Fresno State coach Tim DeRuyter has made his starting quarterback a game time decision the first two weeks of the season, blowout losses at USC and at Utah, and he is sticking with that approach this week with the Bulldogs taking on No. 21 Nebraska in their home opener.
Junior Brian Burrell has started the first two games, completing 19 of 35 passes (54.3%) for 198 yards and two touchdowns with one interception. Graduate-transfer Brandon Connette has come off the bench and provided a spark to a struggling offense, completing 23 of 41 passes (56.1%) for 245 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions.
"We're going to do the same thing," DeRuyter said. "We'll go through the game plans again with both quarterbacks, and I believe both will play. We'll see come Saturday."
While both could play again, DeRuyter did suggest that if the starter is playing well the staff might stick with him. The past two weeks, Connette was scheduled to and has come into the game in the second quarter at USC and late in the first quarter at Utah.
No matter who takes that first snap, a better start to games would be imperative. Fresno State has fallen behind 21-0 and 17-0 in the first quarter of its games, and last week at Utah opened with five consecutive three-and-out offensive series, running 16 total plays and gaining just 4 yards.
Nearing a sellout
The Bulldogs are just short of selling out their season-opener against Nebraska -- only 100 or so tickets and some student seats remain.
Fresno State has not sold out a home-opener since 2008, when it played No. 10 Wisconsin in the second week of the season.