards and one touchdown in the fourth quarter and in overtime. He continues to be the heartbeat of the team and his play has warranted national attention. Here is a look at what Carr has done:
Has set 16 new school records, the most recent being the all-time leader in total offense with 10,470 yards in his career, a record he set last weekend. Carr also owns 17 Mountain West records.
He needs 475 passing yards to become the all-time passing leader in school history. He currently has 10,334 passing yards and is looking to break Kevin Sweeney's career passing record of 10,808 yards that has stood since 1986.
Enters the Nevada game with 128 consecutive pass attempts without an interception. He had a streak of 180 consecutive attempts without a pick earlier in the season, which is the fourth-longest streak in Mountain West history.
Has been at his best late in games this season. Carr is 45-of-64 passing (70.3 percent) for 467 yards and four touchdowns against one interception in the fourth quarter and overtime of games this year.
Despite running its second fewest plays in a game this season last week at San Diego State, Fresno State continues to rank No. 3 in the nation with 87.57 plays per game. The Bulldogs trail BYU (89.75) and Cal (89.375) for the most plays run per game. Fresno State's offense ranks seventh nationally in three categories: passing yards per game (371.9), total offense (524.6) and scoring (44.3). The Bulldogs are on pace to set a new school record for points in a season. The current record is the 560 points the 2001 team scored in 14 games. If the Bulldogs keep at their current pace and play in 13 games - making the MW Championship game and a bowl - then the 'Dogs will score 576 points this season.
Another Record Setter
Bulldog sophomore wide receiver Davante Adams became the school's all-time leader in career touchdown passes last weekend at SDSU when he caught 12 passes for 87 yards and two TDs. He now has caught 27 touchdown passes in just 20 career games. That is the sixth school record he owns. His 12-catch performance was the seventh double-digit reception game of his career and fourth of the season. No other player in school history had more than three 10-plus catch games before this season, although his teammate Isaiah Burse has three double-digit catch games this year. More nuggets on Adams:
His 27 career touchdown catches are tied for the third-most among all active FBS receivers and he has played in 24 and 25 fewer games than the two players ranked ahead of him.
He is the nation's active career leader with 8.7 receptions per game and 105.8 receiving yards per game.
Is tied for the 2013 national lead with 13 touchdown receptions, ranks second nationally this season for receptions per game (10.3) and is 11th in receiving yardage per game (114.9).
Over his last three games, he has caught 36 passes for 493 yards and nine touchdowns, which is the most TD receptions in a three-game stretch since West Virginia's Stedman Bailey also caught nine TDs in three-straight games last season. To put that production in prospective, only five other players in the entire FBS have more touchdown catches for this entire 2013 season than Adams has in his last three games.
A November to Remember
Last season Fresno State went 3-0 in November and won its three games by an average margin of 28 points. The 'Dogs averaged 527.7 yards of offense and 48.3 points in the three games while holding opponents to just 340.3 yards per game. Fresno State forced 10 turnovers in those three games and quarterback Derek Carr had 10 touchdown passes against zero interceptions. Now, the Bulldogs enter November this year for what could make for the most memorable month in school history. The undefeated Bulldogs have four games this month, two at home and two on the road, as they look to stay unbeaten and win the West Division, which as it currently stands would allow the Bulldogs to host the first-ever Mountain West Championship Game. The division leader with the highest BCS ranking hosts the championship game.
Fresno State offensive line coach Cameron Norcross and graduate assistant coach Clayton Johnson are no strangers to the Nevada program. Norcross played at Nevada from 1997-99, where he earned All-Big West accolades in 1998. Also, his entire 11-year coaching career before coming to Fresno State in 2012 was spent at Nevada. Johnson played on Norcross' offensive line with the Wolf Pack in 2007 and 2008. He was an Academic All-WAC selection as a senior in 2008. Also, head coach Tim DeRuyter spent two seasons (2005 and 2006) at Nevada as the Pack's defensive coordinator. The Wolf Pack went 17-8 in DeRuyter's two seasons coaching under Hall of Fame coach Chris Ault.
Norcross and Johnson, who assists with the offensive line, have led the Bulldogs' front that has only allowed five sacks in seven games this season. That is tied for the second-fewest sacks allowed among any team in the FBS.
Although Fresno State did not score on its first drive of the game last weekend at San Diego State, which is the first time that has not occurred this season, the Bulldogs did still strike first against the Aztecs. Fresno State has been the first team to score in all seven games this season and have done so in 16 out of the 20 games in head coach Tim DeRuyter's career with the Bulldogs. Fresno State is 14-2 under DeRuyter when scoring first and 2-2 when they are not the first to score.
Blackout Game Finally Here
For the first time in school history, Fresno State will be wearing black uniforms this weekend against Nevada. The Bulldogs also have new black helmets that they will wear for the game and fans are encouraged to wear black to the game, as Fresno State looks to blackout Bulldog Stadium.
2014 Schedule Change
Fresno State has altered its 2014 non-conference schedule. The Bulldogs were originally slated to face Idaho on Sept. 27 at home, but have moved that game back to Sept. 1, 2018. In its place, Fresno State added Southern Utah to the 2014 schedule for Sept. 20 home game. The Bulldogs will now start 2014 with road games at USC (Aug. 30) and at Utah (Sept. 6) before hosting Nebraska (Sept. 13) and Southern Utah (Sept. 20).
Burse Surpasses 5,000 All-Purpose Yards
Isaiah Burse has become the third Bulldog to ever eclipse 5,000 all-purpose yards in a career and last weekend at SDSU became the ninth player in school history to go over 2,000 receiving yardage in a career. He now only needs 563 yards to become Fresno State's all-time leader in all-purpose yardage.
The Bulldogs are the only Mountain West team and one of just 17 programs in the FBS that have not lost a conference game this season. Fresno State is also one of eight teams that remains undefeated in 2013.
Josh Harper's 50-yard reception on a third-and-17 in the fourth quarter last week at SDSU was the longest reception of his career. It was the Bulldogs' longest third-down conversion of the season. Harper has seven receptions on third-and-long this season that have gone for first downs.
The Bulldogs have scored 35 or more points in all seven games this season. Fresno State has a 15-0 record under Tim DeRuyter when scoring 30 or more points in a game.
Sophomore safety Charles Washington recorded a career-high 13 tackles last weekend at San Diego State, which included one tackle for a loss that came on a third-and-three on the last play of the third quarter at the Bulldog 48-yard line. His 13 tackles are the second-most by a Bulldog this season, trailing the 16 that inside linebacker Karl Mickelsen had against Boise State on Sept. 20. Washington is fourth on the team this season with 40 tackles and he has 4.0 tackles for a loss and two sacks to go with one interception.
Sophomore punter Garrett Swanson punted seven times for an average of 47.1 yards per punt last weekend against the Aztecs. He had a long boot of 59 yards, which is the longest of his young career. For the season, Swanson is averaging 42.7 yards per punt with seven of his kicks being downed inside the 20-yard line. Swanson ranks 27th nationally in punting average and the Bulldogs as a team are second in the MW and 12th nationally with a net punting average of 40.1.