SJSU To Play Spoiler Role in Fresno Saturday

When it comes to bowl games, the Fresno State Bulldogs, like the famous Dionne Warwick song states, the dawgs "know the way to San Jose". The Spartans led by Scott Rislov look to play the spoiler role in Fresno saturday night.

When it comes to bowl games, the Fresno State Bulldogs, like the famous Dionne Warwick song states, the dawgs "know the way to San Jose".

The Bulldogs (5-4, 3-1) have played in three straight Silicon Valley Classics in San Jose. And they'd like to make it four in a row this year.

To do that they'll likely need a win on Saturday over San Jose State at Bulldog Stadium in Fresno.

Fresno State still has games remaining against Boise State and at UTEP after the SJSU game next saturday night, so it ain't over yet.

Still, Fresno State coach Pat Hill wants to make sure his team has the edge in head-to-head competition should it come down to the end.

The Bulldogs have won their last 11 games played in the month of November.

SCOUTING THE OFFENSE:

Starting quarterback Paul Pinegar, who sat out about two months with a torn chest muscle, could be suffering from a tired arm according to Bulldog head coach Pat Hill, who planned to cut back on his practice reps the previous week.

The Bulldogs rank ninth in total offense in the WAC with an average of just 323.6 yards per game.

SCOUTING THE DEFENSE:

Bulldog run defense, which ranks a dismal 108th nationally (214.89 yards per game).

Fresno State ranks 66th in the nation in scoring defense (26.67 ppg).

PLAYERS TO WATCH:

Fresno State DE Brian Morris -- Had three of the Bulldogs' nine sacks in the 20-11 victory at SMU and is fourth in the WAC and 22nd nationally in sacks with six in eight games.

Fresno State QB Paul Pinegar -- The WAC Freshman of the Year in 2002 had his worst game as a Bulldog this season at SMU, completing just 13 of 33 passes for 86 yards, including just 2 of 17 in the first half. Bulldog head coach Pat Hill attributed part of the problem to a tired arm, but gave Pinegar more time off the week prior to the Nevada game, in which he looked strong again.

Paul Pinegar passed for 184 yards and a touchdown, and Dwayne Wright ran for 91 yards and a score to lead Fresno State past Nevada 27-10 Saturday and keep the Bulldogs' hopes alive for a fifth consecutive bowl bid.

It looks like it will be arch rival Fresno State versus the come back spartans, who are led by Sun Bowl record holder in QB Scott Rislov.

This game will be more interesting than most think.

SEE YOU ALL IN FRESNO, AND WEAR YOUR BLUE!!


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