Fresno State football coach Tim DeRuyter on Monday discussed the Bulldogs’ victory against Hawaii and this week’s matchup at Nevada. The Bulldogs haven’t won in Reno since 2007.
Fresno State Coach Tim DeRuyter in his press conference following the Bulldogs’ 45-10 victory over Hawaii.
Hawaii is taking a very long road to Fresno for its game on Saturday at Bulldog Stadium. The Warriors are flying into Los Angeles on Thursday, spending the night there and then taking buses up on Friday afternoon.
Coach Norm Chow called it bonding time, and that might work out well.
But not all of their plans worked out.
”We did get the best charter bus available. Three to four hours. Four buses,” Chow said. ”Tried to (arrange a) stop halfway at Bakersfield for In-N-Out Burgers, but they won’t serve us. They’re too busy.”
Hawaii will be playing a back-to-back road game on Saturday at Fresno State, and the Warriors’ record in those scheduling situations has never been very good.
Already this season, they lost at San Diego State 52-14 in the second of consecutive road games. Last year, they lost at Nevada-Las Vegas 40-20 the week after losing at Washington. In 2010, they lost at Colorado 31-13 the week after a road win at Army.
They have not won the second of back-to-back road games since beating a New Mexico State team in 2008 that went 3-9.
But it is even more challenging this year for Coach Norm Chow – Hawaii, unlike an overwhelming majority of college football teams, is taking commercial rather than charter flights. The Warriors travel itinerary this week starts after practice and meetings on Thursday, when they fly to Los Angeles. They will spend Thursday night in a hotel there, before taking buses on Friday over the Grapevine and up 99 to Fresno. After the game on Saturday they will bus back to Los Angeles and again spend the night in a hotel before catching a flight home on Sunday morning.
They had the same schedule, but more travel, last week when playing at Colorado State.
‘’The tough part is, it’s a commercial flight,’’ Chow said. ‘’When we’re on commercial flights, we’re sitting next to a family that’s going to Disneyland for the weekend, that kind of deal. The big guys sit back in coach and it’s just tough. But we’re used to it. Our guys, we don’t make excuses. Our guys are used to it and they handle themselves properly. We just have to do it that way.’’
The Warriors’ coach isn’t making excuses, but the travel does take a toll.
‘’I think it takes a tremendous toll,’’ Chow said. ‘’Again, no excuses. But it’s five hours, and we spent a lot of time talking to some people, sleep psychologists, over the summer and they claim that for every time zone you cross it takes a day to recover and we go across three time zones before we even land, and then we go to another one when we went to Fort Collins, Colo.’’
Andy Jennings made it through only a couple of plays at New Mexico before reinjuring a right foot that kept him off the practice field the through the middle of last week.
But the junior defensive end intends to be a go again on Saturday when Fresno State plays Hawaii at Bulldog Stadium, and there is no thought to holding him back with a game at Nevada and against the Air Force to close out the season – Hawaii is 1-6 and 0-4 in the conference while the Wolf Pack is 6-3 and 3-2 and the Falcons are 5-3 and at 4-1 in the MWC tied for second with the Bulldogs and San Diego State.
“We’re planning on Andy playing and Andy told me (Monday), ‘I’m planning on playing, coach.’ And I told him, ‘We’re planning on playing you,’ ” defensive coordinator Nick Toth said. ”We’re not worried about the opponent. If he can play, he’ll play.
”We’re not going to save him for anything- you don’t get enough opportunities. The kid works 12 months a year for these (games). If he is 70 percent and he can go, he’s going to go. I’m not going to save anybody. Unless he tells me, ‘I can’t go,’ he’s going to play. There’s no thought of saving him for the next week.’’
Fresno State Coach Tim DeRuyter recapped a 49-32 victory at New Mexico at his weekly press conference and answered some questions about Hawaii, which visits Bulldog Stadium on Saturday in a Mountain West Conference game.
The Bulldogs hold some significant advantages over Hawaii, which is 1-6 in its first season under Coach Norm Chow.
A quick comparison of some key stats:
Fresno State, 37.6 ppg
Hawaii, 21.7 ppg
Fresno State, 475.4 ypg
Hawaii, 302.4 ypg
Fresno State, 22.9 ppg
Hawaii, 42.3 ppg
Fresno State, 333.7 ypg
Hawaii, 410.9 ypg