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2008 Fresno State Bulldogs Season
Posted Feb 8, 2009

2008 Fresno State Bulldogs Season, Game Recaps, Scores and Reviews

2008 Fresno State Bulldogs

Dec. 20
2008 New Mexico Bowl
Colorado State 40 ... Fresno State 35

Colorado State tore off 619 yards of total offense highlighted by a 69-yard touchdown catch from Rashaun Greer with seven minutes left in the game for a 33-28 lead, and Gartrell Johnson put it away with a 77-yard scoring dash. Fresno State got two, two-yard touchdown runs from Anthony Harding and scoring dashes from one and 69 yards out from Lonyae Miller, but the defense couldn't hold down the Ram offense in the second half. CSU went on a 20-0 run for the late lead, but the Bulldogs were able to come up with a 44-second scoring drive after the the final Johnson scoring dash with Ryan Skidmore catching a seven-yard touchdown pass with less than a minute to play. CSU backup RB Kyle Bell recovered the onside kick to seal the Ram win.
Player of the game: Colorado State RB Gartrell Johnson ran 27 times for 285 yards and two touchdowns, and he led the team in receiving with five catches for 90 yards.
Stat Leaders: Fresno State - Passing: Tom Brandstater, 13-23, 186 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Anthony Harding, 18-120, 2 TD. Receiving: Seyi Ajirotutu, 3-81
Colorado State - Passing: Billy Farris, 17-29, 257 yds, 2 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Gartrell Johnson, 27-285, 2 TD. Receiving: Gartrell Johnson, 5-90
Inside The Boxscore ... 5 Thoughts on the New Mexico Bowl ... Down 21-13 late in the first half, Colorado State went for the end zone getting a 22-yard Kory Sperry touchdown catch with two seconds to play ... CSU's Ricky Brewer led all defenders with 10 tackles and two tackles for loss. ... Average yards per rush: CSU 9.3 - Fresno State 6.4. ... CSU fumbled the ball three times and didn't loss any. ... Fresno State's Anthony Harding ran for 120 yards and two touchdowns averaging 6.7 yards per carry, and Lonyae Miller ran for 113 yards and two scores averaging 8.7 yards per carry.

- 2008 Fresno St Preview 
- 2007 Fresno St Season

2008 Schedule
CFN Prediction:
2008 Record:

Sept. 1 at Rutgers W 24-7
Sept. 13 Wisconsin L 13-10
Sept. 20 at Toledo W 55-54 2OT
Sept. 27 at UCLA W 36-31
Oct. 4 Hawaii L 32-29 OT
Oct. 11 Idaho W 45-32
Oct. 25 at Utah State W 30-28
Nov. 1 at Louisiana Tech L 38-35
Nov. 7 Nevada L 41-28
Nov. 15 New Mexico St W 24-17
Nov. 21 at San Jose St W 24-10
Nov. 28 at Boise State L 61-10
New Mexico Bowl
Dec. 20 Colorado State L 40-35

2007 Schedule
CFN Prediction:
2007 Record:

Sept. 1 Central Ark W 28-7
Sept. 8 Hawaii L 45-44 OT
Sept. 15 at California L 42-12
Sept. 29 at Fresno State L 17-6
Oct. 6 at Ole Miss L 24-0
Oct. 13 N Mexico St
W 22-21
Oct. 20 Boise State L 45-31
Oct. 27
at Utah State W 31-21
Nov. 3 at Idaho W 28-16
Nov. 10 at LSU L 58-10
Nov. 17 San Jose St W 27-23
Dec. 1 Nevada L 49-10

Nov. 28
Boise State 61 … Fresno State 10
Fresno State hung tough for a half picking off the Boise State’s first pass of the game with Damion Owens taking a Bush Hamdan pass 68 yards for a touchdown, and then it was all Boise State in the second half with 51 unanswered points overall highlighted by a 90-yard punt return for a score from Kyle Wilson and two short touchdown runs from Ian Johnson. Jeremy Avery also added a 43-yard touchdown run and Kellen Moore threw for two scores. Boise State outgained FSU 494 yards to 294.
Player of the game: Boise State RB Ian Johnson ran 14 times for 128 yards and two touchdowns, and caught three passes for 39 yards
Stat Leaders: Fresno State - Passing: Tom Brandstater, 23-37, 211 yds, 2 INT
Rushing: Jamaal Rashad, 12-59. Receiving: Marlon Moore, 9-70
Boise State - Passing: Kellen Moore, 17-23, 213 yds, 2 TD
Rushing: Ian Johnson, 14-128, 2 TD. Receiving: Jeremy Childs, 5-37, 1 TD
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... Another year, another clunker from Fresno State against Boise State. Are the Bulldogs 61-10 worse than the Broncos? On talent, not a chance, but the injuries that plagued the team all season long hurt the team once again as the defensive front had no answer for the Boise State running game. Fresno is going to a bowl at 7-5, and the later, the better. It’ll be interesting to see if the team can heal up enough to be the team that beat Rutgers and UCLA early in the season. It’ll also be interesting to see if the offense can rebound and produce after a rocky year. QB Tom Brandstater needs a big outing to prove himself to the NFL types.

Nov. 21
Fresno State 24 … San Jose State 10
In an ugly game with 16 penalties and 442 yards of offense, Fresno State took control late in the third on a 49-yard Chastin West punt return for a score to tie the game at 10. The score sparked a run of 21 unanswered points as Anthony Harding controlled the fourth quarter with touchdown runs of eight and 21 yards out. Fresno held on to the ball for 10:14 of the fourth quarter. San Jose State was held to -5 yards rushing and only got into the end zone on a trick play. David Richmond caught a 35-yard touchdown pass from RB Brandon Rutley.
Player of the game: Fresno State RB Anthony Harding ran 17 times for 99 yards and two touchdowns, and he caught a pass for 14 yards
Stat Leaders: San Jose State - Passing: Sean Flynn, 20-36, 170 yds
Rushing: Yonus Davis, 12-36. Receiving: David Richmond, 8-98, 1 TD
Fresno State - Passing: Tom Brandstater, 5-18, 71 yds, 1 INT
Rushing: Anthony Harding, 17-99, 2 TD. Receiving: Devon Wylie, 1-24
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... With two straight wins, the Bulldogs have turned things around and now are back among the living. A bowl bid is almost certain now after the win over San Jose State, and now comes the big prize: Boise State. The run defense came up with its best game of the year as the D line was able to not only hold up, but it also was a brick wall against the run. The sack total helped, knocking Sean Flynn back for 51 yards, but it stuffed Yonus Davis for just 36 yards on 12 carries. On the down side, the passing game was awful. Tom Brandstater couldn't hit anything completing just 5-of-18 passes for 71 yards and an interception. He'll have to be night and day better next year.

Nov. 15
Fresno State 24 … New Mexico State 17
Fresno State avoided the upset as Tom Brandstater piled in the second of his two one-yard touchdown runs in the fourth quarter, and the defense held on late. New Mexico State only managed -9 rushing yards and 183 overall, but it got a 96-yard kickoff return for a score form Chris Williams and a 17-yard A.J. Harris touchdown catch. Fresno State was able to move the ball, but it needed a 25-yard Sharrod Davis fumble return for a touchdown in the second quarter. FSU held on to the ball for 34;30.
Player of the game: Fresno State RB Anthony Harding ran 23 times for 101 yards
Stat Leaders: New Mexico State - Passing: Chase Holbrook, 27-38, 192 yds, 1 TD
Rushing: Marquell Colston, 4-20. Receiving: A.J. Harris, 9-97, 1 TD
Fresno State - Passing: Tom Brandstater, 14-20, 146 yds
Rushing: Anthony Harding, 23-101. Receiving: Devon Wylie, 4-30
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... Fresno State isn’t doing anything easily. The defense finally came up with a good game for the first time in weeks, but the offense sputtered a bit too much against the mediocre New Mexico State defense. However, the team came up with a win and now there’s hope again to get to a bowl game. First, the run defense gets another break against a San Jose State ground game that’s not doing anything, and then comes the showdown against Boise State. The Bulldogs aren’t playing anywhere near the same level as the Broncos, so they have to beat San Jose State to go bowling.

Nov. 7
Nevada 41 … Fresno State 28
Nevada ripped off 472 rushing yards led by Vai Taua’s 263 yards, but it took a 25-yard Taua scoring run in the fourth to finally put the game away. The Wolf Pack got a 16-yard Colin Kaepernick touchdown run to start the scoring, his first of two scoring dashes on the day, and a 36-yard Mike McCoy touchdown catch, but Fresno State wouldn’t go away. Tom Brandstater and Seyi Ajirotutu hooked up on touchdown catches from 23 and three yards out, and A.J. Jefferson returned a kickoff 92 yards for a score, but Nevada owned the fourth quarter, hanging on to the ball for 13:46, to close.
Player of the game: Nevada RB Vai Taua ran 28 times for 263 yards and a touchdown.
Stat Leaders: Fresno State - Passing: Tom Brandstater, 23-43, 260 yds, 2 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: Lonyae Miller, 6-60, 1 TD. Receiving: Seyi Ajirotutu, 7-95, 2 TD
Nevada - Passing: Colin Kaepernick, 7-17, 128 yds, 1 TD
Rushing: Vai Taua, 28-263, 1 TD. Receiving: Marko Mitchell, 4-51
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... The Fresno State run defense continues to be a complete and utter disaster. The offense wasn’t perfect against Nevada, but it was able to move the ball when it was on the field. The problem was the Bulldog defensive line that got brushed aside without a problem, and the Wolf Pack time of possession. One of the nation’s most disappointing teams now has to win two of its final three games against New Mexico State, at San Jose State and at Boise State to be assured of a bowl slot.

Nov. 1
Louisiana Tech 38 … Fresno State 35
Daniel Porter ran for 189 yards with touchdown dashes from one and 43 yards out, and Patrick Jackson scored twice as Louisiana Tech held on to beat Fresno State. The Bulldogs got four touchdown passes from Tom Brandstater with two to Bear Pascoe including a 10-yarder with 44 seconds to play, but that was as close as the Bulldogs could get. The two teams traded punt returns for touchdowns in the second quarter with Rashad Evans giving Fresno a 14-7 lead before Phillip Livas answered with an 81-yarder.
Player of the game: Louisiana Tech RB Daniel Porter ran 20 times for 189 yards and two touchdowns
Stat Leaders: Fresno State - Passing: Tom Brandstater, 23-38, 296 yds, 4 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Anthony Harding, 14-47. Receiving: Seyi Ajirotutu, 7-137, 2 TD
Louisiana Tech - Passing: Ross Jenkins, 7-12, 88 yds, 1 TD
Rushing: Daniel Porter, 20-189, 2 TD. Receiving: Phillip Livas, 4-50
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... Fresno State is once again in the midst of a tremendously disappointing WAC season after being unable to stop the run for yet another week. The offense hasn’t been bad, but the defense isn’t able to stop anyone’s running game, and Louisiana Tech took advantage by controlling the clock and the game. The Bulldogs offense was part of the problem with an inability to keep the chains moving on third downs, but this loss was mostly on the D. Now at 5-3 overall and with all the WAC big boys ahead, the team has to play at a much, much higher level than it’s been at over the past few weeks.

Oct. 25
Fresno State 30 … Utah State 28
Kevin Goessling nailed a 58-yard bomb of a field goal as time ran out to save Fresno State from a major upset. Set up by an 18-yard catch by Rashad Evans as time was running out, and Goessling came in to nail his third kick of the quarter after connecting from 43 and 44 yards away. Utah State hung around thanks to Diondre Borel, who ran for a three-yard score and threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to Xavier Bowman, and he led the way to what appeared to be the game winning score when Marquis Butler ran for a one-yard score with 38 seconds to play, followed by the extra point for the lead. Utah State ran for 206 yards but Fresno State outgained the Aggies 411 yards to 399.
Player of the game: Fresno State PK Kevin Goessling hit three field goals from 43, 44 and the game winner from 58 yards out.
Stat Leaders: Utah State - Passing: Diondre Borel, 15-24, 193 yds, 1 TD
Rushing: Diondre Borel, 12-74, 1 TD. Receiving: Otis Nelson, 4-39
Fresno State - Passing: Tom Brandstater, 25-36, 257 yds, 1 TD
Rushing: Lonyae Miller, 12-67, 1 TD. Receiving: Seyi Ajirotutu, 6-58
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... Forgetting that Fresno State survived the disaster, it shouldn’t have needed a last second kick to beat Utah State. The run defense is abysmal, the offense, while occasionally effective, isn’t doing nearly enough on the ground, and Tom Brandstater isn’t hitting any home runs with the passing game. However, he came through when he had to late. Despite all the problems, the season is still on track at 5-2. However, the team has to start playing up to its talent level in a big hurry to secure a bowl bid.

Oct. 11
Fresno State 45 … Idaho 32
Fresno State got more than it might have wanted as Idaho came back in the fourth quarter to pull within 10 on a two-yard Deonte Jackson touchdown, Nathan Enderle’s third scoring pass of the game, but Fresno State was able to stay comfortably ahead with a 46-yard Kevin Goessling field goal. The Bulldogs ran for 318 yards helped by a 90-yard touchdown blast from Lonyae Miller in the third quarter. Seyu Ajirotutu caught a 15-yard touchdown pass in the second and fell on a fumble in the end zone as Fresno took a 21-10 lead into halftime.
Player of the game: Fresno State RB Lonyae Miller ran 15 times for 181 yards and a touchdown
Stat Leaders: Idaho - Passing: Nathan Enderle, 22-39, 237 yds, 3 TD
Rushing: Deonte Jackson, 18-93, 1 TD. Receiving: Isaac Kinter, 4-32
Fresno State - Passing: Tom Brandstater, 14-23, 125 yds, 2 TD
Rushing: Lonyae Miller, 15-181, 1 TD. Receiving: Preston Davis, 6-77, 2 TD
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... Fresno State might have beaten Idaho 45-32, but the defense remains a tremendous disappointment. It’s not tackling, it’s not physical enough against the run, and there’s no pass rush whatsoever. Idaho might be the nation’s worst team, and the Bulldogs struggled to put them away in the fourth quarter. Tom Brandstater is doing fine and the offense is moving the ball, but the defense has to show it can stuff someone next week against Utah State, or the following trip to Louisiana

Oct. 4
Hawaii 32 … Fresno State 29 OT
Dan Kelly had a kick blocked in the remaining minutes of regulation, but he nailed a 33-yard field goal in overtime to give Hawaii the win. Meanwhile, Fresno State’s Kevin Goessling got his 36-yard kick blocked as time ran out in regulation and then missed wide left in overtime, got another shot after a running into the kicker penalty, and missed wide right. Fresno State turned the ball over six times to offset 522 yards of total offense, including 318 rushing yards. Hawaii took advantage of the mistakes to get up 19-3 in the first half, helped by a Ryan Mouton kickoff return for a score and a 28-yard touchdown catch from Malcolm Lane, and was up 26-9 before Lonyae Miller ran for an 80-yard score to spark the comeback to force overtime. Hawaii committed ten penalties; Fresno State didn’t commit any.
Player of the game: Hawaii LB Solomon Elimimian made 11 tackles and a sack
Stat Leaders: Fresno State - Passing: Tom Brandstater, 12-24, 204 yds, 3 INT
Lonyae Miller, 20-161, 2 TD. Receiving: Bear Pascoe, 4-60
- Passing: Inoke Funaki, 17-25, 170 yds, 2 TD
Inoke Funaki, 14-79. Receiving: Michael Washington, 6-25, 1 TD
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ...
Fresno State hasn’t gone into the tank, it has imploded. It took overtime to beat an awful Toledo team, came back to beat UCLA, and now, after yet another lousy performance, the Bulldogs lost to a miserable Hawaii team that had no business being within two touchdowns of a win, much less come up with a win. The running game is devastating, but three fumbles and an awful day from Tom Brandstater killed the Bulldogs. Now it’s time to regroup. FSU should be able to show up and beat Idaho and Utah State, and now there’s no margin for error in WAC play.

Sept. 27
Fresno State 36 … UCLA 31
Fresno State moved the ball without a problem, but it had a hard time shaking the plucky Bruins. Ryan Mathews ran for a 49-yard touchdown, and he caught a 25-yard touchdown pass. Special teams played a huge role for both sides. Marlon Moore opened up the scoring with a 63-yard punt return for a touchdown for an early Bulldog lead, but UCLA’s Terrence Austin went ballistic with 44 yards in punt returns, 206 yards on kickoff returns, 19 yards receiving and 29 yards rushing for a school-record 298 yards of total offense. The Bruins stayed alive with a blocked extra point return for two points by Bret Lockett and a 20-yard Chane Moline touchdown, but couldn’t get any closer as the Bulldogs recovered a fumble and ground out the final 8:55 with a 16-play drive.
Player of the game: Fresno State RB Ryan Mathews ran 21 times for 166 yards and a touchdown. He also caught a 25-yard touchdown pass.
Stat Leaders: Fresno State - Passing: Tom Brandstater, 21-30, 236 yds, 3 TD, 1 INT
Ryan Mathews, 21-166, 1 TD. Receiving: Chastin West, 5-69, 1 TD
- Passing: Kevin Craft, 11-20, 150 yds, 1 TD
Derrick Coleman, 10-86. Receiving: Ryan Moya, 3-52
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ...
Fresno State’s coaches are making a really big deal out of beating a bad, beaten up UCLA team. If the Bulldogs were the real deal, they’d have blasted these Bruins BYU style. UCLA’s offensive line has been awful, yet the mediocre FSU run defense got ripped up for 234 rushing yards. The bad run D will be hidden over the next month, but keep what happened against Toledo and UCLA in mind when Nevada comes to Fresno on November 7th. With that said, this is still an important win for a program that lives off beating the big name teams. Now it’s about maintaining focus. No one on the schedule should touch the Bulldogs until the Boise State showdown to end the regular season.

Sept. 20
Fresno State 55 … Toledo 54 2OT
Toledo gambled and lost. After answering a one-yard touchdown run from Fresno State QB Tom Brandstater with a three-yard John Allen touchdown catch in the second overtime, Toledo decided to go for two rather than force a third overtime by kicking the extra point. The pass was broken up, and Fresno State escaped. The Rockets rolled up 598 yards of total offense to Fresno State’s 420, but Brandstater kept the Bulldogs ahead with four touchdown passes including a 38-yarder to Marlon Moore to go up 10 with just over 10 minutes to play. But Toledo roared back with a 44-yard Stephen Williams touchdown catch with 3:07 to go, and forced overtime with a 33-yard Alex Steigerwald kick that set the MAC record for the most consecutive field goals made with 20. The two teams traded touchdowns in the first overtime.
Player of the game: Fresno State QB Tom Brandstater completed 22-of-28 passes for 231 yards and four touchdowns, and he ran for a score.
Stat Leaders: Toledo
- Passing: Aaron Opelt, 22-41, 265 yds, 3 TD
Rushing: Morgan Williams, 23-142 1 TD. Receiving: John Allen, 8-93, 1 TD
Fresno State
- Passing: Tom Brandstater, 22-28, 231 yds, 4 TD
Rushing: Ryan Mathews, 18-87. Receiving: Marlon Moore, 5-79, 1 TD
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ...
Was Fresno State on a letdown after the Wisconsin loss or was the poor play against the Toledo offense indicative of future problems to come? Probably a little of both, but QB Tom Brandstater wouldn’t let the Bulldogs lose, even if he didn’t keep the chains moving late. Call it a sandwich game with UCLA coming up next, but the Bulldogs need to come roaring back with a big performance to show that they’re worth the hype.

Sept. 15
Wisconsin 13 ... Fresno State 10
In a defensive slugfest, Wisconsin forced an first quarter turnover with DeAndre Levy picking off a tipped pass leading to a two-yard Garrett Graham touchdown catch. Philip Welch added field goals from 38 and 23 yards to keep the Badgers ahead, but it would be a battle. Fresno State relied on the big play, highlighted by a 47-yard Devon Wylie touchdown catch, but Kevin Goessling missed three field goals to stall potential momentum-stealing drives. The Badgers were pinned on their one-yard line in the final minutes, but powered their way to a first down and the win.
Player of the game: Wisconsin LB DeAndre Levy made nine tackles, four tackles for loss, a sack and an interception that set up Wisconsin's only touchdown
Stat Leaders: Wisconsin - Passing: Allan Evridge, 12-24, 143 yds, 1 TD
Rushing: P.J. Hill, 26-112 Receiving: Garrett Graham, 5-58
Fresno State - Passing: Tom Brandstater, 15-27, 225 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Lonyae Miller, 7-58. Receiving: Bear Pascoe, 3-32
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... Fresno State hung punch for punch with Wisconsin, and did a good job of standing up to the Badger power running game, but couldn't come up with the points needed off of big drives. The speed and athleticism came through on several big plays, but many went for naught with Kevin Goessling's three missed field goals proving to be critical. Now the key is for the Bulldogs to refocus and not let this painful loss put them in the tank. This was a tough loss, but respectable. A loss at Toledo would put the program in the tank going into a road date at UCLA.

Sept. 1
Fresno State 24 ... Rutgers 7
Fresno State's defense kept Rutgers off the board until the fourth quarter, while Ryan Matthews carried the Bulldog offense. Matthews gave FSU a 10-0 third quarter lead on a four-yard run, and he scored twice from one-yard out, after getting the team in a position for the short scores. Neither team scored in the first half and the two combined to convert just seven of 27 third down conversions.
Player of the game: Fresno State RB Ryan Matthews ran 26 times for 163 yards and three touchdowns, and caught a pass for 20 yards
Stat Leaders: Rutgers - Passing: Mike Teel, 20-39, 263 yds, 2 INT
Rushing: Kordell Young 26-94, 1 TD. Receiving: Kenny Britt, 6-89
Fresno State - Passing: Tom Brandstater, 11-24, 216 yds
Rushing: Ryan Mathews, 26-163, 3 TD. Receiving: Seyi Ajirotutu, 3-116
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... The defense did a great job of holding up when Rutgers tried to bomb away and keep bombing. The secondary did a nice job of keeping the great Scarlet Knight receivers in check, while the run defense was a brick wall. The one down side was the play of Tom Brandstater, who connected on some big plays thanks to Seyi Ajirotutu, but was hardly sharp. He'll have to be better against Wisconsin in two weeks.

2008 Recruiting Class

Star of the Class

Douglas Spacht, C, 6-3, 285, Long Beach, Calif. (Long Beach Poly)
Rated as the seventh-best center in the nation by one scouting service...A strong and physical player who is expected to be an impact player early in his career ...selected the Moore League Most Valuable Lineman ... selected all-state in California .... led Long Beach Poly to a 13-1 record and Division 5 championship ...played left tackle as a junior but moved to center as a senior ... selected first-team all-Southern California ... recruited by Oregon, San Diego State and UNLV ... selected on of the top 50 players in California by the Contra Costa Times

Potential Instant Impact Players

Rashad Evans, DB/WR, 5-9, 180 San Jose, Calif. (James Logan)
Selected the No. 3 rated player in the Bay Area by the Contra Costa Times ... the last James Logan player rated in the top 5 was current Dallas Cowboy Roy Williams ... comes from the same high school that produced former Bulldog receiver Charles Smith ... very explosive and strong for his size and can play physical ... played quarterback at James Logan but is projected as a receiver or running back ... rushed for 1,420 yards and 18 touchdowns as a senior, leading his league in rushing ... had 25 tackles as cornerback ... recruited by Cal, Oregon and USC.

Damion Whittington, LB, 6-1, 220, Norco, Calif. (Norco)
An explosive player and big hitter ... one of the top 50 ranked outside backers in the nation by one scouting service ... a solid student ... had 96 tackles as a senior and five games of last least 10 tackles ... had a season-high 17 tackles against Rancho Verde ... had one interception ... led Norco to a 9-3 record and second round in the playoffs

Rest of the Class
Matt Akers, Defensive Line, 6-3, 240, Bakersfield, Calif. (Liberty)
Michael Butler, Tight End/Defensive End, 6-3, 220, Fresno, Calif. (Sunnyside)
Max Devlin, Offensive Line, 6-4, 270, Windsor, Calif. (Windsor)
A.J. Ellis, Athlete, 5-11, 175 San Jose, Calif. (Andrew Hill)
Ebahn Feathers, Quarterback, 6-1, 210, Fresno, Calif. (Washington Union)
David Gory, Tight End, 6-4, 235, San Ramon, Calif. (California)
Logan Harrell, Defensive Line, 6-2, 275, Santa Margarita, Calif. (Santa Margarita)
Michael Harris, Running Back, 5-11, 195, Chino Hills, Calif. (Chino Hills)
Richard Helepiko, Offensive Line, 6-2, 290, Moreno Valley, Calif. (Moreno Valley)
Marcel Jensen, Defensive Line, 6-6, 230, Fairfield, Calif. (Rodriguez)
Anthony Johnson, Wide Receiver, 6-0, 180, Bakersfield, Calif. (Highland)
L.J. Jones, Defensive Back, 5-11, 170, Encino, Calif. (Crespi)
Chase McEntee, Defensive Line, 6-2, 265, Galena Park, Texas (North Shore)
Ricky Pemasa, Linebacker, 6-0, 200, Orange, Calif. (Orange Lutheran)
Trevor Richtor, Offensive Line, 6-5, 275, El Segundo, Calif. (El Segundo)
James Robinson, Defensive Line, 6-5, 320, Richmond, Calif. (Salesian)
Tapa Taumoepeau, Tight End, 6-1, 220, Euless, Texas (Trinity)
Austin Wentworth, Offensive Line, 6-5, 290, Rocklin, Calif. (Whitney)
Anthony Williams, Defensive Line, 6-2, 280, Humble, Texas (Atascocita)

2007 Recap

The Bulldogs rebounded swiftly from last year’s 4-8 debacle, winning nine games, including a 40-28 thumping of Georgia Tech in the Humanitarian Bowl.  Fresno State closed 8-2, recapturing some of its swagger under Pat Hill behind a physical offensive line and a deep running game that had four different 100-yard rushers during the season.  Beating the Yellow Jackets was especially poignant since the Bulldogs were just 1-4 against bowl-eligible opponents during the regular season, losing to WAC kingpins Hawaii and Boise State.

Offensive Player of the Year:
RB Ryan Mathews

Defensive Player of the Year: LB Marcus Riley

Biggest Surprise: Mathews.  Buried on the depth chart when the season began, the freshman emerged as Fresno State’s best offensive weapon, rushing for a team-high 866 yards and 14 touchdowns before suffering a muscle tear near his collarbone.  Mathews’ future is bright, particularly in an offense that likes to grind it out between the tackles.   

Biggest Disappointment: The Bulldogs left everything they had on the Kyle Field turf on Sept. 8, yet still lost to Texas A&M, 47-45, in triple-overtime.  Although Fresno State battled all the way back from an early 19-0 deficit to force extra sessions, it finally bowed down to an Aggie ground game that churned out 318 yards.   

Looking Ahead: With so much offensive talent returning from last year’s 9-4 team, Fresno State is poised to make a run at a WAC title or more in 2008.  If Riley and DE Tyler Clutts can be adequately replaced, the Bulldogs are going to be a handful for UCLA, Kansas State, and Wisconsin in the early stages of the season.


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