Football Takes on Air Force in the Silicon Valley Football Classic
    Senior linebacker Orlando Huff was Fresno State's team MVP this season.
    Senior linebacker Orlando Huff was Fresno State's team MVP this season.

    Dec. 8, 2000

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    SILICON VALLEY FOOTBALL CLASSIC
    Fresno State at San Jose State
    Records: FS (7-4, 6-2 WAC), Air Force (8-3, 5-2 Mountain West)
    Date: Sunday, Dec. 31
    Time: 3:37 p.m. PST
    Location: Spartan Stadium -- San Jose, Calif.
    National TV: Fox Sports Net
    Announcers: Steve Physioc, Tom Ramsey, James Lofton, Eric Clemons
    Satellite Coordinates: None as the game is televised nationally
    Radio: KMJ (AM 580) (Bill Woodward, Jon Anabo, Wayne Brown)
    The audio portion of KMJ's broadcast is also available on gobulldogs.com
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    Up Next
    Fresno State will be making its fifth bowl appearance in the last 10 seasons and its second consecutive after accepting an invitation to play in the inaugural Silicon Valley Football Classic in San Jose, Calif., Dec. 31. The Bulldogs will play Air Force (8-3), which finished in second place in the Mountain West Conference. Air Force is making its 11th bowl apperance in 16 years under coach Fisher DeBerry.

    Ticket, Travel Packages and Festivities
    The Silicon Valley Football Classic has been rated as the top halftime entertainment performance of any bowl game this year, as R&B group Destiny's Child will perform at halftime and will hold a postgame concert at Spartan Stadium immediately following the game. Only Silicon Valley Football Classic ticket holders can attend the postgame concert. The Fresno State Athletics Department, in conjuction with the Alumni Association, the Bulldog Foundation and the Quarterback Club, also have many of events planned in the Bay Area for Bulldog fans leading up to the game. Contact the Bulldog Ticket Office (559) 278-DOGS or go online at www.gobulldogs.com for information on events and how to participate in the various Fresno State sponsored activities. All Fresno State events are available to the general public.

    Back-to-Back Bowls
    Fresno State is making its second consecutive bowl appearance, which marks the first time since 1992 and 1993 that the Bulldogs played in consecutive bowl games. Fresno State defeated USC 24-7 in the 1992 Freedom Bowl and lost to Colorado 41-30 in the 1993 Aloha Bowl. Last season, the Bulldogs lost to Utah 17-16 in the EA Sports Las Vegas Bowl.

    Bowl Bits
    The Bulldogs have not been to a bowl in consecutive years since 1992 and 1993 when they went to the Freedom Bowl and the Jeep Eagle Aloha Bowl. The Falcons are 5-5 in bowl games under Fisher DeBerry in the last 16 seasons. Air Force beat Washington 45-25 in the 1998 Oahu Bowl in its last bowl appearance. The Falcons were 12-1 that season. Under DeBerry, the Falcons have bowl victories over Texas, Virginia Tech, Ohio State, Mississippi State and Washington.

    Silicon Valley Football Classic Practice Procedures
    Fresno State's practices at the Silicon Valley Football Classic will be closed to the public. Coaches and players will be available for interviews prior to practices. Video cameras are permitted for the first 15 minutes of practice. All practices will be held at the San Jose State practice field adjacent to Spartan Stadium. Practice times will be announced later.

    All-Time vs. Air Force
    The Bulldogs and Falcons will be playing for the sixth time. The two schools, which were members of the WAC from 1993-98, have not played since the 1997 season after playing for five consecutive years. The Bulldogs won the first and last meeting in the series. The Falcons have a 2-1 record at Fresno while the Bulldogs are 1-1 at the Air Force Academy.

    Year       Score                                 Site
    1993       Fresno State 33, Air Force 20         Fresno
    1994       Air Force 42, Fresno State 7          Air Force
    1995       Air Force 31, Fresno State 20         Fresno
    1996       Air Force 44, Fresno State 38 (ot)    Fresno
    1997       Fresno State 20, Air Force 17         Air Force
    
    Last Time vs. Air Force
    (Air Force Academy, Colo. - Oct. 18, 1997) In one of the biggest upsets in Fresno State history, the Bulldogs beat undefeated and No. 18 Air Force 20-17 at the Academy. The Bulldogs entered the game with a 2-3 record after losing the previous week at Hawai'i and had never won a game on the Rocky Mountain's Front Range. Despite that, the Bulldogs jumped to a 10-0 first quarter lead and added another 10 points in the fourth quarter to earn a 20-17 victory. Former All-WAC kicker Jeff Hanna used the mountain air to kick a career-long 51-yard field with 9:42 remaining in the game that proved to be the game winner. The Bulldogs blocked the Falcons' potential game-tying field goal with less than three minutes remaining. Michael Pittman rushed for 105 yards and Jamie Kimbrough scored both Bulldog touchdowns, one on a 2 yard run and the other a 13 yard pass from Billy Volek. The Bulldogs finished the season with a 5-6 record in Pat Hill's first season. Air Force finished 10-3 and lost to Oregon in the EA Sports Las Vegas Bowl.

    Home Sweet Home
    The Bulldogs have won 15 consecutive home games. Since the 1997 season, Pat Hill's first as head coach, Fresno State is 19-3 at Bulldog Stadium and have outscored their opponents by a combined 754-370 for a margin of victory of 34-17. In addition, the 'Dogs are drawing well, averaging 37,387 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, and the season average attendance record with 41,369. In their first four games of the season, the Bulldogs drew the four largest crowds in school history, with a record of 42,285 vs. Cal. Fresno State drew more than 40,000 for every game this season, the first time that has happened.

    Success at Bulldog Stadium
    Fresno State's 14-7 victory over SMU on Nov. 18 gave the Bulldogs their 15th 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          15
    
    Best of the West
    Under Pat Hill, the Bulldogs have become one of the premier football programs in the western part of the United States. Of the schools located in the Pacific, Mountain and Hawaiian time zones, only Air Force and Oregon have better records over the last 29 games.
    1. Air Force       21-8   .724
    2. Oregon          20-9   .690
    3. Fresno State    19-10  .655
       Colorado State  19-10  .655
       Oregon State    19-10  .655
       Washington      19-10  .655
    
    Knowing the Way to San Jose
    Fresno State will be playing a football game in San Jose for the second consecutive game and the 29thtime in history. The Bulldogs beat rival San Jose State 37-6 on Nov. 25 at Spartan Stadium. Fresno State has played 26 of those games at Spartan Stadium since it opened in 1933, all against San Jose State. Fresno State owns a 9-16-1 all-time record in the stadium. Fresno State has won three of the last four games it has played at Spartan Stadium, including two in a row.

    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 came 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. In their five home games, the Bulldogs filled Bulldog Stadium (41,031) at 100.82 percent capacity. Fresno State currently ranks above perennial powers Kansas State (24th), Notre Dame (25th), and Georgia (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      5   100.82        22
    2)  UTEP              5    87.22        47
    3)  Hawai'i           6    74.20        65
    4)  TCU               6    70.94        68
    5)  Tulsa             5    54.38        85
    6)  Nevada            5    53.95        87
    7)  San Jose State    4    34.37       102
    8)  SMU               5    30.57       106
    9)  Rice              5    27.40       111
    
    No Team G & of Cap. Nat'l Rank 1) Oregon 6 108.14 6 2) Fresno State 5 100.84 22 3) Washington 6 98.81 28 4) Colorado 5 96.49 33 5) Oregon State 6 95.16 37 6) BYU 6 93.26 39
    Hill vs. Bowl Opponents
    Since Pat Hill's arrival, the Bulldogs have played 16 bowl teams during the regular season. The 'Dogs are 4-12 against those bowl teams, with 12 of those 16 games coming on the road. All four of Fresno State's games against 2000 bowl opponents were played on the road.

    Over the Hill
    Under Pat Hill, the Bulldogs are 19-3 at home and 14-1 in WAC home games with 12 consecutive home WAC wins. The only WAC team to win at Bulldog Stadium was San Diego State, 20-19 in 1997. His .866 home winning percentages is the best in Fresno State history of coaches with more than three years experience. His conference home winning percentage of .933 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. The Bulldogs are going after their second consecutive undefeated home season under Hill.

    Racking Up the Points at Home
    Fresno State has not only been winning consistently at home, it has been doing so quite convincingly. The Bulldogs are outscoring their opponents 168-66 in their four games at Bulldog Stadium this year for an average score of 34-13. FS has scored 24 or more points in 14 out of its last 16 home games.

    Road Woes
    Fresno State has not been as successful as coach Pat Hill would like in the road. All four of Fresno State's losses this season have been on the road. The 'Dogs were 2-4 on the road this season and 7-17 on the road under Hill, including 5-7 in WAC road games. Fresno State is 0-1 in neutral site games, losing the EA Sports Las Vegas Bowl last season.

    Block That Kick
    Fresno State's special teams have thrust themselves into the nation's elite in blocking punts and kicks. Since Pat Hill took over as head coach prior to the 1997, the Bulldogs have blocked 26 punts and kicks, including six this year. In the last three home games, FS has blocked one punt and three kicks, includng Terence Brown's second block kick of the year which Dante Marsh scooped up and returned 81 yards for a touchdown against Hawai'i on Nov. 4. Fresno State has thwarted five consecutive fake punt/field goal attempts by its opponents, denying either a first down or touchdown. Following is a breakdown of Fresno State's kick blocking prowess since 1997:

           Blocked   Blocked
    Year    Punts     Kicks   Total
    1997      3         1       4
    1998      2         4       6
    1999      4         6      10
    2000      2         4       6
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    Totals   11        16      27
    
    Rodney Who?
    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 were answered. Once Wright went down, Berrian joined Charles Smith as the Bulldogs go-to receiver. In his last six games, Berrian posted 31 catches for 493 yards, an average of 15.9 per catch. In addition, the second-team All-WAC honoree proved to be as exciting a wideout as there is in the WAC. He had touchdown grabs of 55 and 71 yards and a punt return for 88 yards he returned for a touchdown. Berrian also racked up 100 receiving yards in four of his last six games. Against Hawai'i, he set career-highs in receptions (8) and yards (123). Against SMU, Berrian was on his way to another big week until spraining his ankle in the second quarter and missing the remainder of that game and the following week's contest at San Jose State. Following a breakdown of Berrian's last seven 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
    at TCU         6   121   21.2   1    55
    vs. SMU**      5    25    5.0   4    71
    at SJSU        DNP - Injured
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    Totals        31   493   15.9   4    71
    
    * does not include an 88-yard punt return for a touchdown vs. Nevada
    ** left game in second quarter with sprained ankle

    WAC Coaching Leader
    Pat Hill is the active WAC coaching leader in winning percentage with a record of 21-10 (.677). Here's how the other WAC coaches with one full year of experience rank.

    Coach                      WAC Record  Pct    Overall Record  Pct
    Dennis Franchione, TCU     16-7  (3)  .696    37-34 (10)     .521
    Ken Hatfield, Rice         22-17 (5)  .564    34-33 (22)     .507
    Mike Cavan, SMU            14-15 (3)  .483     14-15 (3)     .483
    June Jones, Hawai'i          6-8 (1)  .429       6-8 (1)     .429
    
    Looking Ahead to 2001
    Three of Fresno State's first four games of the 2001 season are against teams that are playing in bowls. The Bulldogs kickoff the 2001 season by hosting No. 5 Oregon State, which plays Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl. Fresno State then travels to take on Sun Bowl-bound Wisconsin. After a home game against Utah State, the Bulldogs hit the road again, taking on Mountain West Conference champion Colorado State, which will play Louisville in the Liberty Bowl. The Bulldogs will host Boise State, which played UTEP in the Humanitarian Bowl, on Oct. 20.

    In Case You Missed It
    Fresno State received three votes in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll this week. . .Three of Fresno State's four losses were to teams ranked in the top 25 (Ohio State, UCLA and TCU) and all four to 2000 bowl teams. . .Fresno State failed to produce a first-team all-conference offensive player for the first time since 1978. . .only two of David Carr's 10 interceptions this season have come at home. He completed .672 of his pass attempts in Bulldog Stadium this season. . .Fresno State did not have a 100-yard rusher in a game this season. It had four in 1999. . .the Bulldogs had a season-low of four penalties for 40 yards against San Jose State. Over the last three games, Fresno State has commited just 15 penalties for 104 yards (5-35 avg.). . . freshman safety Bryce McGill tied for third in the WAC with six quarterback sacks. . .Fresno State finished second in the WAC in quarterback sacks with 36 for 197 yards, just four sacks behind TCU, which had 15 sacks in a single game (Nevada). . .Bulldog underclassmen lead the team in rushing (sophomore Josh Levi), passing (junior David Carr) and receiving (sophomore Bernard Berrian) this season. . .Fresno State's home attendance average of 41,369 is the best in school history. It is over the capacity of 41,031. The Bulldogs had crowds of 40,000 or more for every home game, also a school first. . .SMU's fake field goal attempt in the second quarter was the fifth consecutive field goal or punt fake that the Bulldog special teams have thwarted over the last two seasons. . .tight end Jeremy Johnson was selected to The Sporting News Freshman All-America team. . .the Bulldogs have played in five stadiums that served as sites of bowl games. In 2000, the Bulldogs have played at the Rose Bowl, Rice Stadium, Sun Bowl, Spartan Stadium and, of course, Bulldog Stadium, the former home of the California Bowl. . .the Bulldogs are 6-6 in December games and have lost two straight.

    Orlando Magic
    Senior outside linebacker Orlando Huff has been simply dominating this season. A two-time first-team All-WAC selection, he became the first defensive Bulldog to be named team MVP since 1989. 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, Huff had a career-high 94 tackles, 10 sacks, 16 tackles for loss, two fumble recoveries, forced two fumbles and had two pass deflections. He ranked ninth in the WAC in tackles with an average of 8.3, second in sacks with eight and lead the league in tackles for losses with 16 for 77 yards. Huff had 14 tackles, matching his career-high, vs. No. 17 TCU.

    Smurfs
    Despite their diminutive stature, the duo of Charles Smith and Rodney Wright were the most explosive receiving combo in the nation until Wright's injury which has seen him miss five games. 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 returners and rank in Fresno State's career top 10 list for receptions and yards.

    Dynamic Duo
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                    Rec   Yards    Avg   TD    Rec   Yards    Avg   TD
    Charles Smith   131   1,798   13.7   16     33    526    15.9   6
    Rodney Wright   114   1,576   13.8   11     33    398    11.8   2
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    Totals          245   3,374   13.8   27     66    915    13.8   8
    
    Fresno State Career Receptions Rec Yards Avg TD 4. Henry Ellard (1979-82) 138 2,947 21.4 25 5. Charles Smith (1998-) 131 1,798 13.7 16 6. Jaime Kimbrough (1995-98) 116 1,092 9.4 6 7. Rodney Wright (1998-) 114 1,576 13.8 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-) 131 1,798 13.7 16 7. Rodney Wright (1998-) 114 1,576 13.8 11
    Little Big Man
    Senior middle linebacker Tim Skipper will be recognized as one of the best linebackers in Fresno State's history. He was the team's defensive captain for the second straight 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 42 of 45 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 in 1999. He was again selected second-team All-WAC this season. He had started 27 consecutive games before the injury. 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 was a nominee for both the Butkus Award and the Nagurski Award.

    Skipper's Slate
  • Fresno State record 17 tackles for a loss in 1998
  • First-team All-WAC in 1998
  • Second-team All-WAC in 1999 and `00
  • 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-)         387
    3. A.J. Gass (1993-97)         334
    
    Counting on Carr
    Junior quarterback David Carr had never started a game entering the season, but after the season opener at Ohio State, he looked like an experienced veteran. Carr was named second-team All-WAC after impressively guiding an injury-riddled offense. He is on track to break the school record for career pass completion percentage. His current total of .622 is better than Billy Volek's school record of .604, set from 1997-99. Carr is coming off a redshirt season when he 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
    1999       REDSHIRTED
    2000
    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
    TCU        1-1     30     15      1     183   .500     1    42
    SMU        1-1     18     14      0     139   .777     0    37
    SJSU       1-1     25     15      0     244   .600     2    51
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    Totals    22-11   368    229     12   2,619   .622    19    71
    Note: Career highs are underlined
    

    No Holding Harper
    Junior defensive tackle Alan Harper has been one of the most dominating defenisve players in the WAC for the last two seasons, earning first-team All-WAC honors each year. 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 was rated the 20th best defensive tackle in the nation by The Sporting News, one of seven underclassmen honored. Harper has 14 tackles for losses (-51), which ranks third in the WAC. He had a career-high 10 tackles vs. TCU.

    Fantastic Fox
    There's more to playing defensive back than making interceptions. Junior safety Vernon Fox, who has not had an interception since the 1998 season, was selected first-team All-WAC by the league's coaches, an award that was applauded by the Bulldog coaches who felt it came a year too late. Fox was one of six players in the WAC with more than 100 tackles in 1999, leading the 'Dogs with 103, yet was left off both the first and second teams. Entering this season, Fox was a preseason All-WAC selection and his leadership and play-making ability during the season made him one of the league's finest. Fox finished the year with 64 tackles, fourth on the team, had six tackles for losses and three quarterback sacks. He is the quarterback of the Fresno State secondary and will be instrumental in defending the Air Force triple-option attack. He had a season-high 10 tackles against Rice's similar offense this season.

    'Dog Bones (Team)

  • FS is 19-3 under Pat Hill at home, including 15 consecutive wins
  • FS is 15-1 in its last 16 WAC home games.
  • The 'Dogs allowed a school record-low 13 quarterback sacks in 1999 and 20 this season.
  • Fresno State has produced six first-team All-WAC defensive players of the last two seasons. Three of those (Vernon Fox, Alan Harper and Anthony Limbrick, 1999) will return next season.
  • FS had 49 more sacks than its opponents over the last two seasons season 82-33.
  • FS has 16 more sacks than its opponents this season (36-20).
  • The FS defense has 103 tackles for losses this season for -398 yards.
  • FS has thrown 50 touchdowns and only 14 interceptions over the last two years.
  • The Bulldogs have not been shutout in the last 127 home games dating back to Oct. 25, 1980, vs. Utah State (14-0). Fresno State has scored in 151 of the last 152 home games.
  • FS is 18-4 under Pat Hill when the 'Dogs throw more touchdown passes than their opponents.
  • FS is 20-5 under Pat Hill when the 'Dogs have less turnovers than their opponents.
  • FS has outscored its opponents 821-522 over the last 28 games (29 - 19 per game average).
  • The 'Dogs have led the WAC in scoring in three of the last nine 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 had more total yards than its opponents in five of its seven wins.
  • Only once this season did FS have more turnovers than its opponents and win (Rice).
  • Fresno State had the same number of compete zone attempts as its opponents this season (41).
  • Fresno State's third down conversion percentage dropped from 50% in 1999 to 35% in 2000.
  • Fresno State's turnover margin is +6 over the last five games.
  • The Bulldogs have scored touchdowns on just two of their last eight times in the compete zone.
  • Due to injuries, the Bulldogs used nine different starting combinations on the offensive line this year.
  • The projected starting offensive line has started just two games together this season.
  • Only left tackle Joe Schey and center Rodney Michael have started each of the last eight games.
  • Five defensive players (Giachino Chiaramonte, Tim Skipper, Orlando Huff, Vernon Fox and Dante Marsh) started every game this season while only one offensive player, quarterback David Carr, started every game.
  • Fresno State has not had more than six penalties in any of the last three games.
  • Fresno State's receivers have just one touchdown in the last two games.
  • Only two Fresno State starters are not from California. Defensive end Jake Probst is from Midway, Utah, and safety Vernon Fox is from Las Vegas.
  • Fresno State has won seven of its last nine games.
  • Fresno State is 2-1 on Fox Sports Net this season, with wins vs. Cal and at Rice and a loss vs. TCU.
  • The Bulldogs' shortest game this season was three hours and seven minutes vs. Tulsa.
  • Fresno State's longest game this season was 3:31 minutes vs. Hawai'i.
  • Fresno State had an attendance higher than 40,000 for all but three games this season.
  • The Bulldogs played in front of stadium record-setting crowds in the season opener vs. Ohio State (96,583) and the home opener (42,285) vs. Cal.
  • Fresno State averaged just 1.5 more yards per game than their opponents but out scored their opponents by 6.2 points per game.
  • Fresno State is starting just two seniors on offense and five on defense.
  • The Bulldogs have lost two consecutive bowl games and two consecutive December games.
  • Fresno State head coach Pat Hill is 1-0 vs. Air Force in his career.

    'Dog Bones (Individual)

  • Kicker Asen Asparuhov has made 9-of-16 field goal attempts this season.
  • Asparuhov kicked a career-high three field goals in the San Jose State game.
  • Asparuhov's career-long field goal was a 43-yard game-winner vs. Rice (Oct. 5).
  • Safety Devon Banks had a career-high 14 tackles in his first career start vs. UCLA.
  • Banks was selected first-team All-WAC by The Sporting News.
  • 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 four 100-yard receiving games in the last six games and leads FS in receiving yardage with 543.
  • Berrian was named second-team All-WAC by the league's coaches.
  • Right tackle Ahmad Bhatti held UCLA All-American Kenyon Coleman to just three tackles.
  • Bhatti was selected All-WAC by The Sporting News.
  • Safety Terence Brown blocked four kicks (three field goals and one PAT) in 1999 and has three this season.
  • Brown was named WAC Special Teams Player of the Week vs. Hawai'i after blocking a field goal that was returned for a touchdown.
  • Brown was named Fresno State's special teams player of the year.
  • Brown was named MVP of the EA Sports Las Vegas Bowl with two blocked kicks.
  • David Carr ranks 37th in the NCAA in total offense (219.8/game) and 20th in pass efficiency (135.4).
  • Carr threw for a career-high 325 yards, completing 24-of-41 passes, vs. Cal.
  • Carr was selected second-team All-WAC.
  • Carr enters the Silicon Valley Football Classic without an interception in his last 45 pass attempts.
  • Senior linebacker Giachino Chiaramonte was named to the Verizon Academic All-District second team. He has a 3.34 GPA in speech communication.
  • Chiaramonte had a career-high 12 tackles against TCU.
  • 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.
  • All-WAC strong safety Vernon Fox has at least one tackle in 29 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 1,259 rushing yards in his career.
  • All-WAC defensive tackle Alan Harper has at least one tackle in 31 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 14 for minus 51 yards this season.
  • All-WAC linebacker Orlando Huff had double-figure tackles in each of the first two games vs. Ohio State and UCLA.
  • Huff ranked second in the WAC in sacks (9-55) and led the in tackles for losses (16-77).
  • Huff was selected a Midseason All-American by Pro Football Weekly, the only WAC player honored.
  • Tight end Jeremy Johnson was fourth on the team in receiving yards with 285 on 27 receptions.
  • Johnson was named a first-team Freshman All-American by The Sporting News.
  • 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 just one sack this season (307plays).
  • Jordan was named first-team All-WAC by the Football News and second-team All-WAC by the coaches.
  • Josh Levi, who was fourth on the depth chart at the beginning of the season, led the Bulldogs in rushing with 397 yards.
  • Levi rushed for a team season-high 93 yards on 20 carries against Hawai'i on Nov. 4
  • Free safety Anthony Limbrick, who broke his right thumb vs. Ohio State and missed the season, was rated as the ninth-best safety in the nation by Lindy's.
  • Nose tackle Thabiti Lockhart was selected second-team All-WAC.
  • Lockhart had a career-high 13 tackles against No. 17 TCU.
  • Cornerback Dante Marsh has scored two defensive touchdowns this season and has eight career interceptions, three this season. He was named second team All-WAC.
  • Freshman safety Bryce McGill ranks second on the team in quarterback sacks with five for -30 yards.
  • McGill was the WAC Defensive Player of the Week after making 13 tackles, one for a loss of 20 yards and forced a fumble against San Jose State.
  • Cornerback Tierre Sams ran a 10.46 100 meters in high school, the fastest time by a high school athlete that year for a brief time. He leads the team with four interceptions this season.
  • Sophomore left tackle Joe Schey was named to the Verizon Academic All-District second team. He has a 3.3 GPA in sociology.
  • 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 of that game and missed the Nevada game.
  • Smith has 10 touchdown receptions in the last 14 games he has played.
  • 1999 Freshman All-American running back Derrick Ward missed five games with a knee injury but tied for the team lead in rushing touchdowns with four.
  • 1999 All-WAC receiver Rodney Wright missed six games with a torn calf. He ranked fourth in the nation in receptions per game (7.5) before the injury.
  • Wright had a career-high 13 receptions for 174 yards and two touchdowns against Cal on Sept. 23.
  • Wright had three receptions for 92 yards in the season finale against San Jose State.
     

     

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