San Jose State Vs Cal State Fresno- Breakdown

After losing 10-of-11 games dating to last season, Pat Hill predicted that his team would run the table in WAC play. Now the day of reckoning has arrived as Cal State Fresno travels to bowl bound San Jose State for a season ending rivalry game not to be missed. Read about why Cal State Fresno could win this game, and how resurgent San Jose State stacks up against Hill's determined Bulldog squad.

After Pat Hill's team was blown out on Nov. 1 by Boise State, Fresno State coach Pat Hill, and his Bulldogs, losers of 10-of-11 games dating to last season, boldly predicted his team would run the table.

Nearly a month later, one task remains, a road game with San Jose State.

A win and the Bulldogs finish conference play at 5-3. Taking into account the fact that they defeated Nevada, who is already 5-3 in the clubhouse, Fresno State would place third in the WAC.

That would've been good enough for a bowl game, but the Bulldogs can't finish better than 5-7 overall, with losses in four non-conference games -- Washington, LSU, Colorado State and Oregon.

Nonetheless, it's been a solid late-season run for Fresno, highlighted by tailback Dwayne Wright's school-record 295 yards in the 35-27 win over Louisiana Tech. Wright scored the game-winner from 33 yards with 53 seconds remaining.

"Dwayne Wright ran hard," Hill said. "He's run hard all season long. The offensive line did a great job, no doubt. I'm so proud of Dwayne. He's an outstanding young man who's going to leave a great legacy on the program. He's the record-holder and he deserves it.

"I though (quarterback) Tommy (Brandstater) played well. He's gonna be fine. He managed the game well and threw the ball with confidence. I like the way he played."

Brandstater, a sophomore who has struggled this season, threw a career-high three touchdown passes.

"We have won three in a row and have one more to go. We wanted to finish the season strong and build a stronger bridge toward next season. We had a lot of young players play very well tonight." --Fresno State coach Pat Hill on his team's three-game winning streak.

Fresno State has really turned around what was appearing like a lost season. Coach Pat Hill deserves a lot of credit for keeping his players motivated.

Freshman WR/KR, Chastin West, caught a team-high five passes for 54 yards and a touchdown and also was solid on kickoffs, returning three for 82 yards, including a 38-yarder.

K Clint Stitser Booted two fourth-quarter attempts, from 36 and 28 yards, and has converted nine straight field goals.

QB Tom Brandstater had without a question his best game of the season, as the sophomore passed for three touchdowns while completing 14-of-23 passes. This could be the turnaround game that he needed to become the quarterback Hill thinks he's capable of being.

STILL NEEDS WORK: It wasn't a stellar effort by the defense considering Louisiana Tech's offense didn't score last week against Nevada, but not much to complain about after a third consecutive win.

Kickoff coverage -- The Bulldogs allowed a kick return for a touchdown for the first time since Oct. 17, 1992. Tech's Daniel Porter returned one 100 yards in the second quarter.

ROSTER REPORT: FB Isaac Kinter (undisclosed injury) was the only member of the 60-player travel squad who didn't suit up. True freshman Anthony Harding played the majority of the game at fullback.

On the flip side of the coin, San Jose State is going to a bowl game.

The Spartans, who last went bowling in 1990, earned their seventh win of the season last Saturday in Idaho, 28-13, and later this week will find out whether they'll play in the MPU Computers Bowl against Miami or in the New Mexico Bowl against likely either New Mexico or Wyoming.

Hard to imagine before the season that San Jose State, 3-8 last season, would be playing Miami in a bowl game.

San Jose State, under second-year coach Dick Tomey, struggled in the first half against Idaho and trailed 10-7 at intermission.

"We stunk it up in the first half," Tomey said. "We weren't tough. We weren't physical. We didn't coach well. We were awful. "I just told them that if I'm a guy from the moon and came down here and watched the first half, I'm for Idaho. They're playing hard. They're playing physical. They're playing tough. They're playing with their hearts. I said, 'I want to be for the Spartans, but I can't be, because they can't live up to the kind of stuff you have to in football.'"

Backup tailback Patrick Perry rushed for three touchdowns. He was in there because starter Yonus Davis was woefully ineffective, with six yards on nine carries.

"Coach Tomey preaches 'heart,'" Perry said. "Be prepared at the goal line. You've got to have heart at the goal line. They came out more physical than us. They were dominating us, plain and simple. ... I'm here to back up Yonus. Whenever they need something, that's what I want to do.

"Seven wins -- we put together more wins than in the three years I've been here. We talked about it all the time. It's great to see it materialize. It's something special."

San Jose State is 7-4 and 4-3 in the WAC. It hosts Fresno State this Saturday, with a win securing a share of third place in the conference standings.

GAME BALL GOES TO: P Waylon Prather -- Yes, the punter gets the game ball, averaging 48.8 yards on six kicks and pinning Idaho inside its 20-yard line three times. It's hard to imagine him not earning All-WAC honors this season.

"I think Waylon Prather's punting was an amazing factor in the game because he nailed deep in their territory numerous times," San Jose State coach Dick Tomey said. "And, the last time, he put them at the 1-yard line. That was huge.

"It was an amazing punt. The last five or six weeks, I've never seen a player punt the way he does."

KEEP AN EYE ON: RB Patrick Perry -- The backup tailback rushed for 64 yards and three touchdowns and could push starter Yonus Davis for carries in the regular-season finale and in the bowl game.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "It means everything. I've been five years and there wasn't one team that thought we were even close. The first year when I gray-shirted, we came close (six wins in 2002), it wasn't the same deal. We're a family. We're together. It means a whole lot more to do this with the guys around here." -- San Jose State quarterback Adam Tafralis on his team's seventh win, 28-13, over Idaho on Nov. 25.

LOOKING GOOD: San Jose State had another strong defensive effort and this program is still at the point where any road win in conference, no matter how ugly, is huge.

RB Patrick Perry -- With starting tailback Yonus Davis struggling, Perry came in and racked up 64 yards and three touchdowns on 15 carries.

QB Adam Tafralis played well, completing 10-of-17 passes for 179 yards and a touchdown. While he did throw an interception, this was his best performance of the season in terms of stretching the field.

WR James Jones had Six receptions for 98 yards a week after not showing up on the stat sheet at Hawaii.

STILL NEEDS WORK: Through three quarters San Jose State led Idaho, losers of five straight, 14-13. That's not the makings of a legitimate bowl team. The fourth-quarter performance certainly was, though.

Defensive line -- Mustered just one sack despite and really didn't put much pressure in the Idaho backfield.

RB Yonus Davis had only six yards on nine carries for what was the conference's No. 3 rusher coming into the game.

ROSTER REPORT: G Jibri Sharp, all 330 pounds of him, and RB Al Guidry each had their first rushing attempts of the season.

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