PLAYERS OF THE GAME
Marteze Waller: Pounded away to another 100-yard rushing game for the Bulldogs, with 44 coming on an early TD.
Joe Gray: Spartans QB gave Bulldogs fits most of the night, topping the 300-yard mark with a pair of touchdowns.
Charles Washington: Interception ended Spartans' late bid to get back into it. It's career pick No. 3 for the junior.
8:35 to go: San Jose State was driving and threatening to cut deeper into a Fresno State lead that was 35-24. The Spartans reached the Bulldogs 32, but on a first-down play quarterback Joe Gray made a poor decision to throw into coverage. Charles Washington was sitting right there and picked off the pass inside the 15 and returned it to the San Jose State 46.
BY THE NUMBERS
3: False-start penalties for San Jose State on its first series in the second quarter.
8: Consecutive run plays for the Bulldogs over two series to open the game.
15: Carries for Marteze Waller in the first quarter.
16: Carries for Waller two plays into the second quarter.
15.8: Average carries per game for Waller coming into the game.
7: Penalties in the first half for San Jose State, which came in averaging only four per game.
27: Career touchdown receptions for Josh Harper, with an 18-yarder in the second quarter.
52: Total yards for San Jose State in the second quarter as a 14-7 lead turned into a 28-14 deficit.
• Fresno State made two changes in its starting lineup, with strong safetyCharles Washington
taking over at cornerback forCurtis Riley
getting the start at strong safety.
It was the first start for Jones since the Las Vegas Bowl loss to USC.
At the other two spots where there was competition during the week of practice, inside (Mike) linebacker Karl Mickelsen and defensive end Todd Hunt retained starting spots.
went over the 1,000-yard mark on a 15-yard run in the first quarter.
The junior running back is the 15th back in school history with a 1,000-yard season, those players accounting now for 21 such seasons in all. Aaron Craver (1989 and '90), Ron Rivers (1992 and '93), Michael Pittman (1996 and '97) and Dwayne Wright (2003 and '06) are the players with two and Robbie Rouse (2010, '11 and '12) the only one with three 1,000-yard seasons.
Waller had 106 yards on 15 plays in the first quarter, the first time a Bulldogs back had surpassed 100 in the first quarter since Rouse did it against Colorado in 2012.
Rouse had a 94-yard run against the Buffaloes and had 144 yards on nine plays in the quarter.
became the fourth Bulldog to pile up 200 career receptions, after a 19-yard touchdown catch on the opening drive of the third quarter.
Brian Burrell executed the pump fake while Harper was running a double move to the end zone. The score put Fresno State ahead 35-14.
• San Jose State went ahead 14-7 in the first quarter on an 86-yard touchdown pass fromJoe Gray
, the second-longest play from scrimmage against the Bulldogs' defense this year.
Fresno State gave up an 89-yard run to Brian Hill in a loss to Wyoming last week.
The Bulldogs had allowed 12 plays of 50 or more yards this season coming in, most in the conference.
• At some point during the second quarter, a group of fans started holding up their cellphones with the lights turned on. Then more started doing it. And more. Before long, it looked like Bulldog Stadium was being inhabited by a colony of fireflies.
• It was a rough second quarter for San Jose State, with Fresno State scoring three unanswered TDs.
How rough? After the Bulldogs blocked a punt and returned it for a touchdown, a man sitting in the Spartans' athletic director booth (not AD Gene Blaymaier) tossed his sweater out of the open window in apparent disgust.
No word if he got it back.
• After going eight games without an opening-drive touchdown, the Bulldogs have now done it in consecutive weeks.
A 44-yard dash by Waller capped off the seven-play, 75-yard drive.
Nov. 22 at Nevada in Reno, kickoff time TBD on an ESPN network to be announced: Fresno State gets to enjoy its final bye before taking on a Nevada team that had a bye of its own this week. The Wolf Pack — in the top 50 nationally at 191.6 rushing yards per game — have won three straight, are 6-3 overall and sit atop the West Division of the Mountain West at 3-2 after last week's 30-14 win over San Diego State. This week, Nevada will tune up with a game at Air Force. A year ago, then-No. 16 Fresno State moved to 8-0, rolling to a 41-23 win over the visiting Wolf Pack behind 400 yards passing by Derek Carr. The Bulldogs won 52-36 in Reno in 2012.