Football to Play 200th Game in Bulldog Stadium Saturday

Oct. 29, 2012

Hawai'i (1-6, 0-4 MW) at Fresno State (6-3, 4-1 MW)
Nov. 3, 2012 • Bulldog Stadium (41,031) • Fresno, Calif. • 4 p.m. PT

Game Day Quick Facts
TELEVISION: CSN California | Play-by-Play: Kanoa Leahey; Analyst: Darnell Arceneaux; Sideline: Lori Santi
Comcast Ch. 34 (721 HD); DirectTV Ch. 698; Dish Network Ch. 409; AT&T U-Verse Ch. 767 (1767 HD)

KMJ (AM 580); Bulldog Live (2 p.m.), Countdown to Kickoff (3:30 p.m.) | Play-by-Play: Paul Loeffler; Analyst: Jordan Christensen; Sideline: Ralph Wood

ESPN Deportes (1600 AM) in Spanish  | Play-by-Play: Erwin Higueros; Analyst: Jesse Beltran; Sideline: Jose Salas


Fresno State is set to host Hawai'i on Youth Day at Bulldog Stadium this Saturday in a game set to kickoff at 4 p.m. PT ... The game is being televised on CSN California with Kanoa Leahey (play-by-play), Darnell Arceneaux (analyst) and Lori Santi (sideline) calling the game ... Fans can listen to the Mountain West league game on the radio at KMJ 580 AM with the Bulldog Sports Network team of Paul Loeffler (play-by-play), Jordan Christensen (analyst) and Ralph Wood (sideline reporter). Bulldog Live begins at 2 p.m. and the pregame show starts at 3:30 ... Saturday's game will be the 200th in the history of Bulldog Stadium, which opened on Nov. 25, 1980. Fresno State is 4-0 at home this year and is averaging 50.0 points and 555.0 yards of total offense on its home turf ... Junior quarterback Derek Carr ranks No. 2 in the nation with 2,766 passing yards and his 26 touchdown passes are tied for the second most in the nation ... Senior running back Robbie Rouse has rushed for 999 yards this season. With one more yard he will become the first Bulldog tailback to rush for over 1,000 yards in three separate seasons ... Wide receiver Davante Adams has set a new Fresno State record for touchdown receptions by a freshman, and his nine TD catches this year have him tied for fifth nationally ... The Bulldogs are tied for first nationally in interceptions and have picked off a pass in seven-straight games ... Fresno State, which has won four out of its last five games, became bowl eligible last weekend when it came back from a 21-0 deficit to beat New Mexico on the road, 49-32.

Bulldog Headlines
• Fresno State has become bowl eligible for the 12th time in the last 14 seasons.
• Senior safety Phillip Thomas has been named one of 15 semifinalists for the 2012 Jim Thorpe Award, given to the top defensive back in college football.

200th Game At Bulldog Stadium
Saturday's game between Fresno State and Hawai'i will be the 200th the 'Dogs have played at Bulldog Stadium. Fresno State enters the game with a 152-45-2 (.764) all-time record at its home stadium, including a 4-0 mark at home this season. Of the first 199 games at Bulldog Stadium, 22 of them have been played between Hawai'i and Fresno State. This year, the 'Dogs have been very dominate playing on its home turf. Fresno State is averaging 50 points per game, 555.0 yards of total offense and has won its four home games by an average margin of 30.5 points.

Fresno State vs. Hawai'i- The Series
Saturday's game is the 45th meeting between Fresno State and Hawai'i and the 'Dogs lead the series 22-21-1. The Bulldogs are 12-7-1 all-time against UH at home. The series started back in 1938 when the Bulldogs won the first-ever meeting 15-13 in Fresno. From 1954-85, the two schools played each other 16 times and the 'Dogs won nine of those games with one tie. As a part of that stretch, Fresno State reeled off eight-straight wins over the Warriors from 1955-66 and that is the longest winning streak from either team in the series. Since Fresno State joined the WAC in 1992, the two schools have played one another every single season with Saturday's game marking the 21st consecutive year Fresno State and Hawai'i have met. UH owned an 11-9 record over the 'Dogs in WAC play, but Saturday's game will be the first-ever Mountain West tilt between the schools. The road team has won the last four games in the series, with Fresno State winning 24-21 at Hawai'i last season

Scouting Hawai'i
Hawai'i is in its first season under head coach Norm Chow, who was an assistant coach at BYU for 27 years before stints at USC, UCLA and most recently Utah, his alma mater. Chow also was the offensive coordinator for the NFL's Tennessee Titans from 2005-07. Hawai'i opened the 2012 season with a 49-10 loss at No. 1 USC. The Warriors came back and defeated Lamar 54-2 at Aloha Stadium the following week, but then lost four-straight games before receiving a bye week on Oct. 20. It was the first time UH has lost four games in a row and started a season 1-5 since 2000. Hawai'i came back after the bye and fell 42-27 at Colorado State last weekend. UH outgained the Rams 393-291 in a game where both teams turned the ball over five times. CSU returned two interceptions for touchdowns in the fourth quarter to help them pull away from what was a one-point game entering the final 15 minutes.

Carr Named MW Offensive Player of the Week
For the second time this season, Bulldog quarterback Derek Carr has been named the Mountain West Offensive Player of the Week. The honor comes after he completed 31-of-44 passes (70.4 percent) for 416 yards with four touchdowns against one interception. The 400-yard performance was Carr's second of the season, behind his 536 outing against San Diego State, and he now ties the MW record for most 400-yard games in a season. Carr's biggest pass on the day was an 89-yard TD to Davante Adams in the third quarter that gave the 'Dogs their first lead in the game when they trailed by as much as 21 points. The 89-yarder is the fourth longest pass in the FBS this season. His 97-yard TD hookup with Isaiah Burse back on Sept. 15 against Colorado remains the longest pass play in the nation this year.

Carr's four-TD game was his fifth outing this year where he has thrown three or more touchdowns and the ninth of his career. He has now thrown for 2,766 yards this season and 26 touchdowns. Carr ranks second nationally in total passing yardage and is tied for second in the FBS in TD passes. Carr only needs 234 yards passing for 3,000 on the season, which would make him the second quarterback in school history to throw for over 3,000 yards in back-to-back seasons. Trent Dilfer was the first QB to do so, throwing for 3,000 in 1992 and 3,799 in 1993. Additionally, Carr's 6,422 career passing yardage is the eighth-most in school history and his 52 career TDs are the sixth most by a Bulldog.

Rouse Set for Third 1,000-Yard Season
Senior running back Robbie Rouse enters the game with 999 yards rushing on 195 carries this year. He is already Fresno State's all-time leading rusher with 4,156 career yards, but one more yard will make him the first player in school history to rush for over 1,000 yards in three separate seasons. Rouse ran for 1,129 yards as a sophomore in 2010 and 1,549 yards as a junior last year. Rouse ran for 120 yards on 18 carries with one touchdown last weekend at New Mexico, giving him 18 100-yard rushing games in his career. That ties the school record which Ron Rivers set back in 1993. Rouse now owns or is tied for eight school records.

Jones Joins the Party
In the first eight weeks of the season, junior cornerback L.J. Jones was the only Bulldog in the starting secondary that had not intercepted a pass. It came after he led the team in 2010 with three picks. Well last weekend at New Mexico, Jones got his first pick. He also had three tackles, one pass breakup and recovered a fumble in the victory, giving the Bulldogs 23 take-aways this year. Jones' pick also gave Fresno State an interception in seven-straight games. Fresno State, with 16 interceptions this season, is tied for the national lead with Kent State and SMU for the most passes intercepted. The Bulldogs are giving up just 162.6 passing yards per game this year, which leads the MW and ranks No. 9 in the nation. Fresno State is also ranked seventh nationally in pass efficiency defense at 100.2, as opposing quarterbacks are completing just 51.1 percent of their passes against the 'Dogs.

Redshirt Freshman Adams Continues to Put Up Big Numbers
Redshirt freshman Davante Adams had one of the best receiving games in school history last weekend at New Mexico. Adams caught nine passes for 198 yards and two touchdowns. His 198 yards was the 12th most in a game in Fresno State history. Adams has now caught a TD in four-straight games and his nine total TDs on the year are the most ever by a Bulldog freshman. He needs one more TD to become the seventh Bulldog to catch 10 or more touchdowns in a season. With 814 yards receiving, he is also closing in on what would be the 10th 1,000-yard receiving season in program history. No freshman ever at Fresno State has gone for over 1,000 yards receiving in a season.

Adams continues to lead the Mountain West in just about every receiving category. His 65 receptions are 14 more than any other Mountain West receiver, his 814 receiving yards is 139 more yards than anyone else and his nine TDs are three more than any other receiver in the league. Adams has three games this season with two TDs.

Carr Sharing the Wealth
It is not just Davante Adams who is having a big season for the Bulldogs catching passes from Derek Carr. Fresno State has six players that have caught 20 or more passes this season and that ties with Akron, Michigan State, Miami, San Jose State and Troy for the most players on one team with over 20 receptions. The Bulldogs also have four players that have caught four or more touchdowns this year and Fresno State is the only team in the country that can say that. Akron, Arizona State, Baylor, TCU and Texas Tech all have three players with four or more touchdown catches, but the 'Dogs are the only team with four.

100 Career Receptions
Senior running back Robbie Rouse and junior receiver Isaiah Burse are both approaching 100 career receptions. Burse enters the game with 97 career receptions for 1,143 yards and seven touchdowns. Rouse has 96 catches in his career for 689 yards and five touchdowns. The Bulldogs already have one player on their roster with over 100 catches, and that is senior Rashad Evans with 126. Evans' 126 catches have gone for 1,194 yards and 11 touchdowns. He ranks ninth for the most receptions in school history.

The Anchor In the Middle
Sophomore nose tackle Tyeler Davison continues to have a big season for the Bulldogs in his first year as a starter. Davison's 35 tackles this season are the sixth most on the team and the most from any defensive lineman. Davison has 6.0 tackles for a loss, two sacks and a team-high five quarterback hurries. He has also broke up one pass, recovered and forced one fumble and blocked a PAT. Last weekend at New Mexico, Davison posted a career-high eight tackles and matched his personal best with 1.5 tackles for a loss. With some injuries that have occurred up front for the Bulldog defense, Davison has been the anchor of the defensive front.

Third-Down Importance
Fresno State's defense continues to lead the league and rank 11th nationally by holding opponents to a conversion percentage on third downs at just 29.8 percent. Over the last two weeks, Fresno State has held opponents to just 7-of-33 (21.2 percent) on third down plays. Hawai'i enters the game ranked dead last in the MW in third down conversions and 114th nationally at 30.4 percent. The Warriors have only converted 31-of-102 third-down plays.

Come-From-Behind Victory
Fresno State overcame a 21-point deficit in the second quarter to come back and beat New Mexico 49-32 last weekend. The 21-point comeback is believed to be the largest deficit Fresno State has overcome to win a game since Dec. 18, 1982. In that 1982 game, which was the California Raisin Bowl II, Fresno State trailed Bowling Green by 21 points two separate times, including being down 28-7 after three quarters before coming back to win 29-28.

40+ Points
Fresno State has scored 91 points over its last two games, tallying 42 against Wyoming on Oct. 20 and 49 last weekend at New Mexico. The last time Fresno State scored 40 or more points in three straight games was back in 2004, when the 'Dogs actually had five consecutive games putting up 40 or more points to close out the regular season. This year, Fresno State has scored 40-plus points four times in nine games. The program record for the most 40-plus point games in a season is the eight the 1992 team scored. Fresno State is averaging 37.6 points per game this season, which ranks second in the Mountain West and 24th nationally. The Bulldogs are 19th nationally in total offense, averaging 475.4 yards per game. Hawai'i enters the weekend ranked 117th nationally in total defense, allowing 42.3 points per game.

Fresno State's Senior Punter
Senior punter Andrew Shapiro punted five times in a win at New Mexico last weekend for an average of 46.8 yards. Shapiro had two punts downed inside the 20-yard line, a long punt of 53 yards and the Bulldogs netted 46.6 yards on his five punts. For the season, Shapiro is averaging 41.1 yards per punt with eight over 50 yards and nine of his punts have been downed inside the 20-yard line.

Second Half Improvement
In the first eight games of the season, Fresno State's season-high for points in the second half was the 19 it scored at No. 4 Oregon on Sept. 8. In the third quarter at New Mexico last weekend, Fresno State scored 21 points in that 15 minute stretch alone. In all, the Bulldogs scored 35 points in the second half of the New Mexico game last weekend. That is the most second-half points scored since Nov. 17, 2001 when the Bulldogs also scored 35 points in the second half of a 61-14 win at Nevada. Like Fresno State did last weekend at UNM, the 'Dogs put up 21 points in that third quarter of the 2001 game at Nevada and 14 in the fourth.

• Senior running back Robbie Rouse needs 155 all-purpose yards to become the second Bulldog in program history to register 5,000 all-purpose yards in a career. Rouse enters the game ranked second in the MW and 20th nationally with 147.7 all-purpose yards per game this year. Bernard Berrian (1999-03) is the school record holder in all-purpose yards at 5,826.
• Rouse's 36-yard run in the fourth quarter at New Mexico was Fresno State's first rush of over 20 yards since Sept. 22 at Tulsa when Rouse scored on a 37-yard touchdown run.
• Senior running back Michael Harris and junior quarterback Greg Watson both scored rushing touchdowns last Saturday at New Mexico. Watson's TD was the first of his career while Harris scored his first of his season and third of his career. Harris rushed five times in the win for 45 yards with a long run of 19 yards. He did not have a carry on the year before last week.
• Senior safety Phillip Thomas recorded his third sack of the season last weekend at New Mexico. Thomas is second on the team with 55 tackles this year and third with 7.0 tackles for a loss. He is one of four Bulldogs with three or more sacks this year.

Rouse Against the Warriors
In three career games against Hawai'i, senior running back Robbie Rouse has rushed 52 times for 292 yards and three touchdowns. He has averaged 5.6 yards per carry against the Warriors and has also caught eight passes for 63 yards in the three games. As a true freshman in 2009, Rouse rushed six times for 73 yards and two TDs to help lead Fresno State to a 42-17 win on the island. Rouse's TD runs in that game were from 34 and 16 yards out. In 2010, his first season as a starter, Rouse was held to 43 yards rushing on nine carries, but he got revenge in 2011 when he ran for a season-high 176 yards and one touchdown.

FBS Take-Aways Leaders (Interceptions & Fumble Recoveries)
Name, School Pos. Yr. Gm INT FR Total 1. Phillip Thomas, Fresno State SS Sr. 9 7 1 8 2. Manti Te'o, Notre Dame ILB Sr. 8 5 2 6 3. Johnathan Banks, Miss. St. CB Sr. 8 4 1 5 Darius Slay, Miss. St. CB Sr. 8 4 1 5