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FRESNO STATE Team Report



 
INSIDE SLANT

It's much easier to go down the mountain than climb to its highest peak, as the Fresno State Bulldogs are finding out this season.

The season-long freefall continued for Fresno, when the Bulldogs -- picked by the media and coaches to finish second in the WAC -- were dismantled by Hawaii, 68-37.

Hawaii is 4-2, while Fresno State dropped to 1-5 and 1-2 in the conference with the loss.

"We ran into a buzzsaw tonight. Their quarterback was really on," Fresno State coach Pat Hill said. "I don't remember playing against a quarterback as hot as that. We haven't had a game like that in a while.

"We were in it early at 7-7 but then put the ball on the ground twice, giving them a short field, and before you know it it's 21-7. I knew coming in that we could not get into a scoring match with them. We are not built to score like that. Once the game headed that direction it was very difficult for us to play catch-up."

Going back to their 50-42 loss at USC last season, Fresno State has lost nine of 10 games, a staggering fact, considering the Bulldogs have played in seven straight bowl games.

The road might continue to be a bumpy one, as Fresno travels to LSU Saturday. In two weeks, the Bulldogs get the WAC buzzsaw -- Boise State -- which means the Bulldogs could be looking at a 1-7 record with losses in 11 of 12 games.

NOTES, QUOTES

GAME BALL GOES TO: QB Sean Norton -- After losing the starting job to fellow sophomore Tom Brandstater in spring practice, Norton finally had a chance in the 68-37 loss to Hawaii. He played well, too, completing 14-of-24 passes for 225 yards and three touchdowns.

  KEEP AN EYE ON: RB Lonvae Miller -- The true freshman rushed for 113 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries in his first extended action of the season. He also caught an 11-yard pass.

  QUOTE TO NOTE: "We need to get back to work on Fresno State. We can't control our destiny for very much right now, but we can focus on getting better as a football team. We have six games left to do that and build a stronger bridge to the future." -- Fresno State coach Pat Hill on his approach to the rest of this season.

STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL

LOOKING GOOD: The offense looked strong at times, when the game was still competitive in the first half.

WR Marlon Moore -- The redshirt freshman had three receptions for 100 yards and a touchdown. In the process, he became the first Bulldogs receiver to reach the 100-yard mark this season.

TE Bear Pascoe -- Almost reached the 100-yard mark himself, with two catches for 95 yards, including a 75-yard touchdown reception. The sophomore will likely be more of a factor in the passing game moving forward.

  STILL NEEDS WORK: The defense allowed Hawaii to complete 37 of 44 passes for nearly 500 yards.

RB Dwayne Wright -- The team's MVP entering the Hawaii game, Wright had a game to forget, with 10 carries for 16 yards and two fumbles.

Defense -- No reason to single out any player or even position, the entire defense was at fault.

  ROSTER REPORT: CB Elgin Simmons and FB Isaac Kinter each made their first career starts in the loss to Hawaii.

Previous Report: 10/10/2006


 

 

 


 
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