Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr is national player of the week

Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr was selected as the National Player of the Week by the Walter Camp Football Foundation and College Football Performance Awards following his 452-yard passing performance on Saturday that led Fresno State to a 48-15 victory over Air Force and a share of the Mountain West Conference championship.

Carr set a single-game school record for highest completion percentage in hitting  28 of 32 passes (.875) against the Falcons. He also threw four touchdown passes. It was the third game this season Carr passed for more than 400 yards with at least four touchdowns, and he is one of only three quarterbacks in the nation to do that.

The three 400-yard passing games also is a Mountain West single-season record.

Carr has completed 68.1 percent of his 457 passes this season and has 36 touchdowns against five interceptions. He ended the regular season with 126 consecutive passes without an interception.

 

VIDEO: Fresno State redshirt freshman Davante Adams adds MWC title to big season

Davante Adams, the Fresno State receiver, has had a huge redshirt freshman season. He went into the Bulldogs’ 48-15 victory over the Air Force on Saturday with 80 receptions for 1,027 yards, 17 more catches and 213 more yards than any receiver in the conference. He also is the first freshman in school and conference history to have more than 1,000 receiving yards in a season.

He added a championship to his big season with the ‘Dogs victory over the Falcons, adding nine receptions for 141 yards and two touchdowns to the effort.

VIDEO: Fresno State linebacker Travis Brown on MWC championship

Fresno State linebacker Travis Brown had a season-high 12 tackles on Saturday in the Bulldogs’ 48-15 victory over the Air Force, which clinched a share of the Mountain West Conference championship.

The Brown family has been in pursuit of a conference title with the Bulldogs’ program for a long time, going back to his late father Dan Brown, a former Fresno State assistant. The senior discussed what it meant after the game.

 

VIDEO: Fresno State QB Derek Carr on winning MWC title, returning for senior season

Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr set a single-game school record for completion percentage in a 48-15 victory over the Air Force, completing 28 of 32 throws for 452 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Bulldogs to a share of the Mountain West Conference championship.

Afterward, cradling the championship trophy, he confirmed that he had decided to return to Fresno State for his senior season.

VIDEO: Fresno State Coach Tim DeRuyter press conference after winning MWC title

Fresno State clinched a share of the Mountain West Conference championship on Saturday with a 48-15 victory over the Air Force, its first league title since 1999.

The Bulldogs rolled up 603 yards of total offense, quarterback Derek Carr set a single-game school record for  completion percentage, hitting 28 of his 32 throws for 452 yards and four touchdowns and the defense collected three more turnovers with Sean Alston intercepting a pass and Phillip Thomas and Alston forcing fumbles that were recovered by Tyeler Davison and Shawn Plummer.

But the focus afterward was on the championship, and the 22 seniors that bought into the new schemes and direction DeRuyter brought to Fresno State when hired last December to pump some life into a struggling program.

 

VIDEO: Fresno State celebrates its Mountain West Conference championship

Fresno State beat the Air Force 48-15 on Saturday to clinch a share of the Mountain West Conference title on Saturday, setting off a celebration in the middle of Bulldog Stadium when accepting the championship trophy.

Outgoing university president Dr. John Welty and Coach Tim DeRuyter made the speeches.

 

 

Fresno State honoring its captains on Military Appreciation Day

Fresno State has had honorary captains for all of its home games, all former players. But for the game on Saturday against the Air Force, on senior day and Military Appreciation Day, the Bulldogs honorary game captains all not only played at Fresno State, but served their country in the military, one representing the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines.

‘’To have that connection with Bulldog football and guys who went out and served their country afterward, to have then here for our Military Appreciation Day is something that is special, it’s special to reconnect them with our players and have our players realize that, hey, Bulldog football goes on forever and you can serve your country as a Bulldog or do a number of different things,” Coach Tim DeRuyter said.

”To have those guys come back who embody that is going to be fun. I’m looking forward to hearing those guys. It’s great that those guys get a chance to talk about service and not just getting your degree and trying to make more money, but what it means to serve your country and hopefully that message will get through to our players.”

The captains …

Ledio Fanucchi

Fresno State letterman: 1951-‘53

U.S. Air Force

After graduating from Fresno State in 1954, Fanucchi played one season for the Chicago Cardinals and the following year accepted a commission in the U.S. Air Force. He was in the Air Force for 26 years and retired in Sept.,1980, as a lieutenant colonel. During his time in the military, Fanucchi was awarded a Distinguished Flying Cross, Defense Meritorious Service Medal and Air Force Commendation Medal.

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Jack Mulkey

Fresno State letterman: 1938-‘40

U.S. Army

Mulkey is the first two-time All-American at Fresno State and the first Bulldogs’ player to be selected in the NFL Draft, taken in the 15th round and No. 139 overall by the Chicago Bears in 1941. The Dos Palos High graduate spent nearly eight months on Christmas Island during World War II, serving as a technician in the medical corps, and later was assigned to Dibble Hospital in Menlo Park working with wounded veterans. In 1944, while serving in the Army, he played for the San Francisco Clippers in the American Football League.

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Darryl Rogers

Fresno State letterman: 1956

U.S. Marine Corps

Rogers was a wide receiver and defensive back at Fresno State and spent two years in the Marine Corps before starting a Hall of Fame coaching career, going 126-77-7 in stops at Fresno State, San Jose State, Michigan State and Arizona State. He has been inducted into the Arizona State Hall of Fame, San Jose State Hall of Fame, Fresno Athletic Hall of Fame and Long Beach City College Hall of Fame. Rogers also coached the Detroit Lions in the NFL and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the Canadian Football League.

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Rod Stubblefield

Fresno State letterman: 1951-‘53

U.S. Navy

Stubblefield entered the U.S. Navy as a Seaman Recruit in January, 1951, and was a member of the 12-1 Surface Division while he completed his undergraduate education. He continues to serve his country as a representative of the U.S. Naval Academy. In 1973, the Navy assigned Capt. Stubblefield as the Central California Blue and Gold Officer, and he represents thirty schools in the Central Valley. He has served on five Congressional All Academy Nominating Committees and is currently assigned to the 19th Congressional District of California.

 

 

 

‘Dogs prospects looking up, thanks to some big wins by Pacific

Fresno State is off to a 3-1 start this basketball season, with a wins on the road at UC Riverside and Cal Poly and one at home over Pacific. Not exactly daunting competition, but the Bulldogs’ prospects this season are rising a bit, thanks to the Tigers.

Pacific has knocked off national opponents the past two days at the DirectTV Classic in Anaheim, beating Xavier 70-67 on Thanksgiving and coming back on Friday to beat St. Mary’s 76-66. Xavier was 3-0 before playing Pacific and St. Mary’s was 4-0.

The Tigers will play the winner of a game between Cal and Georgia Tech on Saturday for the tournament championship.

Fresno State, off to its best start since the 2006-’07 season, plays Long Beach State at the Save Mart Center on Sunday at 1 p.m.

 

Fresno State defensive coordinator Nick Toth up for Broyles Award

Fresno State defensive coordinator Nick Toth is one of 29 nominees for the 2012 Broyles Award, named for former Arkansas Coach Frank Broyles and honoring the top assistant football coach in the country.

With the Bulldogs, Toth has led one of the biggest defensive turnarounds in the bowl subdivision. Last season, Fresno State tied for 119th and last place with nine turnovers gained. Going into a game on Saturday against the Air Force, the Bulldogs have 30 takeaways and are tied for fourth in turnovers gained.

Fresno State also has become the first FBS team since 2001 to have nine takeaways or fewer in one season and 30 or more one year later. The Bulldogs also are giving up 12.3 fewer points per game on defense and 99 fewer yards.

The five finalists for the 2012 Broyles Award will be announced on Monday, Nov. 26. The 2012 Broyles Award winner will be announced on Tuesday, Dec. 4.

 

Fresno State defensive end Andy Jennings still in the club, but his ankle is much improved

Fresno State defensive end Andy Jennings still is practicing with a club-like cast on his broken hand, but the fact that he is practicing this week, before the Bulldogs’ biggest game of the year, is a huge plus.

The 280-pound junior was limited to only two plays at New Mexico coming back from an ankle injury, then missed the following week against Hawaii before returning to the starting lineup at Nevada. And he adds a play-making ability to the line as Fresno State prepares to face the option attack of the Air Force, tied for second on the team with 10 tackles for loss for a minus-53 yards including 4.5 sacks.

‘’Other than his club, yeah, he’s moving around pretty good,” Coach Tim DeRuyter said. ”We need him. He’s played well for us all year. He’s been banged up. Last week, having that off, I think really helped him and he’s starting to feel pretty good.’’