Fresno State came back from its trip to San Diego State with an improbable victory, dodging a last-second game-winning field goal with a big block at the end of regulation and then winning in overtime.
The Bulldogs returned with their undefeated record intact at 7-0, 4-0 in the Mountain West Conference, and enhanced their chances of playing in the first BCS bowl game in school history.
They also came back with six starting offensive linemen, which will have to be worked out on the practice field this week because, obviously, there are only five positions up front.
Bo Bonnheim filled in at left guard in that game for Alex Fifita, who had missed three days of practice during the week following a death in his family, and played well enough against the Aztecs' tricky front that he is in competition this week at not one but two positions, getting reps with the No. 1 offense at left guard and at center as the Bulldogs prepare to face Nevada.
"I'm going to give him and Alex a chance to compete and the best guy is going to play on Saturday and if Bo is better than one of our other guys he's going to play there, because now I know I can trust him. He's proved that to me, so we'll see how it goes," offensive line coach Cameron Norcross said.
That trust is not something Bonnheim had secured before the Bulldogs went to San Diego State, that more a matter of opportunity than anything. The redshirt sophomore had played in backup roles, but had not started, so there were questions how he would hold up, especially against the Aztecs' front.
Would he block it the right way every time? Would he target the right guy every time?
San Diego State showed the Bulldogs a lot of looks they had not seen previously -- the Aztecs lined up at times without a single player in the front seven with a hand on the ground.
"He did a good job of sorting out who was a defensive lineman, who was a linebacker," Norcross said. "They ran the same defense that they had been, they just did it from a different stance. Sometimes perception is everything, right? What you perceive. Their hand is down and you get comfortable with that. Now all of a sudden they stand up ... but it didn't rattle him and I thought he did a nice job.
"As complex as their defense was, he was into it the whole time. I mean, he was sharp. He had a look in his eye. He was determined to stay focused and do what he was supposed to do. As a matter of fact, he was even giving Derek (Carr) some play suggestions. He was definitely involved.
"I thought he played pretty decent -- there are some things that just come with reps, the eye recognition and hat placement a little bit and things like that. But those are things that can get cleaned up. From an effort standpoint, from a physical standpoint, he held up just fine."
This week, he will get a chance to do it again against the Wolf Pack, who will come into a soldout Bulldog Stadium on a three-game losing streak and struggling defensively. Nevada is ranked 117th in the bowl subdivision is total defense, allowing 496.4 yards per game.
"Like I told the guys, I'm going to play the best five and I don't care what position they have behind their name," Norcross said. "If Bo is playing better than Alex is or Bo is playing better than Lars (Bramer) is, that is who will start."
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