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Fresno State heads into second half seeking fix for slump

Warszawski: New QB, old (bad) outcome for Fresno State

Bee sports columnist Marek Warszawski and fresnobee.com's Jody Murray talk about Fresno State football's fifth straight loss, 56-14 to Utah State in the Bulldogs' homecoming game.
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Bee sports columnist Marek Warszawski and fresnobee.com's Jody Murray talk about Fresno State football's fifth straight loss, 56-14 to Utah State in the Bulldogs' homecoming game.

Fresno State coach Tim DeRuyter understands the frustration his football team is going through and said Monday more changes could be in store for the slumping Bulldogs.

Fresno State dropped its fifth straight game Saturday, a 56-14 drubbing against Utah State – the Bulldogs’ worst home loss since a 57-7 defeat against Boise State in 2011.

Fresno State (1-5, 0-3 Mountain West) will try to end the losing skid when it faces UNLV (2-4, 1-1) at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Bulldog Stadium.

“Our coaches are frustrated, I’m frustrated and our players are frustrated ... everybody is,” DeRuyter said Monday.

DeRuyter said he, offensive coordinator Dave Schramm and defensive coordinator Nick Toth are looking at everything – including additional personnel changes after last week’s switch at quarterback, with Kilton Anderson making his first career start over Zack Greenlee.

“I’ve got to trust them,” DeRuyter said. “I (let) them be in charge. ‘Hey, we need to get this guy involved or the other guy involved.’ They work out the details.”

DeRuyter said he wants to see progress from the Bulldogs, particularly eliminating mistakes in opportune times, and that coaches have to be accountable for that.

We either have to get players coached up better or somebody who will do it.

Fresno State coach Tim DeRuyter

“We either have to get players coached up better or somebody who will do it,” he said. “We’re looking at all possibilities on how to get this thing fixed.”

He added: “As far as the X’s and O’s side of it, it’s not an X and O thing. It’s an execution thing. We’ve got to play with better vision and play with better technique. It’s not a scheme thing. It’s based on fundamental football. We’ve got to do a better job of demanding our players to do it the right way every time.”

As the Bulldogs begin the second half of their season against UNLV, Anderson remains the starter at quarterback after the redshirt freshman completed 10 of 20 for 112 yards and one touchdown with three interceptions against Utah State.

“It’s very frustrating. We have to learn from it and get better,” Anderson said. “Like DeRuyter said, we have a bunch of young guys and we need to come together as a team right now. We need to come back tomorrow, work, and get better, and play our best against UNLV.”

12-5 Fresno State’s all-time record against UNLV

Over the previous 20 years, the Bulldogs have averaged 3.3 wins over their first six games of a season and 3.8 in the second half.

Bulldogs redshirt freshman receiver Jamire Jordan, who has five touchdown catches this season, said there is still hope among his teammates.

“I believe anything is possible,” he said. “I feel like the way everybody is in the locker room, (that) we can switch it up.”

Anderson echoed that sentiment.

“We all keep each other together – it’s a family. That’s just the way things work,” he said. “If one guy’s down, the whole team surrounds him and gets him back up. We run off each other’s energy.”

Et cetera – Fresno State’s Oct. 24 game at Air Force will kick off at 11 a.m. PDT and will be shown online only on ESPN3. The early kick time marks just the second day game for the Bulldogs this season, following up the Sept. 12 loss at Ole Miss that kicked off at 12:30 p.m.

▪ Running backs Malique Micenheimer (neck) and Dustin Garrison (foot) should be OK for Friday.

▪ Bulldog linebackers Robert Stanley and Nela Otukolo played under Tony Sanchez at Bishop Gorman High in Las Vegas before Sanchez was hired as UNLV’s coach before this season.

Anthony Galaviz: 559-441-6042, @agalaviz_TheBee

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FRESNO STATE VS. UNLV

  • Friday: 7:30 p.m. at Bulldog Stadium
  • Records: Bulldogs 1-5, 0-3 MW; Rebels 2-4, 1-1
  • TV/radio: ESPN2/KFIG (AM 940), KGST (AM 1600)
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