Another capacity crowd is expected at Bulldog Stadium when Fresno State takes on the Warriors on Saturday at 4 p.m.
Oct. 30, 2000
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Fresno State vs. Hawai'i
Records: FS (4-3, 3-1 WAC), Hawai'i (1-6, 1-5 WAC)
Date: Saturday, Nov. 4
Time: 4:07 p.m. PST
Location: Bulldog Stadium, Fresno, Calif.
Local TV: KMPH Fox 26 (Ralph Wood, Randy Rosenbloom, Vince Wesson)
Satellite Coordinates: Telestar 5, K11, DLF 11.929(v)
Radio: KMJ (AM 580) (Bill Woodward, Jon Anabo, Ron Shapley)
The Bulldogs will host the Hawai'i Warriors, one of the teams which tied Fresno State for the 1999 WAC Championship. It is the second consecutive home game for the Bulldogs, the only time this season they play at Bulldog Stadium in consecutive games.
Fresno State defeated Tulsa 34-12 in front of its third consecutive sellout at Bulldog Stadium. Hawai'i hosted San Jose State and lost to the Spartans in a 57-48 thriller.
All-Time vs. Hawai'i
Fresno State owns a 17-14-1 lead in the series that has been dominated by the home team. Of Fresno State's 17 wins in the series, 10 have come at Fresno, where it owns a 10-3-1 all-time lead in the series. Hawai'i has not won at Fresno since 1973, a 13-10 victory. The teams are even in the last eight meetings. Fresno State and Hawai'i have played each other in a bowl game, the 1940 Pineapple Bowl, a 3-0 Bulldog victory.
Last Time vs. Hawai'i
(Honolulu - Nov. 13, 1999) In one of the most exciting games of the 1999 WAC season, the Warriors defeated the Bulldogs 31-24 in double-overtime at Aloha Stadium. After taking a 7-0 lead on a Paris Gaines 3-yard touchdown run, the Bulldogs allowed 21 consecutive points and trailed 21-7 with less than 10 minutes remaining the fourth quarter. Billy Volek engineered two touchdown drives, running for a 1-yard touchdown and hitting Charles Smith on a 28-yard touchdown pass to tie the game. Following an interception, Bulldog kicker Jeff Hanna missed a 51-yard field goal attempt that would have won the game in regulation. The kick was short. Hanna booted a 28-yard field goal in the first overtime that was answered by Hawai'i. The Warriors scored a touchdown on their possession in the second overtime. The Bulldogs could not tie the game and Hawai'i earned the win a share of the WAC title.
Less than 2,000 tickets remain for Saturday's game against Hawai'i in a match-up that features two of the three teams that shared the WAC title last season. Fresno State is expecting its fourth consecutive sellout.
This will be the first match-up at Bulldog Stadium of teams coming off bowl seasons since Fresno State (Aloha Bowl) played Wyoming (Copper Bowl) Oct. 15, 1993. Fresno State won that game 38-24. The Bulldogs played Utah in the EA Sports Las Vegas Bowl and the Warriors defeated Oregon State 23-17 in the Jeep Oahu Bowl last season.
Saturday's game is the annual Band Day. Approximately 2,500 band students from around the Valley will participate in a performance at halftime. Another annual event will be the student-athlete procession with teams announced during the game. Student-athletes will also be a part of the pre-game festivities at Red Rave. Saturday's corporate game sponsor is Pepsi, which will provide a free sampling of a new product, called "Sierra Mist," at the game. Bud Light will also conduct a promotion titled, "You Could be Drafted Any Place, Any Time," where the company will randomly select Bulldogs fans who will receive a ticket to the final tailgate and home game against SMU.
Tough to Beat at Home Against Hawai'i
Hawai'i and Fresno State first played in 1938, a game won by the Bulldogs 15-13 in Fresno, Calif. Since, the Warriors haven't found it much easier to beat FS at home. The Bulldogs are 10-3-1 all-time against UH at home, including 3-0-1 at Bulldog Stadium. The last time Hawai'i beat Fresno State at home was 1973, a 13-10 victory. The Warriors did tie the Bulldogs 24-24 in 1985, the only blemish in Fresno State's 11-0-1 season.
Someone Call Air Traffic Control
Saturday's game promises to be an aerial assault. Hawai'i comes into the contest tops in the WAC and seventh in the nation in passing offense, averaging nearly 313 yards per game through the air. In addition, 85 percent of the Warriors offense comes through the air. But the Bulldogs' passing attack has been impressive this season, as well. FS ranks 34th nationally and fifth in the conference in passing offense with a 239 per game average. Fresno State's passing game accounts for 68 percent of its offense.
Here's a Matchup to Watch
David Carr has put up big numbers this season. He currently ranks second in the WAC in passing efficiency (129.8 rating) and fifth in total offense (223.4 yards per game). Against Tulsa, he set a career-high with four touchdown passes. But this week against Hawai'i, he will have his work cut out for him against the Warriors secondary. Three of the top five leading tacklers on UH are defensive backs. Jacob Espiau leads the trio and the conference with 78 tackles. Third on the team and fifth in the WAC is Nate Jackson, who has 59. Feiamma Armstrong has posted 41. Each has one interception and have 10 pass breakups between them.
Success at Bulldog Stadium
Fresno State's 34-12 victory over Tulsa on Saturday gave the Bulldogs their 13th consecutive victory at Bulldog Stadium, a winning streak which ranks third-best in the nation. FS has not lost at home since falling 27-24 to Nevada on Sept. 26, 1998. Since, Fresno State has posted home victories over teams such as Hawai'i, Colorado State, BYU and TCU. Following are the top home winning streaks in the nation:
No Team Win Streak
1) Florida State 33
2) Oregon 19
3) Fresno State 13
4) Southern Mississippi 11
Taking the Attendance to Another Level
After tying for the conference championship and receiving a berth in the EA Sports Las Vegas Bowl, the Red Wave has come out in droves to support the Bulldogs this season. In addition to setting program records for season tickets sold, Fresno State currently ranks second among West Coast schools and 22nd in the nation in percent of stadium capacity filled. Through their first two games, the Bulldogs have filled Bulldog Stadium (41,031) at 101.65 percent capacity. Fresno State currently ranks above perennial powers Notre Dame (23rd), Florida State (28th) and Alabama (30th). Following is a breakdown of where the Bulldogs rate regionally and in the WAC in percent of stadium capacity filled:
No Team G & of Cap. Nat'l Rank
1) Fresno State 3 101.44 22
2) UTEP 4 83.03 55
3) Hawai'i 4 78.46 63
4) TCU 4 68.27 74
5) Tulsa 4 59.91 83
6) Nevada 3 59.55 84
7) SMU 4 33.04 107
8) Rice 4 30.17 110
9) San Jose State 3 29.09 112
Home Sweet Home
No Team G & of Cap. Nat'l Rank
1) Oregon 5 107.78 7
2) Fresno State 3 101.44 22
3) Washington 4 99.15 32
4) Colorado 4 98.21 34
5) Oregon State 5 93.80 39
6) Colorado State 3 93.70 40
The Bulldogs have won 13 consecutive home games. Since the 1997 season, Pat Hill's first as head coach, Fresno State is 17-3 at Bulldog Stadium and have outscored their opponents by a combined 695-336 for a margin of victory of 35-17. In addition, the 'Dogs are drawing well, averaging 37,201 fans per game since 1997. This season, the Bulldogs shattered their single-season ticket sales record with 30,400, more than 2,000 over the previous record. In their first three games of the season, the Bulldogs have drawn the three largest crowds in school history, with a record of 42,285 vs. Cal.
Over the Hill
Under Pat Hill, the Bulldogs are 17-3 at home and 12-1 in WAC home games with 10 consecutive home WAC wins. The only WAC team to win at Bulldog Stadium was San Diego State, 20-19 in 1997. His .850 home winning percentages is the best in Fresno State history of coaches with more than three years experience. His conference home winning percentage of .924 is also best in school history. The Bulldogs three home losses over the last four seasons combined to equal the number of home losses Fresno State suffered in 1996, the season before Hill took over as head coach.
WAC Coaching Leader
Pat Hill is the active WAC coaching leader in winning percentage with a record of 18-9 (.667). Here's how the other WAC coaches with one full year of experience rank.
Coach WAC Record Pct Overall Record Pct
Ken Hatfield, Rice 21-15 (5) .583 33-31 (22) .516
Dennis Franchione, TCU 13-6 (3) .684 34-33 (10) .507
Mike Cavan, SMU 13-13 (3) .500 13-13 (3) .500
June Jones, Hawai'i 6-7 (1) .462 6-7 (1) .462
Dave Baldwin, San Jose St. 12-15 (3) .444 12-15 (3) .444
In Case You Missed It
Charles Smith moved past Jaime Kimbroughand into fifth place on the Fresno State all-time receptions list with 117. . .the Bulldogs blocked a punt for the second consecutive home game and blocked two kicks in the game, including an extra point attempt, blocked by Terence Brown, the fifth of his career. Bryce McGill had the first blocked punt of his career. . .David Carr had a career-high four touchdown passes against Tulsa. . .Bernard Berrian's 71-yard touchdown reception against Tulsa was the longest by a Bulldog since Rodney Wright had an 83-yarder against SMU on Oct. 14, 1999. . .Berrian had a career-high 110 yards, the second 100-yard game for him in the last three games. . .Deandre Gilbert scored his first career touchdown and had career-highs for receptions (three) and yards (42). . .Jason Simpson downed three of his punts inside the 20 yard line, including two inside the 10. . .senior nose tackle Thabiti Lockhart and senior cornerback Lawrence Deck each had fumble recoveries against Tulsa, both career firsts. . .James Tillman had a 43-yard run from scrimmage, the longest run by a Bulldog this season. His 68 yards were the most of his career. . .Fresno State's 319 total yard at halftime were the most in a half this season and more than it had vs. UTEP the previous week. . .senior linebacker Giachino Chiaramonte scored a two-point conversion, the first points of his career. . .Fresno State's crowd of 41,088 marked third consecutive sellout, a first since the stadium expanded to its present capacity of 41,031.
No Holding Harper
Junior defensive tackle Alan Harper was a one-man wrecking crew during his sophomore season, earning first-team All-WAC honors, making him the youngest player selected. Harper, who as the potential to become the best defensive lineman in school history, was Fresno State's nominee for WAC Defensive Player of the Year honors after recording 15 tackles for losses, second-most in school history and second-most in the WAC. He is a consensus preseason All-WAC selection and was rated the 20th best defensive tackle in the nation by The Sporting News, one of seven underclassmen honored. Harper has 10 tackles for losses (-37), which ranks second in the WAC.
Senior outside linebacker Orlando Huff has been simply dominating this season. He was selected a Midseason All-American by Pro Football Weekly. Against Ohio State in the season opener, Huff was all over the field, finishing with a game-high 12 tackles, including two for a loss and a fumble recovery, which he returned 46 yards deep into OSU territory. A Butkus Award candidate, the 1999 first-team All-WAC honoree has 59 tackles, seven sacks, 10 tackles for loss, one fumble recovery, forced two fumbles and two pass deflections. He ranks 10th in the WAC in tackles with an average of 8.0, is second in sacks and fourth in tackles for losses.
Counting on Carr
Junior quarterback David Carr continues to develop each week. He is coming off his best performance as a Bulldog complete nearly 70 percent of his passes and a career-high four touchdown passes in a 34-12 win over Tulsa. He ranks 35th in the NCAA in total offense (223.4 yards per game) and is second in the WAC, 36th in the NCAA, in passing efficiency (129.8). Carr, who has played in just 18 games in his three-year career, redshirted last season and worked with the Bulldog scout teams, earning the scout team MVP award given by the coaching staff. Defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle said the best quarterback the Bulldog defense faced last season was Carr. In addition, Carr spend the entire season in the coaching booth on a headset with offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig learning more about the offense. Before this season, Carr had completed 27-52 passes for 281 yards and one touchdown and two interceptions in his career. Carr could be the best all-around athlete to play quarterback for the 'Dogs ever. He bench presses 390 pounds, power cleans 300 pounds and squats 500 pounds. At 6-3, 225 pounds, he runs a 4.67 40-yard dash.
CARR BY THE NUMBERS
G-GS Att Comp Int Yds Pct TD LG
1997 4-0 11 5 1 53 .455 0 19
1998 7-0 41 22 1 228 .537 1 26
Ohio State 1-1 44 26 4 238 .590 0 50
UCLA 1-1 33 20 0 249 .606 3 34
Cal 1-1 41 22 1 325 .537 2 38
Rice 1-1 31 20 2 220 .645 3 39
Nevada 1-1 12 7 0 92 .583 0 22
UTEP 1-1 31 14 1 142 .452 1 23
Tulsa 1-1 23 16 1 249 .696 4 71
Totals 18-7 267 162 11 1,796 .607 14 71
Note: Career highs are underlined
Little Big Man
Senior middle linebacker Tim Skipper continues to be Fresno State's leader on defense and will be the defensive captain for the second consecutive year. Skipper is an excellent student who has been a WAC scholar-athlete. Despite being the smallest middle linebacker in the country (5-7, 215 lbs.), Skipper has played very large throughout his career. Skipper, who has started 34 of 37 games in his career, was a first-team All-WAC selection as a sophomore and despite missing two-and-a-half games and four starts with a knee injury, was selected second-team All-WAC last season. He had started 27 consecutive games before the injury. He finished second on the team in tackles last season with 86, missing his third consecutive 100-tackle season. With his 12-tackle performance against Cal, Skipper moved into second place on the Fresno State career tackle chart. He was a consensus preseason All-WAC selection and called the WAC's Most Underrated Player by The Sporting News. Skipper is a nominee for both the Butkus Award and the Nagurski Award. Information on Skipper can be found on www.gobulldogs.com.
Fresno State record 17 tackles for a loss in 1998
First-team All-WAC in 1998
Second-team All-WAC in 1999
Third on Fresno State's career tackle list with 306 tackles
WAC's Most Underrated Player by The Sporting News
No. 10 on Fresno State list for most tackles in a single season with 117 in 1998
Ninth in the WAC in tackles in 1999, 8.1 per game
Career-high 17 tackles vs. Baylor in 1997
Has 12 games of double-digit tackles in his career
WAC defensive player of the week (9/25/00) vs. California with 12 tackles, two for losses.
Fresno State Career Tackle Leaders
1. Omar Stoutmire (1993-96) 458
2. Tim Skipper (1997-) 358
3. A.J. Gass (1993-97) 334
Despite their diminutive stature, the duo of Charles Smith and Rodney Wright could be the most explosive receiving combo in the nation. Smith moved past Jamie Kimbrough for fifth place on the FS career receptions chart. He now has his sights on Henry Ellard, who's fourth with 138 receptions. They are also Fresno State's top two return specialists and rank in Fresno State's career top 10 list for receptions and yards.
Rec Yards Avg TD Rec Yards Avg TD
Charles Smith 117 1,589 13.6 15 19 317 16.6 5
Rodney Wright 111 1,484 13.4 11 30 297 9.9 2
Totals 229 3,073 13.4 26 49 613 12.5 7
Fresno State Career Receptions
Rec Yards Avg TD
4. Henry Ellard (1979-82) 138 2,947 21.4 25
5. Charles Smith (1998-) 117 1,589 13.6 15
6. Jaime Kimbrough (1995-98) 116 1,092 9.4 6
7. Rodney Wright (1998-) 111 1,484 13.4 11
Fresno State Career Receiving Yards
Rec Yards Avg TD
5. Malcolm Seabron (1990-93) 90 1,874 20.8 18
6. Charles Smith (1998-) 117 1,589 13.6 15
7. Rodney Wright (1998-) 111 1,484 13.4 11
Senior right tackle Kevin Jordan should be one of the WAC's best this season. Jordan, who started 12 games at right tackle last season, started the season at left tackle to protect David Carr's blind side, but moved back to right tackle before the Cal game to match-up against All-American Andre Carter. Jordan, a defensive tackle in his first two years in the program, is a good athlete who ran a 4.7 40-yard dash as a defensive lineman. He currently runs just under 5.0 seconds. Jordan is very strong, bench pressing 405 pounds. He was outstanding through the first three quarters of the Cal game before leaving with cramps. Jordan held Carter to just two tackles. Jordan was given a "Bad Dog" Award for his performance against Nevada, who called his game "the best performance by an offensive linemen in four years" by line coach Dennis Wagner. He has allowed just two quarterback sacks in his career, just one last season in over 340 pass plays. He has allowed just one sack in 231 attempts this season.
Blackshirts & Bad 'Dogs
Fresno State has a unique way of honoring strong defensive efforts during games. Every week after defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle reviews game film, he makes note of the Bulldogs players who thoroughly dominated their position during the game. These players then receive plain black shirts to wear during practice the following week. Players not receiving blackshirts wear their normal practice uniform. On rare occasions, the coaching staff will give a "Bad 'Dog" award, going to any player who gave an extraordinary effort. Only six "Bad 'Dog" awards have been given in four years, and three coming this season.
Game Blackshirt Players
at Ohio State..........DE Jason Stewart, DT Alan Harper, DE Jake Probst
at UCLA................DE Jason Stewart, DT Alan Harper, LB Tim Skipper, LB Orlando Huff,
SS Vernon Fox
vs. Cal................*LB Tim Skipper, CB Dante Marsh, CB Marcellus Armstrong,
SS Bryce McGill, SS Vernon Fox, DE Jason Stewart, DT Alan Harper,
LB Orlando Huff
Rice LB................LB Tim Skipper, DT Alan Harper, SS Vernon Fox, CB Lawrence Deck,
DE Nick Burley
Nevada LB..............LB Tim Skipper, DT Alan Harper, SS Vernon Fox, CB Tierre Sams,
SS Bryce McGill, CB Dante Marsh, LB Giachino Chiaramonte,
LB Orlando Huff, *WR Bernard Berrian, *RT Kevin Jordan
UTEP...................DT Alan Harper, CB Lawrence Deck
Tulsa..................CB Tierre Sams, SS Bryce McGill, LB Orlando Huff, DE Nick Burley
* Bad Dog Award
Here's a look at some of the first-year players who have made an impact this season.
Redshirt freshman Marc Dailey has 19 tackles, three for a losses and one sack.
Transfer Asen Asparuhov leads the team in scoring with 28 points.
Sophomore Jason Simpson, a transfer, averages 39.0 yards per punt.
Freshman Fitu Tu'ua started four games right guard.
Jeremy Johnson has 18 receptions for 215 yards and two TDs, second on the team.
Redshirt freshman tight end Alec Greco has a touchdown reception.
'Dog Bones (Team) FS is 17-3 under Pat Hill at home, including 13 consecutive wins
FS is 13-1 in its last 14 WAC home games.
The 'Dogs allowed a school record-low 13 quarterback sacks in 1999 and 12 this season.
FS had 44 more sacks than its opponents over the last two seasons season 69-25.
FS has 13 more sacks than its opponents this season (25-12).
The FS defense has 66 tackles for losses this season for -258 yards.
The 'Dogs held NCAA rushing leader LaDainian Tomlinson of TCU to a season-low 49 yards on 20 carries in 1999.
FS has thrown 46 touchdowns and only 12 interceptions over the last two years.
FS had three interception returns for touchdowns last season, the same number of total interceptions by the opponents.
The Bulldogs have not been shutout in the last 125 home games dating back to Oct. 25, 1980, vs. Utah State (14-0). Fresno State has scored in 149 of the last 150 home games.
FS was 6-1 last season when rushing for more than 140 yards in a game. The lone loss was at Hawai'i.
FS was 6-0 last season when throwing more touchdowns than its opponents.
FS is 17-3 under Pat Hill when the 'Dogs throw more touchdown passes than their opponents.
FS is 17-5 under Pat Hill when the 'Dogs have less turnovers than their opponents.
FS has outscored its opponents 718-458 over the last 24 games (30 - 19 per game average).
The 'Dogs have led the WAC in scoring in three of the last eight years, including a nation's best 40.5 average in 1992.
FS has produced two quarterbacks (Trent Dilfer and Billy Volek) who set NCAA records in the last seven years. Both are in the NFL, Dilfer with the Baltimore Ravens and Volek with the Tennessee Titans.
FS has produced a first-team All-WAC punter (Jeff Roberts, 1998) and kicker (Jeff Hanna, 1999) since the 1998 season.
FS ranks sixth in the NCAA in punt returns (16.7 yards per return).
'Dog Bones (Individual) Cornerback Marcellus Armstrong was a running back in 1999 who averaged 4.6 yards per carry and scored two touchdowns. He had 21 yards on three carries vs. Tulsa.
Safety Devon Banks had a career-high 14 tackles in his first career start vs. UCLA.
Receiver Bernard Berrian ranks third in the NCAA in punt returns (20 yards/game).
Berrian was selected WAC Special Teams Player of the Week (10/14) after an 88-yard punt return for touchdown vs. Nevada.
Right tackle Ahmad Bhatti held UCLA All-American Kenyon Coleman to just three tackles.
Safety Terence Brown blocked four kicks (three field goals and one PAT) in 1999 and has one this season.
Brown was named MVP of the EA Sports Las Vegas Bowl with two blocked kicks.
David Carr ranks 35th in the NCAA in total offense (227.5/game) and 39th in pass efficiency (129.8).
Carr threw for a career-high 325 yards, completing 24-of-41 passes, vs. Cal.
Cornerback and special teams captain Lawrence Deck had a career-high nine tackles vs. Utah in the EA Sports Las Vegas Bowl. He missed two of the first three games with a concussion.
Deck is an honor student who will graduate in December with a degree in kinesiology.
Strong safety Vernon Fox has at least one tackle in 26 consecutive games.
Fox led the team with 103 tackles in 1999.
Running back Paris Gaines suffered a torn ligament in his right knee in the EA Sports Las Vegas Bowl. He has 1,119 rushing yards in his career.
Defensive tackle Alan Harper has at least one tackle in 27 straight games, the longest streak on the Fresno State defense.
Harper ranked second in the WAC in 1999 in tackles for a loss with 15 for 47 yards. He has 10 for minus 37 yards the first seven games.
Linebacker Orlando Huff, a Butkus Award nominee, had double-figure tackles in each of the first two games vs. Ohio State and UCLA.
Huff ranks second in the WAC in sacks (7-43) and is fourth in tackles for losses (10-37).
Huff was selected a Midseason All-American by Pro Football Weekly, the only WAC player honored.
Right tackle Kevin Jordan has allowed just two quarterback sacks in his career. He only gave up one in over 340 pass plays in 1999 and has one sack through the first seven games this season (231 plays).
Free safety Anthony Limbrick was rated as the ninth-best safety in the nation by Lindy's.
Limbrick broke his right thumb vs. Ohio State and is out indefinitely.
Nose tackle Thabiti Lockhart was second-team preseason All-WAC by The Sporting News.
Cornerback Dante Marsh is tied for the team lead with two interceptions and has six in his career.
Center Rodney Michael was named second-team preseason All-WAC by Lindy's.
Cornerback Tierre Sams ran a 10.46 100 meters in high school, which was the fastest time by a high school athlete that year for a brief time. He leads the team with three interceptions this season.
Linebacker Tim Skipper was selected WAC Defensive Player of the Week (9-25-00) after getting 12 tackles and two tackles for losses in a 17-3 win over the Bears.
Receiver Charles Smith had caught at least one pass in 26 consecutive games before having that streak snapped against Rice. He suffered a sprained ankle and didn't play in the second half and missed the Nevada game.
Smith has nine touchdown receptions in the last 10 games he has played.
Defensive end Jason Stewart is Fresno State's eighth leading tackler with 27, including three for losses and two sacks.
Junior guard Mike Stovall has started 22 games on the offensive line, more than any current player.
Receiver Rodney Wright has caught at least four passes in each of his last 13 games.
Wright has missed three games with a calf injury. He is expected back for the Hawai'i game.