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Bulldogs hit lucky seven in Vegas, extending win streak in Tedford’s 100th career victory

Tedford, after Bulldogs rout UNLV 48-3

Fresno State coach Jeff Tedford, after the Bulldogs routed UNLV 48-3 for the 100th victory in his career. The No. 20 Bulldogs have now won seven games in a row and are 8-1 and 5-0 in the Mountain West Conference.
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Fresno State coach Jeff Tedford, after the Bulldogs routed UNLV 48-3 for the 100th victory in his career. The No. 20 Bulldogs have now won seven games in a row and are 8-1 and 5-0 in the Mountain West Conference.

Fresno State continued to rip its way through the Mountain West Conference, routing UNLV 48-3 on Saturday at Sam Boyd Stadium to give coach Jeff Tedford the 100th victory of his career.

“It’s nice, and really what that means is I’ve been really fortunate to around a lot of really good coaching staffs and a lot of really good players,” Tedford said. “I’ve played a small role in it, but everyone has played a huge role in that. It’s nice to have, and everyone who has ever coached on any staff that I’ve been on or played, they all have a piece of that.”

Any celebration planned? “No,” Tedford said. “We have to get back and get ready for Boise. This one is behind us now and we’ll move on.”

The win was the seventh in a row for the Bulldogs, who are 8-1 and 5-0 in conference play. They have won those games by 18, 24, 31, 30 and 45 points.

But the next two weeks could get a lot more difficult, playing at Boise State (7-2, 4-1) and hosting San Diego State (7-2, 4-1).

Marcus McMaryion completed 26 of 35 passes for 274 yards with two touchdowns and one interception before exiting the game in the fourth quarter.

The Bulldogs’ quarterback spread the ball around, targeting KeeSean Johnson eight times and Michiah Quick and Jamire Jordan six times.

Johnson caught all eight of his targets for 97 yards, moving past Josh Harper, Henry Ellard and Brian Roberson and into fourth place on the Bulldogs’ all-time receiving yards list.

The senior wideout now has 2,981 yards in his career. Charlie Jones holds the school record with 3,344 yards from 1992 to ‘95.



Piling on

Fresno State is now up 48-3, with running back Saevion Johnson scoring on a 2-yard run. There still is 8:14 to go, and a Rebels’ defense on the field that has allowed 50 or more points in three of its past four games.

Reyna in for McMaryion

Jorge Reyna is now in at quarterback for the Bulldogs. Marcus McMaryion completed 26 of 35 passes for 274 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.

There goes the shutout

UNLV is on the scoreboard, getting a 28-yard field goal by Evan Pantels with 10:13 to go.

The Bulldogs’ lead is 41-3.

Charles Williams, the Bullard High grad, had some nice runs on a 52-yard drive with plays of 14, 24 and 10 yards. He also ran his way into a 13-yard loss on a 1st-and-goal play from the 1-yard line.

Grim adds to rout

Derrion Grim has pushed the Bulldogs’ lead to 41-0, scoring on a 10-yard run. The Fresno State drive was 62 yards in seven plays. There is 14:54 to go in the game.

Third quarter dominance

The third quarter has come to an end with the Bulldogs outscoring UNLV 17-0, pushing their lead to 34-0.

In the third quarter, Fresno State has now scored 119 points while allowing only 14. It has not allowed a score in the third quarter since UCLA scored a touchdown in a game the Bulldogs won 38-14.

Fuller hits second field goal

Asa Fuller has kicked his second field goal, this one from 48 yards, to give the Bulldogs a 34-0 lead. There still is 4:42 remaining in the third quarter.

Fuller was only 6 of 10 on field goals coming into the game, including 0 of 2 from 40 to 49 yards. His longest field goal had been 33 yards in the opener against Idaho.



Interception streak

The Bulldogs run of seven consecutive games with an interception is their longest since 2012 when they had at least interception in 11 games in a row. Fresno State was third in the nation that season with 22 interceptions.

Hokit cashes in turnover

Fresno State has taken a 31-0 lead with Josh Hokit scoring on a touchdown run of five yards.

Bryant with a pick

Bulldogs’ cornerback Jaron Bryant picked off a pass from Max Gilliam to set up the Bulldogs at the 5-yard line.

It was Bryant’s first interception of the season and the seventh game in a row Fresno State has picked off at least one pass.

The run …

at UCLA: 2 interceptions

Toledo: 1

at Nevada: 3

Wyoming: 1

at New Mexico: 1

Hawaii: 1

at UNLV: 1

Fresno State now has 15 interceptions this season.

McMaryion throws second TD pass

Marcus McMaryion threw his second touchdown pass of the game, hitting tight end Kyle Riddering from 9 yards out to extend the Bulldogs’ lead to 24-0. There is 10:45 remaining in the third quarter.

The Bulldogs have scored a touchdown on their opening possession in the second game in three games in a row.

Halftime, 17-0 lead and one question

Fresno State goes into halftime up 17-0, limiting the Rebels of 132 yards of offense and just 3.8 yards per play. The Bulldogs have done that, for the most part, without middle linebacker Jeff Allison.

Allison has not played since the opening series of the game. No word on his status from the sideline yet.

The Bulldogs’ have 240 yards of offense, with Marcus McMaryion going 17 of 25 for 164 yards with one touchdown and one interception. He has targeted the X receiver eight times, six to Jamire Jordan and two to Derrion Grim.

KeeSean Johnson has five targets with five receptions for 44 yards.

Fuller FG, Bulldogs lead 17-0

Asa Fuller has hit a 35-yard field goal, pushing the Bulldogs’ lead to 17-0. There is 36 remaining before halftime.

McMaryion throws a pick, streak ends

Marcus McMaryion just had a 1st-and-10 pass intercepted by the Rebels’ Javin White, ending a streak of consecutive passes without a pick at 155.

The Bulldogs’ quarterback had not been picked off since a 49-27 victory over Toledo on Sept.. 29.

The interception was only the third for UNLV this season, the fewest in the Mountain West.

TD, Bulldogs

Fresno State is up 14-0 after a 2-yard touchdown run by Ronnie Rivers on the first play of the second quarter.

The Bulldogs drive was 72 yards on 10 plays.

Left guard Logan Hughes also was back on the field for that touchdown run.

Hughes down …

The Bulldogs are driving again, but left guard Logan Hughes just went down with what appears to be lower leg injury.

Nick Abbs is into the lineup in place of Hughes.

Whiff

UNLV missed a 46-yard field goal attempt, netting zero out of a decent drive. The Rebels ran seven plays, gaining 39 yards with 28 of of it coming on runs by Charles Williams, the former Bullard High running back. Williams had runs of four, seven and 17 yards.

45 and still counting

KeeSean Johnson had a reception for nine yards on the Bulldogs’ touchdown drive, the 45th consecutive game he has at least one reception. That is the longest streak in the nation.

Bulldogs on top, quickly …

Fresno State takes a 7-0 lead on a 12-yard touchdown pass from Marcus McMaryion to Jamire Jordan with 10:39 remaining in the first quarter.

The Bulldogs drive was 45 yards in 6 plays, taking over on the plus side of the field after Mykal Walker got a piece of a UNLV punt.

McMaryion was 4 of 4 on the drive four 28 yards.

Third o-line lineup in three games

Fresno State looks like it will roll out its fifth starting offensive line combination in nine games and third in the past three games.

Redshirt freshman Dontae Bull started at right tackle last week in the Bulldogs’ victory over Hawaii in place of an injured Syrus Tuitele (ankle), but sophomore Quireo Woodley is going through pre-game with the No. 1 line.. The other starters remain in place – Christian Cronk at left tackle, Logan Hughes at left guard, Markus Boyer at center and Micah St, Andrew at right guard.

Here is how they have lined up this season, from left tackle across to right tackle …

Idaho: Netane Muti, Cronk, St. Andrew, Boyer, Tuitele

at Minnesota: Muti, Cronk, St. Andrew, Boyer, Tuitele

at UCLA: Cronk, Abbs, St. Andrew, Boyer, Tuitele

Toledo: Cronk, Abbs, St. Andrew, Boyer, Tuitele

at Nevada: Cronk, Abbs, St. Andrew, Boyer, Tuitele

Wyoming: Cronk, Hughes, Boyer, St. Andrew, Tuitele

at New Mexico: Cronk, Hughes, Boyer, St. Andrew, Tuitele

Hawaii: Cronk, Hughes, Boyer, St. Andew, Bull

UNLV is ranked last in the Mountain West Conference in scoring and rushing defense, allowing 38.9 points and 213.3 yards per game. It also is 11th in total defense, allowing 467.6 yards per game.

Robert Kuwada: @rkuwada
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