2008 Fresno State Bulldogs football team

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2008 Fresno State Bulldogs football
Fresno State Wordmark.gif
Conference Western Athletic Conference
2008 record 7–6 (4–4 WAC)
Head coach Pat Hill
Offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier
Offensive scheme Pro-Style
Defensive coordinator Dan Brown
Base defense 4-3
Home stadium Bulldog Stadium
(Capacity: 41,031)
Seasons
« 2007 2009 »
2008 WAC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#11 Boise State   8 0         12 1  
Louisiana Tech   5 3         8 5  
Nevada   5 3         7 6  
Hawaii   5 3         7 7  
Fresno State   4 4         7 6  
San Jose State   4 4         6 6  
Utah State   3 5         3 9  
New Mexico State   1 7         3 9  
Idaho   1 7         2 10  
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2008 Fresno State football team (variously "Fresno State" or "the 'Dogs") represent California State University, Fresno and the Central Valley in the 2008 college football season. The team is coached by 12th-year head coach Pat Hill, who has a contract lasting though the 2010 season.[1] This season is the Bulldogs' 28th in their current home of Bulldog Stadium in Fresno, California.

Pre-Season[edit]

The Bulldogs have enjoyed success as one of the most highly regarded Mid-Major schools in the country in the past decade. The 2007 team finished with 9 wins, 4 losses, including a victory in the 2007 Humanitarian Bowl. The annual spring game for the 2008 season took place on April 18, and the Bulldogs concluded spring drills on April 21.

Going into the summer, the Bulldogs already begun to draw attention to their team in the post-spring preseason polls released by sports pundits, drawn to the large number of returning starters, along with the impressive finish, beating the Georgia Tech in the 2007 Humanitarian Bowl to finish the season with a record of 9-4. Athlon has released their preseason 25 poll with the Bulldogs listed ranked #25;[2] Dennis Dodd of CBS Sportsline has ranked the team at #24;[3] and Mark Schalabach of ESPN placed the Bulldogs in the #21 spot.[4]

Coaches[edit]

At the end of the 2007 season, former offensive coordinator Jim McElwain resigned to accept the coaching position of offensive coordinator at Alabama, replacing former Texas Longhorn Major Applewhite. On February 28, 2008, Fresno State announced the hire of Doug Nussmeier as the Offensive Coordinator at Fresno State.[5]

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
09/01/2008 1:30 pm at Rutgers* #25 Rutgers StadiumPiscataway, NJ ESPN W 24-7   42,508
09/13/2008 7:30 p.m. #10 Wisconsin* #21 Bulldog StadiumFresno, CA ESPN2 L 13-10   42,387
09/20/2008 5:15 pm at Toledo* #25 Glass BowlToledo, OH ESPNU W 55-54 2OT  20,096
09/27/2008 12:30 pm at UCLA* #24 Rose BowlPasadena, CA ABC W 36-31   73,963
10/04/2008 7:00 pm Hawaiʻi #22 Bulldog Stadium • Fresno, CA L 29-32 OT  40,572
10/11/2008 7:00 pm Idahodagger Bulldog Stadium • Fresno, CA W 45-32   37,015
10/25/2008 12:00 pm at Utah State Romney StadiumLogan, UT W 30-28   14,071
11/1/2008 11:30 am at Louisiana Tech Joe Aillet StadiumRuston, LA (Battle for the Bone) L 38-35   20,300
11/07/2008 6:00 pm Nevada Bulldog Stadium • Fresno, CA ESPN2 L 41-28   33,207
11/15/2008 2:00 pm New Mexico State Bulldog Stadium • Fresno, CA W 24-17   36,137
11/21/2008 6:30 pm at San Jose State Spartan StadiumSan José, CA (Rivalry) ESPN2 W 24-10   24,384
11/28/2008 3:00 pm at #9 Boise State Bronco StadiumBoise, ID (Battle for the Milk Can) ESPN2 L 61-10   32,412
12/20/2008 11:30 am vs. Colorado State University StadiumAlbuquerque, NM (New Mexico Bowl) ESPN L 40-35   24,735
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Pacific Time.

Game notes[edit]

Rutgers Scarlet Knights[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#25 Bulldogs 0 0 10 14 24
Scarlet Knights 0 0 0 7 7

First ever meeting

Wisconsin Badgers[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#10 Badgers 7 3 3 0 13
#21 Bulldogs 0 0 10 0 10

1-1 all time. Last meeting 2002 (21-23 in Madison)


Toledo Rockets[edit]

1 2 3 4 OT 2OT Total
Bulldogs 14 3 17 7 7 7 55
Rockets 7 14 3 17 7 6 54

1-0 all time. Last meeting 2005 (44-14 in Fresno)

UCLA Bruins[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#24 Bulldogs 7 13 16 0 36
Bruins 7 12 5 7 31

1-6 all time. Last meeting 2003 (17-9 in San Jose in the Silicon Valley Bowl)

A Derrick Coleman fumble in the redzone in the fourth quarter took away the Bruins' hope of keeping the Bulldogs from winning a game in the Rose Bowl stadium. Fresno State won its first game there by five points, taking control of the final 8 minutes and 55 seconds and not allowing a UCLA comeback.

Hawaiʻi Warriors[edit]

20-19-1 all time, 7-9 as WAC members. Last year 30-37 in Honolulu

1 2 3 4 OT Total
Warriors 9 10 10 0 3 32
#22 Bulldogs 3 6 13 7 0 29


Idaho Vandals[edit]

6-4 all time, 3-0 as WAC members. Last year 37-24 in Moscow

1 2 3 4 Total
Vandals 3 7 7 15 32
Bulldogs 7 14 14 10 45


Utah State Aggies[edit]

12-10-1 all time, 2-1 as WAC members. Last year 38-27 in Fresno

1 2 3 4 Total
Bulldogs 7 7 7 9 30
Aggies 7 6 0 15 28


Louisiana Tech Bulldogs[edit]

7-2 all time, 5-2 as WAC members. Last year 17-6 in Fresno

1 2 3 4 Total
Bulldogs 7 7 10 14 38
Bulldogs 7 14 7 7 35


Nevada Wolf Pack[edit]

24-14-1 all time, 7-1 as WAC members. Last year 49-41 in Reno

1 2 3 4 Total
Wolf Pack 7 10 14 10 41
Bulldogs 7 0 14 7 28


New Mexico State Aggies[edit]

14-0 all time, 3-0 as WAC members. Last year 30-23 in Las Cruces

1 2 3 4 Total
Aggies 10 7 0 0 17
Bulldogs 3 14 0 7 24


San Jose State Spartans[edit]

36-33-3 all time, 12-1 as WAC members. Last year 30-0 in Fresno

1 2 3 4 Total
Bulldogs 3 0 7 14 24
Spartans 7 3 0 0 10


Boise State Broncos[edit]

4-6 all time, 1-6 as WAC members. Last year 21-34 in Fresno

1 2 3 4 Total
Bulldogs 7 3 0 0 10
#9 Broncos 7 6 28 20 61


Post Season- New Mexico Bowl[edit]

Colorado State[edit]

2008 New Mexico Bowl
Bowl Game
1 2 3 4 Total
Colorado State 10 10 0 20 40
Fresno State 14 7 7 7 35
Stadium University Stadium
Location Albuquerque, New Mexico
United States TV coverage
Network ESPN
Announcers Rod Gilmore, Joe Tessitore

4-6 all time, last meeting 2006 (23-35 in Fresno)


Players[edit]

Defensive Starters
FS
Marvin Haynes
Jake Jorde
WLB MLB SLB
Qaadir Brown Ben Jacobs Nico Herron
Ricky Pemasa Nico Herron Nick Bates
SS
Mosses Harris
Lorne Bell
CB
Damion Owens
Will Harding
DE DT DT DE
Wilson Ramos, Jr Cornell Banks Jon Monga Ikenna Ike
Chris Carter Bryce Harris Mark Roberts Chris Lewis
CB
A.J. Jefferson
Sharrod Davis
Offensive Starters
WR
Chastin West
Jason Crawley
LT LG C RG RT
Bobby Lepori Cole Popovich Joe Bernardi Andrew Jackson Kenny Avon
Kenny Wiggins Pierce Masse Richard Pacheco Adam McDowell Devan Cunningham
TE
Bear Pascoe
Isaac Kitner
WR
Marlon Moore
Seyi Ajirotutu
QB
Tom Brandstater
Ryan Colburn
FB
Anthony Harding
Reynard Camp
RB
Ryan Mathews
Lonyae Miller

Awards[edit]

First Team All WAC[edit]

Bobby Lepori- Sr. OL

Second Team All WAC[edit]

Bear Pascoe- Sr. TE- 2007 1st team

Chris Carter- So. LB

Ben Jacobs-So. LB

Moses Harris- Jr. DB

Coaching staff[edit]

  • Pat Hill - Head Coach
  • Doug Nussmeier - Offensive Coordinator
  • Dan Brown - Defensive Coordinator
  • Jeff Grady - Tight Ends
  • John Baxter - Special Teams/Wide Receivers
  • Will Plemons- Linebackers
  • Kerry Locklin - Defensive Line
  • Tim Skipper - Running Backs
  • Randy Stewart – Secondary
  • Derek Frazier – Offensive Line
  • Mike Kelly - Graduate Assistant
  • Mike Schepers Graduate Assistant
  1. ^ "Pat Hill Gets Contract Extension to Stay at Fresno State". Retrieved 2008-06-14. 
  2. ^ "No. 25: Fresno State". Archived from the original on 17 May 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-13. 
  3. ^ "Stop us if you've heard this before: Buckeyes top Dawgs". Archived from the original on 12 May 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-13. 
  4. ^ "Buckeyes rise to No. 1 in updated Top 25". Archived from the original on 12 May 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-12. 
  5. ^ "Fresno State Hires New Offensive Coordinator". Retrieved 2008-05-14. [dead link]

Notes[edit]