Players of the game
Tyeler Davison: Senior nose tackle recorded a career-high three sacks and also forced a fumble.
Derron Smith: Senior free safety registered a team-high 10 tackles and his first interception of 2014.
Marteze Waller: Junior running back rushed 25 times for 137 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
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Play of the game
Fourth quarter, 7:00 remaining: Hawaii had a stop on fourth down and was going to get the football back, down two scores. But after another incomplete pass from Brian Burrell — he hit three of his first eight passes with two interceptions in the second half — the Rainbow Warriors were called for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, allowing the Bulldogs to run another 3-plus minutes off the clock.
By the numbers
5: Consecutive scoreless quarters by the Bulldogs’ defense, most in the Tim DeRuyter era.
2: Receptions for Justin Johnson, who had two all season and none since Week 4 vs. Southern Utah.
8: False-start penalties against Hawaii.
70: Total yards for Hawaii in the first half, including a total of minus-15 rushing.
60: Third-down conversion percentage for Fresno State(9 of 15).
15: Career interceptions for Derron Smith, who got his first this season in third quarter.
33: Total yards on nine plays for the Bulldogs in the third quarter.
74: Total yards on 21 plays for the Bulldogs in the second half.
25: Carries for Bulldogs’ running back Marteze Waller, a career-high.
0: Tackles for loss against Waller or Juice Quezada, who combined for 170 rushing yards.
2.3: Yards per carry for the Rainbow Warriors, 106 yards on 46 plays.
• Twenty Bulldogs seniors, plus student-assistant coachSean Alston
, were honored in a special pregame ceremony. After being introduced and hugged by coachTim DeRuyter
, each player trotted out to midfield to greet family members in attendance.
This senior class has a chance to become the first in school history to win three consecutive conference titles.
Fresno State hits the road for the Mountain West Conference championship game next Saturday. Kickoff is 7 p.m. Pacific.
• It was quite the Senior Night for free safetyDerron Smith
and nose tackleTyeler Davison
Along with 10 total tackles, Smith finally recorded his first interception of the season after beginning it as the FBS career leader (14). Smith’s pick, at the Bulldogs 5-yard line, prevented the Rainbow Warriors from scoring early in the third quarter.
Davison registered three sacks and a forced fumble. It was his first career game with more than one quarterback takedown.
• With eight receptions, Fresno State senior receiverJosh Harper
has now caught at least one pass in 39 consecutive games. That streak is tied for fifth in MW history.
Harper’s 216 career receptions ranks third in school history behind Davante Adams (233) and Rodney Wright (222).
• Senior linebackerKarl Mickelsen
picked an excellent time for his first two career interceptions.
After a first-quarter pick last week at Nevada, Mickelsen made it two in a row by intercepting the first pass of the game by Hawaii quarterback Ikaika Woolsey. The pick set up Fresno State’s first touchdown.
Mickelsen later recorded his 200th career tackle on the Rainbow Warriors’ second drive.
• Fresno State has won four straight against Hawaii and leads the series 25-21-1. The Bulldogs are 13-7-1 against the Rainbow Warriors at home including three straight losses in 2006, 2008 and 2010.
• Saturday was the Bulldogs’ first afternoon game since Week 2 at Utah and the first at home since Nov. 23 last season against New Mexico. Fresno State typically schedules night games at home until November, unless dictated by television.
• Hawaii finished the regular season on the road for the first time in school history. The Rainbow Warriors made three trips to the mainland this month and six overall.
• Announced attendance of 32,580 at Bulldog Stadium was one of the lowest of the season. Only the Nov. 1 game against Wyoming (32,164) drew fewer fans.
surpassed 100 rushing yards on his second-to-last carry of the first half and finished with 137 yards on 25 attempts. The junior has seven 100-yard games this season and sits at 1,269 yards on the season, ninth in school history.
• The Bulldogs’ defense set season-highs with six sacks and 11 tackles for losses. In addition to Davison’s three sacks,Todd Hunt
recorded one each. Hunt also had two tackles for losses.
It is the most TFL’s for the Bulldogs since they had 13 in a victory over New Mexico in their 10th game of the season.
• When Hawaii scored its first TD with 12:50 remaining, it snapped a five-quarter scoreless streak for the Bulldogs’ defense.
7 p.m. Saturday at Boise State: Fresno State’s up-and-down season will take the team right back where it was in the banner 2013 campaign — to the Mountain West Championship as the winners of the West Division. The Bulldogs this time will be on the road at the Mountain champ, with Boise State routing Utah State in a late-night showdown. The Broncos beat the rival and visiting Bulldogs 37-27 in a regular-season meeting.