Football Travels to Play No. 17 TCU
After winning five of their last six games, the Bulldogs hit the road looking to upset the Horned Frogs.
Nov. 6, 2000
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Fresno State at No. 17 TCU
: FS (5-3, 4-1 WAC), TCU (7-1, 4-1 WAC)
: Saturday, Nov. 11
: 12:39 p.m. PST
: Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, Texas
: AT&T Broadband (Cable 14) (Bill MacDonald, Trevor Matich)
: N/A. The game is on national TV.
: KMJ (AM 580) (Bill Woodward, Jon Anabo)
The audio portion of KMJ's broadcast is also available on gobulldogs.com
Note: Although the game is being broadcast by Fox Sports Net, it will be
available only on AT&T Broadband, cable channel 14.
The Bulldogs will travel to TCU to take on the 17th-ranked Horned Frogs in a nationally televised game on Fox Sports Net. Game time has been moved back one-half hour to 12:30 p.m. PST. This is a battle of two teams with one WAC loss each.
Fresno State extended its home winning streak to 14 games with a 45-27 win over Hawai'i. The Horned Frogs had their NCAA-best 12-game winning streak snapped with a 27-24 loss at San Jose State.
All-Time vs. TCU
The teams have met just twice with the home team winning each game. TCU won the first-ever meeting 21-10 on Oct. 10, 1998, at Amon G. Carter Stadium. The Bulldogs won last season's game at Bulldog Stadium 26-19 in overtime.
Last Time vs. TCU
(FRESNO, Calif. - Oct. 2, 1999) Fresno State never led the football game until overtime and trailed TCU 19-10 with less than six minutes to play, but All-WAC quarterback Billy Volek threw two touchdown passes to lead his team to a 26-19 overtime victory. Jeff Hanna kicked a 27-yard field goal with 5:23 remaining to pull the Bulldogs to within six points at 19-13. Volek then led the Bulldogs on a 57-yard drive, comsuming 3:06 of the clock, that was capped when Volek hit Rodney Wright on a 17-yard touchdown pass. The Bulldogs' potential game-winning extra point by Hanna's was blocked, forcing overtime. Volek used a 12-play drive in the first overtime to score a touchdown, a 7-yard pass to Charles Smith. The Bulldog defense stopped the Horned Frogs from getting into the endzone on a fourth down pass play when Terence Brown batted down a pass at the goal line.
Fresno State will be playing a 1999 bowl team for the second consecutive week. Last week, the Bulldogs defeated 1999 Oahu Bowl Champions Hawai'i 45-27. TCU won the Mobile, Ala., Bowl last season with a 28-14 victory over East Carolina.
Fresno State will be playing a nationally ranked opponent for the third time this season, all three coming on the road. Fresno State lost to then No. 16 Ohio State 43-10 in the season opener. The Bulldogs followed that with a 24-21 loss to then No. 15 UCLA. TCU enters the week ranked No. 17 in the USA Today/ESPN poll. Fresno State's last win over a ranked opponent was against No. 17 Air Force, Oct. 18, 1997, a 20-17 win.
All-Time in Texas
Against TCU, Fresno State will be looking to do something it hasn't found much success doing - win in Texas. The Bulldogs are 2-12-1 all-time in the Lone Star State, including 1-1 this year after posting a 27-24 victory at Rice on Oct. 5 and falling at UTEP 23-13 on Oct. 21. FS is 0-1 all-time in games at Amon G. Carter Stadium, having fallen to the Horned Frogs 21-10 in 1998.
vs. Ranked Teams Under Pat Hill
The Bulldogs are 1-4 against ranked teams under Pat Hill, including losses earlier this year to then-No. 15 Ohio State and then-No. 16 UCLA. Other Bulldogs losses against ranked teams have come against the Bruins in 1999 and Colorado to open the 1998 season. Fresno State's only victory over a ranked opponent came in 1997, Hill's first at the helm, when the Bulldogs upset 18th-ranked Air Force 20-17. FS has not played a ranked team at home under Hill.
When wide receiver Rodney Wright went down with a calf strain prior to Fresno State's game with Nevada on Oct. 14, there were questions about how Fresno State would replace his big-play capability. With the emergence of Bernard Berrian, those questions have been answered. Since Wright went down, Berrian has joined Charles Smith as the Bulldogs go-to receiver. In his last four games, Berrian has posted 20 catches for 347 yards, an average of 17.4 per catch. In addition, the sophomore has proved to be as exciting a wideout as there is in the WAC. He has touchdown grabs of 55 and 71 yards and a punt return for 88 yards he returned for a touchdown. Berrian has also racked up 100 receiving yards in three of his past four games. Against Hawai'i, he set career-highs in receptions (8) and yards (123). Following a breakdown of Berrian's last four games:
Game No Yds Avg TD Lng
vs. Nevada 5 102 20.4 1* 55
at UTEP 2 12 6.0 0 7
vs. Tulsa 5 110 22.0 1 71
vs. Hawai'i 8 123 15.4 1 42
Totals 20 347 17.4 3 71
* does not include an 88-yard punt return for a touchdown vs. Nevada
Success at Bulldog Stadium
Fresno State's 45-27 victory over Hawai'i on Saturday gave the Bulldogs their 14th 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 (twice), Colorado State, BYU and TCU. Following are the top home winning streaks in the nation:
No Team Win Streak
1) Florida State 34
2) Oregon 19
3) Fresno State 14
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 21st in the nation in percent of stadium capacity filled. Through their first two games, the Bulldogs have filled Bulldog Stadium (41,031) at 101.55 percent capacity. Fresno State currently ranks above perennial powers Florida State (23rd), Notre Dame (24th), and Georgia (26th). 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 4 101.55 21
2) UTEP 4 83.03 55
3) Hawai'i 4 78.46 61
4) TCU 4 68.27 73
5) Tulsa 4 59.91 81
6) Nevada 4 56.75 86
7) San Jose State 4 34.37 102
8) SMU 4 33.04 106
9) Rice 5 27.40 111
Home Sweet Home
No Team G & of Cap. Nat'l Rank
1) Oregon 5 107.78 6
2) Fresno State 4 101.55 21
3) Washington 5 98.74 31
4) Colorado 4 98.21 34
5) Oregon State 5 93.80 38
6) Colorado State 4 93.12 40
The Bulldogs have won 14 consecutive home games. Since the 1997 season, Pat Hill's
first as head coach, Fresno State is 18-3 at Bulldog Stadium and have outscored their opponents by a combined 740-363 for a margin of victory of 35-16. In addition, the 'Dogs are drawing well, averaging 37,198 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 four games of the season, the Bulldogs have drawn the four largest crowds in school history, with a record of 42,285 vs. Cal.
Over the Hill
Under Pat Hill, the Bulldogs are 18-3 at home and 13-1 in WAC home games with 11 consecutive home WAC wins. The only WAC team to win at Bulldog Stadium was San Diego State, 20-19 in 1997. His .857 home winning percentages is the best in Fresno State history of coaches with more than three years experience. His conference home winning percentage of .929 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 19-9 (.679). Here's how the other WAC coaches with one full year of experience rank.
Coach WAC Record Pct Overall Record Pct
Ken Hatfield, Rice 22-15 (5) .595 34-31 (22) .523
Dennis Franchione, TCU 13-7 (3) .650 34-34 (10) .500
Mike Cavan, SMU 13-14 (3) .481 13-14 (3) .481
June Jones, Hawai'i 6-8 (1) .429 6-8 (1) .429
Dave Baldwin, San Jose St. 13-15 (3) .464 13-15 (3) .464
In Case You Missed It
, who had missed three games with a calf injury, was expected to play against Hawai'i but reinjured the muscle in pregame warm-ups and did not play. He is questionable this week. . .Fresno State's 45 consecutive points against the Warriors was the most since 1991 when it scored 45 points to start the game in a 94-17 win over New Mexico. . .the attendance of 42,160 was the second-highest in school history. It was the fourth consecutive sellout, which is a school record. . .the Bulldogs have scored at least 24 points in 13 of its last 14 home games. The only game which they did not score 24 points was a 17-3 win over California on Sept. 23, 2000. . .Fresno State's average home score this season is 39-16. . .Terence Brown
got his second blocked kick in as many weeks, running his career total to six. He was named WAC Special Teams Player of the Week. His block resulted in an 81-yard return for touchdown by Dante Marsh
. It was Marsh's second defensive touchdown this season. . .Bernard Berrian
had a career-high 123 receiving yards against Hawai'i. He has had 100-yards or more in three of the last four games since replacing Rodney Wright
. . .David Carr surpassed 2,000 passing yards in his career. He needs 228 yards for 2,000 this season. Carr's .627 career completion percentage is ahead of FS record holder Billy Volek
, who completed .604 of his career pass attempts. . .the Bulldogs needs just 31,024 fans in the final home game against SMU to break the single season average attendance record of 39,536 set in 1993.
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 third 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 second in tackles for losses with 11 for a league-high 62 yards.
Counting on Carr
Junior quarterback David Carr continues to develop each week. He is coming off his best performance as a Bulldog, completing over 82 percent of his passes (23-28) and accounting for four touchdowns in a 45-27 win over Hawai'i. He ranks 33rd in the NCAA in total offense (228.8 yards per game) and is third in the WAC and 19th in the NCAA, in passing efficiency (135.9). Carr, who has played in just 19 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
Hawai'i 1-1 28 23 0 257 .821 2 42
Totals 19-8 295 185 11 2,053 .627 16 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-) 364
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 is 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 121 1,634 13.5 15 23 362 15.7 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-) 121 1,634 13.5 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-) 121 1,634 13.5 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
at UTEP................DT Alan Harper, CB Lawrence Deck
Tulsa..................CB Tierre Sams, SS Bryce McGill, LB Orlando Huff, DE Nick Burley
Hawai'i................DT Alan Harper
* Bad Dog Award
Here's a look at some of the first-year players who have made an impact this season.
Transfer Asen Asparuhov leads the team in scoring with 34 points.
Sophomore Jason Simpson, a transfer, averages 37.5 yards per punt.
Freshman Fitu Tu'ua has started four games right guard.
Jeremy Johnson has 22 receptions for 255 yards and two touchdowns.
Redshirt freshman tight end Alec Greco has two touchdown receptions.
'Dog Bones (Team)
FS is 18-3 under Pat Hill at home, including 14 consecutive wins
FS is 14-1 in its last 15 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 73 tackles for losses this season for -278 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 48 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 126 home games dating back to Oct. 25, 1980, vs. Utah State (14-0). Fresno State has scored in 150 of the last 151 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 18-5 under Pat Hill when the 'Dogs have less turnovers than their opponents.
FS has outscored its opponents 763-485 over the last 25 games (31 - 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 ninth in the NCAA in punt returns (15.4 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 was selected WAC Special Teams Player of the Week (10/14) after an 88-yard punt return for touchdown vs. Nevada.
Berrian has three 100-yard receiving games in the last four games and leads FS in receiving yardage with 397.
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 two this season. He was named WAC Special Teams Player of the Week vs. Hawai'i.
Brown was named MVP of the EA Sports Las Vegas Bowl with two blocked kicks.
David Carr ranks 33rd in the NCAA in total offense (228.8/game) and19th in pass efficiency (135.9).
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 27 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 1,179 rushing yards in his career.
Defensive tackle Alan Harper has at least one tackle in 28 straight games, the longest streak on the Fresno State defense. He has been awarded a black shirt every game but one this season.
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 tied for second in tackles for losses (11-61).
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 has scored two defensive touchdowns this season and has seven career interceptions, three this season.
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 four 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 11 games he has played.
Defensive end Jason Stewart is Fresno State's sixth leading tackler with 35, including three for losses and two sacks.
Junior guard Mike Stovall has started 23 games on the offensive line, more than any current player.