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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.


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.


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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