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Bulldogs’ 19-16 title-clinching overtime win at Boise State, by the numbers …

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Fresno State scored a touchdown on a third-down play in overtime to beat Boise State 19-16 and win the Mountain West football championship on Dec. 1, 2018, at Albertsons Stadium.
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Fresno State scored a touchdown on a third-down play in overtime to beat Boise State 19-16 and win the Mountain West football championship on Dec. 1, 2018, at Albertsons Stadium.

The Fresno State Bulldogs’ 19-16 victory in overtime at Boise State to win the Mountain West Conference championship, by the numbers …

3 – Mountain West championships for Fresno State in seven seasons in the conference.

13.7 – Points per game allowed by the Bulldogs this season, which is best in the Mountain West Conference by more than a touchdown. San Diego State is second in scoring defense at 21.8 points per game. There’s still a bowl game to go, but the 8.1 difference between first and second is the largest in the conference since 2012 when Boise State allowed 15.8 points per game and Fresno State was second at 23.8.

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Fresno State offensive lineman Micah St. Andrew (73) comforts Boise State linebacker Curtis Weaver (99) after the end of the Mountain West Championship game at Albertsons Stadium. Fresno State defeated Boise State 19-16 in overtime. Saturday Dec. 1, 2018. Kyle Green kgreen@idahostatesman.com

6-50 – Fresno State had two 15-yard penalties on its defense in the first quarter and lost linebacker Arron Mosby on a targeting call on just the third play from scrimmage, but both teams finished with six penalties for 50 yards.

86 – Plays run by Boise State, matching the most the Bulldogs defense has lined up for this season. They also were on the field for 86 plays in a 21-3 victory at Nevada in their Mountain West Conference opener.

7.0 – Tackles for loss by the Bulldogs defense, two off a season high of 9.0 set in a victory over Toledo and matched in their next game against Nevada.

3 – Players with 10 or more tackles for the Bulldogs – Jeff Allison led the Bulldogs with 12, Mykal Walker had 11 and safety Mike Bell had 10.

62.5 – Marcus McMaryion completed 20 of 32 passes, despite playing in rain, snow or a mix or rain and snow throughout the game. Boise State quarterback Brett Rypien, the offensive player of the year in the conference, completed only 15 of 31 passes.

34:39 – Time of possession for Boise State.

8 – Series by Fresno State that lasted three plays or less.

21 – Victories by the Bulldogs over the past two seasons, with a bowl game to go. If Fresno State wins its bowl, it will have the most wins in back-to-back seasons in school history. The Bulldogs won 21 games in 1988 and ‘89, going 10-2 and 11-1.

4 – False start penalties called on the Bulldogs, bringing the total to 24 for Boise State opponents in games at Albertsons Stadium. That is the most in the nation. The attendance was 23,622, fifth-highest in six Mountain West title games. The largest crowd for a Mountain West title game was at Bulldog Stadium in 2013 when Fresno State beat Utah State. There were 31,262 at that game.

.926 – The Broncos’ winning percentage at home since 2000, still the best in the nation. Boise State is now 113-9. Fresno State had not won there since 1984, before the blue turf was installed, a losing streak of 10 games.

Robert Kuwada: @rkuwada
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