Semi-satisfied, because the Fresno State did win the fricking game. Somewhat disturbed because the offense looked like an uncoordinated junior high team that sputtered and fumbled and miscued its way through the whole game.
1. One shining aspect? The Bulldog defense.
Say what you will about the ‘Dogs fumble-prone quarterback, the woeful running game, and the porous special teams – the Bulldog defense stepped up, Saturday night, big time. Fresno State held the Vandals to 13 yards rushing. Did you get that? 13 yards! For the night!
Did you notice that the ‘Dogs D sacked the Idaho QB, Nathan Enderle, five (5) times - and used five different players to do it? BTW, those five were Chris Carter, Kyle Knox, Nikko Motta, Chase McEntee, and Logan Harrell.
Did you understand that Idaho came into Fresno boasting the No. 8 passing game in the nation – averaging something like 312 yards per game – and were restricted by the Bulldogs to 197 yards?
Did you see that sweet pick for six by the Bulldogs' OLB Travis Brown?
2. Another positive? Jamel Hamler.
This guy is rapidly becoming "Mr. Clutch" for the Bulldogs. He just seems to be the guy you go to when things get crucial - when the game is on the line. When you HAVE to complete a pass, he's the guy.
3. Then why so glum?
Lots of informed Bulldog fans have long faces, in spite of winning the game. Why? Well, for one thing, because they know the ‘Dogs had to score a touchdown in the last few seconds to secure a come from behind win, 23-20. Also, because they know that Illinois is coming to town Friday night, and they are a LOT better team than Idaho. That means, if Fresno goes another three quarters without scoring an offensive touchdown, and if the Bulldog QB fumbles the ball three times again, all before the half....the ‘Dogs are going to be blown out of Bulldog Stadium. That's why.
4. Game ball goes to...Kevin Goessling.
I hate it when we rely on field goals to answer touchdowns – but hey, I hate losing much more. Bottom line? Goessling accounted for 11 points Saturday night. Without him, the ‘Dogs lose the game.
That's about all I am motivated to write. Hope the Dog's performance against the Illini Friday night fires me up!
Redroadster is highly regarded attorney in the Central Valley, a loyal Bulldog fan, and a regular poster/contributor on BarkBoard.com. Check in time to time for his take on games and other Bulldog athletic events in his View from the Roadster.
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