Five days before Fresno State's Blackout game at Bulldog Stadium, the Saturday affair is a sellout.
All 41,031 tickets.
The remaining seats for the 7:30 p.m. football game against Nevada were sold early Tuesday afternoon, making it the fastest sellout since the stadium expanded from 30,000 in 1991.
As word spread that seats were going fast, some fans raced to the ticket office, a few hurriedly parking before walking briskly toward the booth -- only to learn of the sellout.
By 2 p.m. Tuesday, Fresno State had put up a large "Sold Out" banner in front of the ticket office.
It is the second sellout of the season, along with the Sept. 20 game against Boise State. The last home sellout before this season was in 2008; the last time the Bulldogs had two or more sellouts in a season was 2006.
The game between No. 16 Fresno State (7-0, 4-0 Mountain West) and Nevada (3-5, 2-3 MW) will be broadcast live on ESPNU and all fans are asked to wear black as part of the Blackout promotion.
"We all can't wait to see the Redwave turn into the Blackwave," defensive tackle Tyeler Davison said. "This is going to be sweet, this blackout. I think everyone's been waiting to black out Bulldog Stadium. I know the team has."
Fresno State Senior Associate Athletic Director Paul Ladwig said no standing-room-only tickets will be sold. Fencing installed in 2010 eliminated that option.
"We would've liked to have done standing-room-only," Ladwig said. "We just don't have the space anymore."
Tuesday night, tickets were selling for $125-$200 on Stubhub.
"The reaction of alumni, Bulldog fans and this entire community for the football team this season has been great,” Ladwig said. “Making this game a sell out so early in the week and our second this season is a testament to the overall excitement across the valley. Saturday night and the BLACKOUT will undoubtedly be a special night in Bulldog Stadium.”
The Bulldogs have won 12 straight regular-season games, 10 straight games at Bulldog Stadium and nine straight Mountain West games.
They also are looking to start the season 8-0 for the first time 1989.
Tailgate lots will open at 3:30 p.m. Saturday and the March to Victory will start at 4:30 p.m. at Bulldog Boulevard. Gates to Bulldog Stadium will open at 6 p.m.
WWII vets invited
Arriving about 4:30 a.m. Tuesday at Fresno Yosemite International Airport, coach Tim DeRuyter helped send off 69 World War II veterans from the Valley on their way to Washington, D.C.
The veterans, ranging from 86 to 96 years old, took a charter for a visit to memorials and monuments.
DeRuyter invited them to watch Saturday's game from a reserved section.
"I just wanted to give those guys my personal thanks, as well as a big thanks from the Bulldogs," DeRuyter said. "The sacrifices they made and all that they've been through, they deserve to be honored."
DeRuyter graduated from the Air Force Academy and went on to active duty. His son, Jake, is a current cadet.
Carr in Maxwell hunt
Quarterback Derek Carr was named a semifinalist for the Maxwell Award, which goes to the College Player of the Year.
He is one of 16 candidates remaining, with three finalists to be chosen Nov. 25 and a winner announced Dec. 12 on the Home Depot College Football Awards Show.
The senior ranks second in the nation with 25 touchdown passes and third with an average of 367.7 passing yards per game. Fresno State is 7-0 for the first time since 1991 and ranked seventh nationally with averages of 44.3 points and 524.6 total yards per game.
Another birth for 'Dogs
Joey Boese, Fresno State's strength and conditioning coach, returned to practice Tuesday afternoon after his son, Samuel, was born at 7:58 a.m. at Saint Agnes Medical Center. Wife and son were in good health, he said, with the baby weighing 9 pounds, 15 ounces.
"Very big boy," Boese said. "Just so proud, so happy right now."
Boese is the fourth player or coach to welcome a family addition since the offseason. Defensive coordinator Nick Toth's wife gave birth to a girl in September; Carr's wife had a boy in August; and tight end Marcel Jensen's wife a boy in February.
ESPNU crew on campus
A crew with ESPNU's "All-Access" series followed DeRuyter and other coaches Tuesday. The crew mic'd up DeRuyter, Toth and left tackle Austin Wentworth during practice.
The 30-minute show takes a day-in-the-life look at programs around the nation. The segment featuring Fresno State is scheduled to be broadcast Nov. 6 (2 p.m., 4:30 and 8:30 p.m.) and Nov. 7 (4 p.m.).
NO. 16 FRESNO STATE VS. NEVADA
Saturday: 7:30 p.m. at Bulldog Stadium (41,031)
Records: Bulldogs 7-0, 4-0 Mountain West; Wolf Pack 3-5, 2-3
Radio: KFIG (AM 940); KGST (AM 1600)
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