Saturday, October 22, 2005
Fresno State (4-1/2-0) at Idaho (1-5/1-2)
TIME/SITE: 2:00 p.m. (PT); Moscow, Idaho; Kibbie Dome (16,000/Artificial Turf)TELEVISION: KFRE (Fresno); Ralph Wood, Randy Rosenbloom
SERIES LOOK: Idaho leads the series 4-3. The teams last met in 1979 when Fresno State won 30-10, in Fresno.
COACHES: Fresno State's Pat Hill is in his ninth season as a head coach and has a record of 68-39. Idaho's Nick Holt is in his second year with the Vandals and has a record of 4-14.
GAME NOTES: Fresno State- has won seven straight conference games ... has converted 54.0 percent of its third downs, the best percentage in the nation ... Paul Pinegar has thrown a touchdown pass in 14 straight games and at least two in the last eight contests ... Pinegar leads the WAC in passing efficiency (164.7 rating) ... senior RB Wendell Mathis leads the WAC with eight touchdowns scored ... has allowed just four sacks this season ... plays four of its next six games on the road ... leads the WAC in rushing defense. Idaho- junior Daniel Smith is second in the WAC in both receiving yards (86.8) and receptions (6.6) per game ... senior LB Cole Snyder is second in the WAC and ninth nationally in tackles with 12.3 per game ... is second to last in the nation in rushing offense. -from wacsports.com
First point I want to point before I go any further, is my error written in previous posts and preview article. I previously wrote Fresno State lost in its only visit to the Kibbie Dome, 30-10, and Fresno State won in Fresno the next year, 41-28. Actually, Fresno State won both the games, 41-28 in 1978 in Moscow and 30-10 in Fresno the following year.
WTF? That's what happens when you try to write after five shots of Patron. I can not believe I made the error, oh well. I will try to verify my sources further and double check my work. That just irks the $&*@ out of me to make such a stupid error.
The most anticipated game in the history of the Kibbie Dome is finally here. Idaho is expecting a sellout for the 24th ranked Bulldogs. Fresno State comes into the game a little banged up, but it shouldn't effect the outcome. After this week, Fresno State's last six games have some meat to them. No offense to Idaho, but the Bulldogs can not wait to get out of Northern Idaho.
With a win Fresno State will have it's best start since the 6-0 start in 2001. The No. 24 ranking by the media itestamentment to how the nation views and respects the Bulldog Program. Too bad, the AP poll has no bearing on the BCS standings. The coaches and Harris poll will probably not give the Bulldogs a place in their respective top 25s until at least after the Hawaii game.
Fresno Bee Gameday Preview
NCAA 06 PREDICTION
According to Sony Playstation's NCAA 06, Idaho's injured tailback Jayson Bird runs for over 200 yards and two touchdowns. Idaho dominates Fresno State almost 3 to 1 in total yards in the first half but only led 21-17 at the break.
Fresno State rebounds in the second half to scoreunansweredered points led by a 57 yard td run by Wendell Mathis to give the Bulldogs a 31-21 lead. Joe Fernandez returned a a punt 62 yards to put the game out of reach at 38-21.
The Bulldogs held Idaho to only 6 points in the second half, en route to a tougher than anticipated win, 52-27.